The Santa holiday prank-prank

The Santa holiday prank-prank  There is an obscene message in this photo.

UK News: A disgruntled employee, fired by Harrods from his job as the toy department’s Father Christmas, took revenge last night in spectacular style.

Gaining access to a maintenance control room, Lloyd Hudson, 35, from Ilford, Essex, was able to locate the chart and corresponding switches for Harrods’ 10,000 external lights.

Barracading himself in, Hudson disabled the correct lights until he could spell out his feelings to Harrods bosses and Christmas shoppers alike. He was removed by security guards after an hour-long stand-off, then handed over to police.

"He had drunk the best part of two bottles of whisky," said a spokesperson for the iconic London store, "and it’s that kind of behaviour that got him the sack in the first place." Hudson has since been released on police bail.

Knightsbridge visitors were stunned.

"Honestly, I am disgusted, " said Irene Rider, 59, from Gary, Indiana. "I was with my grandchildren. We had just gotten off the bus. I said ‘look everybody’ and pointed up to the lights – but you know what the lights said? They said f**k off. And that is not an appropriate message for a child.  At least not at Christmastime."

This amusing story about a Santa revenge prank was spread throughout the world. Except for one thing – it was a prank about a prank. There was no disgruntled Lloyd Hudson who drank two bottles of booze. He did not flick the switches on the holiday lights. The photograph is a fake. Harrod’s external lights did not spell an obscene message.

The clue is in the last line of the story, part of a phony quote, which is also the punchline:

…you know what the lights said? They said f**k off. And that is not an appropriate message for a child. At least not at Christmastime."

So f**k off is an appropriate message to a child if it’s not Christmastime?

Did people spread this news story thinking it was real, or did they know it was a gag and send it anyway? Or did the photo get detached from the story, and prank all by itself?

As Mr. Hudson said: "Merry f**king Christmas!"

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