March 15, 2024 at 5:21 pm

Bouncer Pranks His Bartender Friend So Bad That The Shockwaves Were Felt By His Own Mother

by Chris Allen

Source: Reddit/AITA/Shutterstock

Ah prank calls when you’re in your early 20s.

The fun is all-consuming. The laughter never-ending. The stories: eternal.

Until that very friend raises the ante and drops a prank so bad in your lap that you give up ever trying one again.

Meet: this guy’s story, which is just the epitome of prank (also called “crank” back in the 80s/90s) revenge.

Friend crank called me at my job, so I had him served with a fake paternity suit at his

10 years ago a friend of mine crank called me several times in my office over the course of a day.

I decided in that moment that 1) this would not stand and 2) rather than entering into a long, protracted quagmire of a prank war, I would use the nuclear option and end it immediately.

This guy sounds like he’s read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”.

My friend “Mike” was a well known local bartender (I worked at the same bar as a bouncer) and he was very much enjoying single life at the time, facts which I knew I could take advantage of.

Soon a plan began to form: I would have him served with a fake paternity suit while he was working at the bar.

So, I compiled a ton of free online legal documents – not just for the “paternity suit” but also income disclosure forms, statements of parental rights, and suggested visitation schedules pending “demonstrable proof of sobriety.”

Ok this guy did his homework.

But the execution was even better.

I filled out all the forms, then smeared what looked like date-received stamps as proof they had been filed and ran copies to make those stamps even more illegible.

From there, I crafted a back story to be included in a cover letter from the fictional mother’s fake law firm (The [nearby city] Family Law Center) on letterhead and all.

The mother was an Irish exchange student visiting the area the previous summer. She had only been with Mike so she knew the baby (“Eliza”) was his.

The cover letter encouraged Mike to call during regular office hours to discuss arranging a DNA test to affirm paternity (I set up a generic voicemail for the number listed as the office on the letterhead).

20-25 pages?! If this didn’t work, he was gonna be wanting all that time back.

By the end, the paperwork was somewhere between 20-25 pages.

I enlisted another friend not known by Mike to serve the documents and instructed him to do so ‪around 10pm‬ on a ‪Saturday evening‬.

I told him to keep the interaction very simple. I wasn’t able to be by the back bar because I knew I would be laughing too hard, but based on eyewitness reports it played out like this:

The final like from Mike is the cherry on top.

  • FRIEND: Are you Mike [last name]?
  • MIKE: Yes
  • FRIEND: Michael [middle name, last name]?
  • MIKE: Yes
  • FRIEND: [drops folder on bar]
  • MIKE: What’s that?
  • FRIEND: Paternity suit. You’ve been served [turns around and immediately walks out of the bar]
  • MIKE: yeah that sounds about right

Mike read through the packet, shakily poured himself several drinks, and then ran over to the bar owner (who was aware of the prank), to ask what to do. He also called the number on the letterhead but sadly did not leave a voicemail.

After a solid 10 minutes of intense psychological revenge, the owner finally told Mike he should closely read the last page of the packet. On it, in size 2 font it read “Go f*** yourself, Mike.” At which point, Mike ran to the front door and punched me in the chest.

I mean, valid response, no?

The story however, does not end there.

When it rains it pours.

Several months later, Mike was on a trip across the country. He had left his car at home with his mom who generously had it washed for him.

Mike for some reason kept the paternity suit paperwork in his driver’s side door. During the course of the car wash, his mother found it and read the entire thing then called him sobbing in the middle of the night asking why he hadn’t told her about her bastard Irish granddaughter.


Victory. Times 2.

Let’s see what folks had to say.

One person was happy to see that no one was hurt, and that they’re still friends.

Source: Reddit/Pro Revenge

Either of these 2 reactions is completely warranted.

Source: Reddit/Pro Revenge

LOVE the last line from this Redditor.

Source: Reddit/Pro Revenge

That says it all, prank me once, shame on your entire bloodline.

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