Monday, February 21, 2011

Motel Pranks

Here's a heads-up for accommodation providers that should insist that telephone callers wishing to be connected to a room number be asked to identify the occupants by name before transferring the call.

Motels and their guests can be the unfortunate victims of pranks from time to time and the consequences can be extreme. 

We have posted before about a pranks at motels that are reported from time to time, particularly in the United States. The MO of the prank is simple. A prankster telephones a motel and asks to speak to a guest by a random room number and after being connected, the mayhem begins...

Once a mischievous caller is connected to an unsuspecting motel guest, a popular prank is claiming that there is a gas leak and instructs that the windows be smashed immediately. 

Another variant involves the prankster instructing a guest to smash through a wall in their guest room to free a small person trapped next door.

Other reported cases involve a caller urging a guest to trip the motel sprinkler system that causes thousands of dollars worth of damage. One random call convinced one hotel guest to drive a truck through a hotel lobby in order to turn off a fire alarm. 

An epic-prank that is probably the most outrageous, convinced a guest staying at a Motel 6 in Texas to ingest his own urine and stool samples in order to avoid contracting the H1N1 flu virus. 

On the face of it, the chances of a stranger convincing random motel guests to perform ridiculous and outrageous acts would appear to be fairly slim. However as most moteliers can probably attest to; the public ain't getting any smarter.

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