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An accountant pulled a prank on his office, allegedly referencing the hit show “The Office” for inspiration, but was met backfire after his prank forced his bosses to shut down the entire workplace for hours, according to Fox News.
The employee took to Reddit to anonymously share the story, in which he revealed he “thought it would be funny to put a Bluetooth speaker in the ceiling and play sounds of cats over it.”
“I found an eight-hour video of cats meowing on YouTube that was perfect.”
He then reportedly paired the speaker to an old phone just before hiding both devices.
“It was perfect,” he wrote.
“You could only hear the cats if you listened real close.”
“It sounded like there was a cat in the ceiling, but you really couldn’t tell exactly where it was coming from.”
“To my horror, half the ceiling tiles were removed and there were two maintenance men on ladders looking for the cat,” the Reddit user recalls.
“They were real close to the speaker but hadn’t found it quite yet.”
“They eventually found the speaker, and shortly after everyone got an email from the big boss reprimanding the guilty party and asking for any information on the culprit,” claims the prankster.
“One person claimed they absolutely heard the cat yesterday,” added the Reddit user, “and… a couple of them claim they still hear it.”
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But that’s not where it ends: In an update shared shortly after the original post, the employee claims a “conspiracy theory” emerged later that day, with several employees convinced that it wasn’t a prank at all, despite the maintenance workers finding the speaker. Instead, the co-workers believed there really was a live cat still stuck in the ceiling but “management” only claimed it was a prank in order to get people back to work.
The post has since received more than 52,000 upvotes since it was shared earlier this week.
At the time of this article, the Reddit user had not indicated whether or not management had figured out who the true culprit was. The anonymous employee did reveal, however, that “no one saw me” and “there are over a hundred employees in our office,” so it’s unlikely anyone will ever find out.
And although this person didn’t specifically say it, it’s likely the prank was based on one of Jim Halpert’s from a season-three episode of the U.S. version of “The Office” called “The Return,” in which Jim steals a co-worker’s phone, stuffs it into the ceiling, and repeatedly dials the number until his colleague goes temporarily insane.