Thursday, April 2, 2009

So last night I tried to pull off a prank. Maybe things were just too complicated but the cops got involved. The basic idea for the prank came from Stacy from Louisville in a comment on Jon's blog in this post. She shared about a prank that was pulled on a pastor. It seemed down right funny, but I'm not all that into just taking what others did and replicating it.

Instead I told my dad about the prank and told him I wanted to pull it on the Senior Pastor. He agreed to help by providing the tools and such and transporting them up in his Explorer. What he didn't know was that I set him up for the prank.

That is the best kind of prank really, when you get someone involved with the prank you are going to pull on them.

Anyways, I guess someone saw us pulling the wheels off a vehicle and called the cops. Some cops have no sense of humor and I got to spend the night in jail. We got it straightened out with the judge this morning. That is why I'm late with the blog post.

We filmed the prank and my wife grabbed the camera when the cops showed up. I edited some parts in case we need to deal with any more legal stuff, but you have to watch this video. Not often you get to see a Youth pastor get arrested in front of the Youth.

The audio needs to be fixed, I'll get that later, but I'm understandably tired.


jasonS said...

I can't see the video since I'm at work, but I'll look at it tonight at home. I'll save further comment for then!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

with no audio, I'm just sayin' "liar, liar, pants on fire..."

Helen said...

Didn't bother watching the whole video. Too long. (Yawn) Just because I'm young and cute, it doesn't mean I was born yesterday, Mister.

katdish said...

Okay, so you want to know my first thoughts?

You don't look all that geeky. I mean, I know you are, in fact, a geek (see Superman t-shirt), but I figured you looked more like Napoleon Dynamite. Your hair is darker than mine. Which is weird, because outside the black, hispanic and asian culture, I don't see that much. Hey look, a chicken!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

OMG, he looks EXACTLY like Napolean Dynamite! IT IS Napolean Dynamite!

Like I said, "Liar, liar pants on fire. Oughta be strung up with a telephone wire" or something like that.

Beth said...

Good one! I wish I could hear the youth to see if they're freaking out or not.

Hmmm...I just have this feeling that your wife and I could be good friends...
I know she's probably more girly and less geeky than I am, but I have a lot of respect for her. And I'm glad Frank is leaning towards worship instead of youth these days.
A lot less scheming is involved.

Ok, I'll go now.

Nick the Geek said...

Yep you need to see the video. I just with the audio was working right.

I don't know if "liar" is right, more like an extended prank that seemed to work really well considering the increase in comments on various sources wondering what happened to me.

I'm offended that you would think I was trying to pull the wool over your eyes. You should watch the video though. I really do end up in handcuffs.

Among other things, watching this video has encouraged me to get back to my exercise regiments and burn off the fat. They say the camera adds 10 lbs but that only accounts for 10 of the 40 lbs that need to disappear. When I get down to size I look even geekier.

Candace (again),
Yeah I need a haircut too. I was thinking of growing it out but I'm really not willing to deal with this transition length hair.

I think they enjoyed it. They were really freaking out when the police pulled up. Two squad cars pulled into the parking lot and made a round before parking outside the building. It was pretty fun t see them getting really worked up. Once things got really going, though, a lot of them figured they were being pranked because my wife kept laughing. She can't lie. I enjoyed seeing people question what happened to me online too. It was a very complex prank.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Well done, sir. That prank succeeded on many levels. I bow to your pranking prowess.

Candace Jean July 16 said...

well shoot me an email when you get the audio up (and maybe do a little video editing?) cuz it's boring and I only saw the first 30 seconds. And that's an old trick anyway. I was takin' tires off cars in preschool.

And some of us worry about you in love. Just cuz we're cool like that.

And maybe there were 4 cameras instead of 1?

Stacy from Louisville said...

Well, what can I say? I think you're full of it, but so am I, so we're even. I don't think you really got arrested but if you ever do please call me so I can bail you out. Never done that and I'm sure it's super fun.

Just for future reference, when we did the prank I wrote about on SCL the tires were taken off in THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

Nick the Geek said...

