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It may be April Fools Day, but I can't remember a really good April Fools story. The closest I got are a couple of office pranks. Interestingly enough, the target is the same in both.
The first goes back a few years. A friend and co-worker from another department asked for my opinion about something to do with construction paper. When we got to her office, somehow it dawned on both of us that the paper could be used in an interesting office prank. If you remember a New York Mets Manager named Bobby Valentine, then this story should sound familar. He was once ejected from a game. He then decided to return to the dugout, a no-no for you non-baseball people, disguised with a Groucho Marx like glasses and fake moustache. A co-worker in the PR department was a huge Mets fan. He had Mets souveniours in his office, including a baseball cap. So we managed to steal it out of his office. We then used the black construction paper to build a moustache, and I took off my contacts and put on glasses. Donning the Mets cap, I went down to his office, as he was conducting a phone interview and sat down. He looked up, starting chuckling and had to excuse himself from the call as he hung up and laughed out loud (or should I use LOL here??). Luckily, his interview was a reporter he knew pretty well, so when he relayed the story later, the reporter understood.
The second story also involved my PR friend. It was his last day working at that organization. A few of us, probably over too many beers, decided to move his office to the hallway. On the Friday, we got in early and moved his chairs, desk, and everything on it, out to the main hallway. That was no easy task, as his office was nearly at one end of the building, around a corner and we were putting him in the center of the building. We had intended to put him out in front of the elevators, but we had to get past some pesky glass doors and decided against it. So instead he was right in front of a conference room. I think we managed to hook up his phone. No go on the computer, but it was essentially his desk in the hall. I worked up a floor so I couldn't see his reaction, but my co-horts told me it was hilarious. He even decided to work there for about half an hour until the office manager finally told him, and some of us, to move him back to his office.
Good times. Being a consultant nowadays, I can't exactly do that to a client.