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(The Smoking Gun)   Prank caller hits jackpot with brainless hotel clerk, guest   (thesmokinggun.com) divider line 152
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2009-06-09 10:03:05 PM  
I think they are going to have to redo that "smart" guest ad campaign.
 
2009-06-09 10:08:21 PM  
Heckuva job, Browny.
 
2009-06-09 10:15:39 PM  
In other news, Holiday Inn hires morons.
 
zz9
2009-06-09 11:05:39 PM  
This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.
 
2009-06-09 11:13:08 PM  
Considering this was Arkansas, I'm surprised there were no deaths.
 
2009-06-09 11:15:25 PM  
Anybody else read the Rusty 'Incident Commander' Brown parts in the Andy Samberg's "I'm the Boss" voice?
 
2009-06-09 11:43:55 PM  
Alright. Out with it. Which one of you guys was it?
 
2009-06-09 11:44:25 PM  
As a front desk agent, that guy is a nitwit.
 
2009-06-09 11:45:31 PM  
FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?
 
2009-06-09 11:46:33 PM  
I'm not a sprinkler company employee, but I did prank a Holiday Inn Express last night.
 
2009-06-09 11:47:18 PM  
dl.getdropbox.com

/Hot like a troll
 
2009-06-09 11:48:59 PM  
Arkansas minimum-wage earner
+ Melodramatic guest
+ Bored teenager
--------
$50,000 damages

/obvious?
 
2009-06-09 11:49:02 PM  
I would like to contact this Holiday Inn employee because I believe he is entitled to some Nigerian funds I have come into my possession.
 
2009-06-09 11:50:03 PM  
Epic.
 
2009-06-09 11:50:25 PM  
b-ham: FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?


My thoughts exactly... I definitely giggled when I read that.
 
2009-06-09 11:50:33 PM  
zz9: This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.

Right on target.
 
2009-06-09 11:50:37 PM  
That guest is even dumber than the desk clerk. Domestic terrorism? LOL!
 
2009-06-09 11:51:06 PM  
Oh damn. Just damn.
 
2009-06-09 11:51:10 PM  
Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.
 
2009-06-09 11:51:11 PM  
Somebody buy that cop a thesaurus so he can use a word besides "advised".
 
2009-06-09 11:51:31 PM  
That's pretty fkn funny. You'd think that after a certain point, he might have realized something was amiss...
 
2009-06-09 11:51:49 PM  
...after police and fire officials determined that the caller was an imposter.

Gee... ya think?

Conway cops alerted fellow Arkansas law enforcement officials that "more of these calls could be coming in,"

...and so that is why I set fire to that Holiday Inn. I knew no one would dare pull the fire alarm.
 
2009-06-09 11:52:11 PM  
wish i would have thought of that
 
2009-06-09 11:52:58 PM  
InuNoTaisho: Somebody buy that cop a thesaurus so he can use a word besides "advised".

This. Given the two idiots involved, "done told" or "hollered at" might be more appropriate.
 
2009-06-09 11:53:59 PM  
zz9: This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.

Word.

Also, how does this not have a "Fail" tag? This transcends "Stupid" and doesn't quite meet the category of "Asinine" either.

The thought of these two buffoons breaking windows with a fire extinguisher at the bequest of a anonymous-line caller is nothing short of hilarious.
 
2009-06-09 11:54:06 PM  
zz9: This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.

No matter how enlightened of a society you have, there will always be stupid people around. ALWAYS.
 
2009-06-09 11:54:06 PM  
Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)
 
2009-06-09 11:54:17 PM  
Holiday Inn Express: SMRT
 
2009-06-09 11:55:00 PM  
Dundidit: Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.

I find it amusing the way I find a lot of clueless stupidity amusing, especially since nobody was hurt. But I agree with you that the person that made the call should be held accountable. However, I would also say that the employee and the guest should also be held accountable. Stupidity and lack of basic critical thinking skills are not an excuse for what they did. In fact, I would venture to say that the two of them are MORE responsible for what happened than the caller.
 
2009-06-09 11:55:07 PM  
Dundidit: Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.


Or the hotel clerk could have asked any one of numerous questions to verify the caller's identity before causing all kinds of damages.

