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

By
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."

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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.

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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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