A pranking war between two colleagues has escalated to new heights after dozens of purposely planted keys left one man’s phone blowing up with calls from well-meaning citizens.
For about two months, software engineer Rigan Wallis and his colleague Chris Campbell have been executing mildly annoying practical jokes back and forth between them.
The feud began when Mr Wallis moved an office chair he accidentally soiled with soy sauce into the adjacent office of Mr Campbell, who he coincidentally shares both a job title and birthday with.
Mr Campbell last week took things up a notch however, planting more than 30 stock-standard keys across the Sunshine Coast in Southern Queensland, with Mr Wallis’ name and number on them.
“He did a minimum of an hour worth of driving,” Mr Wallis said, having since received more than 50 calls from Good Samaritans under the impression they were doing the right thing.
Mr Wallis said he had received several calls about the same key on multiple occasions due to people calling him about the key then handing them into businesses, which often phoned a second time.
The volume of calls became so excessive that Mr Wallis took to a local community page on Facebook to ask people to throw out keys if they found them with his details on them.
Keys were found as far north as Cotton Tree in Maroochydore and as far south as Caloundra, more than 20 kilometres away.
Mr Wallis, based in Bokarina, said Mr Campbell “did a good circle of the Sunshine Coast just to cover all his bases”.
While his dedication can’t be disputed, it does beg the question of who was actually more inconvenienced, taking into account the expense of the keys and the time taken to disperse them.
“Who really lost? He would have spent X amount of time and X amount of money setting up that prank. Whereas I just had a couple of funny phone calls here and there with a few locals,” Mr Wallis said.
Despite the increasingly aggressive pranks, both men remain good friends and have committed to keeping their game reasonably civil.
With no sign of either party letting up anytime soon, Mr Wallis jokingly said he was so determined to succeed that he had begun mapping out pranks for the next 80 years.
“I don’t thing either of us will walk away without having the last prank,” he said.
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