By your logic, if the caller told them to jump off a bridge, they should be tried for murder.
 
2009-06-09 11:55:31 PM  
I feel bad for those 2, they're going to feel like total schmucks for the rest of their lives.
 
2009-06-09 11:56:43 PM  
Well it's not like the clerk actually STAYS at the Holiday Inn. He goes home after his shift is over.
 
2009-06-09 11:57:24 PM  
Terrified Asexual Forcemeat: Considering this was Arkansas, I'm surprised there were no deaths.

I'd vote for that comment

and I've never been there

Fark has helped me see the light
 
2009-06-09 11:59:07 PM  
cyks: By your logic, if the caller told them to jump off a bridge, they should be tried for murder.

So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?
 
2009-06-09 11:59:15 PM  
How do we not have a picture of this girl with a google map satellite image of her bathroom window?

/TIW...
 
2009-06-10 12:00:35 AM  
It never occurred to me that you could perform the Milgram experiment by just calling someone and asserting authority.
 
2009-06-10 12:00:47 AM  
Dundidit: Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.

"... What if your house... what if your family... what if your dope was on fire?"

"That's impossible sir, it's in Johnson's underpants"

/could you describe the ruckus?
 
2009-06-10 12:01:21 AM  
b-ham: FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?


Yeah, sometimes people pretend to have conversation like everyone else by repeating words and phrases they've heard others use, like when characters on TV talk about computers.
 
2009-06-10 12:03:19 AM  
strathmeyer: Yeah, sometimes people pretend to have conversation like everyone else by repeating words and phrases they've heard others use, like when characters on TV talk about computers.

I'll use a vb script to gui trace the ip?
 
SU
2009-06-10 12:04:57 AM  
hahahaha..haahahahaha
 
2009-06-10 12:05:14 AM  
Dundidit - Yes. And I'd place one of the Darwin Awards books on their headstone while affecting an air of sombre reverence, too.
 
2009-06-10 12:05:23 AM  
Dundidit: So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?

Yes. If it was a clown.
 
2009-06-10 12:06:11 AM  
Any other farkers remember that anonymous caller into fast food restaurants, telling the managers there to strip search the female employees? Whatever happened to that guy?
 
2009-06-10 12:06:52 AM  
home.comcast.net
Approves.

06/06/2009 NEVAH FORGET!!!
 
2009-06-10 12:07:02 AM  
keypusher: Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)


Holy shiat dude!

/wow, just... wow
 
2009-06-10 12:07:35 AM  
Dundidit: cyks: By your logic, if the caller told them to jump off a bridge, they should be tried for murder.

So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?


image.spreadshirt.net
 
2009-06-10 12:07:51 AM  
Failing_Junk: It never occurred to me that you could perform the Milgram experiment by just calling someone and asserting authority.

Beat me to it, but yes, unfortunately the clerk and guest are by no means a minority.
 
2009-06-10 12:07:55 AM  
Dundidit:
So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?


Wait...are you saying that it wouldn't be?
 
2009-06-10 12:09:43 AM  
Sim Tree: Any other farkers remember that anonymous caller into fast food restaurants, telling the managers there to strip search the female employees? Whatever happened to that guy?

There has already been a link posted regarding this, Jeff Gordon.
 
2009-06-10 12:10:06 AM  
Donald_McRonald: I'm not a sprinkler company employee, but I did prank a Holiday Inn Express last night.

You win. Thread over.
 
2009-06-10 12:10:12 AM  
They should look into whoever they hire to 'clean up' the Holiday Inn and see if the company is the same or related to the company that did the clean-up/repair work at the previous incident.

Could be a prank designed to create work for a company during these tough times.
 
2009-06-10 12:10:54 AM  
Mr. Potatoass: Dundidit: So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?

Yes. If it was a clown.


On fire, eating jelly donuts.
 
2009-06-10 12:12:34 AM  
JC22: They should look into whoever they hire to 'clean up' the Holiday Inn and see if the company is the same or related to the company that did the clean-up/repair work at the previous incident.

Could be a prank designed to create work for a company during these tough times.


