April Fools' Day Prank Gets Waffle House Worker Arrested, Police Said

April Fools' Day is our annual celebration of lies and trickery. But every year a handful of office pranksters are reminded that certain lies and tricks are illegal.

Susan Tinker, 20, who works at a Waffle House in Hampton, Virginia allegedly called the police just before 6 a.m. on Monday to report a robbery, reports The Smoking Gun. A robbery that was a whimsical fabrication, according to the police that arrested and charged the woman with falsely summoning them to the scene.

"Responding officers investigated the incident and determined that the complaint was a fabrication in celebration of 'April Fool's Day,'" the Hampton police stated in a media release.

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April Fools Day arrestThat same day, up in Ellington, Conn., Mark Foreman, 21, sent an evening text to his girlfriend claiming the local Friendly's was currently being robbed. Police arrived and evacuated the restaurant, reported the local NBC affiliate, and Foreman was released on bond.

In 2011, the prank of Cleveland city worker Rhodia Wallace got out of hand, also thanks to a too-concerned romantic partner. She called her boyfriend to tell him that shots had been fired inside City Hall, who then promptly called the police. Emergency responders rushed to the scene, where Wallace was arrested for making false alarms and inducing panic. That same April Fools in California, Marlina Flores, 24, was arrested for hoaxing another kind of crime, when she reported that she had been kidnapped along with her baby and were calling from the back of a pickup truck.

Then there was one North Carolina's mother's hilarious caper, when she called her 31-year-old son Michael Kelly to tell him that his son was missing. In a panic, Kelly started speeding to his mother's home at 120 miles an hour, refusing to slow down even when police got on his tail. He was arrested and charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, driving with a suspended license and failure to stop at a red light, reported local station WCNC.

Conclusion: Faking a crime can be illegal, or at least compel people to do illegal things -- whether you're in the office or not.
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None of these practical jokes was funny, and they all sounded potentially dangerous. Next April Fool's Day, try this one: a toilet paper cake. Wrap one roll of TP in a second roll and apply chocolate frosting. It will look convincingly real!

April 03 2013 at 10:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The irony of "practical jokes" is that the joker is taking advantage of the jokee's implicit trust in him/her. It's easy to fool someone who believes you and believes in you.

April 03 2013 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a freaken dope

April 03 2013 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Pranks can be fun and funny. But keep away from ones that involve law enforcement. Even on April Fool's Day, people have real emergancies, and pranksters shouldn't take police away from those who may really need help. I was "gotten" twice this year. Once by a friend who posted something online, and it went completely over my head. And once by a fav fast food restaurant who posted that they wouldn't be selling curly fries after that day. Again, I didn't tumble. My mind just wasn't on the funny channel this year, but I laughed and took my "Fool" title with humor. Be creative. Have fun. But use common sense so that no one gets hurt because of you. And on that note........... you have another whole year to get ready for next year's pranks. Make 'em good!!! :D

April 03 2013 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Miss Tinker is not really a thinker.

April 03 2013 at 4:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Ron White is correct! You cannot fix Stupid!

April 03 2013 at 1:04 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

What idiots are they that pull these kinds of pranks. They should be tarred and feathered the old fashioned way and see if they think that's so funny.

April 03 2013 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

but being reasonable, if this is the first time she did something like this, she should get a fine and then some community service, perhaps in a soup kitchen or something. It was a dumb idea, but throwing the book at her isn't -hopefully- necessary.

April 03 2013 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tell me what is "reasonable" about telling your son that his son has been kidnapped? None of the other pranks were remotely reasonable. They were stupid and dangerous and totally uncaring of the safety of others; their lives were endangered by the (un)funny jokes.

April 08 2013 at 11:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

practical jokes are not funny....ever....they are usually played by someone with a poor sense of humor..they are usually mean...anyone objecting is considered a "wet blanket" but secretly everyone hates the practical joker.

April 03 2013 at 12:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

stupid is as stupid does

April 03 2013 at 12:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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