Texas prankster purportedly tricks neighbor into tossing 'self-aware' printer

Ben Hooper

HOUSTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A Houston man tweeted the saga of how he purportedly "got a free printer" by pranking a neighbor who failed to secure his network connection.

Blake Messick, 18, of Houston, tweeted Dec. 30 that he noticed a neighbor had a new wireless printer on an unsecured connection, so he instructed it to print the message: "Hello. I am your printer. I have become self aware. Run."


The prank took an unexpected turn the following day when Messick discovered his neighbor had put the printer out by the curb.

"Update: my neighbor has thrown out the printer," Messick tweeted.

A third tweet shows the printer, now in Messick's home with the text "thanks neighbor" superimposed on the image.

"And that's the story of how I got a free printer," Messick wrote.


Messick said he probably won't keep the printer.

"I'll probably just return it once all of this blows over," he told Buzzfeed. "I'm sure my neighbor will have a laugh about it once he sees what a sensation it's become."

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