I'm afraid you know too much and must be killed. You won't see tomorrow.
 
2009-06-10 12:12:44 AM  
TsukasaK: Alright. Out with it. Which one of you guys was it?

Exactly
what I was thinking! Whoever you are... you, sir are a genius.

Unbelievable.
 
2009-06-10 12:13:12 AM  
Gee, an Arkansan named for a shiatty color, Rusty Brown. Probably born in a crapper.


Wait...
 
2009-06-10 12:14:08 AM  
note from myself and someone who's been advised to Officer Bolling:

There's no such company as Grennel, but there is a SimplexGrinnell that makes sprinkler systems. You might have been thinking about fishing.
 
2009-06-10 12:15:25 AM  
Dundidit: So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?

That depends, would the person that jumped be wearing a shirt that says "Shait happens"?
 
2009-06-10 12:15:27 AM  
FlyingJ: Approves.

06/06/2009 NEVAH FORGET!!!



Right on! A friend of mine's son was been called Keith Moon many times... it took his Dad awhile to catch on. (neither of them are that bright.)


(kidding!)
 
2009-06-10 12:15:54 AM  
Dundidit: cyks: By your logic, if the caller told them to jump off a bridge, they should be tried for murder.

So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?



To be honest, not right away. After a few beers, yes.

My guilt is compartmentalized down to Easter day when I go to church.
 
2009-06-10 12:16:49 AM  
"Ma'am, did you live under power lines as a child?"

-

"No, why?"

-

"Sometimes people become magnetized to certain types of glass when they grow up under power line."

-

"Oh, I understand. Thanks for checking!"

-

"That's my job, Ma'am. Now this next step is important, because it will test the functionality of the frontal lobe section of the system. I need you to go smash the windows in the lobby with a chair, all right?"

-

"Smash the windows, got it!"
 
2009-06-10 12:17:45 AM  
"was been" - wtf? how about "has been."

/long day.
 
2009-06-10 12:18:27 AM  
Dundidit: Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.

Actually, since no one was seriously hurt, it IS funny. Otherwise, it would have been tragic AND funny.
 
2009-06-10 12:18:39 AM  
You have to avoid turning on the sprinklers.

QUICK, SMASH THE WINDOWS!!


What?
 
2009-06-10 12:20:14 AM  
keypusher
Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)


Wow...just wow
 
2009-06-10 12:20:27 AM  
Anyone seen rbcp recently? Naw, he wouldn't do that.
 
2009-06-10 12:20:28 AM  
You_Really_Like_Me: Dundidit: Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.

Actually, since no one was seriously hurt, it IS funny. Otherwise, it would have been tragic AND funny.


Yeah, this.

I'd like to think that if I tell someone to do something so completely idiotic that any normal person would tell me to go pound sand, that I wouldn't be on the hook for damages if they actually did it.

Prankster: Come forward and claim your free 10 internets as well as a beer of your choice.
 
2009-06-10 12:20:54 AM  
Lets face it, a lot of people in this world are stupid.

These 2 are on an entirely different level than most of the others however.

The caller on the phone, the desk clerk and the guest that helped destroy the place are all liable for damages as far as I'm concerned.

I would like to point out that none of these people are likely to have any money.
 
2009-06-10 12:26:00 AM  
Jonathan Hohensee: No matter how enlightened of a society you have, there will always be stupid people around. ALWAYS.

This isn't a case of stupid. This is a case of someone who, for her entire life, was conditioned to always obey authority. Of course, when a pranker poses as "authority" she blindly listens and obeys.

You wouldn't believe the ridiculous things you can get people (strangers) to do by simply behaving and speaking as if you were an authority figure.
 
2009-06-10 12:26:02 AM  
This is still trumped by the McDonald's employees who were strip searched (new window) because of a call from a "police officer".
 
2009-06-10 12:31:45 AM  
img26.picoodle.com
 
2009-06-10 12:32:29 AM  
angst178n: I would like to point out that none of these people are likely to have any money.

Are you kidding? The guy is an Incident Commander. He must be loaded!
 
2009-06-10 12:36:19 AM  
British - "Anyone seen rbcp recently? Naw, he wouldn't do that."

