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8 Office Pranks That Will Not Get You Terminated

So let’s talk about office pranks. They’re supposed to be this funny thing. It’s just a joke. But sometimes, jokes get taken too far. You think your prank will be funny, and then it turns out not to be. Somehow it’s not so funny when someone gets fired.

You see, the thing about office pranks is that they tend to have a habit of getting out of control. Do you think it will be funny at first? You might do something completely harmless in your eyes, but in the eyes of someone else, it’s an offence punishable by termination. You’re going to want to avoid situations like that. To try and help you play office pranks without your job or someone else’s post being at risk, we are taking a look at those jokes which are less harmful.

Office Stripper

You ever have a Christmas party? Well, what you’ve got to appreciate is that there’s a lot of chances to pull pranks and enjoy yourself. And with Celebrate Just Right, there’s the potential to do just that. Many people enjoy a good stripper, but it’s also a great prank to hire one out and play havoc with your colleague. For safest results, maybe manager or boss first.

Lock Em Up

There are few things as entertaining as locking someone in a cupboard for an hour or two. If you send a friend into a supply area to get something for you, then you can lock them in the cupboard pretty easily. And let us tell you – it’s hilarious when you do.

Sugar/Salt Mixups

So you know sugar and salt look pretty similar? Well, you can use that to your advantage and prank someone good. Here’s what you do. Get yourself a pot which looks like the sugar pot. Fill it up with salt, and hide the old sugar one temporarily. Wait until your friend makes a coffee, and boom! They’re left with something that tastes absolutely vile. Just be careful that they don’t have a heart condition or something which can’t tolerate salt.

Haunted Office

An inventive use of a tape recorder has never been more applicable than it is here. When you prank someone like this, you know that it’s going to be highly entertaining for them. We all want to see it when someone is convinced their building is haunted, and now you can. All you need to do is to plant a tape recorder in their office and wait for the fun to begin.

Whoopie Cushion

Sometimes, you have to look to the original ideas to find the one that will work for you. This is an oldie but a goodie. The whoopie cushion is placed under the pillow or cushion that they’ve got on their chair. When they sit down, guess what’ll happen? It may be a bit childish, but it can also be hilarious.

Helium Office

Alright, if you’ve ever seen this done before, you’ll know what we mean when we say that it’s hilarious. You introduce helium into someone’s office. Not enough to cause them any harm, but just enough that their voice rises a couple of octaves. If you want to make sure that they don’t get terminated either, just do it on a day that they don’t have a major meeting or phone call to make.

Time for a Change

Sometimes when it comes to pranking someone, the best way to do things is to be a little subtle about it, especially in the workplace. For example, a lot of people find that changing the background of someone’s computer is quite entertaining, so why not try that? It’s not going to get either of you fired, so long as you don’t go completely overboard.

Glue the Mug

Everyone has a favourite mug. But how much will they like it when they’re stuck to it? For this, you’ll need some relatively strong glue, but nothing that’ll cause too much damage. You’re going to want to cover the handle of the mug in the glue and then wait for that person to pick it up. They’ll be literally inseparable from it!

Overall, these are just a couple of the different things you can do when it comes to trying to get the most from your pranks in the office, but also avoid getting into trouble with people. No one wants to upset the balance in the office, and while it is sometimes necessary it can also be avoided. Your practical joke isn’t going to be all that funny when someone gets fired because of you, so it’s important to try and exercise a bit of common sense when debating how best to prank someone. Remember, if you’re unsure, don’t do it – it’s not worth anyone’s job.


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Ameyaw Kissi Debrah, known professionally as Ameyaw Debrah, is a Ghanaian celebrity blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.

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