Best Practical Jokes at Work
Engineers lead Hawaii Business contest about pranks in the workplace
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BEST SUPERHERO PRANK
Victim: GLEN ‘IRON MAN’ NAKAFUJI
Pranksters: INFO SYSTEM GROUP at Oceanit
“One night after work, Vince Lee and folks from the Info System group at Oceanit converted Dr. Glen “Iron Man” Nakafuji’s cubicle into the coolest Iron Man hangout,” writes Oceanit marketing manager Ian Kitajima. All the furniture was “wrapped” and Iron Man’s picture was taped to his computer screen. Nakafuji loved it.
BEST BIRTHDAY PRANK
Illustration: Andrew J. Catanzariti
Victims: BIRTHDAY BOYS AND GIRLS
Pranksters: EMPLOYEES AT T.G.I.FRIDAYS
Randy Botti, now owner of Walaau Media, recalls that “back in the day” at TGI Fridays on Ward Avenue, the favorite birthday practical joke in the kitchen was to freeze the birthday person’s street clothes.
“Shortly after their shift started, we would take their clothes out of their locker, soak them in water, then hang them in the walk-in freezer. When they started to firm up (one hour or so), we would shape them so they would stand up on their own, constantly spraying them with water so they were stiff. Both pants and shirt.”
When the victims finished work, they would find their clothes standing upright in front of their lockers. “We always bought the ‘victim’ dinner for two for their birthdays to soften the emotions,” Botti says.
BEST COMPANY VEHICLE
Hawaii Business is looking for Hawaii’s best company vehicle, which could be a car, truck, boat, airplane, bus, bicycle or any other vehicle.
We are considering several categories, including:
• Best overall company vehicle;
• Best green machine;
• Most unusual;
• Most eye-catching;
• Best tour bus or other bus;
• Most effective use of advertising space on the vehicle.
Send us a high-resolution picture of the vehicle and a brief description or explanation. Send the entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13.
We plan to show the winning entries in our June issue and award restaurant gift certificates to our first- and second-place finishers.
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