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90-year-old Fremonter's prank goes viral
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90-year-old Fremonter's prank goes viral

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Alyce and Chuck and the water bottles

Alyce Wilke, left, a 90-year-old resident in the assisted living community at Shalimar Gardens in Fremont, stands near Chuck Davis, maintenance director. Wilke got word to Davis that water was coming out of her bathroom. Davis arrived to see bottles of water, lined up from the bathroom to another room.

Alyce Wilke, right, a resident in the assisted living community at The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens, talks with Chuck Davis, maintenance director. Wilke played an April Fools' joke on Davis that went viral on social media. Now, the two are talking about a future joke they might play on another staff member.

Who could have dreamed Alyce Wilke would play such a prank?

But the 90-year-old Fremonter staged a watery April Fools’ joke that’s gone viral on Facebook — and continues to attract attention more than a month later.

Wilke lives in the assisted living community at The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens.

Chuck Davis is the maintenance director.

On April 1, Davis had just clocked into work, when he got some news.

A staffer said water was coming out of the bathroom in Wilke’s apartment.

“Oh no. There’s water. It’s flooding,” Davis thought.

Davis hurried to Wilke’s residence.

“I came in and looked in the restroom and there were seven bottles of water coming out of the bathroom,” he said.

The water bottles were arranged in a neatly curved row.

“April Fools!” Wilke said.

Davis laughed and was relieved he wasn’t facing a real water emergency.

“You got me on this one,” he told Wilke.

Davis never imagined Wilke would play a joke.

Neither did Riley Faulkner, director of life enrichment at Shalimar.

“She’s classy and very polite and quiet,” Faulkner said of Wilke.

Chuck Davis and Alyce Wilke

Chuck Davis, left, maintenance director of The Heritage of Shalimar Gardens in Fremont, talks with Alyce Wilke, who played an April Fools' joke on him that went viral on Facebook. The post continues to attract attention.

Davis encouraged Faulkner to see the water.

“This is too good not to capture,” she said.

Faulkner grabbed her cell phone and took a photo of Alyce, Chuck and the water bottles.

She posted the photo on The Heritage at Shalimar Gardens Facebook page.

“It pretty much went viral,” Faulkner said. “We’ve had over 323,000 views.”

The posting has been shared 1,700 times.

There were also almost 1,000 reactions between the “likes,” “loves,” “laughs” and comments.

Many comments came from people Faulkner had never heard from before.

“They thought Alyce was hilarious,” Faulkner said.

Wilke doesn’t have a computer, but Davis does.

“It was amazing,” he said of the views.

Wilke isn’t sure if she’ll play a joke next year, but Davis will be a little more attentive to possible pranks in a good-humored fashion.

“I’m going to keep an eye out for this one,” he said of Wilke.

Wilke can’t recall what other jokes she may have played in the past.

“When you’re 90 years old, sometimes your memory isn’t as it should be,” Wilke said. “Sometimes, you can’t remember what you had for breakfast.”

But folks at Shalimar most likely will remember this prank for a long time.



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