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.
More: Top 10 Office PranksThat 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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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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