Damn ! Beat me to it ! :)

Yay PLA
 
2009-06-10 12:52:01 AM  
As a resident of Conway, I am really getting a kick...
 
2009-06-10 01:00:20 AM  
...checking Dr. Funkenstein's phone records....
 
2009-06-10 01:04:09 AM  
PRANKSTAR!
 
2009-06-10 01:10:24 AM  
I thought it was pretty stupid until I got to the part where the guy said he was a victim of domestic terrorism, and then I laughed for about five solid minutes.
 
2009-06-10 01:11:12 AM  
Not to be confused with the prank caller that convinced a hotel manager of Comfort Suites in Johnson City, TN to pull the alarm and press a button for the sprinkler system. The caller had all the right info especially the specific locations in that hotel. She's back to work now. They're still trying to figure out who pulled the prank.

Oh, and unless I missed something, the only reason why I know about it is because I got free cake and a funny amateur show of two slightly tipsy females singing "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
 
2009-06-10 01:13:37 AM  
sullyman: In other news, Holiday Inn hotels hires morons.

Got it.
 
2009-06-10 01:15:52 AM  
Hotel employee to be recruited by the TSA. They're desperate for supervisors.
 
2009-06-10 01:20:41 AM  
LMFAO

Donald_McRonald FTW !!!
 
2009-06-10 01:22:24 AM  
Prankster, what is your Fark handle?

/Magnificent bastard.
 
2009-06-10 01:23:42 AM  
http://frontdeskanonymous.blogspot.com/ Not the first crazy thing that's happened in a hotel...
 
2009-06-10 01:32:47 AM  
Sounds like somebody didn't get a good night sleep at this hotel. In defense of the front desk clerk, I know of two other people I would label idiots who work as a desk clerk at a hotel.
 
2009-06-10 01:33:12 AM  
keypusher: Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)


Dumb chicks from Arkansas? Oral sex while on the phone?

temple3.files.wordpress.com

Approves.
 
2009-06-10 01:38:30 AM  
Farking hilarious
 
2009-06-10 01:51:09 AM  
Seriously doubt anyone could be this stupid. Prankster must have been very convincing.
 
2009-06-10 01:51:44 AM  
I live in Conway, so yeah, getting a kick..

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2009-06-10 01:59:58 AM  
alhazred: I find it amusing the way I find a lot of clueless stupidity amusing, especially since nobody was hurt. But I agree with you that the person that made the call should be held accountable. However, I would also say that the employee and the guest should also be held accountable. Stupidity and lack of basic critical thinking skills are not an excuse for what they did. In fact, I would venture to say that the two of them are MORE responsible for what happened than the caller.


Exactly at what point does this NOT become the sole responsibility of the morons who enacted the damage at the "idle requests" of a complete stranger (which sounds like a fishy excuse for unleashing mayhem with a "the anonymous caller Devil made me do it" line)?

Are these people not required to behave like responsible adults or atone for the damage they caused? If they are going to enact the whims of any random stranger upon property while lacking the slightest inkling of moral consciousness, then perhaps both of these adults should be institutionalized in the the nearest insane asylum for the protection of themselves and the people in their community.

img150.imageshack.us
 
2009-06-10 02:03:27 AM  
mofomisfit: I thought it was pretty stupid until I got to the part where the guy said he was a victim of domestic terrorism, and then I laughed for about five solid minutes.

I must have completely lost my sense of humor tonight, but I actually don't find anything funny about it.

At the very least, you are forced to get up and get out in the middle of the night.

Well, that is unless you got so sloppy drunk that you slept through remained unconscious throughout the alarm.

It's like you just discovered that hotel clerks don't have to be geniuses - hey maybe you can get a job as one someday.

Oh, but there's that other bothersome point - "terrorism". Since when does being an douchebag constitute terrorism?

BTW, there are a lot of victims of torture who wish they had been waterboarded instead.
 
2009-06-10 02:11:30 AM  
Copy and paste this message into five other Fark threads. Then press Alt-F4, and your crush's name will appear on the screen.

/what, you don't believe me?
 
