Wild Office Pranks That Evil Coworkers Have Pulled on Each Other

By Rachel R.Last Updated Apr 16, 2020 3:44:04 PM ET
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Laughing in the office is a great way to recharge after working hard. Why not make the average workday better with some pranks? Some fun stunts might just bring everyone together.

Need some inspiration for tricks to start the ultimate prank war? We've got you covered. Take a look at these wild office pranks that evil coworkers have pulled on each other.

Try Not to Make a Mess

Some office bathrooms are already dirty. If you want to make it worse, follow in the footsteps of this bad boy. The worker toyed with the toilet by covering it with plastic wrap. Can you guess how surprised everyone in the office was?

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The bathroom is one of the last places a person would expect to get pranked. You must be daring to pull this cling wrap trick. It's hard to see, so the victim of the prank will have no idea until they sit down to use the bathroom. Whoever cleans the mess after is a hero.

Pimp My Ride

Some people may argue that the best part of the workday is when you get to leave and go home. However, some folks like to take work home with them. Others have no choice because they have mischievous coworkers.

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Imagine leaving the office to find a nice surprise waiting for you in the parking lot. Your car has been upgraded and customized with office supplies. The good news is that it's artistic, and all eyes will be on you.


Fresh Cookies

There's nothing like cookies to cheer up your colleagues. Cookies are sweet and fun to eat. But it's also fun and easy to fool people with treats during a prank war. This mischievous worker turned everyone's favorite cookie into a gross snack.

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The joker took out the cookies’ cream and replaced it with toothpaste — which is good for your oral health, not your taste buds. However, this prankster may argue that revenge is a dish best served with toothpaste.


A Game of Thrones

The most important part of a desk setup is the chair. Many employees pick a comfy chair that meets their needs. Others tend to choose furniture that goes with their personalities. One employee believed his manager, Mr. Kaple, needed a new seat.

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We're not sure if the employee thought the updated throne would be more comfortable or if it matched his boss's personality, but the idea triggered some laughter. According to the prankster, it was payback time for Mr. Kaple, who played a joke on him five years earlier.


Hide Your Staplers

The hit series The Office gave the world a taste of what life is like at a paper company. One of the employees, Jim Halpert, entertained himself by playing pranks on his coworkers. The king prankster inspired many people in real life to commit their own misdeeds.

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One of Halpert's most unforgettable pranks involved putting a stapler in Jell-O. So, it's a good idea to hide your stapler from your coworkers. If it goes missing, expect to find it jiggling in a dessert on your desk.


Be Careful What You Tell Your Coworkers

David Michael Hasselhoff, a.k.a. The Hoff, was one of the most-watched men on TV a few decades ago. It's easy to see why people are obsessed with him. He starred in hit series like Knight Rider and Baywatch, a show famous for its slow-motion scenes of the cast running in swimsuits.

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However, awkward incidents can happen to those who actually admit their Hoff obsession. Exhibit A: One Hoff superfan told her coworkers that she frequently rewatches his shows. The outcome? A Hoff shrine covering her desk for the entire office to see and remember.


Foiled Again

One employee arrived at the office and assumed a pile of paperwork would be sitting on her desk. Instead, she found her entire cubicle wrapped in tin foil, including the computer, chair, floor, printer and photo frames. Everything was shiny!

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Some folks might say it looks like something from an alien spaceship. Others might see an opportunity to start baking. Maybe there's already a baked potato hiding in there. However this might inspire you, it's clear that it’s the work of a master prankster.


Ring Ring Banana Phone

Want to have some fun at work, but not cause a huge scene? One easy office prank is replacing the phone with a banana. It's an oldie but a goodie. When the phone is ringing, the automatic response is to grab the handset without looking at it.

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Before the person knows it, they actually have a cold, yellow fruit in their hand instead. Colleagues will get a good laugh out of someone picking up a banana and saying "hello." Don't underestimate the power of the banana.


A “Nice” Treat

Skittles, M&M’s and Reese’s are all delicious in their own unique way. However, naughty jokesters know how to make them not so tasty. One employee mixed all three in a bowl and left it in the breakroom for colleagues. That’s when hilarity ensued.

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A victim of the trick left a special note to the prankster, saying, "Whoever you are who did this has no soul and I hope you are happy with yourself! It's just wrong and you should be ashamed!!!" We're not sure if the joke or the note is more entertaining.