Thank you, I'm particularly proud the Kat went on SCL asking about me. Being friends with the Police Chief (well acting police chief) has benefits for sure.

I cut it way down and fast-forwarded several parts to speed things up. Maybe I'll just post the arrest, or you could click about 3/4 of the way in on the viewing bar.

I've never had to bail anyone out either. I use to live in the part of town with all the bail bond businesses though. Watching people go into there didn't look all that fun.

Yeah, if I was trying to pull the prank off I would have done it differently. More importantly I would have called my police friends (see above) and arranged to not be arrested before starting. I think the misdirection and escalation were much more interesting this way though. The Youth thought they were helping me to prank my dad and they were the ones getting pranked ... well them and some people online who thought I ended up in jail because of the comments I made yesterday.

Annie K said...

I can't believe Katdish didn't throw the word 'tool' out there.

Not that you are Nick. I'm just sayin.

Next time, stick your wife in the closet so she doesn't blow it. There is nothing better than seeing a bunch of freaked out teens!

wv: educks

That was a close one, but educks just in time to miss the shoe Candace just threw at him.

Greg said...

I am not amused. And, you know me...
...I'm easily amused.

Greg said...

BTW, I skipped to the end and saw them put you in cuffs and thought, "either he really got arrested, or he went out of his way for an April Fool's prank on all of us (and maybe his YG). Then, I read the credits.

FWIW, I would NOT trust Clinton Police to do the same.

Anonymous said...

So you've given up your online anonymity for the prank?

Helen said...

Which, of course, Jake, is dangerous, since now we know what he looks like. That's right. We don't want to go beating on the wrong pastor during his sermon....

Nick the Geek said...

Annie K,
Yeah we need to figure out how to get her away so she doesn't blow it. Believe it or not, though, the escalation (getting arrested) was her idea. We did have some really freaking out before she gave it away though.

How could you not be amused? I know you've always wanted to see me handcuffed. I trust the cops mostly because I know the Chief of police who arranged this for me, though I did find out after the fact that I almost got pranked in a very bad way. The police told the chief they should taz me and tell me "April Fools" while I was twitching. Apparently he thought that was pretty funny but fortunately they didn't go that route.

Actually my anonymity has been breaking down, as it must if I put out any useful information, and so here I am.

unless this is all part of the prank and I really have everyone fooled ... hard to say now isn't it? Maybe I look like Napoleon Dynamite.

Greg said...

Getting tazed is exactly why I wouldn't trust Clinton cops.

Of course THAT would have been worth seeing. LOL!

Nick the Geek said...


If I wasn't such a sissy I would encourage it, but quite frankly if I knew it was coming I would have been acting really weird the whole time leading up to it.

Helen said...

Your voice gave you away, O Geeko Supremo. We have heard your sermons from your other blog, remember.
I don't read murder mysteries for nothin'! That's right, I've been studin'~

Nick the Geek said...

Hey they fixed the audio for me. That's awesome.

Nick the Geek said...

nope, the audio isn't fixed, that means you didn't hear my voice so you can't prove it's me.

Helen said...

That's okay, we'll just beat on the guy with your voice. We will know by the SCREAMING!

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Ummmm - Helen?? You been studin??? Please tell me that's a sherri-ism. You rascal, you.

Helen said...

God bless Sherri, but it is contagious isn't it? I've been studyin'.

Greg said...

So, did you get your dad or not?

Nick the Geek said...


he was in on it. The only people that weren't was the students and my wonderful online friends.

Greg said...

So he knew you were going to hit his truck and not your pastor's all along?

Nick the Geek said...

Yes, that was all part of the setup. Pay attention to what I say in the beginning of the video. A good prank is better when the people involved think they are helping in a prank but in reality are getting punked.

Greg said...

I get that, but I thought maybe you were trying to get a twofer.

Nick the Geek said...

nope, another good rule for pulling off a prank is don't get greedy. I had a lot of things to juggle with this so one more could have messed the whole thing up.

Neal Jacob said...


I guess it helps having connections in the P.D. :)

Nick the Geek said...


Thanks yeah the Chief really hooked me up and I didn't get tazered so win win.

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