No matter how much you love your job, every place of business can get a little boring. The everyday work routine can turn into a real slog, which is why some people choose liven things up at the expense of one of their co-workers.
Made even more popular by the likes of The Office and Office Space, prank wars at work can range from clever to mundane and unnoticed to sometimes extreme. Office pranksters explained their best pranks to Reddit, and we collected some of the best below if you're looking for a bit of inspiration.
They Made Their Desktop Unclickable
From Redditor /u/anon_e_mous9669:
I worked with a guy who was kind of an a**hole and not very computer literate. He acted as though he was better than everyone because our business process had a bottleneck where he had to review documents, so he basically acted... self-important...
One day when he was in a meeting, I noticed he had left his computer unlocked and also that no one else was around when I happened to walk by his cubicle (I did not work near him).
I hopped on his machine real quick, took a screenshot of his desktop and the 400 file icons he kept on the desktop, and then made a folder on his C drive called "Desktop Icons" and moved them all in there and set his desktop background to the screen shot.
It took him the rest of the day to figure out what was wrong and he had like a vendetta about finding out who did it, but since no one like him, no one would give him any clues it was me.
They Used An Extra Mouse To Drive A Co-Worker Nuts
From Redditor /u/Petrus_was_taken:
Plug a extra mouse in a coworkers computer. Leave it under the desk so you can reach it with your foot.
Don't overdo it but once in a while slightly nudge the mouse if he is using his mouse.
If you do this well you can keep it up for days.
They Hazed New Hires By Randomly Shutting Down Computers
From Redditor /u/ExxInferis:
Back in the day, our office IT was... less than modern day standards shall we say. Basically every single PC had admin rights. It was chaos for our poor IT admin guy, but he was semi-retired so didn't give too much of a sh*t.
Right click on desktop, create new shortcut, type shutdown.exe -I and you have created one of the best chaos creation tools I've ever employed. Double-click on this, and you can select any computer on the network and have it re-start or shutdown, with an optional countdown timer and pop-up message. You just need your victim's IP address and admin rights.
This was commonly deployed against the fresh-faced work experience kids as hardened office veterans would smell a rat quickly. My favourite was to wait until they were an hour or so into work, then send a shutdown command with the warning pop-up, "Windows has detected a ridiculous haircut, and will shutdown in 10 seconds."
The panicked look of desperation was priceless. They rarely said anything, as how do you tell all these grown-ups that the PC shut down because of... their hair cut.
Yes I'm going to Hell. I've made my peace with that.
They Swapped Keys On A Keyboard
From Redditor /u/dr0ne6:
Swap two keys from their keyboard. I like to swap the V and B keys because they're not used often enough that people have that row memorized.