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Saturday, 3 April 2004

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Charles Browning: The Last April Fool

A local man truly fell for an April Fool's joke on Thursday, the first such reported instance in about 15 years.

Charles Browning, 32, became the victim of a joke in his office started by his co-workers that led him to fully believe that he had been fired for sexual harassment.

"We told Charlie that the boss had heard about a joke he told involving a priest and a hooker, and that due to our zero tolerance policy he was canned," said Michael Klein, Browning's supervisor and the mastermind of the prank. "I never thought it would actually work, but I guess he's just that stupid."

Upon hearing the news from Klein, Browning became emotionally distraught. He circled his cubicle for several minutes with his hands to his temples and shouting, "What am I gonna do now?!"

"Yeah, it was hilarious, seeing him walk around like that," said Susan Russo, a co-worker. "I thought he was going to kill himself, or our boss. Good stuff."

The prank took a deeper turn as Browning called his wife to tell her the unfortunate news.

"Yeah, the idiot calls me right in the middle of work," Mrs. Browning said. "I told him, 'Look, dummy, they're probably playing a joke on you. You're pathetic.' Then I hung up on him. Idiot."

The joke came to an abrupt end when Browning was seen sobbing and putting his stuff into a box.

"We had to put an end to it, funny as it was," Klein said. "I mean, the guy sucks, but you have to draw the line somewhere, even for a retard like that."

Even Browning's boss, Earl Steinburg, was amazed that the prank actually worked.

"Damn, who in this day and age seriously gets fooled by a prank on April FIRST?" Steinburg said. "Check the damned calendar. I can't even prank my kids. Are you SERIOUS?!"

Browning refused comment.

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