Every year I try to pull off a really good April fool on someone. This year it was the work folks. See, I get into work a couple hours before everyone else, so I had some time.
Fool #1: Unplug the receiver from everyone’s phone
Fool #2: Rename a folder on a computer drive (one everyone uses on a daily basis) so that no one can find it
All was going well until a co-worker came and exploded at us (me and two other women who perform the same duties) because one of us (me) “corrupted all the files.”
Me: “I did it. April fool’s! Can’t I just change the name back and they’ll be fine?”
Co-worker: “No. Nothing will link right and R’s having to fix it.”
Me: “I’m sorry. Very sorry. I’m going to go call her and apologize.”
She was snotty on the phone, too. “I hope everyone’s estimates will work.”
I apologized again and again, hung up, and proceeded to get emotional. After about 45 minutes of tearing up, fighting it off, and tearing up again, I’d had it.
I was down using the personal room (nursing moms who work can pump in there) and called my husband. “They completely overreacted,” he said. “All you could have done by renaming a file is screw up the mapping, which takes like 1 minute to fix. Tell them they’re d-bags.”
While I didn’t do that, I felt a little better. And I got reassuring emails from a couple of nice co-workers (including the one who blew up–he apologized) telling me that they thought I played good jokes.
Nevertheless, I think I’ll stick to fooling Husband next year.