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April Fool’s Day Ain’t For Amateurs

One thing I know for certain, the key to a successful April Fool’s Day prank involves knowing your victims’ routine.  Amateurs need not apply.

Our friend, Scott, told my husband and me that his wife hit a deer on a country back road driving home from the work.  We quizzed him for all the details in order to set the trap. Then we asked him to make sure Casey answered the phone the next day.

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The Prank

“Mrs. S, this is Officer Smedley with the Fulton County Police,” said my husband over the telephone in his best impersonation of a southern accent.  “I understand you hit a deer yesterday on U.S. Route 19 around 7:00 p.m.”

“Um, yes,” said Casey, clearing her throat.

She sounds as nervous as a pig at a barbeque.

“I’m sorry to inform you, Ma’am, but per Georgia code, you are wanted for arrest due to the abandonment and mistreatment of animals, Article 1.2A.  You must turn yourself in to the nearest police department by 8:00 a.m. and pay for cleanup.” He said with a sigh, “Was there any deer slobber?”

“Yes, there was slobber on the front windshield but I thought the deer ran off.”

“You’re going to have to come into the station so we can get a good look at that deer slobber.”

“Uh, okay,” she said with a shaky voice.

Fearful that he may have gone too far, he said without the drawl, “Casey, it’s Mike.  April Fools!”

“Oh my god, I hate you!” she said with a gasp.

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Stacey Gustafson

Stacey Gustafson is an author, humor columnist, and blogger who has experienced the horrors of being trapped inside a pair of SPANX. Her blog, Are You Kidding Me? is based on her suburban family and everyday life. Her short stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and seven books in the Not Your Mother’s Book series. Her work appears in Midlife Boulevard, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, ZestNow,, Pleasanton Patch, Lost in Suburbia, Better After 50 and on her daughter’s bulletin board. She lives in California with her husband and two teenagers that provide an endless supply of inspiration. She writes about parenting and daily frustrations like her dislike of the laundry, self-checkout lanes, public restrooms, Brussels sprouts, roundabouts, and being middle-aged. Her book, Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives, hit #1 Amazon Best Seller in Humor - Parenting & Families and #1 Amazon Best Seller in Motherhood. Released September 2014, it is available on Amazon and eBooks. Visit Stacey at or follow her on Twitter @RUKiddingStacey.

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