Sim­ple prank be­comes storm in Tok’ tea cup

South Waikato News - - Tea Cup Trip - LUKE KIRKEBY

The ta­bles have been turned on a tea lov­ing prankster.

Three months ago the much loved teacup of Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust Whanau Ora leader Jared Kennedy was stolen.

Ever since, the cup has been on an epic jour­ney through­out New Zealand in­clud­ing trips to Napier, Taupo, Christchurch and even an ap­point­ment in Welling­ton with Prime Min­is­ter Bill English.

Ev­ery Mon­day a pic­ture sent via email, signed only by an anony­mous ‘Teacup’, alerts Kennedy as to where it is.

And de­spite look­ing into the tea leaves, Kennedy is yet to fig­ure out who from his work­place has ac­tu­ally taken it.

Un­der­stand­ably Kennedy’s a lit­tle frus­trated, he loves tea so much he even has a tat­too of a teapot, but he sees the hu­mor­ous side.

‘‘I don’t know if I will ever get it back and I have no idea why they have taken it,’’ he laughed.

But the anony­mous em­ployee sees oth­er­wise.

‘‘The cup has this stupid bell and says ‘‘I love tea, ring for a re­fill’’ and when he first got it he would ring it con­stantly which an­noyed ev­ery­one.’’

And so the prank was planned.

‘‘He was no­to­ri­ous for leav­ing it ly­ing around so one day I pick it up and I put it on my desk. He wasn’t in the of­fice at the time so it stayed there but as the min­utes ticked by I started think­ing about what I could do with the cup,’’ the prankster said.

‘‘In a spur of the mo­ment de­ci­sion I drove it down to the lo­cal In­ter­city bus stop and took a photo. I then re­turned to work, cre­ated a fake email ad­dress, and sent him the pic­ture stat­ing that due to ne­glect, that I (Teacup) had run away.’’

The em­ployee said they had no idea the prank would turn into a full-on jour­ney through­out New Zealand but Kennedy had re­ally come on board.

‘‘Jared is the youngest male in the of­fice and he is re­ally cheeky, thinks he knows ev­ery­thing, and thinks he is the mas­ter of pranks.

‘‘He’s pas­sion­ate about up­lift­ing youth within our com­mu­nity and loves work­ing with them. He’s a helper so he’s re­ally good at it but as a work­mate we like to take the piss out of him.’’

‘‘It’s re­ally get­ting to him but he so de­serves this.’’

The em­ployee said the cup will even­tu­ally be re­united with Kennedy.

Fol­low the jour­ney Free­theteacup on In­sta­gram. via

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Prime Min­is­ter Bill English holds a Toko­roa teacup at the cen­tre of an on­go­ing prank.

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