2009-06-10 02:17:13 AM  
caller was a genius
beats the hell out of ordering boner pills off the TV at 3AM and sending them to my friends house
 
2009-06-10 02:22:55 AM  
b-ham: FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?


Since he described himself as an incident commander, he probably works for a law enforcement or other Weeners agency that thrives on federal funds handed down to fight domestic terrorism in such hot spots as Bugtussle, Arkansas or Greasy Bottom, Missouri.
 
2009-06-10 02:39:01 AM  
alhazred: But I agree with you that the person that made the call should be held accountable.

Accountable for what?! What's the charge? If I call you and tell you to jump off a bridge, am I guilty of anything if you do it?
 
2009-06-10 02:42:17 AM  
anfrind: Copy and paste this message into five other Fark threads. Then press Alt-F4, and your crush's name will appear on the screen.

/what, you don't believe me?


heh, You would get away with this is it wasn't a gullibility thread. I reckon half of farkers don't know what alt-f4 does (minimizes window).
 
2009-06-10 02:43:06 AM  
FTFA: "...$50,000 in damages to the hotel's windows, carpets and electrical system. Hotel guests, who were evacuated during the incident, were allowed back into the Holiday Inn..."

Let me get this straight. The carpets everywhere are swamps, the beds are all soaked, and the place has damaged circuitry everywhere...SO THEY LET EVERYONE BACK IN???

i303.photobucket.com
 
2009-06-10 02:55:02 AM  
Wuzy: I live in Conway, so yeah, getting a kick..

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4chan called. They want their farking triforce back.
 
2009-06-10 03:05:49 AM  
TsukasaK: 4chan called. They want their farking triforce back.

Cool story, bro
 
2009-06-10 03:08:31 AM  
Man, rock bands these days just phone it in.
 
2009-06-10 03:26:09 AM  
Anyone else notice the cops misspelled 'Holiday Inn' as 'Holliday' in the victim name area?

/sigh
 
2009-06-10 03:37:31 AM  
tiamet4: keypusher
Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)

Wow...just wow


Horrendous, really.

FTA: Nix, remorseful for his part in the crime, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and other crimes in February 2006 in exchange for his testimony against Stewart. Because he was the principal perpetrator of the beatings and engaged in the sex act, he received a 5 year sentence, with a minimum of 2 years in prison.

The guy got two years' minimum for being gullible.

Pretty costly beej, I'd say. Speaking as someone who's never had one and so perhaps underestimates their value.
 
2009-06-10 03:43:33 AM  
I once got a Rusty Brown in a Holiday Inn.
 
2009-06-10 04:09:22 AM  
So suppose the goat farking 7-11 clerk with the turban, stink breath and bad attitude pisses you off? Try this.

1) Leave quietly, but note the name of their alarm company from the decal on the door

2) Go across the street and use the pay phone at the gas station

3) Find the number for the 7-11 in the book and give Ahmed a ring

4) Identify yourself as a supervisor at XYZ Security. Politely explain that due a computer malfunction the hold up alarm will need to be reset. Ask him to push the button down twice and hold it down for two seconds each time

5) Politely thank him, hang up, and enjoy the show.
 
2009-06-10 04:14:10 AM  
keypusher: Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)


I learn something new every day.

I feel like spreading the word about this 'experiment'... firsthand.
 
2009-06-10 04:16:05 AM  
Wuzy: TsukasaK: 4chan called. They want their farking triforce back.

Cool story, bro


To be fair, your story was worse.
 
2009-06-10 04:26:50 AM  
homepage.mac.com
 
2009-06-10 05:04:43 AM  
You have to break off the sprinkler head to keep water from coming out. That didnt work? Break out the windows!! Now set yourself on fire, and have your daughter come over and blow me...there. That should do it.

/LOL PWNED!!
 
2009-06-10 05:23:09 AM  
wow that's a lot more harsh then what me and my buddy did back in high school Link (new window)
 
2009-06-10 05:45:03 AM  
I wouldn't say the Clerk was actually stupid, just inexperienced and the caller probably freaked her out... thus why she did what she did. As for Mr. Incident Commander, he's a complete asshat, and only made things worse by lending the "Color of Authority" to the situation. It is one thing for the clerk to pull the fire alarm at the behest of some prank caller pretending to be with the Fire Sprinkler contractor, it is something entirely different for Mr. Brown to get involved.

