SiteMakerOnline Employee Takes Prank Too Far

The mystery had been solved to everyone’s satisfaction and to the relief of employees.
By: Steven Massam
Oct. 21, 2010 - PRLog -- Last week, news came to light that well-known domain name registrar, SiteMakerOnline, had moved its operation to a new location when a ghost moved into the company’s offices.

Over a period of three months, the company was plagued by a number of unexplained occurrences. File cabinets were emptied and the paperwork stacked neatly on the floor in various locations, large storage shelves were moved so they blocked doors, office chairs were stacked in a huge pyramid, and cryptic messages appeared on the desktop backgrounds of employees’ computers.

Determined to avoid any similar occurrences at the new location, SiteMakerOnline Managing Director, Steven Massam, had taken matters into his own hands and installed closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) in hidden locations throughout the office. He made the decision to keep the information about the CCTVs to himself and not inform employees. Within days of moving into their new location, SiteMakerOnline experienced a continuation of the unexplained events that had transpired at its previous location.

Massam reviewed the CCTV coverage and was shocked by what he saw. The SiteMakerOnline team’s longest standing employee, Christopher Shennen, was moving documents from a filing cabinet and carefully stacking them on the floor in random areas around the office. Shennen was also observed tampering with the computers of his colleagues.

Upon his arrival at work, Shennen, age 38, was confronted and shown the evidence, at which time he confessed to the offenses. When questioned as to how he exited a storeroom after pushing steel shelves behind the door to block the entrance, Shennen admitted to using the ventilation system to make his escape. Shennen was immediately dismissed and sessions with a psychologist were recommended. The escapades had cost the company thousands of dollars in lost productivity, as employees spent hours righting the results of the “paranormal” activity.

The CCTVs provided concrete evidence that the events weren’t the result of a ghost in the office. The mystery had been solved to everyone’s satisfaction and to the relief of employees. Though he offered no explanation for his behavior, Shennen appeared to have conducted the events as part of an elaborate prank.

“I have no clue whatsoever as to why Mr. Shennen carried out such strange behavior,” said Massam. “I honestly don’t think he himself knows why he did it, as he offered no explanation. The ironic thing about the whole scenario is Christopher Shennen was the company’s ghost writer.”

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SiteMakerOnline is a leading domain name registrar and web hosting company. The firm is a full-service domain name registrar, providing SSL certificates, email accounts and marketing tools to its clients, in addition to other premium services.
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