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2014-02-01 05:55:31 PM  
People in hospitals will believe ANYTHING you say if you wear scrubs!

When you walk into an Emergency Room and start bleeding profusely, a trained, scrub wearing person usually attaches themselves to you and gives you vital medical advice. It's part of the hospital experience! But what if that medical professional was a fake? What if they scared you away with rumors of diseased organs, advice to amputate, and terminal cancer diagnoses? Well, it'd be pretty damn funny.

Tyler Fischer did just that for Prank Riot. He dressed up as a surgeon (which is not hard to do at all) and simply walked up to any patient in the ICU and began spewing his mouth. Some of the jokes don't land but it's absolutely tickling fun to see people nodding their head in agreement on a doctor's ability to perform unnecessary surgery and worry about a polio outbreak.
 
2014-02-01 07:19:35 PM  
Oooo..that was way more funny in premise..don't waste your time
 
2014-02-01 07:22:47 PM  
i like how he advised them to by androids...i have one. lol. apple sucks ass.
 
2014-02-01 07:25:32 PM  
I get mistaken for a employees at thrifts and (used book chain) Half Price Books. Probably because I am working, but for myself. I made the mistake of wearing red to Salvation Army and found myself trying to explain to a lady with minimal english skills that I didn't work there.
 
2014-02-01 07:36:33 PM  
Wow, that was a bad idea, poorly executed. Unfunny. Thanks, subby!
 
2014-02-01 07:36:38 PM  
Gizmodo readers will believe ANYTHING posted on their lame little site.
 
2014-02-01 07:40:53 PM  
Meh i once wore a blue polo to best buy got asked so many questions, half of it i had no clue about.    I did save a guy from over paying for cables.
 
Ant
2014-02-01 07:45:18 PM  

grimlock1972: I did save a guy from over paying for cables.


I've done that too. "Hey, you know that $50+ Monster Cable HDMI cable you're holding? You can get something that'll work just as good for $7 at the CompuWhatever mom-and-pop down the street."
 
2014-02-01 07:45:32 PM  
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
 
2014-02-01 07:46:40 PM  
Already been done.

Link
 
2014-02-01 07:50:55 PM  
Apple store employees know way more than Best Buy employees.

When we were considering a Mac desktop, we checked out Best Buy first.  Saw two identical looking models with nearly identical info cards on the table next to them, with the only difference being a large price difference.  An overly, eager young man came over to offer help, so I asked why the difference in price, hoping for some tech info that would explain things.  I'll point out real quick, I didn't want to ask him, my wife did.  He walked over and picked up the cards and scratched his head, and I headed for the door.

A week later, we headed down to the only Apple store within two hours drive of my house to get some answers.  They had the same two models present and this time I got answers.  The info helped us to not buy the more expensive model with more abilities than I would ever use.  I'm not saying they're geniuses, but a lot better, useful experience.

My poor wife one time kept getting bothered at a Home Depot because she left her Kroger work shirt on.  I once got asked a question at a store while wearing a ripped, sleeveless shirt, shorts and sandals.  People really don't pay attention who they are asking.
 
2014-02-01 08:19:15 PM  

QU!RK1019: People in hospitals will believe ANYTHING you say if you wear scrubs!

When you walk into an Emergency Room and start bleeding profusely, a trained, scrub wearing person usually attaches themselves to you and gives you vital medical advice. It's part of the hospital experience! But what if that medical professional was a fake? What if they scared you away with rumors of diseased organs, advice to amputate, and terminal cancer diagnoses? Well, it'd be pretty damn funny.

Tyler Fischer did just that for Prank Riot. He dressed up as a surgeon (which is not hard to do at all) and simply walked up to any patient in the ICU and began spewing his mouth. Some of the jokes don't land but it's absolutely tickling fun to see people nodding their head in agreement on a doctor's ability to perform unnecessary surgery and worry about a polio outbreak.


Trying to equate human life to the importance of an iProduct sale...yes...moron.
 
2014-02-01 08:22:06 PM  
People in Apple stores will believe anything that is marketed to them.  Beer = you'll nail hot chicks, Abercrombie = you're sexy, and Apple = I'm better than thou.
 
