April Fool’s Day! How I was caught big time!

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It was about 10 years ago that I experienced my first major April Fool’s Day sting.Ā  I was working in an office with 4 other ladies – all younger than me.

Before I talk about how I was caught by an April Fool prank, I need to give you some background.

Working with girls who were young enough to be my daughters certainly kept me young in mind.Ā  However,Ā  they thought I was young in body as well!

They would book me into bootcamps with them and encouraged me to start running at the age of 50!Ā  Now for me, I had never run before but they were so enthusiastic that I went to the bootcamps and training regularly and yes I actually ran a half marathon at 50!

I look back on those years with fond memories – and funnily enough I can even laugh at the April Fool’s Day prank even though at the time I was ‘devastated’ šŸ™‚

Okay so background is set – we got into exercise and running as a group.

Jump to April Fool’s Day one year later….

It was an ordinary morning and I had actually forgotten it was April Fool’s day.Ā  We chatted over our morning coffee as usual and it was a day like any other day in our work life.

Enter our manager (the owner of the business). …..

‘Wow! I’ve received an email’ she said, ‘and I think you should all take a look’.Ā  She forwarded the email to us and it was a request from a Training Magazine to write an article on our running group and how business should be promoting health.

Well I can’t describe the excitement I felt…… we would need hair and makeup done of course, for the photo shoot, it could lead to speaking engagements, books, a clothing line……the list of what this exposure would bring was endless!

I jumped on the phone to my husband and then the kids and told them about this great opportunity and my newfound celebrity status.

I’m not sure I got much work done that day not with the visions of grandeur floating around in my head!

I didn’t notice that the manager was becoming quieter and quieter and the colour draining from her face.Ā  We were too caught up in the excitement of a stardom and a front-page spread.

The morning passed quickly and by then I’d practically had us with interviews on television, radio and other magazines (in my mind of course!).

The next morning, the manager dropped the bomb!Ā  ‘It was an April Fool’s prank!’Ā 

‘But how could that be’?Ā  we cried! We had seen the email from the company – it looked legit – but some clever and creative IT work had been undertaken and it was in actual fact not legit after all.

My world crashed down around me – along with the speaking circuit, the book promotions and television show (I forgot to mention that above – I was thinking about doing an Australian version of Oprah! LOL:))

Why didn’t she tell us it was a prank earlier?Ā  Well we had all become so carried away that she didn’t have the heart to disappoint us or the courage to tell us I think!

This was a prank, that although innocent, got completely out of control and I don’t think she planned another for quite some time.

I can laugh about it all now but I’m surprised at how disappointed I was at the time.

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18 thoughts on “April Fool’s Day! How I was caught big time!

  1. Wendy

    Oh my, that’s a great prank, but what a disappointment! I must have “Easy Target” written on my forehead because I’ve been stung so many times! I think the most “not funny” was when I was in college and was supposed to be hosting a visiting high school student overnight. I had to work that day, and my roommates were supposed to keep her entertained until I got home. When I arrived, my roommates were beside themselves saying they had taken her to dinner and she had left with a couple of guys! I panicked, jumped in my car, and drove all over town looking for her. The whole time, my roommates got more and uncomfortable as they wondered how to tell me it was a joke; she had canceled her visit. Honestly, it took me a couple of days to see the humor in that one! šŸ™‚

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  2. [email protected]

    Isn’t it funny how our minds jump ahead so quickly and we are signing autographs before we know it? šŸ™‚ I’m sorry that you didn’t get the hair and make up and talk show, but then again you wouldn’t be blogging and I wouldn’t have connected with you – so there is a silver lining!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I know! I got so carried away with stars in my eyes! I can laugh about it now but wasn’t very happy at the time. However, as you say if it had happened I would have met you!!! my blogging sister who loves ABBA also.

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  3. Mackenzie Glanville

    you poor thing, I would have been devastated too, I guess we shouldn’t jump ahead but how could you not!? Maybe the universe wasn’t ready for you then, but maybe somewhere out there could be a great new opportunity, although sometimes if we went down a different path I think we might have missed out on the happiness we found on this path instead.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes Mackenzie I agree the universe wasn’t ready for me LOL:) If it was I wouldn’t have met you!

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  4. Janine

    I’m gonna fess up and state that I hate practical jokes and I hate april fools and that I too am a sucker… šŸ™ The thing about what you fell for is that it could have been true! Anyone would have fell for it I think!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes she left it too long and it certainly got out of hand. I do think I went a little over the top with my ideas of grandeur though LOL:)

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  5. Lori

    What a letdown! She didn’t think that one through and obviously didn’t realize how far you guys would take it in your heads! I’m not good at pranking people because I just feel bad deceiving them and my face always gives it away. My sister likes to put fake cockroaches here and there and freak me out.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Lori I was devastated LOL:) I suppose I did get carried away but it all seemed so real and legit. Never mind at least I have a story to tell. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.

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  6. Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I read about such great tricks (happy they didn’t happen to me!), but I’m very bad of thinking up anything fun and original. And I’m so gullible that I fall for them all. Even when my kids were little and they’d trick me.

    Thanks for sharing at the Blogger’s Pit Stop!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes Debbie I’m destined to be the one who people play jokes on – I’m just not creative! Thanks for the opportunity to link up at Bloggers’ Pit Stop and see you next week.

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  7. Jeffrey Scott

    That’s a crazy prank to play on someone. personally, when I pull a prank, it’s done quickly as is my reveal that I was just pulling their leg.
    Pranks can be funny, but you have to be careful how you deliver them.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Jeffrey! Yes it was a little over the top and I suppose I did let my imagination run away with me at the time. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

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