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The 7 - Random - April Fools Jokes Gone Awry?
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Battlezone
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#1 Posted on 1.4.05 1247.02
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So, THIS is the drama that has been permeating my office this morning:

So, since it's April Fools' Day, the admin team got the OH SO BRILLIANT idea to play a practical joke on the ONE GUY in the office who's hypersensitive and can't take a joke. They decided to forge a bunch of letters from clients saying that they are dropping from our book. He's been freaking about these drops for a few days now, so they figure they'll give him the letters, do the "April Fools!" thing, have a good laugh and go about the day. They even got the publisher and his boss in on the action.

Oh no.

They go through all this trouble-getting client letterhead, forging signatures, having the letter faxed from out of town-and they give him the letters, and of course, he freaks out. Then the publisher calls him into his office, presumably to deliver the punchline, and once he does-BAM!-he quits. Packs up his office, grabs his stuff, and walks RIGHT THE FUCK OUT OF THE OFFICE.

Everyone thinks this is part of the joke, so they're all laughing about it, waiting for him to come back. But fifteen minutes passes, then a half hour, then an hour-and he didn't come back. So now everyone's freaking out, because this guy is our best salesperson, and he just walked out. Over a joke. I go outside and call him from my cell, because I had no idea any of this was going on, and he told ME that he wasn't coming back, that it wasn't funny, that it wasn't professional, and that he didn't move 4000 miles across the country to work with a bunch of children. Wished me luck in my job search, told me to root for the Tar Heels tomorrow, and hung up.

So they ran off our best salesperson-who they recruited and moved from Florida-over a joke that wasn't even funny in the first place.

Anybody else got stories of April Fools jokes going horribly, horribly bad?

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#2 Posted on 1.4.05 1249.31
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That may be one of the most impressive screwups in the HISTORY of April Fool's Jokes...
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#3 Posted on 1.4.05 1255.46
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Only in the karmic sense did I ever have a joke backfire.

Last year I pulled one over on my Dad by calling him up that day and somberly saying I had just read a story on one of the wires that Ricky Williams had blown out his ACL while playing a pickup basketball game and that early prognosis said that it was likely he'd be out for the upcoming season.

I let him think that for a while and even went along with the doomsday-scenario talk until I pulled the rug out and said it was an April Fool's joke.

I think we all know what happened a few months after that. :)

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#4 Posted on 1.4.05 1311.57
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    Originally posted by Battlezone

AWESOME AWESOME story. Be sure to fill us in on the latest developments.

The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio just pulled a joke where they had one of their big wig TV baseball analysts call in to say that Pete Rose will be added to the MLB Hall of Fame Ballot next year. I'm not a big baseball fan so I didnt freak out or anything, but I definitely fell for it.
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#5 Posted on 1.4.05 1322.41
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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    Be sure to fill us in on the latest developments.


I told my publisher he just should have told the guy he was fired for stealing Post-Its, but he didn't get the reference.
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#6 Posted on 1.4.05 1347.39
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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio just pulled a joke where they had one of their big wig TV baseball analysts call in to say that Pete Rose will be added to the MLB Hall of Fame Ballot next year.


The hell? It was Peter Gammons! He doesn't joke about anything to do with baseball! It was a tremendous joke since they got Bob Nightengale from US Today to comment on the story, too. Two independent sources! Excellent job, Dan and Phil!
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#7 Posted on 1.4.05 1359.02
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
      The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio just pulled a joke where they had one of their big wig TV baseball analysts call in to say that Pete Rose will be added to the MLB Hall of Fame Ballot next year.


    The hell? It was Peter Gammons! He doesn't joke about anything to do with baseball! It was a tremendous joke since they got Bob Nightengale from US Today to comment on the story, too. Two independent sources! Excellent job, Dan and Phil!

I bought that one - even told a co-worker. Another co-worker overheard it, and laughed because SHE recognized it as an April Fools joke.

I'm so ashamed (even though it WAS reported by the Dali Lama himself).
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#8 Posted on 1.4.05 1936.13
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My wife, an IT manager for a Navy Health Clinic, got a very official looking letter of resignation from her best employee today. Turned out to be a joke.

Then, her supervisor told her he was taking another job via a voicemail. This could have had major implications on her job future. Of course, this turned out to be a joke as well. Though she had to ask ( he said, "I guess I should have called back to tell you it was a joke)

See, I think jobs and relationships should be off limits. Don't mess with people's lives for a cheap laugh.
I've never seen a girl laughing when her boyfriend "pretended" to dump her.
I much prefer the "your shoe's untied" or "Can you believe it snowed 2 feet last night?".
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#9 Posted on 1.4.05 1950.34
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It's just a matter of knowing who has a sense of humor, and who shouldn't be joked around with, because they usually just don't get it. I hate people who can't take a joke.
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#10 Posted on 1.4.05 2149.08
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    Originally posted by Packman V2
    It's just a matter of knowing who has a sense of humor, and who shouldn't be joked around with, because they usually just don't get it. I hate people who can't take a joke.


People who "can't take jokes" usually hate people who try to get cheap laughs out of serious situations or environments (such as the workplace).
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#11 Posted on 2.4.05 2111.54
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Hey Bucsfan,
Do you post on the Patriots message board under the same name?

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#12 Posted on 4.4.05 1134.26
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My wife, who was pregnant at the time, called me up to tell me we were having twins. I got excited and then she says "April Fools..."

Funny thing was, 2 weeks later her doctor informed her that she reall WAS having twins.
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#13 Posted on 4.4.05 1237.07
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Battlezone, I'm wondering if there's any update from the hypersenstive ex-employee...did he calm down and come back?
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#14 Posted on 4.4.05 1258.41
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Ah, yes. I forgot about the UPDATE!...

After a few hours of panicking by the management, and a rather heated debate on whether they should actually pack up his office in case he doesn't come back, he calls and says that he's faxing over his resignation letter, and that he'll be in on Monday to pick up the rest of his stuff. About twenty minutes later, a fax comes through the machine that reads simply...


APRIL FOOLS. SEE YOU ON MONDAY.


I'll give him credit, because he had me going; and to be honest, I didn't think he had the balls to pull something like this off. It's the best acting job I've seen in a while.

The publisher and the regional manager claim they knew all along, but I saw the look on the publisher's face when he read the fax-he had bought it hook, line, and sinker.

The admin girls spent the rest of the afternoon in seclusion, and the ringleader of the whole thing "called in sick" today, presumably so she didn't have to face him.

He's back to work today, everything's back to normal. Thankfully, April 1, 2006 falls on a Saturday next year.
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#15 Posted on 4.4.05 1302.34
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Nice way to get an extended weekend.
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#16 Posted on 4.4.05 1339.46
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That couldnt have been Mr. Sensitive's plan all along, could it? I bet he was actually pissed in the beginning, had a chance to calm down, then sent over the fax. If that's how it hpaaened, kudos to him for swallowing his pride & returning to work (Overly-pridefull/spitefull people are a big pet peeve of mine).
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