By announcing himself as a person of authority, then going along with the prankster, Brownie in essense cemented the authority of the prankster for the clerk, who would now do anything they were told.
 
2009-06-10 06:13:06 AM  
There could be an experience gap at that Holiday Inn.
 
2009-06-10 06:59:54 AM  
That desk clerk is certainly Holiday Inn management material.
 
2009-06-10 07:16:06 AM  
MmmmBacon: As for Mr. Incident Commander, he's a complete asshat, and only made things worse by lending the "Color of Authority" to the situation.

My guess is, the "Incident Commander" was in on the gag, and the cops were, in turn, too dim to catch on.
 
2009-06-10 07:50:56 AM  
b-ham: FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?


Jesus. With all the prank calls I did as a kid, I'm surprised I didn't end up in Gitmo!
 
2009-06-10 08:11:40 AM  
i44.tinypic.com
 
2009-06-10 08:26:06 AM  
Dundidit: Things like this are not funny. Someone could have been seriously hurt by these actions and the kid making the phone call should be arrested and charged for all the damages as well as putting all those hotel guests lives in danger.

Yes...they...are. If you are dumb enough to believe that breaking windows or a sprinkler head will prevent the sprinkler system from activating, you deserve what you get. And I have every right to point and laugh.

Don't get me wrong, I don't wish any harm to anyone (although this IS Fark), but stupidity needs to be pointed out and corrected.

/Use some common sense, you farkers.
/The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
 
2009-06-10 08:32:22 AM  
MattyBlast: FTFA: "...$50,000 in damages to the hotel's windows, carpets and electrical system. Hotel guests, who were evacuated during the incident, were allowed back into the Holiday Inn..."

Let me get this straight. The carpets everywhere are swamps, the beds are all soaked, and the place has damaged circuitry everywhere...SO THEY LET EVERYONE BACK IN???


that pic scares me
 
2009-06-10 08:34:50 AM  
Gridlock: alhazred: I find it amusing the way I find a lot of clueless stupidity amusing, especially since nobody was hurt. But I agree with you that the person that made the call should be held accountable. However, I would also say that the employee and the guest should also be held accountable. Stupidity and lack of basic critical thinking skills are not an excuse for what they did. In fact, I would venture to say that the two of them are MORE responsible for what happened than the caller.


Exactly at what point does this NOT become the sole responsibility of the morons who enacted the damage at the "idle requests" of a complete stranger (which sounds like a fishy excuse for unleashing mayhem with a "the anonymous caller Devil made me do it" line)?

Are these people not required to behave like responsible adults or atone for the damage they caused? If they are going to enact the whims of any random stranger upon property while lacking the slightest inkling of moral consciousness, then perhaps both of these adults should be institutionalized in the the nearest insane asylum for the protection of themselves and the people in their community.


You are a complete moron if you think the perpetrator of the fraud doesn't bear responsibility for the consequences of the fraud. Based on your linguistic mode here, I'm going to guess you are a Randroid. So yeah, "complete moron" is accurate.

Yeah, the clerk and the guest are civilly liable for negligence. The caller, in addition to being civilly liable, is criminally liable for fraud.
 
2009-06-10 08:38:56 AM  
i.cdn.turner.com

I'm guessing the bottom pic is a candid shot of the clerk in question issuing rain checks and refunds..


//hot because turner media can afford it.
 
2009-06-10 08:40:46 AM  
texdent: As a front desk agent, that guy is a nitwit.

Really? Front desk agent? Is that the new euphemism for clerk?
 
2009-06-10 08:45:51 AM  
Who the **** triforces on Fark...

Keep your **** in check!
 
2009-06-10 08:49:08 AM  
Hee hee...
 
2009-06-10 08:52:40 AM  
SFlaxx: Mr. Potatoass: Dundidit: So if you told someone on a bridge to jump, and they did, you would laugh and think it's funny?

Yes. If it was a clown.

On fire, eating jelly donuts.


