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Pranking - Fun or Abuse?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mock Turtle, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle Silent Generation - so don't expect much
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    List of abusive attacks immature morons considered amusing

    What are yours thoughts on such? I don't remember much during my school days, some being quite common and dismissed as just jokes, apart from the 'Swirlie' which was done to some when we first entered secondary education. I managed to evade capture (but witnessed it happening to another boy), and for which my eldest brother apparently paid the price. He later nearly broke my back and I didn't connect the two incidents until much later. Of course there are no doubt a lot worse 'pranks' than those mentioned in the article, with some crossing the line into being rather dangerous - to either party:

    The Most Viral Pranks That Cross The Line Into Bullying | New Media Rockstars

    Any experiences or comments?
     
  2. oldbadger

    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    My experiences at boarding school were too bad to describe here.

    Most of the pranks shown above are not funny at all, they are bullying and in some cases criminal offences. Harmless pranks between friends can be fun, but when groups pick on outsiders this is not fun, it's bullying and worse.

    Children can show the very worst sides of humanity, I'm sad to say, and whilst human socialising is absolutely important for the young the price should not be injury or post-trauma illnesses.
     
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  3. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    It's all good fun until someone looses an eye.
     
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  4. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    It depends on the intent of the prank. Some are fun, some not so much. The pranks the typically go sideways are the ones where the intent is to belittle or demean another, or the ones that can potentially cause harm.

    I've been pranked and genuinely appreciated the creativity and work that went into it.
     
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  5. Stevicus

    Stevicus Veteran Member
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    Yes, I can recall some things like this. They can sometimes escalate or lead to retaliation. Some people might look at it as a "rite of passage." Or perhaps it might be seen as toughening people up or "making a man out of them," which others may see as a toxic way of thinking. But it still seems a rather common mindset, even in this day and age.
     
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  6. Israel Khan

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    Pranks like putting a whoopie cushion on someones seat is harmless fun. Something like a "Swirlie" falls under bullying which is something that should be dealt with seriously.
     
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    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    Some of it deserves jail time or a civil suit.

    I understand having a good laugh but not when it enters extreme territory.
     
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    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    I'm planning a prank.

    I have a building that's getting a new roof. On top
    is a ridiculous looking cupola....it serves no purpose.
    It just looks stupid & froo froo.
    A contractor who's done much work for me knows it,
    & agrees that it's hideous & dumb. So I'm having
    the roofing company save the cupola after removing
    it. Then I'll deliver it to his new shop for installation.
     
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    I heard of a good prank once. Apparently, someone had an out-of-town visitor stay at his place, and they left one of their gloves there by mistake. I think it was a right-hand glove, while they still had the left-hand glove. So, the host went out and bought an exact same style of glove, and sent them the left-hand glove with a note "You must have forgotten this when you left." So they had two left-hand gloves.
     
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