S505: The Prank Call part 1
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Disclaimer: We will be talking about sexual abuse and other disturbing topics. Listener discretion is advised.

Strip-search hoax

A prank caller pretending to be a police officer instructed fast-food managers to strip-search female employees forcing them to jog naked, do jumping jacks and perform other humiliating acts. He made more than 70 of these calls in the United States over a 12-year period.

Why do we obey?

Some of the managers were charged with rape and kidnapping as a result of these pranks. How could they fall for such a prank?

The truth is, humans are programmed to respect authority. But why do we obey? In this episode, you'll hear real audio from Stanley Milgram's experiments on obedience and authority. The results are shocking.

Bonus episode

Donna Summers, the manager from the McDonalds restaurant in Mount Washington, sued McDonald's for failing to warn her about the previous hoaxes. She asked for $50 million. She was awarded $1 million in punitive damages and $100,000 in compensatory damages.

Listen to my conversation with her attorney Wendy Wagner.

The Pranks part 1 BONUS (McDonalds Lawsuit)


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Today’s show was written by Javier Leiva and edited by Molly Brock. Our theme music was written and composed by Joe Basile with TheChicken.net. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear.


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