Rob Pritchard came home after a busy day to discover dozens of Amazon boxes stacked up in front of his Green Bay home.
A video that captured his reaction has since gone viral. The footage shows him pulling into the driveway, exiting the car, and staring straight into the camera as if he was asking why there are so many boxes outside the house.
In a second video, Rob is seen walking towards the front door, curious as to why there are so many boxes before quickly changing direction, and shaking his head in confusion.
His wife, Maureen Pritchard, revealed it was actually an April Fools’ Day joke.
“When he saw me recording out the window, I thought he realized that it was a joke but when he came inside he kept asking, ‘What is all that?!'” she said in a Facebook post dated April 1. “I got him good! I wish I would have continued to record right away when he came in the house.”
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Maureen said that the boxes were empty and not actually part of a big spending splurge.
From the angle of the camera, there seemed to be a total of about 40 boxes.
“I had to explain that it was six months of saved boxes from us, my parents, and my sister,” Maureen said. “I’ve been planning an April Fools’ joke to play on Rob for months.”
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Many people from the neighborhood were also surprised to see so many boxes lined up outside the Pritchard home.
“You have no idea how many people slowed down or stopped in front of our house all day today,” Maureen said.
Since the boxes have now served their purpose, Maureen is offering to give the boxes to anyone who needs them.
“Anyone need any boxes?” she asked.
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The post has been shared more than 3,300 times, and many people commented they were surprised that none of the boxes had gone missing.
“You should have left them out there, I bet someone would have been happy to steal them all from you,” Jan Pouncey said.
“Surprised no one tried to steal the boxes,” Heidi Hampton said. “Here in Florida they would have stolen all your boxes.”
“I’m surprised porch pirates didn’t find this,” Danielle Rae said. “OMG so funny.”
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Some felt a bit like they were looking at the home of someone they know who loves shopping online.
“Alyssa Jennings this u?” Sam Montgomery said.
“Sam Montgomery they have started leaving my packages in the leasing office and I’m embarrassed,” Jennings said.
Others thought the volume of boxes was enough to qualify for a customer loyalty reward.
“Maureen, I hope Amazon gives you lifetime Prime membership for free,” Kelly Lemmer said. “What a genius idea and great public relations for them too.”
“If Amazon.com doesn’t send you a lifetime Prime membership, they’re dead to me,” Josh Scott said.
Maureen responded to many of the comments and seems to be enjoying her moment of fame.
“This is incredibly fun … we are going on 54 hours of fame,” she said. “I already know it is spilling over into tomorrow as I have a live phone interview with a station in Phoenix in the morning, and I answered questions for a news station in Australia tonight. I’m literally cracking up.”