Coming home to a TP'd or a Forked House!
Has your house ever been t.p'd before? How about getting the grass in your yard forked and knived? These things sound so crazy and silly, but it happens!
We came home the other night from a short trip after Christmas. We drove up and saw that our yard was toilet papered! I had to laugh, because it wasn't too bad, and it looked like it had just happened. Our neighbors up the street are usually the ones that get t.p'd, so they were probaby happy to see another yard get t.p'd.
We have two teenage sons, so I imagine that it isn't all that crazy that some of their friends would do such a thing at some point before they are all grown up. I have to admit that it did bring back some memories for me. I had some friends that wanted to t.p a house once in a while...
Something I hadn't expected was getting what is called, "forked" with plastic forks in the lawn, and knives. Some were laying by the front door also. Basically, forks were sticking up out of the grass. What can you do when you wake up and find that this has happened, but to take it lightheartedly? Next day, we had someone spill the beans, someone asked us about it with a big smile on their face! Just some friends, thinking it was funny. I recall thinking at the time, "at least we weren't t.p'd!" So now we got our turn at that as well.
It could have been worse, like if it is up for a long time, and the morning dew or rain "melts" the paper onto your trees and grass and shrubs. That is much harder to clean up.
So how do you respond to such things? Do you have a more lighthearted attitude toward it, or does it upset you? I don't blame people for getting upset, but I don't get too upset about it. The funny thing was, my younger son said after helping to clean it up, "Mom, it looks like they used high quality toilet paper and at least it was only one roll." I thought that was funny as he did. So it wasn't meant to be too mean of a prank this time at least.
What exactly is Toilet Papering?
Wikipedia has a page on toilet papering, which shows me they will have a page for just about anything! They refer to this activity as yard rolling or house wrapping as well. It says that the people who do it, will cover a house or yard in toilet paper by throwing numerous rolls of toilet paper up and over tall trees or rooftops. You do it in a way that the roll unrolls in the air and covers the desired objects. It goes on to say that it usually occurs in the United States after a homecoming football game or graduation or on Halloween. Sometimes, kids will do it for April Fool's Day, but I have found that most don't need a reason other than just to do it when they want to do it. What has your observation or experience been?
I never knew before, that some states in the U.S. consider toilet papering consider toilet papering an act of mischief or vandalism. In some states it is legal and can't be fined, such as Texas and Minnesota. Who knew how serious some take it, that they would press charges, and yet it IS going onto another property to make a mess. Most often it is just a prank or a joke on people.
I am curious to know if you ever did such things as many kids do, or if it has happened to the place where you live. Please consider leaving me a comment below, it would be fun to see who else has experienced this one way or another? Were you ever caught toilet papering, did anyone ever call the police on you and your friends, or chase you away? Did you have a get away car/driver ready to speed off? Does this bring back any memories? I figure it is all in good fun, but there is no denying it is way more fun for the kids than it is for those it happens to.
People having fun toilet papering a house., wow!
Toilet Papering Poll
Funny Video about someone's house being toilet papered!
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on August 31, 2014:
I hear what you are saying, absolutely. From what I have learned, this is not just an American thing. Living in the US, it is where I hear about it the most, obviously. Even though I see people's houses getting toilet papered now and then, I have to wonder if it does happen less and less over time than when I was growing up. This could be attributed to people wanting to waste less, while giving more thought to the environment, conservation, saving trees, etc. You give a much better idea of donating to the poor, over wasting it on a prank. Thank you for your comment.
A bird in springs on August 25, 2014:
This prank display the all-American idiosyncrasy, which is wasteful and lacks consideration. There are enough trees and forests being chopped down to make paper products. There is no reason to waste natural resources even if those resources are affordable. Why not donate those toilet rolls to poor families?
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 10, 2013:
Yes, there is a little risk involved, but it does seem to have a little bit of innocent fun behind it! Of all the pranks that can be pulled, this does seem a bit more innocent if you know the people and mean it in just good clean fun. Thanks for the comment and visit, Dee.
Deeee on November 04, 2013:
I love tp'ing......I am usually the get away driver.....I have taken my daughters drill team/cheerleaders as well as my sons football team mates.....we have tp'd players and coaches.......even got chased by coaches at 3am!!!!! This is a tradition in our small town.....no harm done, all in fun towards the end of football season!!! I agree it can be dangerous if you do not know the person, but in our case everyone knows everyone. The only ones I feel sorry for are the football players who have to do "extra" bear crawls or up downs once the coaches find out who did it....lol!! But they know these are the consequences of having sooooo much fun doing it. And, if someone gets upset I just make the kids clean it up.....that simple. I love football season!!! :)
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on March 05, 2012:
Hello NotProud, I am so sorry to hear of your story, as I think it is over the top. Part of what is so sad about it is that I am sure the Mother thought she was making it extra fun or something for all the girls, or extra special and memorable. Some things like that are clearly going too far.
