Monday, May 11, 2009

Practical Joke

(written by Jes)
For those that don’t know, I LOVE to play practical jokes in the office. This weekend, I got one of my good friends really good. Here is what happened:

Friday morning, Grant told me he wanted to put his piano on craigslist, but didn’t know how. So I helped him list it.

Later Friday afternoon, I created a new email address and emailed interest in the piano:

Is this piano still available? I'd like to come look at it. I can pay cash today.If you have other offers, please let me know because I really want it and I'll pay extra. Tom

All excited, he told me he had some interest. At the same time, someone else in the office had emailed him showing interest, so he thought he had competitive bidders. He replied with:

Hi Tom,
I live in West Lake Hills, TX and will have some time to show the piano tomorrow. Apparently I under-priced and am now facing a high influx of inquiries. I'll be finding a balance between selling it soon while taking the best offer. If someone comes with cash and/or makes a higher offer I'll certainly take it.

If you're still interested let me know, we can pick a time.

I felt a little bad that he was so excited to have interest so soon, so I decided to add a little “creepiness” into the joke.

Well, I could probably come up with the 1600 dollars today, but to offer more, I might be able to trade. I've got a few plane tickets that expire in the next 6 months between NYC and Rome that I could give, or I've got some old music equipment, or a lawnmower! Hey, you live in West Lake Hills? Can I have your address tonight so maybe I could come by tonight. How old are you?

The line “how old are you” did the trick. He was a little freaked out, but decided to continue the business transaction.

Hi Tom,
Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately, tonight is a bit quick for me. I have someone interested in seeing it tomorrow who, pending the visit, may offer up to $2000. I'd like to offer the same to you, please just let me know your availability( if you're still interested). I'd prefer cash, as I'm in no way qualified to appraise a lawnmower or tickets abroad.

That was the last email during work Friday; however, it freaked him out enough to delist the ad and stop emailing “Tom”. So I continued sending emails all weekend to him…

Well, I can't get up to 2,000 in cash, but I might be able to put something together. Those plane tickets would simply be valued at the cost of a ticket from NYC to Rome; however, I failed to mention that they are double tickets and I need the other ticket, so we'd have to fly together, but we could part ways once in Rome; however, I'm always up for sharing a room and saving some $$$!!! The lawnmower is a piece of sh**, I just wanted to throw some ideas out there. I'd be willing to offer "services" as well, such as lawn mowing, gutter cleaning, etc.Let me know how the other deal works out. See you tonight. Tom

He was REALLY freaked out about the comment “see you tonight”. I continued to email all weekend...

Grant - Can I get your phone number? I was hopeful we could get together tonight so I could look at your piano.

Hi Grant,I hope you had a good night. Hey, I google searched you and found some YouTube this the piano you're selling? looks pretty nice and sounds good. Let me know if you're still interested and want to get together?Maybe we should meet?

Now that I found him on You Tube, he was extra freaked out. Monday morning, I sent him this message:

Hi Grant, Did you have a good weekend? I waited for you to email me most the weekend. Kinda bummed you didn't. Maybe I should give you my phone number? Email me if you want it.I enjoyed watching your video's if that's you. I think so since I saw the piano. You should come give me a private performance sometime! Hee Hee.Well, I'm at work today. Just sitting here. What do you do? I bet it's something awesome and exciting. Not me, I simply work at a processing plant for deceased animals. They either pick up the dead ones off the street or various places. Nothing exciting.well, I found your myspace page too. I LOVE Dan Brown! We sound like we're so much alike! I spend a bit of that money this weekend at the uhh... "clubs"...hee hee {damn, those girls are expensive} so it'll take me some time to build up additional funds to get that piano off your hands. But hopefully we'll get a good load of animals this weekend from the heat {we get paid per animal processed}. But like I said, I've got other things. Talk to you soon. Tom AKA Fishi.

Well, Monday morning he was telling EVERYONE in the office about his new stalker and asking for advice. He was really worried that the person found his You Tube video’s, etc. He even considered calling the police! Finally, as he was telling me the whole story, I was laughing SO HARD that it was obvious it was me. He just stopped and asked, “Is this you?” When I couldn’t stop laughing, he had his answer. Most of the humor was witnessing his reaction, so this may not be too funny to the reader, but I suggest you doing this joke if you ever have the chance!