A workplace without laughs would be a dreary place indeed. That’s not to say that all laughs are good. Mean-spirited ones or cackles that make one flinch could not be described as “good”.
One way to bring laughs to the workplace is the good-natured office prank. Did you catch the emphasis on good-natured? I want the words good-natured to stand out because you should never pull an office prank that is not good-natured. For example, playing a “prank” on someone who you can’t stand and who you want to see suffer would not be a “prank”. In extreme cases, that would be what some legal circles might call “attempted murder”.
Which brings us to –
Evil Skippy’s 10 Commandments of Office Pranks
- Be original. If you can’t be original, steal only from the best.
- Do not do anything that you would not endure being done to you.
- Do not do anything for which you might be sentenced to serve time. This includes but is not limited to bomb threats, fake 9-1-1 calls or excessive karaoke.
- Do not pull any sort of “fright” prank on anyone unless you are 100% certain that the target has no heart or other health problems that would be affected by the adrenalin rush. Especially do not do this is you have ever been heard saying things like, “I sure wish [insert target’s name here] would drop dead.”
- Do not use snakes, spiders, clowns or any other items in a prank directed at or near a person with a phobia about such items. If you violate this rule, film the results for YouTube.
- Only play pranks on people you like. (You need to find a new job or see a therapist or both if you just thought, “Then I can’t play pranks on anyone!”)
- Know the rules. If you violate them, you might be disciplined. (You already know this if you read our post about this from April 2011.)
- Don’t mess with anyone’s food, especially mine.
- Take credit for your prank.
- Always tell Evil Skippy what you did and how it went.
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