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    When does a prank cross the line?

    My wife called me from work today and told me that a pizza party an employee had won for their company through a radio station (more specifically his department which she works in) was actually an April Fools prank. As she put it, "there are a lot of angry accountants."

    However this prankster sent out an e-mail through corporate e-mail announcing the party days earlier. Subsequently people made this their lunch plans for Friday only to surprised when they reached the cafeteria to find no lunch.

    Did this prankster cross the line of good taste? Also do you think he should get reprimanded since he used corporate email to carry out his prank which violates most companies email policies?

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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Sounds harmless to me, if perhaps a bit juvenile.
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Yes, this prank crossed the line. Leaving an entire department hanging with no lunch is a pretty lousy thing to do.

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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?



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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    I'd say the prankster will get his just desserts. Sounds fairly harmless, but he definitely lost a lot of credibility and pissing off an entire department is never good. If he has the reputation of a jokester his career will come to a screeching halt and the joke will be on him.

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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    When does a prank cross the line?
    When it's not funny. And messin' with a man's lunch, that ain't funny.
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Official reprimand, no.

    But I would think the person's manager will have a talk with them. A "don't do that again" with furrowed eyebrow might be in order.

    If that happened around here, peer pressure would result in the jokester ordering out pizza for everyone and footing the bill. Ha-ha.

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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by HotCorner View Post
    My wife called me from work today and told me that a pizza party an employee had won for their company through a radio station (more specifically his department which she works in) was actually an April Fools prank. As she put it, "there are a lot of angry accountants."

    However this prankster sent out an e-mail through corporate e-mail announcing the party days earlier. Subsequently people made this their lunch plans for Friday only to surprised when they reached the cafeteria to find no lunch.

    Did this prankster cross the line of good taste? Also do you think he should get reprimanded since he used corporate email to carry out his prank which violates most companies email policies?
    It's March 30th?

    (I know Sunday's April 1st, but come on, dude)

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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Always dangerous to try department wide pranks. Chances are good there will be a few folks peppered in there who woln't get it, or get torked off, etc. Even more dangerous to mess with people's food. Always a touchy subject.

    That said, pretty juvanile prank to pull. Also dangerous from a carear standpoint.
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by HotCorner View Post
    Did this prankster cross the line of good taste? Also do you think he should get reprimanded since he used corporate email to carry out his prank which violates most companies email policies?
    Sounds like someone's been researching the rules. I'd bet this guy will more than get repaid in the coming weeks. Did he cross the line? That depends on your line. I read on a T-shirt somewhere "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye," but that's just one definition of the line. I just finished lunch, though. I imagine I'd be more angry if I was hungry.
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    If that happened around here, peer pressure would result in the jokester ordering out pizza for everyone and footing the bill. Ha-ha.
    That's what would happen where I work too.
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    sounds like he needs a pizza dumped all over the inside of his car.

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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    So people had to walk all the way to the lunchroom before heading to the elevators for lunch? That's inhuman!
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    sounds like he needs a pizza dumped all over the inside of his car.
    thats how i think too
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    Re: When does a prank cross the line?

    I think suitable revenge would be for the co-workers to arrange for a delivery driver from every pizza delivery place in town to show up at the wiseguy's desk with a pizza and a bill for the pizza at about 11:30AM on Monday.
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