Thread: LG "joke"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia
    Hence, a prank. Even if the actors did not know, it is my belief that this level of prank does not justify suing someone.
    If they are actors, then either they would have been told what would happen in advance and be instructed to act the part, or they would be unaware of the exact nature of the prank but would have been aware that it was not actually a job interview. Either way, they wouldn't have justification to sue since this is the job they agreed to do.

    If they were indeed there for the job interview, then you're entitled to your belief, and they are entitled to sue if they feel that it is justified. Whether the lawsuit goes through is another matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia
    If someone got a heart attack from that, then it might have been appropriate to sue them because doing pranks that causes heart attacks is not okay. Regardless of that point, you'd first have to prove that they did a prank knowing that it could cause a heart attack or some other medical condition and went ahead with it anyway.
    If they did not know, perhaps it is due to negligence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia
    There is nothing illegal on pulling a prank on people.
    I would say that this depends on the nature of the prank and what the laws of the given jurisdiction has to say about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elysia
    I see this situation as equal to giving someone a drink which that someone is allergic to, but the giver does not know that.
    You left out the part that makes it a prank. In a prank, that someone might be given the impression that the drink is something else that he/she is not allergic to, e.g., to get a reaction of surprise when the person discovers that he/she was misled. There was no intention to cause an allergic reaction, but nonetheless there was some kind of intentional misrepresentation that led to the allergic reaction despite the deliberate choice made to avoid that allergic reaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laserlight View Post
    I would say that this depends on the nature of the prank and what the laws of the given jurisdiction has to say about that.
    Well, I suppose this would be debating semantics, but in my opinion, if what you do violates laws or becomes serious, then it stops being a prank.
    Of course, something that is a prank to someone might not be a prank in the eyes of others, especially law enforcers...
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