CHEEKY: A new paint job at the Criterion Hotel inspired manager Valerie Prentice to play a hilarious prank on her pedantic father and the owner of the hotel, Tony Prentice.
CHEEKY: A new paint job at the Criterion Hotel inspired manager Valerie Prentice to play a hilarious prank on her pedantic father and the owner of the hotel, Tony Prentice. Contributed

Wait...something's not quite right at the Criterion Hotel

WHILE staring up at the new, bright red roof at the Criterion Hotel, Valerie Prentice had a hilarious idea for a prank that would leave her father, owner Tony Prentice, and Warwick residents in stitches.

Mr Prentice is man who likes to dot his I's and cross his T's according to his daughter and he had strong directions on the type of paint, font and colour to be used on the roof.

"Father is phenomenally pedantic, to the point where he'll tell you how to put a hole punch in papers,” Ms Prentice said.

When Ms Prentice received the picture of the finished roof from the painters, she decided to make a small change to the spelling of the word 'Hotel' emblazoned on the new roof.

She used Photoshop to change the 'E' to an 'A' and sent the picture to her father.

He responded with absolute fury and demanded the painters get up on the roof before anyone could see the shameful error.

His rage only intensified when she tried to tell him it was the Irish spelling of the word.

Then it all got too much for Ms Prentice, who tried to tell her father she had changed the picture and it took a little while for the panic to subside and the truth to sink in.

"I've never heard my father giggle so much, he just giggled and giggled,” she said.

"He was like a little boy just giggling.”

The Criterion Hotel is boasting a brand new paint job on its roof.
The Criterion Hotel is boasting a brand new paint job on its roof. Elyse Wurm

Ms Prentice also fooled followers on social media, posting the picture to the hotel's Facebook page and then assuring those who commented it was in fact the Irish spelling of the word.

Some even believed her.

But a glimpse in real life reveals she was only pulling their leg, as the bright new sign does in fact read 'Hotel' on a freshly painted roof that reasserts the dominance of the grand old pub in the centre of town.



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