Happy birthday, Koosie!

By admin
27 September 2013

A classified ad with a picture of a somewhat drunken man that appeared in the Cape Town daily newspaper Die Burger two days ago had readers grabbing for their cellphones to call and congratulate the man on his birthday.

A classified ad with a picture of a somewhat drunken man that appeared in the Cape Town daily newspaper Die Burger two days ago had readers grabbing for their cellphones to call and congratulate the man on his birthday.

The ad, with the heading “KOOOOSIE of the Cape”, shows a picture of Kobus Vermeulen with the caption: “I’ve had a very bad year, but today is my birthday. Please call and congratulate me and wish me luck!” His cellphone number was listed below.

Kobus, who lives in Durbanville outside Cape Town, turned 46 the day before yesterday, but was blissfully unaware of the ad his friend Henk Mentz had printed in the newspaper.

“Two days ago  just after 5 am I received a call from a ‘Tannie Susan’ to wish me a happy birthday – but I didn’t know her,” says Kobus.

“Shortly after another stranger called from Kraaifontein. So it went until the end of the day, by which time I’d received about 80 calls and another 80 SMSes from people I didn’t know at all.”

“Some sang, others preached because the caption said my year was so ‘bad’, but it wasn’t really. It’s just Henk that was exaggerating.”

According to Kobus he and his friends often pull pranks such as these on each other. He was part of a similar prank they pulled on their friend Jan van Dyk. On his birthday – New Year’s Day ? Jan received 150 calls from strangers.

When asked if he was planning revenge, Kobus just said he doesn’t get angry easily, but keeps a list of friends on whom he still wants to play a joke or two. Henk has secured his name on the list, and Kobus says he promises his pal doesn’t have a black eye today.

“The funniest and nicest part of the joke was that I got so many well wishes from so many different people. I can’t say thank you enough.”

 -Christiaan Boonzaier

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