Monday, April 14, 2008

Prank at Car Dealer to be on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

AWESOME!!! this reminds me of all the crazy stuff I did as a salesman. I probably should have won at least 10 grand. Oh well.

Prank at Chambersburg car dealer to be on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

What began as a prank on a co-worker at a Guilford Township car dealer could result in a cash prize on Sunday.

The prank involved sneaking a live tarantula onto the shirt of Fitzgerald Auto Mall employee Chris Bowser. The activity was caught on tape and sent to "America's Funniest Home Videos."

At 7 p.m. Sunday, the video will be shown, with the pranksters standing a chance to win the $10,000 top prize. The show was filmed in February in California with Bowser and a couple of his co-workers in attendance.

Fitzgerald manager Bill Barling said that it became known that Bowser has a fear of spiders when a small one appeared in a meeting room one day. On a drive back from a meeting in Maryland, Barling and Adam Labar came up with the idea of buying a tarantula from a pet store and putting it on -- or near -- Bowser. When he sees the spider in the center of his chest, the results are predictable.

"I was a screaming little girl in the video," Bowser said.

Getting the arachnid onto Bowser was not an easy task. The spider was housed in a large metal coffee can and had stretched out its legs inside. When Headley went to get it out of the can, the spider simply wouldn't let go of the can. Early in the video they can be heard bouncing the can off of the floor as Headley attempts to pry it free.

The video got large laughs around the 1436 Lincoln Way East dealership and those folks thought it was a natural for the show. They sent the video off and a few weeks later received a phone call.

A few days later Bowser, Bill Barling and Adam Labar found themselves on a plane to California to tape the show. ABC, which owns the rights to the show, paid for round-trip airfare, lodging and gave them meal money for the three-day trip.

Although the tarantula is the biggest prank played on Bowser at the dealership, co-workers said that it's far from the first. In fact, Bowser's frequently been the target of practical jokes.

"There isn't much that we haven't put this guy through. I think the only thing we haven't done is light him on fire," Headley said.

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