Boss plots revenge after balloon prank

By David Newble

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Boss plots revenge after balloon prank

Left, Dan Hallifax of Stainless Games, with Stuart Bayliss, after Stuart's office was filled with balloons. Picture by Robin Crossley.

PRANKSTERS struck at an Isle of Wight company this week — filling a boss’s office with thousands of balloons.

After a week-long holiday, Stainless Games director, Stuart Bayliss, returned to the company’s Newport headquarters yesterday (Monday), only to find his office had been stuffed full of 3,000 balloons.

Staff even cut a hole in the ceiling so they could cram his workspace to the brim, making it almost impossible for him to get in.

Twelve members of the team — best-known for the hit game Carmageddon — spent the week blowing up the balloons.

After finally managing to get into his office, Stuart had to find a way to get some of the balloons out and stunned shoppers soon found Newport High Street awash with balloons as they spilled out from his office window.

The stunt was revenge for a prank Stuart played on workmate Andy Edwards the previous week, when he emptied playing cards all over his desk.

Stuart’s reaction and efforts to clear his office, as his laughing colleagues look on, have been posted on YouTube.

He joked: "I suspected something was up with the amount of people who were watching me go in. It was his revenge.

"What I did to him was fairly mild and what he did was a disproportionate response. It requires another disproportionate response back. We have our Christmas party on Friday and it might be there."

Staff emphasised they made sure they cleared up all the balloons which spilled into the street.

See the video below:



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by Graeme Egerton

11th December 2013, at 23:49:41 Interesting website, please take a look.

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by Stephen Elliott

11th December 2013, at 22:37:27

Love it...these guys work hard and need fun to provide inspiration and to de-stress. I would never be able to write C++ coding and mapping constantly without escapism.

Keep up the good work lads and lasses and ignore the negative comments

Ps don't leave the island :)

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by neil jacks

11th December 2013, at 16:37:55

ha ha nice one lee, no one can accuse you of being miserable now can they.

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by Laura Smith

11th December 2013, at 09:59:43

I'm sure all these incidents you speak of where animals have suffered due to the result of consuming a balloon are from balloons that have been filled with helium, giving them the means to travel.

The balloons in this story, I can only imagine, would not have much tavelling power and won't get very far.

It was a joke, one that many have laughed at. If you want to shout about how plastic destroys animals and the countryside go stand at the tip or visit those houses on the island that still don't recycle ;)

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by barbara penman

10th December 2013, at 23:10:10

We all like a bit of fun but Is there any work actually done in this Company, strange way to behave, waste of time, effort and money and what happened to all the balloons?

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by neil jacks

10th December 2013, at 21:14:49

Yeah sorry Lee I take your point. I have to know, what animal did you take into a supermarket

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by Mike Crowe

10th December 2013, at 20:32:58

So why don't you start a campaign to ban cars? I would guess that more people are killed by cars than wild life by balloons.

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by neil jacks

10th December 2013, at 16:52:47

he wont understand that paul.

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by Paul Strauss

10th December 2013, at 16:47:02

Mr Majors, I wish you would do your research before posting your wildly inaccurate comments. I called Tesco and asked them for their returns policy vis-a-vis purchases made by wild animals and sea creatures, and they assured me that all wild animals and sea creatures DO have the option to return loaves of bread with balloons in them or any other product that they are not entirely happy with, provided they have a valid receipt.

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by Claire Kulba

10th December 2013, at 16:42:49

No balloons were hurt in the making of this video.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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