2014-02-01 08:26:32 PM  

Ant: grimlock1972: I did save a guy from over paying for cables.

I've done that too. "Hey, you know that $50+ Monster Cable HDMI cable you're holding? You can get something that'll work just as good for $7 at the CompuWhatever mom-and-pop down the street."


Good an, Fark Best buy and their over priced shiat.
 
2014-02-01 08:28:52 PM  
weak
 
2014-02-01 08:32:42 PM  
That was like watching someone strikeout in t-ball...
 
2014-02-01 08:34:20 PM  

BumpInTheNight: QU!RK1019: People in hospitals will believe ANYTHING you say if you wear scrubs!

When you walk into an Emergency Room and start bleeding profusely, a trained, scrub wearing person usually attaches themselves to you and gives you vital medical advice. It's part of the hospital experience! But what if that medical professional was a fake? What if they scared you away with rumors of diseased organs, advice to amputate, and terminal cancer diagnoses? Well, it'd be pretty damn funny.

Tyler Fischer did just that for Prank Riot. He dressed up as a surgeon (which is not hard to do at all) and simply walked up to any patient in the ICU and began spewing his mouth. Some of the jokes don't land but it's absolutely tickling fun to see people nodding their head in agreement on a doctor's ability to perform unnecessary surgery and worry about a polio outbreak.

Trying to equate human life to the importance of an iProduct sale...yes...moron.


Whoa! Dude, watch the language. 'Soft a' please.
 
2014-02-01 08:42:48 PM  

BumpInTheNight: QU!RK1019: People in hospitals will believe ANYTHING you say if you wear scrubs!

When you walk into an Emergency Room and start bleeding profusely, a trained, scrub wearing person usually attaches themselves to you and gives you vital medical advice. It's part of the hospital experience! But what if that medical professional was a fake? What if they scared you away with rumors of diseased organs, advice to amputate, and terminal cancer diagnoses? Well, it'd be pretty damn funny.

Tyler Fischer did just that for Prank Riot. He dressed up as a surgeon (which is not hard to do at all) and simply walked up to any patient in the ICU and began spewing his mouth. Some of the jokes don't land but it's absolutely tickling fun to see people nodding their head in agreement on a doctor's ability to perform unnecessary surgery and worry about a polio outbreak.

Trying to equate human life to the importance of an iProduct sale...yes...moron.

Actually, I think the point was more along the lines of, "if you dress like an employee and pass yourself off as an employee, customers will conclude that you are an employee"

 
2014-02-01 08:43:19 PM  

lack of warmth: Apple store employees know way more than Best Buy employees.


That's not a very high bar to pass.
 
2014-02-01 08:47:03 PM  
I've been mistaken for an employee at Meijer before. Wear the wrong color shirt to the wrong place and that can happen. It's like a gang color thing, but with less violence.

If I remember correctly, I tried to help anyway. They were just attempting to find something, not get checked out.
 
2014-02-01 08:48:49 PM  
people generally believe anything you tell them in anywhere as long as you look "official"

the number of people who believe you directly correlates with whether you have a clipboard or not
 
2014-02-01 08:55:40 PM  

AdamK: people generally believe anything you tell them in anywhere as long as you look "official"

the number of people who believe you directly correlates with whether you have a clipboard or not


try dressing like a cop. that's a blast.
 
2014-02-01 09:07:39 PM  
Improv Everywhere did it a long time ago, and much better.
 
2014-02-01 09:10:29 PM  
It happened to me on Halloween at my local Apple Store. I was actually dressed as Dr. McCoy on TOS, but I had one or two people ask me for help.
 
2014-02-01 09:16:16 PM  

AdamK: people generally believe anything you tell them in anywhere as long as you look "official"

the number of people who believe you directly correlates with whether you have a clipboard or not


A clipboard, a name tag, and a polo shirt will get you into a lot of places you wouldn't normally be allowed.
 
2014-02-01 09:16:28 PM  

Canton: I've been mistaken for an employee at Meijer before. Wear the wrong color shirt to the wrong place and that can happen. It's like a gang color thing, but with less violence.

If I remember correctly, I tried to help anyway. They were just attempting to find something, not get checked out.


