There are few pleasures that are more gratifying than pranking the heck out of a member of your family.
The pride one gets when you see the look of shock that comes from a good gag is second to none.
And because you're related, there aren't many people in the world capable of pranking a family member better than you can. You know their deepest, darkest secrets so you can get them on a real personal level.
But you also know that no matter how far you go, at the end of the day you're family and although you might annoy them royally, there's a good chance they're going to forgive you. Which is probably what this Twitter user's 12-year-old sister was banking on when she crafted this "welcome back" sign for her sister when she returned from a school trip.
No, the school trip wasn't to a rehab clinic, her younger sister is just that evil. Imagine walking through the airport and seeing photos of you with your name, in front of all your friends, congratulating you on getting through rehab.
Now if a gag like this was pulled back in the days before the internet and social media, you'd think to yourself, hey, no harm, no foul, no big deal. It would begin and end in that airport and maybe live on at family dinners and holidays throughout the years.
But that wasn't the case for Poor Alexa.
Some people couldn't bear the thought of ever being pranked like that.
While others loved the prank.
There were a lot of commenters on the thread, however, who didn't think that addiction was a laughing matter.
Addiction is considered a mental illness and people are struggling with it so I don’t know how this funny. Also, if she made the poster into something similar to suicide and was saying “No more razors” everyone would go insane.— tay✨ (@taylin_mckenzie) April 6, 2018
This is in poor taste smh do not joke about addiction ppl die daily from it.— B!tch, i’m a Kehmetria SHIPPER 🧚🏼♀️🧚🏼♀️ (@IcommitSins4LMJ) April 6, 2018
But then, plenty of recovering addicts chimed in, saying that they found the sign hilarious.
I've had an addiction but having kids saved me haven't done ecstacy in 10 years and I find this post hilarious— Daphanie Jenkins (@DaphanieJenkin1) April 7, 2018
I’m 10 years sober and thought it was funny and adorable.— Johnny Neill (@johnny_neill) April 9, 2018
In fact, the post had those affected by substance abuse start a conversation about normalizing the topic of addiction and addressing it in such a healthy and open manner.
I have (27 yrs sober) and I think it’s a harmless prank. But I wish that people who really do go to rehab would have supportive family, friends and community like this waiting for them. That would render this prank obsolete and would actually help someone.— 👂🏼I Hear You👂🏼 (@IngaProgressive) April 7, 2018
The argument was that the more people talked about it, the easier it would be to address it. So crying "shame" against those making a joke was, to them, counterproductive.
Everyone coming home from rehab SHOULD have this sign! It would remove a lot of stigma, and save a lot of lives. Also, as a person in recovery, I find this sign funny as hell, and applaud your sister.— curt jones (@damage_done) April 7, 2018
Its nice to see people have their backs though. Its all productive conversation.— ¢¢¢ (@SnaqFude) April 7, 2018
OP: Posts 12 y/o sister’s prank
Good People: Hey, people struggle with addiction. Have some empathy?
People that deal with addiction: Its ok. It was funny.
I know a now sober alcoholic who calls New Year’s Eve “amateur night”. Lots of addicts can see humor in their condition, just as cancer patients can. It’s resilience and it’s healthy.— Eleanor (@edabny54) April 7, 2018
The harmless prank from Alexa's sister that went viral ended up taking a sensitive topic and starting a constructive conversation on it.
Humor helps us battle the daily struggle of addiction. I laughed my ass off at this prank. Some may not, but that's their problem.— Richie Cee (@PlanetRichie) April 7, 2018
So in a way, pranks could help make the world a better place.