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Prank Telephone Calls Cause Thousands of Dollars in Damage Across America

Old Mar 28, 12, 8:16 am
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Prank Telephone Calls Cause Thousands of Dollars in Damage Across America

A string of prank telephone calls have caused guests to intentionally damage hotel rooms across the United States, according to ABC News.

One hotel property sustained $100,000.00 in damage due to a guest being frightened into destroying the sprinkler system in his or her room.

As a hotel guest, if someone told me via telephone that they were from the front desk and ordered me to break out a window or cause some other kind of damage — with no inherent evidence of danger — I would have to hang up and call the front desk for verification.

Anyway, I am posting this news just to help bring about awareness in combating this costly string of prank telephone calls.
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Old Mar 28, 12, 8:46 am
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Do you have Peaches in a can??



Well, please let her out.


I think that goes back to my Junior High days.
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Old Mar 28, 12, 8:48 am
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Originally Posted by Allan38103 View Post
Do you have Peaches in a can??



Well, please let her out.


I think that goes back to my Junior High days.
Love it (-:
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Old Mar 28, 12, 8:59 am
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There's a fox story about it too

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,532241,00.html

I don't get how people fall for this stuff

In York, Neb., a Hampton Inn employee was tricked into setting off an alarm and then was convinced that the only way to make it stop was to break the hotel's windows. He enlisted the help of a trucker who smashed his vehicle into the front door, shattering the glass and causing more than $1,000 in damage.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...#ixzz1qQKjPvC5

This was an employee, not even a guest.

A Florida family staying in an Orlando Hilton was tricked last week into smashing windows, breaking a mirror, bashing in a wall with a lamp and tossing their mattress outside, causing about $5,000 in damage, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The caller persuaded them to do all of that in order to save themselves from a gas leak.

Gee, why not just open the door and leave?
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Old Mar 28, 12, 10:28 am
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Easy to laugh at the victims but if someone called in the middle of the night with a story that was at least 10% plausible, I think many people would act the same way. Before you criticize, walk a mile...

These jerks/criminals only have to be "successful" a mere handful of times, of course, in order for them to get their jollies.
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Originally Posted by Allan38103 View Post
Do you have Peaches in a can??



Well, please let her out.


I think that goes back to my Junior High days.
That was you?!?!?
Wait till I get my hands on you.

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Old Mar 28, 12, 10:55 am
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I personally find prank calls to radio swap shops much more funny.
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Old Mar 28, 12, 11:04 am
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I personally find prank calls to radio swap shops much more funny.
Are you one of the guys from Downingtown?
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Originally Posted by presrdc View Post
i personally find prank calls to radio swap shops much more funny.
+1

"hi, this is ethel"
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I know we all can do dumb things when half asleep but wow, I am at a loss for words after reading that article. Mostly because I can't breathe because I busted a gut so hard laughing just now.
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Originally Posted by cordelli View Post
There's a fox story about it too

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,532241,00.html

I don't get how people fall for this stuff

In York, Neb., a Hampton Inn employee was tricked into setting off an alarm and then was convinced that the only way to make it stop was to break the hotel's windows. He enlisted the help of a trucker who smashed his vehicle into the front door, shattering the glass and causing more than $1,000 in damage.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,...#ixzz1qQKjPvC5

This was an employee, not even a guest.

A Florida family staying in an Orlando Hilton was tricked last week into smashing windows, breaking a mirror, bashing in a wall with a lamp and tossing their mattress outside, causing about $5,000 in damage, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The caller persuaded them to do all of that in order to save themselves from a gas leak.

Gee, why not just open the door and leave?
Really?

There are real people with this low of an intellect?
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Old Mar 30, 12, 11:18 pm
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This is loosely based off that Law and Order: SVU episode where Robin Williams' character calls a fast-food restaurant and pranks a manager into strip searching one of his female employees under the guise that he was talking to the police. It became a serious problem for the fast food industry when an individual decided to copy-cat this episode at various restaurants across the country.

http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...arching-worker

Same principle involved... person is pranked into doing mischief by a con man w/ an authoritative voice.
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Old Mar 30, 12, 11:22 pm
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Originally Posted by PresRDC View Post
I personally find prank calls to radio swap shops much more funny.
"Thank you for calling Tradio."
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Most of these stories are a couple of years old, but they are funnier than hell to listen to. My favorite was when the pranksters, having convinced some poor sap to trash his hotel room, stayed on the line and played dial-tone for him so that when he called the front desk, the pranksters were able to record the call.

The hapless hotel guest reaches the real front desk attendant only to discover that there was no emergency, the "front desk attendant" who called him earlier was an impostor, and he has been conned into breaking the the windows and trashing his hotel room. "You're going to have to do something because the window is broken and it's cold in here. Hello?"
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