My hope, now that is has happened and is done, is that the girls still had somewhat a good time at the party, and that the people it happened too aren't too upset. You are right, about not knowing how upset some people might get, and they have called 911 before and different things. Thanks for sharing your experience. Lets hope that someone learns what "not to do" from it. Take care.
NOTPROUDofKID on February 20, 2012:
I recently found out my child along with 8 others had participated in good fun, prank or joke situation. This was a birthday part get together for 13-14 years old. I learnedthe Mother of the birthday girl drove them around and bought the supplies. toilet paper, plastic forks, skittles, femine napkins/pads and tampons. They proceded with all the items and the certain items stained with red food coloring on the not so normal items. They stuck and tied these items to everything possible. Where is the sense of decency. The female items is way above and beyond the act of TPing a house. Only 20% girls had ever toilet paper houses. (w/toilet paper. So my disgust is with the mother who obviously thinks this is appropriate behavior and allowed the other items to be used with her direction.... At that point when they used the femine products this is deem vandalism to at its worst. Needless to say all nine girls were summons and driven by the same mother who drove them over there and cleaned up the mess in broad day light. Another point to take into account, danger that these kids could have encountered. Owner with gun....It has happen. Police, much much more. When will our adults grow up and quit teaching my child what is OK to do....I trusted her to supervise my child at her dtr birthday sleep over...
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 31, 2011:
Hello Alocsin, yes I am sure that coming from abroad, it sounds so weird. I think you are right, it means they are loved in one way or another, worth "t.p.'ing" lol. Thanks for your visit and comment. :)
Anglnwu, I agree, bound to happen sometime when you have teenage children. The very first time, I can see how it would be appalling.... what a crazy idea! I had to smile when you used the word accomplice, that is so funny. The kids really have a fun time doing it, its part of that scary feeling of not wanting to get caught I think, all the while doing something that really isn't THAT huge of a deal. Glad you stopped by and left a comment, thank you. :)
anglnwu on December 30, 2011:
I had my house t'pd on numerous occasions--bound to happen when you've teenage kids. The very first time I was appalled since I didnt' grow up in this culture. But I remember the rather magical feeling when I look out of my house and saw hanging toilet papers everywhere. Later, i got used to the idea and even become an accomplice ( i was roped in to be the driver, reluctantly, I must emphasize) to my son's t'pding someone who t'pd us first. Thanks for sharing.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 30, 2011:
Coming from abroad, I didn't know what TPing was all about. I imagine it's not a pleasant thing to have done. On the other hand, it also means that your kid is popular enough that someone would bother to do this to his house. Voting this Up and Interesting.
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 30, 2011:
Pamela, I remember those too, phone prank calls. They could be really fun, and you are right, that with caller id now, people can't really do that like they once could. Yes, I think it's a hassle if it goes overboard also, but in good fun, its not too bad. Thanks for your comment. :)
Ann, that is so funny! Those blackbirds were smart, why let some good popcorn go to waste, right? Thanks for stopping by and for the fun comment. :)
anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on December 30, 2011:
One year my smarty pants son decided to pop huge amounts of popcorn and throw it all over the yard of a rival in the neighborhood. Next morning, the local news was out there. Filming hundreds of blackbirds eating it. It was the laugh of the neighborhood.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 30, 2011:
I am showing my age but phone pranks were popular when I was young. There was no caller ID so you never got caught. Even though I had 3 boys we were never tp'd. I think it is adolescent fun and could be a hassle to clean up if someone went overboard.
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 29, 2011:
Hi Phoebe, I recall the ringing the doorbell prank, some called it "ding dong ditchem'", or something like that. The sugar in the mailbox is one I hadn't heard of before. Kids can be so silly sometimes. I suppose the less harmful ways of pulling pranks are much more welcomed than the more damaging ones, like eggs at Halloween, etc. None are really fun to have to deal with though, even sugar in the mail covered in ants. Glad you stopped by and left a comment.
Phoebe Pike on December 29, 2011:
No one in my neighborhood did stuff like that. Instead they would do the harmless ring the doorbell and run... a real "rebel" would put sugar in the mailbox... that would make ants file in and it was just odd.