Pranks are all good fun and games, but what happens when law enforcement gets involved? Is the joke still funny, or is involving the police just plain mean?
From marriage proposals to scholarship announcements, it seems some people can’t get enough of fright turned to favor.
The videos of these scholarship pranks have gone viral. What begins as a serious moment, ends up being so much more.
Today’s 〽? meeting was full of suspense ?, surprise ? & happiness ?… especially for @daycheck3
— Michigan Men’s Basketball (@umichbball) January 10, 2017
One young man from Texan Christian University wasn’t sure what to think when an officer walked into a classroom during a basketball team meeting.
The cop asks to speak with Owen Aschieris. He seems hesitant, as anyone would be, especially if they hadn’t committed a crime.
Once Aschieris takes a long hard look at the paper the officer holds, however, fear becomes relief as his teammates surround him with hugs and pats on the back.
“This right here, plus a 31-point win over WVU made for a pretty great day for TCU Men’s Basketball!” the university wrote on Facebook.
The young man received a scholarship for his spring semester — a much better outcome than being expelled or arrested.
All the feels when you find out in front of your team you’ve got a scholarship!
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) August 23, 2018
With each instance, scholarships are awarded, but only after an officer steps in to strike fear into the hearts of the sports players.
“It freaked me out for a little bit,” Aschieris said in an interview. “I was racking my brain, trying to figure out … what I had done wrong.”
While this student and team player seems to be in good spirits regarding the prank, Charles Curtis of USA Today’s For the Win feels these pranks are no joke — quite the opposite, actually.
“Can you imagine Ashieris’s heart rate when he hears his name?” Curtis writes. “Even for the 10 seconds between that moment and the one when he realizes what’s going on, I don’t want to be that freaked-out student athlete.”
What do you think? Are the pranks made in good fun? Or could these universities find a better way to award scholarships in the future?
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