Look Under the Seat

You've probably heard the saying, "Look before you leap." These are wise words that employees should follow, especially around April Fools’ Day. One classic chair prank is the whoopee cushion. If you don't look at your seat, you may set off "raspberry" noises in the office.

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However, practical jokesters are getting more creative these days. To kick things up a notch, they'll plant an air horn under the seat. Unsuspecting victims have no idea that, once they plop down, they'll trigger a blaring whistle throughout the entire office. The startling reactions are priceless.


Time to Have a Ball

It's common for kids to play in ball pits. But adult ball pits are trending. These playrooms are showing up in more offices around the world. But what if your company says that you can't have a ball pit room?

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Jokesters find a way to make the impossible happen, even if it's just for one day. One rascal filled a whole room with plastic balls, turning it into an adult playground. It took a lot of balls to pull off that prank.


The Printer Is Now Called Bob Marley

Anything can go wrong with printers. They run out of ink or print too slowly all the time. Even worse, these devices break more often than you can count. Sounds frustrating, right? Well, one employee figured out a way to make fun of a bad situation.

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The person named the printer Bob Marley. The reason? It's always jammin'. Of course, this joke wouldn't be complete without a twist on one of Marley's songs. "Don't worry...bout da ink...cuz everything you print...gonna turn out white."


Slip ‘n’ Slide > Ice Cream

When the temperature rises in the summer, many offices provide nice, cold treats for their employees. However, one company said, "Who cares about ice cream?" They decided to get into some trouble and create an indoor slip ‘n’ slide right in the middle of the office.

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The Australian travel company Flight Centre didn't wait for summer to carry out its shenanigans. In the midst of winter, the business threw this sudsy party in the office. Even better? They all dressed in silly costumes for the game.


Coworker-Approved Ways to Eat at Work

Not all foods are appropriate to consume in the office. Some foods have strong smells that linger and can make employees sick and nauseous. It's best to avoid bringing these dishes into the workplace. But does everyone listen?

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Of course not! One goofy employee decided to take matters into their own hands with a witty guide. The only acceptable fish to eat in the workplace are Gold and Swedish fish. All other fish are basically banned — or they should be, at least.


Dino Meeting

Imagine taking a tour of the office to discover dinosaurs hosting a meeting in one room. Here we have a triceratops, pterodactyl, velociraptor and T. rex discussing the quarter's financial numbers. These hilarious costumes definitely lifted spirits in the office.

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This scene is interesting, but it’s also a mess. Triceratops can't fit into a chair, while pterodactyl appears super confused. The raptor is having a hard time using the computer with its hands, and T. rex is not in a good mood. Let’s back away from the dinosaurs.


The Perfect Crime

Americans are fascinated by true crime. If you don't believe us, check out the long list of popular crime documentaries, shows and podcasts in the U.S. But we wouldn't suggest faking your death unless it's for a fun and friendly office prank.

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Constructing a murder crime scene will get the office's attention in no time. Plus, it'll get a lot of laughs. One employee used tape to outline the body and made the prank more realistic with yellow caution tape. This person’s dedication shows.


Who Ordered This Rubbish?

Messing with someone else's phone is pretty evil, but all's fair in prank wars, right? This employee came to their desk and found the phone completely wrapped up in rubber bands. The prankster gets bonus points for leaving the phone plugged in.

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Can you picture the look on the person's face when the phone starts ringing? The employee has two options: let the phone ring its head off or scramble to unwrap the phone. Legend has it that they’re still removing the rubber bands to this day.


Add Some Color to the Office

Is the office space looking bland? No worries; your office prankster will find a way to liven up the building one way or another. This jokester got creative with sticky notes and covered an entire room with them, including the chair and desk.

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With one simple addition, the new office was transformed into a brighter room. Now, no one can argue that the office looks boring. Madly impressive, right? It's all about the little (square) things.


18. Jurassic Parking Lot

If there's anything we've learned from Jurassic Park, it's that dinosaurs are terrifying, especially the ones with giant jaws and sharp teeth. So imagine how employees felt when they saw this dino in the parking lot. That's not cute at all.

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Plus, the realistic dinosaur didn't just stand in one place. The pranksters kicked things up a notch and chased targets around in the parking structure. The results? A lot of screaming, running, hiding, mini heart attacks and laughter. Note to self: Always bring an extra pair of pants to work.


This Mouse Is a Gamechanger

Bacon has many great uses. You can add it to salads and wrap it around other meats. It's the perfect combination of salt and fat to make everything extra tasty and fun. One prankster came up with a way to use bacon in the office.