That happened to me at a Target a few years ago, when I was wearing a red polo shirt. Never mind that the shirt had no logo.
 
2014-02-01 09:26:27 PM  

Ant: grimlock1972: I did save a guy from over paying for cables.

I've done that too. "Hey, you know that $50+ Monster Cable HDMI cable you're holding? You can get something that'll work just as good for $7 at the CompuWhatever mom-and-pop down the street."


If you have cable TV stop by the cable TV place....they'll usually give you a HDMI cable if you ask for one and a new remote too.
 
2014-02-01 10:09:42 PM  

Fubegra: Canton: I've been mistaken for an employee at Meijer before. Wear the wrong color shirt to the wrong place and that can happen. It's like a gang color thing, but with less violence.

If I remember correctly, I tried to help anyway. They were just attempting to find something, not get checked out.

That happened to me at a Target a few years ago, when I was wearing a red polo shirt. Never mind that the shirt had no logo.


Same thing happened to me, only my shirt had a big logo on the front AND back of a local construction company.  I was also wearing jeans, a hat, and work boots.

I was asked one time to leave Best Buy because I was wearing an old Circuit City shirt (about 2 years after they all closed).  Apparently, a couple of customers complained that I was being "unhelpful" when I couldn't tell them what the difference was between the $1,000 TV and the $500 TV other than the fact that the $1,000 TV was about 5 times bigger.  I was only in there to grab a CD and some headphones.
 
2014-02-01 10:12:19 PM  

Bith Set Me Up: It happened to me on Halloween at my local Apple Store. I was actually dressed as Dr. McCoy on TOS, but I had one or two people ask me for help.


Did you say "Damn it man, I'm a doctor, not an Apple salesman"?
 
2014-02-01 10:15:45 PM  

Ant: grimlock1972: I did save a guy from over paying for cables.

I've done that too. "Hey, you know that $50+ Monster Cable HDMI cable you're holding? You can get something that'll work just as good for $7 at the CompuWhatever mom-and-pop down the street."


I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 4K and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price.

I'm happy with it, and if I'm spending that much on a TV, why not a little extra cabling?
 
2014-02-01 10:23:34 PM  

AdamK: people generally believe anything you tell them in anywhere as long as you look "official"

the number of people who believe you directly correlates with whether you have a clipboard or not


Men at work?

That's MR GIBBS!!
 
2014-02-01 10:38:44 PM  

lack of warmth: Apple store employees know way more than Best Buy employees.

When we were considering a Mac desktop, we checked out Best Buy first.  Saw two identical looking models with nearly identical info cards on the table next to them, with the only difference being a large price difference.  An overly, eager young man came over to offer help, so I asked why the difference in price, hoping for some tech info that would explain things.  I'll point out real quick, I didn't want to ask him, my wife did.  He walked over and picked up the cards and scratched his head, and I headed for the door.

A week later, we headed down to the only Apple store within two hours drive of my house to get some answers.  They had the same two models present and this time I got answers.  The info helped us to not buy the more expensive model with more abilities than I would ever use.  I'm not saying they're geniuses, but a lot better, useful experience.

My poor wife one time kept getting bothered at a Home Depot because she left her Kroger work shirt on.  I once got asked a question at a store while wearing a ripped, sleeveless shirt, shorts and sandals.  People really don't pay attention who they are asking.


I've owned a few Apple products, but I've never actually bought anything from the Apple store.  Most of that is due to the fact that the local Apple store is in a horribly designed outdoor mall and there's never parking available in the area the Apple store is in, but I also don't really like dealing with crowds.

I bought my iPad at Best Buy, but I knew what I wanted going in, double checked to make sure they pulled the right one from the lockup area where they keep them (it was during the transition from the 3 to the 4 and I wanted to make sure I didn't get the old one) and was out pretty quick.

I have learned never to go into a Best Buy wearing a blue polo though, that's just asking for trouble.
 
2014-02-01 10:53:27 PM  
/not csb
I made the mistake of walking into an Apple Store with a blue t-shirt on. I got approached by two people while I was there and after telling the second guy that I didn't actually work there, I thought 'what the hell' and offered him iPhone help while he waited for a genius anyway. He wouldn't let me help him.
 
