February 21, 2015 10:00 am -

All they were doing was following directions.


[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]A prank caller fooled two Circle K employees in Globe, Ariz. into destroying the convenience store so severely that it temporarily shut down.

The loyal-to-a-fault workers believed they were abiding by the guidance of a security company — and they caused about $30,000 in damage before figuring out the trick, police said.

“They thought they were acting righteously in terms of following direction from security,” Sgt. A.J. Castaneda told the Daily News.

The call came in around 8 p.m. Wednesday. The prankster posed as Circle K’s corporate security, claiming that a silent fire alarm was going off and giving instructions to contain the crock crisis, KSAZ reported.

The caller told the employees to discharge fire extinguishers in the store, throw the extinguishers through the windows and destroy merchandise, computers, registers and security televisions, Castaneda said.

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21 responses to Prank Caller Convinces Employees To Destroy Their Store

  1. rg9rts February 21st, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Human resources is busy, as we speak, creating a IQ test for ALL employees!

    • Guest February 21st, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Globe Arizona sounds like a good place to start a Ponzi scheme!

      • rg9rts February 21st, 2015 at 3:17 pm

        They do sound like a bright bunch at that…

  2. Red Eye Robot February 21st, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Let me guess, This is why minimum wage workers should be paid $15 an hour.

    • Larry Schmitt February 21st, 2015 at 10:25 am

      You’re going to say all minimum wage workers are this dumb based on one incident? I’ve known some pretty stupid managers in my time. Great big fail for you.

    • Guy Lauten February 21st, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Let ME guess… This is why Arizonans don’t need money for their public schools; they’re doing SUCH a good job educating their people right now. Right?

      • Red Eye Robot February 21st, 2015 at 1:57 pm

        raising the minimum wage will increase funding to public schools?

        • Hirightnow February 21st, 2015 at 2:34 pm

          Will lowering taxes for corporations?

        • Guy Lauten February 21st, 2015 at 7:33 pm

          Is that number 5 or 6 on the Roger Ailes List of Disruptive Non-sequiturs? I always forget. Or did you go to Arizona schools and therefore have a hard time negotiating beyond 3?

    • jasperjava February 21st, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Exactly. With a higher minimum wage, these stores would be able to attract a higher caliber of employees.

      You fail again.

    • Larry Schmitt February 21st, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Also, a higher minimum wage doesn’t mean employees couldn’t be fired for gross stupidity.

      • Red Eye Robot February 21st, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        no it means employers will have to pay more for the privilege of employing the gargantuanly stupid

        • Larry Schmitt February 21st, 2015 at 2:19 pm

          There have always been stupid employees, at every level. The amount of their salary is irrelevant.

        • bpollen February 21st, 2015 at 6:24 pm

          Yeah, and stupid management comes for free!

          Wait… this just in: They pay MORE for stupid management and a higher minimum wage would have no impact on the cost for managerial stupidity.

  3. Anomaly 100 February 21st, 2015 at 11:33 am


  4. FatRat February 21st, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K

  5. Boehner-Monkey February 21st, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Am I allowed to mention Darwin at this juncture?

  6. wpadon February 21st, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    The only test these two could pass was a drug test.

    • Larry Schmitt February 21st, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      If you mean they would get a positive, I agree. But that’s usually not considered passing.

  7. fancypants February 21st, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    The prank caller told the employees to discharge fire extinguishers inside the store and then throw them through the windows, all while customers shopped there.

    In less than five minutes, the employees wrecked most of the store and smashed all but one of its windows. One employee remained on the phone while the other followed the destructive demands, Castaneda said.

    All of this happened while two or three customers were shopping.

    I wonder if the employee on the phone was using the store’s intercom microphone to convey the callers demands ?

  8. Apocalypse February 21st, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I’m a bad person, as tragic as this is…I still found it funny.