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 Improv Everywhere2006-05-07 22:32
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Improv Everywhere is a sort of flashmob group, of people who create surrealistic happenings, just for the fun of it, and to see what would happen. Here they had 50 people show up at the same time in a Best Buy store, dressed like Best Buy employees. Which greatly freaked out the management, even though they weren't doing anything else than standing around looking helpful, answering people's questions.
One employee passed me with a smile on his face and exclaimed, "All you guys have GOT to get together for a photo, because no one is ever going to believe this!" Another came up to me and said, "Let me guess, you're waiting on your friend? Good answer." I guess at that point he had heard that answer more than a few times.

The reaction from the employees was pretty typical as far as our missions go. The lower level employees laughed and got a kick out of it while the managers and security guards freaked out. Some employees speculated that we were a cult, or maybe protesters. One employee tried to get a date out of the incident, informing one agent, "Tell that girl in the computer section that 'Mike says hi.'" Another employee after being told to go get some merchandise from the back, declared, "You should ask one of these other 50 people to do it!"

Security guards and managers started talking to each other frantically on their walkie-talkies and headsets. "Thomas Crown Affair! Thomas Crown Affair!," one employee shouted. They were worried that were using our fake uniforms to stage some type of elaborate heist. "I want every available employee out on the floor RIGHT NOW!"
Ah, it is always good to cause a scene and stir things up a bit, if it is well intended.


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8 May 2006 @ 03:10 by judih : this is amazing
check out their cellphone symphony:
{link:http://www.improveverywhere.com/mission_view.php?mission_id=55}  



11 May 2006 @ 08:34 by Scott @69.76.182.64 : More Missions
Check out our derivative art. http://kcimprov.com/missions/
Missions are so much fun.  



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