And if he squeaked when he hit the ground
 
2009-06-10 08:53:56 AM  
Too many movies where one or two people have the knowledge to disarm the bomb/stop the alien invasion/kill the virus, and they manage to convince folks of The Truth within a page of dialogue.

/Christine goes to lots of pitcher shows
 
2009-06-10 09:01:36 AM  
If only this masterpiece had been recorded...
 
2009-06-10 09:17:05 AM  
haddie: keypusher: Unless caller persuaded someone to perform oral sex, I am not impressed.

Link (new window)

I learn something new every day.

I feel like spreading the word about this 'experiment'... firsthand.


People just amaze me. I mean...REALLY?!
 
2009-06-10 09:27:58 AM  
$5 Canadian says Brown was in on it.
 
2009-06-10 09:34:02 AM  
zz9: This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.

Uh, THIS.

Also "domestic terrorism"? Seriously?
The terrorists won.
 
2009-06-10 09:36:49 AM  
CliChe Guevara: Donald_McRonald: I'm not a sprinkler company employee, but I did prank a Holiday Inn Express last night.

You win. Thread over.


I second that! Close it down.
 
2009-06-10 09:40:44 AM  
copperheadclgp: bequest

Please be advised: a "bequest" is not the same thing as a "request".

/That is all.
 
2009-06-10 09:51:30 AM  
Man On Pink Corner: Accountable for what?! What's the charge? If I call you and tell you to jump off a bridge, am I guilty of anything if you do it?

A tort, at least. A crime at worst.
 
2009-06-10 09:54:00 AM  
MmmmBacon: I wouldn't say the Clerk was actually stupid, just inexperienced and the caller probably freaked her out... thus why she did what she did. As for Mr. Incident Commander, he's a complete asshat, and only made things worse by lending the "Color of Authority" to the situation. It is one thing for the clerk to pull the fire alarm at the behest of some prank caller pretending to be with the Fire Sprinkler contractor, it is something entirely different for Mr. Brown to get involved.

By announcing himself as a person of authority, then going along with the prankster, Brownie in essense cemented the authority of the prankster for the clerk, who would now do anything they were told.


tl;dr

Worst troll attempt I've ever seen. Put the thesaurus down, you don't know how to use it effectively.
 
2009-06-10 09:58:32 AM  
Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

I can see now why he believed that breaking windows had something to do with the sprinkler system.
 
2009-06-10 10:04:25 AM  
b-ham:

"Domestic terrorism? Really?"

I came here to say the same thing. Can we have a 'reset' button for the entire US law enforcement community? I liked it better when they weren't paramilitary-wannabes...
 
2009-06-10 10:06:22 AM  
b-ham: FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?


That was the problem I saw coming, that the word Terrorism is losing its unique definition and becoming a catch all for any form of vandalism or challenge to the Peoples sense of civil safety.
 
2009-06-10 10:08:09 AM  
When are we getting a "Farkansas" tag?
 
2009-06-10 10:11:06 AM  
You can fool some of the people all of the time.
 
2009-06-10 10:20:24 AM  
b-ham: FTA: Rusty Brown, the Holiday Inn guest who helped Bergmann follow the prankster's instructions, told TSG he was "an innocent bystander and got involved in domestic terrorism."

Domestic terrorism? Really?


I am a HazMat Incident Commander so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/no seriously
//really
 
2009-06-10 10:24:36 AM  
zz9: This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.

I agree with you completely, but this is also what happens when people watch Viva La Bam all day, and think that it's funny and amusing to cause damage to property with no regard whatsoever for the aftermath.

/off my lawn...
 
2009-06-10 10:30:26 AM  
arekthorn: Who the **** triforces on Fark...

Keep your **** in check!


I quite agree. I enjoy that farkers no matter what age / personality / maturity level. All act like adults who want to discuss an article. None of this tag shiat. No 4chan pretending to be someone thing. I may be wrong but fark has always seemed like a more mature and dapper part of the sea of shiat that is internet commenting. We have trolls and such but they are of a higher caliber. Overall it's just a less stupid place to comment.

