(Original post by Joinedup)
Spirals up very rapidly till it's not actually funny anymore. E.g. Breaking into someones room and pissing all over his matress (real example).
Your typical public school prankster will assume that everyones property is as easily replaced as his own and readily trash the stuff you worked all summer to afford without a second thought.
Yeah this is the problem.
The general rule of thumb with pranks is if you do a prank on someone they will do it back to you, and they will do something worse to you, which is why it escalates. In the end it causes a row because its stops being funny when one party thinks the prank they did was funny but the revenge one was 'too far'. But its all a matter of perspective. What one person thinks is funny someone else thinks is too far.
Also when you are constantly looking over your shoulder, or having to constantly check everything in your room for signs of pranks, a 'prank war' soon becomes tiring.
Two other big problems with pranks:
- they often end up causing damage which either means everyone has deductions out of their deposit when they come to leave at the end of the year (including people that weren't involved with the pranks) or, when it comes to damaging (even accidentally) someone else's property, that causes major storms in halls as students often don't have much money and you can suddenly have someone expecting you to pay for expensive repairs/replacements that you didn't mean to damage
- some people just don't take to pranks well at all, even mild ones, and will go psycho, there was a mature student in our halls who was a pretty big guy, and a couple of lads thought it would be funny to egg and flour his car that was parked in the hall carpark, he came round and absolutely kicked seven shades out of these boys, they were really badly injured, although they were too embarrassed to go to the police about it but they were really kicked in, and it created a real chill in the atmosphere for a while