2014-02-01 10:55:31 PM  

Fubegra: Canton: I've been mistaken for an employee at Meijer before. Wear the wrong color shirt to the wrong place and that can happen. It's like a gang color thing, but with less violence.

If I remember correctly, I tried to help anyway. They were just attempting to find something, not get checked out.

That happened to me at a Target a few years ago, when I was wearing a red polo shirt. Never mind that the shirt had no logo.


Well, as I recall (I worked there very very briefly) they don't give you any sort of uniform, so actual employees simply wear their own red shirts. Real employees don't have logos.
 
2014-02-01 11:04:29 PM  

animal900: I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 4K and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price.

I'm happy with it, and if I'm spending that much on a TV, why not a little extra cabling?


9/10. You'll get some bites.
 
2014-02-01 11:17:17 PM  
Once I was in a Gamestop, shooting the shiat with one of the employees.  He was clean-shaven in a shirt and tie, with a big ol' placard on a lanyard emblazoned with the store logo;  I had a two-year old beard and hair past my shoulder blades and was in jeans and a t shirt.  Two different people came up to me and asked me for assistance.  On both occasions, I pointed to the salesman and informed them I didn't work there, but he did.  In both cases, they barely glanced at him, shot me a dirty look for being unhelpful, and walked off muttering about my attitude.
 
2014-02-01 11:22:47 PM  
I bet you could pull this off at just about any place that sells electronics.  People who are just "vaguely aware" of some innovations in technology will swallow a lot of lies if you tell them well enough.
 
2014-02-01 11:50:17 PM  
When I was in training for being a driver at UPS they spent some time talking about the uniforms. There were cases in the past where UPS drivers would be robbed, but the thieves wouldn't take the truck or the packages, they would just take the uniforms. The reason being, when you wear a UPS shirt and pants security and employees assume you are there to make deliveries and let you walk around without a second thought. You can pick things up (or drop things off if your intent is particularly nefarious).

The point being, wearing a uniform is an powerful way to convey authority. Even if it's just a delivery driver or a retail employee.

/Kept the uniform after I quit
//The biggest piece is the brown socks with the UPS logo
 
2014-02-01 11:57:45 PM  

FatherChaos: I bet you could pull this off at just about any place that sells electronics.  People who are just "vaguely aware" of some innovations in technology will swallow a lot of lies if you tell them well enough.


Most of them looked annoyed.  I can't help but notice he didn't try this at a gunshow.
 
2014-02-02 12:20:07 AM  
The headline of that article, as with most headlines, is a line.
 
2014-02-02 01:19:44 AM  
A while ago I went to my local Ikea while wearing a blue polo shirt, and at least five people mistook me for an employee.

Apparently none of them realized that the actual Ikea employees wear yellow shirts.
 
2014-02-02 02:21:29 AM  

lack of warmth: Apple store employees Dried ballsacks know way more than Best Buy employees.


/FTFY
//In their defense, you don't need know much to work at BB since it's a glorified Amazon showroom.
 
2014-02-02 02:23:35 AM  

El Dudereno: AdamK: people generally believe anything you tell them in anywhere as long as you look "official"

the number of people who believe you directly correlates with whether you have a clipboard or not

A clipboard, a name tag, and a polo shirt will get you into a lot of places you wouldn't normally be allowed.


A well fitting suit, decent shoes, and an understated tie will get you into a lot more places, and has the added bonus of getting you called "sir".
 
2014-02-02 02:55:45 AM  

animal900: Ant: grimlock1972: I did save a guy from over paying for cables.

I've done that too. "Hey, you know that $50+ Monster Cable HDMI cable you're holding? You can get something that'll work just as good for $7 at the CompuWhatever mom-and-pop down the street."

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 4K and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price.

I'm happy with it, and if I'm spending that much on a TV, why not a little extra cabling?


*snickers* You actually bought a Monster cable thinking it was a great cable? It's the gold plated connector that made you buy into that garbage wasn't it?

