It is quite phenomenal for many people to choose a form of prank as a ceremonial send off for any couple about to embark on the journey of wedded bliss. Some of the more common pranks pulled on unsuspecting couples include hazing, where a groom or sometimes even the couple, are transported around their home town whilst tied to a trailer and covered in eggs and flour, where there is the potential of a road traffic accident. In more outlandish cases, what have been intended as good natured pranks in order to see our friends off into married life, can go horribly awry.
Examples of pranks gone wrong
In July 2013, a British groom was left traumatised by a stag do prank that went horribly wrong. A gang of 16 men pretended to kidnap the future groom and he was left gagged and bound in a speeding van for over 2 hours. What was intended as a good natured prank, soured relations between the groomsmen and the groom, leaving him extremely traumatised in the wake of the accident.
Ollie McAnich from Somerset was driving with his fiancée Claire Hart, when the vehicle they were travelling in was stopped in the middle of the road by a gang of masked men. Ms Hart was aware of the prank and played along in order to make the experience more authentic, as her husband to be was bundled into an orange prison jumpsuit. Mr McAnich was then driven 160km away.
Mr McAnich’s humiliation did not end when it was finally revealed that his would-be kidnappers were in fact, members of his stag do. Mr McAnich was then stripped and forced to cycle to his stag do more than 16km away.
As a result of the trauma, Mr McAnich suffered many ailments in the wake of the prank, including shingles. However, Mr McAnich was quite forgiving and decided not to press any charges against his friends but has committed to seeking “full vengeance.”
The case highlights where what is intended as an innocent prank, can go horribly awry and cause major pain and suffering. Mr McAnich was exceptionally understanding in his circumstances but others may not feel the same way. If you’ve been injured as the result of a stag/hen do prank gone wrong, within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.