A man has successfully executed an incredible prank on his relatives to impart a lesson to them.
Many of us have likely pondered how our own funeral would unfold, wondering who would attend, what kind of remarks would be made, and even questioning if anyone would show up at all. Perhaps it's just me indulging in such thoughts, but let's not dwell on that.
However, one man has now escaped the need to ponder those questions any further, as he orchestrated a remarkable prank on his family. Whether you find it amusing or terrible depends on your perspective.
David Baerton, aged 45, collaborated with his wife and children to orchestrate an elaborate scheme where he pretended to pass away. The family went as far as arranging a funeral to make the ruse more convincing.
To initiate the charade, David involved his children, who played a crucial role in kick-starting the narrative.
One posted online: "Rest in peace, Daddy. I will never stop thinking about you. Why is life so unfair? Why you? You were going to be a grandfather, and you still had your whole life ahead of you."
"I love you! We love you! We will never forget you."
All the family members gathered at the funeral to grieve and honor their loved one's memory.
However, Baerton took the element of surprise to a whole new level by making a grand entrance at his own funeral, arriving in a helicopter.
He reportedly alighted from the helicopter with a camera crew and greeted the assembled party with 'cheers to you all, welcome to my funeral'.
Not many folks can claim they've pulled off something like that.
A video captures the heartwarming moment as Baerton's dear ones rush to embrace him, realizing that it was indeed him who had stepped out of the helicopter.
However, a significant question lingers: Why would someone decide to execute such an eccentric and potentially distressing prank?!
Baerton clarified that his intention was to remind his family about the preciousness of their time together.
He said: "What I see in my family often hurts me, I never get invited to anything. Nobody sees me. We all grew apart. I felt unappreciated."
"That's why I wanted to give them a life lesson and show them that you shouldn't wait until someone is dead to meet up with them."
He added: "[It] proves who really cares about me. Those who didn't come did contact me to meet up. So in a way, I did win."
Sounds quite awkward, doesn't it?
Especially if you had a valid reason for not being able to attend the funeral. It would be quite unsettling to discover what took place during the event after deciding not to go.
In such a situation, I can understand the inclination to consider faking one's own death to avoid the embarrassment that might arise.