The kid bought it — hook, line and sinker
When Lindsey Chastain commits to a joke, she really commits to a joke. Her nine-year-old daughter found that out the hard way when she woke up from a long nap and thought it was the next morning. Lindsey saw an opening for one hell of a joke, and she took it. The resulting video went viral, for good reason.
When 9-year-old Lexi Cramer woke up from an evening nap, her mother saw a golden opportunity. Lexi woke up around 6 pm and saw that it was dark out, and immediately assumed it was morning. That must have been one satisfying nap! But it was nowhere near as satisfying as the prank her mom was about to pull on her.
Lindsey leapt into action, encouraging her daughter’s misconception and helping her get ready for school, despite the fact that class didn’t start for another 14 hours or so.
The video of the prank has since gone viral, with over 12 million views.
In the video, Lexi can be seen getting dressed and doing her hair as her mom films her. “She thought it was morning time because normally it’s dark out when she wakes up,” Chastain said in an interview with Inside Edition. “She started putting on her outfit for the next day. I just played along with it from there.”
And she played it all perfectly. Poor Lexi is completely in the dark, quite literally, until her mother actually drops her off at school where the kiddo notices that, um, it’s completely deserted. It’s not until she’s back in the car that her mom clues her in.
Just an amazing prank, executed perfectly. Even Lexi has little choice but to accept how badly she was owned, and her happy surprise at her mother’s reveal puts a nice capper on a hilarious, harmless joke by what seems to be a fun mom.
The closest I’ve come to something like that is on New Year’s Eve, when I throw on one of those Netflix countdown things to convince my six-year-old it’s midnight a good three hours before the ball actually drops.
In one particularly cold-blooded touch, Lindsey even superimposed the actual time over the action in the video, a deft move that really emphasizes the absurdity of the whole situation, and serves as nothing short of a slap in the face to a gullible little girl who just got Punk’d by her clever, quick-thinking mom.
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