A prankster covered her boss' entire office in holiday wrapping paper, including his pens and spare change
- Australian author and podcast host Jo Thornely covered her boss' entire office with holiday wrapping paper.
- Thornely and her coworker, who is also named Jo, bought 10 rolls of recyclable wrapping paper, spending $30 (R439) total on their supplies for the prank.
- Then one day while their boss was out, they wrapped every item in his office. Thornely told Insider it took around three-and-a-half hours.
- "He bloody loved it," Thornely said. "After the initial sudden loud 'Woah,' he walked around inspecting everything and laughing."
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Wrapping gifts is a challenging task for many when it comes to the holidays, but that didn't stop two dedicated pranksters from giving their boss the surprise of a lifetime.
Australian author and podcast host Jo Thornely and her coworker covered their boss' entire office in festive wrapping paper after he took the day off.
They wrapped everything in the office, from the walls and chairs to each individual pencil and stray coin he had left on his desk.
The entire job took around three-and-a-half hours, Thornely told Insider.
Thornely said the department at her company, which she asked not to be identified, "really embraces seasonal decoration" - especially when it comes to the bosses' offices.
"My workmate, also named Jo, and I discussed 'paper-bombing' months ago as this year's theme, and knew in advance that our boss was taking a day of leave," she told Insider. "We kind of pride ourselves on advance planning and attention to detail anyway, so we took the same approach here."
Thornely and her coworker also knew wrapping paper would be "cheap and relatively easy to do," and had the advantage of being recyclable as long as they picked the right paper.
"I've always loved the idea of simple, low-rent ideas executed well beyond the point at which others might get bored and stop," she said. "So this was ideal."
Thornely and her coworker bought 10 65-foot (19 metres) rolls of wrapping paper at a discount store, spending $30(R439) total. They also made sure the paper didn't feature tinsel or metallic paper so that it could all be recycled.
"We ended up only using half that," she added. "I know what my Christmas presents are going to be wrapped in for the next five or six years!"
On the day their boss was off work, Thornely and Jo went in and out of his glass-partitioned office to decorate whenever they had some free time.
"Others dropped in to help wrap a few things too," Thornely said. "So it felt like a really nice collaboration, albeit with a lot of giggles and 'Oh my gods.'"
Thornely said the easiest things to wrap were the "good old rectangular prisms," like books and folders.
"The hardest things were the chairs and the items we wanted to keep useable, so our boss could keep working without too much trouble or interferences," she continued. "So we kept the ear and mouthpiece of his phone free, any screens in use, keyboard buttons, the laser bit on his mouse, that sort of thing."
But Thornely said the most time-consuming portion of the office was her boss' cup full of pens.
"He also had some spare change on his desk that we wrapped coin by coin," she added. "For any papers we wrapped, we put a sticky note on the back to let him know what was inside, in case he needed anything in a hurry."
When it came time for the big reveal, Thornely said her boss was definitely impressed.
"He bloody loved it," she said. "After the initial sudden loud 'Woah,' he walked around inspecting everything and laughing. He's used to having his office decorated every December, and he really understands that it's our way of saying 'Thanks for being a good boss.'"
Thornely said the prank has been a huge hit with her peers as well, giving everyone plenty of laughs.
"I think there's been about a hundred photos taken of the office in the last week," she added.
Thornely has since posted video of her handiwork on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
While Thornely and her coworker have offered to clean up the wrapping paper, she said her boss wants to "keep it up for as long as possible."
"I think we'll probably remove it all on the last day before Christmas break," she said. "Anybody want some free wrapping paper?"
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