Chapman’s finest pranksters are preparing themselves for the only day of the year it is acceptable to switch out a roommate’s tooth paste for shaving cream. But according to these student stories, it is well advised to think of the consequences of April Fools’ day pranks.
Some people don’t take kindly to being made the butt of the joke. When revenge is a motivator, retaliation can be severe. Revenge pranks restore the power balance of a relationship, causing pranks to escalate beyond anyone’s imagination.
Sophomore business and hospitality major Chi Osse was one of the doomed students who forgot the significance of the date last year.
“I woke up alone in my dorm room,” Osse said. “I got dressed for school and went to the sink to brush my teeth. When I turned on the faucet I was blasted by a jet stream of water that soaked my entire body stomach and under.”
Osse’s roommate had taped the bottom of the faucet with electric tape so that it would malfunction. Unfortunately for his roommate, revenge was quickly served.
“I’m a huge fan of April Fools’ day,” Osse’s roommate, sophomore real estate major Brady Ford said. “Growing up, my mom would always play the best pranks on my sister and I. I was surprised when Chi got me back.”
Osse constructed an elaborate prank to trick Ford into thinking his girlfriend was cheating with Osse. The two students set up a scene in Ford’s bed, to make it appear they had been caught in the act.
“When I walked into my dorm room after my night class I had already forgotten that it was still April Fools’ day. I saw my girlfriend and Chi in my bed and almost punched Chi in the face, before they both yelled ‘April Fools!’” Ford said.
Sophomore communications major Tiana Vazinpoor also suffered a prank by her friends and decided to seek revenge.
“I had parked my car illegally when I was in a rush for class,” Vazinpoor said. “I returned to find no car, and a note telling me where to find my car. Immediately I called the police.”
Vazinpoor’s friends revealed that they had hidden her car as a prank, since the keys had been left in the car. Thankfully the police weren’t too hard on Vazinpoor’s quick judgement.
“I wanted to pull a prank on my friends after finding out it was them the whole time,” Vazinpoor said. “I wasn’t angry but I decided to pretend that I was furious, and told my roommate she had to move out before quickly calling ‘April Fools.’”
Offices, television shows, and radio stations are all infamous for the pranks they play on April Fools’ day. By far one of the more hit or miss categories is family: you don’t know who you could upset.
Kiana Kabir, sophomore communications major, was pranked by her mother on her eleventh April Fools’ day.
“My birthday is two days after April Fools’ day and my mom told me that my party was cancelled, took my phone, and sent me to my room,” Kabir said.
After fifteen minutes of water works and confusion, Kabir’s mother burst into the room to bust the prank.
“I was so devastated that I couldn’t believe it was even a prank!” Kabir said. “I decided to pretend like I ran away from home, and instead I just ran to my neighbors house.”
Kabir hid in her neighbor’s basement until her mother showed up, a nervous wreck, on the verge of calling the cops. Kabir decided that they were even after that.
Learn from these stories of pranks turned revenge at Chapman. Before you switch out the sugar for salt, make sure you aren’t turned into a prank yourself.