Simple prank becomes storm in Tok’ tea cup
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
Prime Minister Bill English holds a Tokoroa teacup at the centre of an ongoing prank.