Fish Bowl Prank

Bernard, a co-worker of mine two cubicles down, was leaving the company for good on Tuesday. It was his last day and he had requested that we not make a big deal.

Kimberly, a coworker 1.5 cubicles away from Bernard but further away from me, owns a fish bowl with a beta (japanese fighting fish) that she keeps in her cubicle.

On a spur of the moment, I noticed that Kimberly wasn't in her cubicle and bernard cubicle was also empty.

In his cubicle was a large box gift-wrapped and some cupcakes. All apparently gifts for his going away.

"Where's Kimberly? What time does she come back for lunch?" I ask Ryan, a fellow employee situated between Bernard and my cubicle.

"I think she's coming back just now" Ryan says. "Perfect" I wondered. "I need a bow" I exclaim. I had an idea on a prank.

Ryan looks at me funny. I think he was thinking I was going to tie myself in a bow and give myself to  Bernard. Haha.

I find some gift-tying thing and cut off a long strand from a cubicle used as storage. I run back to Kimberly's cubicle, picked up her fish bowl and moved it to Bernard's cubicle, placing it right in front of his monitor.

The fish bowl's water rocked as I moved quickly between cubicles. The fish is confused. It darts around the water.

I tie a bow around the upper rim of the bowl. With a yellow sticky note I write very quickly and messy "For Bernard from Kimberly". I can barely make out the "r" and "l" from my own handwriting.

I run back to my own cubicle laughing, awaiting the time when Kimberly realizes her fish bowl was gone.

Things got busy and before you know it I went home, forgetting I had moved the fish bowl. The next morning I arrived to work and saw that an email was sent stating that Kimberly will not be showing up today. Likely due to an emergency.

Couple of hours later while recovering from another prank that was being pulled on me, I observed that Bernard had cleared out his cubicle, bowl and all.

The bowl was not in Kimberly's cubicle.

"Hey where's Kimberly's fishbowl" I asked a fellow coworker.

"Oh it was so sweet. Kimberly gave her fish to Bernard as a farewell gift."

Oh crap.

I couldn't help but laugh at my own prank gone wrong. Kimberly was supposed to be back from her lunch the other day to catch her bowl missing. What I didn't expect was that she was gone for the rest of the day yesterday after lunch.

Bernard fortunately left an email we could keep in contact with him.

From:   Jimmy xxx 
Sent:  Wednesday, June 27, 2007 9:55 AM
To:  ' This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '
Subject: Fish bowl

Sorry man, but it you didn't figure it out was a prank I was pulling on Kimberly, but she didnt' come back for the prank to work!


From:   Bernard xxxx [mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ]
Sent:   Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:13 AM
To:   Jimmy xxx
Subject:  RE: Fish bowl

Dude....I didn't figure it out! are crazy dude!!!

Well, you have to pick it up from me then.....Give me a call later when to
pick it up today if you can.
Is Kim P in today?  I thought her writing was kind of messy???


Word got around that my prank went awry and I ended up making a drive out to Santa Clara to pick up the fish, plus bowl.

After picking up the fish and bowl, we had a bumpy ride back home to my place. While sitting on the floor of the passenger side, the bowl water would splash side to side and sometimes outside of the bowl. I wondered if the fish knew what was going must because it was sitting at the very bottom of the bowl. Fortunately the drive wasn't too long and I kept the bumpiness as low as possible. After the drive he looked a bit pale (believe it or not) but after some feeding and letting the bowl sit on my home counter his color seem to have come back.

Of course there's tomorrow when we have to make the drive back to work.

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