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This was the brilliant idea: Wrap a mouse in crispy bacon. Some people may find this prank annoying and greasy. Others will say this mouse is a true gamechanger, especially for anyone who loves bacon. This is how you successfully mix business and pleasure.


The Tables Have Turned

It makes sense to wear a Michael Myers costume to terrify coworkers at the office. There's just something creepy about that mask and those coveralls. But could we scare the terrorizing villain instead? One person had the guts to find out.

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The employee waited for her coworker where he least expected it: the recycling bin. He was just minding his own business when the prankster flew out of the container and startled him. Always remember: No matter how scary you think you are, there's something more evil that will frighten you.


20. No Donuts Today!

It's a nice gesture when people bring in treats to the office. The most common baked goods to make appearances are donuts, a.k.a. little circles of happiness. When someone sends an email that there are donuts in the breakroom, the majority of the office runs to snatch one.

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However, it's not very nice when people falsely advertise a product, especially treats. That's why it makes the perfect prank. This trickster left a box of "donuts" in the breakroom and waited for the excitement to start. The outcome included heartbreak and looks of disgust.


22. A Greener Office

Want to go green in the office? There are many benefits to adding plants to your workspace. They reduce stress, boost productivity and clean the air. However, there are also wrong ways to grow plants in the workplace.

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In this prank, the associate grew a green scene in a coworker's keyboard. Will it lower stress? Probably not. Improve productivity? Quite the opposite. Purify the air? Maybe! The good news is that Captain Planet and millions of gardeners approve of this prank.


24. Advanced Threat Protection?

The security team is always warning the office to protect themselves from online threats. Some people download antivirus software, while others don't really care. This employee saw a colleague ignoring the IT department’s suggestions, so they came up with a hilarious solution.

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The prankster fixed the problem with bubble wrap, reminding the coworker to protect the hardware from damage and any other threats. Some people may find this annoying, but others will find it a fun opportunity to pop the sheets and make noise all day long.


25. When You Need More Pictures in Your Office

Sometimes, it's hard to decorate the workplace. Do you need more plants, color or photos? One worker couldn't figure it out, so the office troublemaker decided it was time to step up to the plate. What could go wrong? Everything.

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The prank ringleader didn't believe the space needed plants, but they did believe it could use more color and photos. Pictures of the worker were plastered everywhere, from the window to the walls. The choice of colors definitely made the room impossible to ignore.


26. How to Make a Room Pop

One of the best pranks you can pull with your colleagues at work is filling up the entire office with balloons. In this case, the team packed an individual's workspace with hundreds of balloons. It looked like an office filled with giant jelly beans.

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The crew waited for the victim of the prank to deal with the inflatable fallout. The effort was worth the funny response. It was difficult to open the door because the balloons took up the entire space, but the worker was able to jump into the new and improved room.


27. It’s Minecraft O’clock

Want to build a cool office? Sometimes, you need to bring a piece of home with you into the workplace. That's definitely what this menace did to pull a prank on one of their coworkers. They found inspiration from an addictive video game.

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Minecraft is great entertainment for kids. The prankster might've tried to embarrass their coworker for playing a children's game, but at least they included a sword to slay anyone who laughs. Plus, green desks are the new style statement.


28. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Many folks look forward to the holidays in December. They get hyped up by decorating their homes with Christmas lights and blasting Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Why not bring the holiday spirit into the office?

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It's never too early to get excited for the holidays. One troublemaker decided to leave some gifts for a colleague. The presents included a gift-wrapped chair, desk and computer covered in packing peanuts. Will this prankster get a lump of coal for Christmas?


29. Breaking the Rules

For those who work in a lab or recording studio or just anywhere around expensive electronics, no liquids allowed near the equipment is a common rule. Spills can damage the machines and cost a fortune in repairs or replacements. However, one coworker from hell wanted to play a mean prank on their team.

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Using a cup and plastic, the mischievous worker faked a spill on the equipment. Of course, it gave everyone a panic attack until they picked up the cup and realized it was a joke. The fake spill prank never gets old, and it’s pretty harmless.


30. Snacks for Days

There's always that one coworker who gets up to eat the same snack every day. It could be cookies, nuts, granola bars or chips. Whatever snack it is, it leads to a shortage for everyone else who wants some. So this employee gave the coworker a reason to never leave their desk.

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The joker filled the office with piles of Cheetos, covering the floor and desk. Now, the coworker will never go hungry or eat up all the office snacks again. Legend has it that they're still munching those Cheetos up to this day.