Leanne Roberts, 27, and Kelly Hitchens, 41, thought it would be funny to stick unflattering pictures Charlotte Orgee on her Vauxhall Zafira as a joke – but they had actually put the stickers on lorry driver John Dyer’s car
A birthday prank backfired after two women plastered the wrong car with large photos and “Happy 30th” stickers.
Leanne Roberts, 27, and Kelly Hitchens, 41, thought it would be funny to print and stick unflattering pictures of their pal Charlotte Orgee on her Vauxhall Zafira as a joke.
However, they were left mortified and worried about getting into trouble with the police when Charlotte came home with no stickers on her car.
Leanne and Kelly covered a baffled stranger’s vehicle with photos and messages at Malvern Splash Leisure Centre, in Worcs. on Saturday.
John Dyer, 38, has been swimming with his four-year-old daughter when he returned to his car to find it plastered in pictures of a random woman.
Luckily, the dad-of-one found the funny side of the mishap and shared the prank on social media.
Leanne and Kelly quickly got in touch to apologise.
The friends said they wanted to embarrass Charlotte ahead of her 30th birthday, but the prank went terribly wrong.
Cleaner Kelly, a mum-of-three, of Malvern, Worcs., said: “We are always pranking each other for our birthdays and this year we thought we had a great idea.
“Unfortunately, it went hideously wrong because we got completely the wrong car.
“A friend printed the stickers for us and we went down there to find her car knowing she was going swimming that morning.
“People in the car park were laughing along with us and saying it was a great idea and that she’d love it.
“We were giggling away waiting for Charlotte to come home and when she returned with no stickers and we feared the worst.
“We just looked at each other. We asked her where the stickers were and she had no idea what we were talking about.
“We were laughing but at the same was worried somebody might not see the funny side and call the police because somebody had vandalised their car.”
It turned out Charlotte decided to park down the road because she had no change to pay for parking.
She had gone to the leisure centre to go swimming for her son Junior’s eighth birthday.
When she came home without the stickers on the car, the friends rushed to the car park but couldn’t find the car or any stickers in the bin.
Student Leanne, a mum-of-two, from Worcester, said: “We were in hysterics laughing trying to work out what we would say to the other driver.
“We were just having a laugh and it backfired.
“We thought we would embarrass Charlotte by putting all the pictures she hates on her car while she was swimming with her son.
“She is dreading turning 30 next year so we also put stickers on saying ‘Happy 30th birthday.
“We also left a note telling her the stickers couldn’t be taken off for a week or they would damage the car.”
Lorry driver John, of Evesham, Worcs., has been driving around with the stickers of a stranger on his car since the weekend.
He said: “I came out after swimming with my daughter and had to check my registration plate about ten times to make sure I had the right car.
“I thought I was on a prank show of some sorts, I was waiting for Michael McIntyre or somebody like that to jump out at any minute.
“I saw the funny side of it though, how can you not? It was certainly the highlight of my weekend.
“I went to the pub later that day and everybody was just in hysterics at all these massive stickers on my car of a random woman.
“I posted the images on a Facebook community page for Malvern and the girls got in touch and were very apologetic. I didn’t mind though, it gave me a good laugh.”
Nursery practitioner Charlotte, of Malvern, who turns 29 this weekend, added: “Their faces just dropped when I got home. I was a bit scared but I couldn’t stop laughing.
“I kept thinking what if the person called the police and my friends were done for criminal damage.
“They did my living room window too so I am just glad they didn’t get the wrong house.
“We have been pranking each other on our birthdays for a while now.
“It started with silly string and glitter and has been getting worse but I think now we will have to call it quits.
“I think it’s brilliant but it kind of backfired on Kelly and Leanne and I’ve had the last laugh.”