You need an AudioQuest Diamond if you want real quality
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/audioquest-diamond-3-3-high-speed-hdmi-c ab le-dark-gray-black/2383276.p?id=1218324437192#tab=overview
 
2014-02-02 03:25:04 AM  

FatherChaos: I bet you could pull this off at just about any place that sells electronics.  People who are just "vaguely aware" of some innovations in technology will swallow a lot of lies if you tell them well enough.


This is how shiatty IT people stay employed.

Nobody knows better to question them.
 
2014-02-02 04:53:49 AM  

animal900: Ant: grimlock1972: I did save a guy from over paying for cables.

I've done that too. "Hey, you know that $50+ Monster Cable HDMI cable you're holding? You can get something that'll work just as good for $7 at the CompuWhatever mom-and-pop down the street."

I bought a new HDTV last week at BestBuy, and the salesman gave me the Monster HDMI cable for half price. $65 for 4 feet I think... Anyways, the picture quality over it from my BluRay player is amazing, and it's one of the top "levels" of their HDMI cables, so as the guy said it's optimized for 1080p and futureproof for 4K and 7.2 surround. With that in mind, seems like a bargain at that price.

I'm happy with it, and if I'm spending that much on a TV, why not a little extra cabling?


Your guy seems seems much more honest than mine. When I bought my 1080p TV the salesman also offered me Monster HDMI cables for half price. Problem was when I got home they didn't work. Turns out my cables were only optimized for 720p so they were incompatible with my TV. When I went back they said sorry but that they weren't allowed to half price the 1080p compatible version because I needed to buy the ones who were also Clear Motion rate enhanced.
 
2014-02-02 05:16:40 AM  
I was happy to find Monster Cable ethernet cords. The expense isn't that bad ($40 for 6 feet). With generic cables somehow files don't get saved right. My spreadsheets are a lot more accurate now.
 
2014-02-02 05:20:42 AM  

jaytkay: I was happy to find Monster Cable ethernet cords. The expense isn't that bad ($40 for 6 feet). With generic cables somehow files don't get saved right. My spreadsheets are a lot more accurate now.


Are they DOCSIS 3.0 compatible?
 
2014-02-02 05:26:55 AM  

jaytkay: I was happy to find Monster Cable ethernet cords. The expense isn't that bad ($40 for 6 feet). With generic cables somehow files don't get saved right. My spreadsheets are a lot more accurate now.


You are a fool, do you realize how unbelievable that claim is?!  Your spreadsheet saves on your computer either correctly or not thanks to how functional it is and the digits in the network cable get resent if it or the server machine aren't talking right.  You know what can really hose your spreadsheet though?  A crappy supply of power in the computer killing everything.  Thankfully there are Monster brand computer power cables for $30/each.  Those babies are so good I don't even back my stuff up anymore.
 
2014-02-02 05:32:30 AM  

MightyPez: When I was in training for being a driver at UPS they spent some time talking about the uniforms. There were cases in the past where UPS drivers would be robbed, but the thieves wouldn't take the truck or the packages, they would just take the uniforms. The reason being, when you wear a UPS shirt and pants security and employees assume you are there to make deliveries and let you walk around without a second thought. You can pick things up (or drop things off if your intent is particularly nefarious).

The point being, wearing a uniform is an powerful way to convey authority. Even if it's just a delivery driver or a retail employee.

/Kept the uniform after I quit
//The biggest piece is the brown socks with the UPS logo


 Lyle: [Handsome Rob approaches Becky, the cable technician, in the parking garage. Lyle watches, amazed] Are you kidding me? How does he do that? How do you do that? What are you saying?
[Lyle narrates the conversation with alternating Handsome Rob and ditzy female voices]
Lyle: [speaking as Handsome Rob] Hey, how are you?
Lyle: [speaking as Becky] Oh, I'm good!
Lyle: [as Handsome Rob] Nice to meet you. I'm Handsome Rob. And you are?
Lyle: [as Becky] Oh, my name's Becky, but it's written on my shirt!
Lyle: [as Handsome Rob] Listen, I'm gonna need your shirt, and your truck.
Lyle: [as Becky] Perfect! I'll give them both to you. Would you like my virginity as well?
Lyle: [as Handsome Rob] If it's on the menu.

Guard your uniform like your virginity!
 
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