/smug
 
2009-06-10 10:49:31 AM  
This similar thing happend in my home town at a Hampton Inn.

http://www.yorknewstimes.com/articles/2009/05/29/news/doc4a1f5c9bf0072894121871 . txt

Very funny!
 
2009-06-10 10:51:05 AM  
I like the one where someone calls McDonalds and tells the teenage girls they have to perform sex acts on the manager. It happened, all caught on video. No linky, but you can Googlez.
 
2009-06-10 11:25:55 AM  
zz9: This is what happens when you raise people to do what they're told without thinking or questioning.
 
2009-06-10 11:29:12 AM  
Whatever happened to the good old days?

www.2guyssmokeshop.com

Is your refrigerator running?
 
2009-06-10 11:48:37 AM  
The PLA Forums have a discussion going on about the guys responsible for this. www.pranknet.org are the people responsible for it and recordings of this prank surely exist somewhere. They're the same guys that got the KFC employees to strip and pee on each other.

youtube.com/pranknet has some of their calls up where they trick employees and guests of hotels into breaking windows and setting off fire alarms.
 
2009-06-10 11:59:14 AM  
zedster: I'll use a vb script to gui trace the ip?

Done and done:
i164.photobucket.com
 
2009-06-10 02:19:48 PM  
Zed-ex: I quite agree. I enjoy that farkers no matter what age / personality / maturity level. All act like adults who want to discuss an article. None of this tag shiat. No 4chan pretending to be someone thing. I may be wrong but fark has always seemed like a more mature and dapper part of the sea of shiat that is internet commenting. We have trolls and such but they are of a higher caliber. Overall it's just a less stupid place to comment.

/smug


lol I hope you're all trolling. This site started as a picture of a squirrel with a large nutsack, and is now a news aggregator with funny/distasteful headlines. There is a known overlap in the readers and memes between the two sites.

Although I will admit that I no longer read this site as much as I used to, as it is slowly being taken over by humorless whiners (see the recent Mike Tyson headline, and yourself).

Besides, how can you not like the triforce? i think zelda is a pretty cool guy. eh kills ganon and doesn't afraid of anything.

/i like how i'm currently the only one in this (off-topic) discussion that has a submitted link approval
//back to serious business
 
2009-06-10 02:47:37 PM  
Perhaps it was a space ship made up to look like the Holiday Inn in Paramus.
 
2009-06-10 03:06:21 PM  
At least this one didn't involve requests that they remove their clothes and urinate on each other.
 
2009-06-10 03:19:11 PM  
I'm late to this party but, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2009-06-10 04:41:41 PM  
I want to hear the call. It's an epic prank, but it can't be legend if you can only play it for your friends. That's this callers' problem now. He has a great call, but how are you going to get it out there...
 
2009-06-10 05:44:25 PM  
This shiat is genius! I wish I were 12 again so that I could do this crap and people wouldn't think I was retarded when I got caught. As it is, I'll just have to learn to live with hard drugs, strippers/ loose women, and alcohol. Fireworks are legal for me so they lost the mystique they once held.

@Doubting Apostle: I wanna hear this call too. They need to grant these guys immediate immunity from prosecution just so we can all hear this recording, if one exists. And the kids should be given the death sentence if they didn't record something so goddamned funny. You're right, this prank call classic is likely to only be heard late at night at these kids' assuredly epic parties for the next 40 years or so, kind of like Menace II Society's "check out this security camera footage of me murdering some Korean grocers" scene, but obviously not nearly as creepy. It'll become an urban legend. Then one day, if you're lucky, someone may say to you: "I have a friend-of-a-friend who once made an epic prank phone call to a hotel..."
 
2009-06-11 12:52:04 AM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: heh, You would get away with this is it wasn't a gullibility thread. I reckon half of farkers don't know what alt-f4 does (minimizes window).

www.tmonews.com

/just got back to the thread
 
2009-06-12 01:50:16 PM  
Fat and Nasty 86: I like the one where someone calls McDonalds and tells the teenage girls they have to perform sex acts on the manager. It happened, all caught on video. No linky, but you can Googlez.

CAN HAS IT, AND MUCH SIMILARZ, AT MOTHERLESS DOT COM
 
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