Friday, 1 April 2011

It's not funny, sometimes it's criminal - April Fools Day

    1    It's April Fool's Day today and I must admit I am not a fan of practical jokes. I think I probably stopped finding them funny when I was about 10.

Don't get me wrong I love a good joke, or a laugh, but practical jokers rarely seem to take into account the effect their pranks can have on other people.

To those who are inclined to practical jokes April Fool's Day must appear like a golden opportunity and a good excuse to get away with murder! (Apologies- couldn't help myself that just crept in!)

But BEWARE not everyone is so forgiving and when pranks are ill-conceived the result might be a criminal record.

A few years ago after the local McDonalds in a town in Santa Barbara closed for the night, the police got a call saying the premises were being robbed and the staff were being held at gunpoint. The police closed local roads and set up diversions to contain the situation, clearing all radio transmissions etc, until it was discovered that the call had been a prank in the name of April Fool's Day. As you might imagine the police were not amused and the caller was being traced. It was treated as a serious crime.

As a writer all the 'what if's' come into my head....

  • What if the caller was let off with this and then did it again- but this time it was really happening and a lives were in danger? Would the police be quite as quick to believe it wasn't another prank?
    What if the police were so busy closing roads and dealing with this fake crime when a real crime was going on elsewhere?
  • What if the perpetrators of the real crime had heard about the prank and were using it  as a cover, knowing the police would be busy elsewhere?
  • What if someone couldn't get past the closed roads and they were rushing to hospital and had to take a longer route which took too long?
So many possibilities.

Do you hate April Fool's Day, or are you a joker yourself?
Tell us your story..


1 comment:

  1. I have never been a fan of April Fool's Day.
    Making someone else out to be a fool devalues their worth as a person and I do not think anyone should ever do that.