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Editorial: Don’t be cruel, or a fool

April Fools’ Day can be playful and good for a laugh, if kept civil and respectful

Fair warning, be prepared. Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day.

If you plan to be on the giving end, keep in mind that not all pranks are created equal. While harmless and playful jokes can bring a smile to someone’s face, offensive pranks can be hurtful and damage relationships.

In recent years, the internet and social media have given rise to a culture of “pranking” that often crosses the line of good taste and decency. Some individuals use April Fools’ Day as an excuse to bully, harass or humiliate others, often under the guise of “just a joke.” However, there is nothing funny about causing harm or distress to others.

To keep pranks civil, consider the impact of the actions for those on the receiving end.

Is the prank harmless and good-natured, or does it have the potential to hurt or embarrass someone? If in doubt, it is always better to err on the side of caution and choose something that is respectful, considerate and even more important, fun.

April Fools’ Day can be playful and good for a laugh, if kept civil and respectful. Having fun without causing anyone distress should be the goal.

For those not making plans to “fool” a friend, family member or co-worker tomorrow, be ready, you might be on the receiving end. Think twice before falling for any comment or announcement about a lottery win, drag racing coming to Powell River Airport, or an oil rig being set up between Texada and Westview that promises many jobs for the region.

As the old saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

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