If you consider a prank a Jedi mind trick, Noel Hecht is clearly strong with the force.
Hecht, a freshman at Haddon Township High School, pulled off a masterful Star Wars-themed prank. He hung scores of fliers around South Jersey and Philadelphia advertising a “Chewbacca roar contest,” asking fans of Han Solo’s furry friend to call a number and leave a voicemail with their best Chewie impression, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. He offered a $50 reward.
The number belonged to one of Hecht’s unsuspecting friends, who had a voicemail box filled with roars and growls.
Hecht tells the “Philadelphia Inquirer” he picked a friend, Seamus Taulane, as the target of the prank because he knew he was “good at taking jokes,” thought he’d find it funny and would actually listen to the voicemails.
The idea came to Hecht in late January, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, and prompted him to make 50 fliers and place them with two friends all over Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.
How many people would actually respond to the flier? Hecht though maybe 100, if he was lucky. “More like 500 calls and 150 voicemails,” says Taulane. “People are very determined when it comes to free money.”
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