Grand Canyon Photo Prank Goes Viral

Nov 23, 2012 10:40am

While camping in the Grand Canyon with her boyfriend earlier this month,  Samantha Busch, 22, decided to pull a prank on her overprotective mom, Rebecca.

Busch texted a photo of herself looking like she was falling off a cliff, when in reality, she was perfectly safe standing on a ledge below.

“For five days up to when we left, my mom had warned me about falling off the cliff or being blown off,” Busch told ABCNews.com. “So when we were hiking around the corner, I found a good spot where I could stand on the ledge. He angled the camera just right and he took a great picture.”

Her mom and all her co-workers, however, were not amused.

“I messaged it to her first and she works for a medical auditing company and there are women who have known me since day one, and they freaked out over it also. I emailed it to them, too, and they were all freaking out over it saying I gave them a heart attack,” Busch said.

To take the prank one step further, Busch, of Westmont, Ill., turned off the GPS locator on her phone so her mom could not track her.

“I work for her, so constantly every single day we communicate over work stuff,” Busch explained. “So for the whole week I decided not to let her know where I’m at. I had to give her some practice to not know where I am every day.”

She posted the photo to Reddit with the caption, “Mom was worried about my trip to the Grand Canyon, I sent her this picture,” and it instantly went viral.

Luckily, Busch’s mom has forgiven her.

“She’s fine. She wasn’t even angry. She was just relieved upset,” Busch said.

When asked if she had more pranks on the way, she replied, “There’s no end to my pranking.”

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