ask the readers: what are the best and worst pranks you’ve seen at work?

I received this too late to run it yesterday but what the hell, we can still do it today. A reader writes:

Long time reader, first time question asker. This is more out of curiosity (I don’t currently have this problem where I work) but many of us have seen the episode of The Office where Jim seals Dwight’s stapler in Jello.

For April Fools’ Day, I’m curious about other readers’ experiences on this, the most treacherous of days for pranks. What are the worst or least appropriate pranks people have seen pulled in the workplace?

Over the years, pranks have proved far more controversial here than I ever would have expected, with some people arguing passionately that no prank is ever okay at work because they’re inherently mean-spirited. I disagree with that! Plenty of pranks aren’t mean-spirited, land the way they’re intended to, and are enjoyed by all. Other pranks fail that test, sometimes horrifyingly so.

For this post, I’m especially interested in hearing about pranks that went well — that no one felt humiliated, terrified, or angry from, and where genuine merriment ensured. But let’s also hear about pranks that went terribly wrong. Have at it in the comments.

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