Japan TV show pranks unsuspecting people with elevator problem


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/30/japanese-television-show-prank.html


#2

It’s funny because they think they’re about to die.


#3

When I’m about to die I likely will shit my pants, just a heads up on that.


#4

I can’t believe they fell for it.


#5

And for some strange reason, it was always a woman that they did it to…


#6

I wonder if the audience expects screams? A potentially racist assumption to explain a potentially sexist scenario…


#7

We are this close to “Ow! My Balls!”


#8

“sadistic standards” Guessing somewhere on your bookshelf there is a manual.


#9

This particular video was all women but on YouTube they show the prank on guys, as well.


#10

Yeah, I noticed that too. But you know… it’s Japan and all that.


#11

So… do Japanese elevators usually come with a bowing elevator man? I would think that would raise some suspicions?


#12

Their tort liability laws must be fascinating.


#13

They do, quite often.


#14

Fake and staged. Who gets into an elevator, stops right in the middle, and doesn’t turn around to face forward?


#15

I imagine it’s the same as radio pranks in the US.


#16

The land of Broken Ankles
All I can think
when I see high heels
is forty five degree angles
no matter how much foam there is


#17

They all knew they were going to fall #sorry.


#18

Only women. rlly?


#19

Holy forking shirtballs, this is awful. If it’s real, people would be so traumatized by this. I also can’t help but think that it would be nearly impossible to keep people from actually hurting themselves - in between hitting themselves on the rim of the trap door, and falling 3+ feet (while wearing heels, no less), there’s a big opportunity for real injuries here.

Yeah, no kidding. This is a recipe for broken ankles, even if they’re hitting bottom immediately after the camera stops.

Yeah, it’s suspicious. It seems like they’re expecting to exit the elevator on the opposite side- they’re all moving forward looking at the back wall, not even necessarily stopping in the middle, and certainly not stopping where one would turn around to press the elevator buttons. I suspect they were given some sort of instruction, even if they’re not aware what’s going to happen (and I don’t think they were - those facial expressions are a little too convincing). And even if it’s completely staged, they risked injury with this stunt.


#20

Yeah the second or third lady looked really close to hitting the far edge of the trapdoor. Not cool.