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BION_34From Lose Friends Radio comes this ‘Believe it or not’ segment Number 34, called ‘Remote control’. You can read the transcript below, or listen to the original broadcast by clicking on the green play button: [audio:Jonar_Nader_34_BION_Remote_control.mp3]
Believe it or not, according to Jonar Nader, there is a new breed of practical joker – the type who enjoys delayed fulfilment.

Unlike typical practical jokers who like to hang around to enjoy the laugh, these guys like to set the trap and leave. They derive satisfaction from knowing that they had sown the seeds of embarrassment, even though they might never see their victim’s red face.

One of the most notorious of these jokers has been creating havoc at a popular holiday resort that boasts expansive villas dotted around 50 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens. Armed with a universal remote control, the joker waits until guests are out of their room, then, through the window, activates the TV, selects the pay-per-view movie channel, and accepts the charge, on behalf of the unsuspecting guests.

You can imagine the arguments when it is time to check out. Staff point to the computer (that never lies) while guests grow red with anger as they continue to deny the movie charges. If the movie charges refer to the porn channel, anger is mixed with a high level of embarrassment.

This is a minor problem which could be easily fixed by the hotel issuing passwords for use by guests. So far, however, it seems that resort staff prefer to waste their energy arguing with clients, instead of addressing their own procedures; and that keeps the jokers laughing.

Believe it… or not.

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