When a previous employer of mine found out that some of the staff whom were supposed to be returning client calls to update client records, update project information, or otherwise follow up on issues, were instead calling the "time lady" (the automatic "At the tone the time will be..." one from oh so long ago) & merely pretending to talk to clients, said employer quietly had us of the IT section "work some magic to put a stop to it".
My manager gathered us in for a meeting to brainstorm potential fixes, which were written down & handed to the Legal department to make sure we weren't about to get the company sued. Legal put big green checks next to the Good Ideas, put a fat red highlighter through the Bad Ideas, & handed the list back. Manager took the Good Ideas & put them into a new list, ordered in "best first, worst last" for us peons to put into motion.
Now, I'm dutifully putting one of the Good Ideas into practice like a good little minion when one of my coworkers gets it into his head that we were wasting time implimenting "all the stupid shit" and that he would "fix it once & for all". Thankfully he didn't bother to tell anyone of his plans first, otherwise the eventual shit storm would have been much worse.
I finished my item, the manager signed off on it, & I got to go home for the weekend. Since I wasn't in the On Call que for it, I didn't hear about said shit storm until I returned on Monday.
It turned out that my oh-so-brilliant (and now EX) coworker had jiggered our PBX to: 1) Log the date, time, & extension of any employee that called the time lady; 2) played to said employee the "This number is out of service. If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please call..."; 3) run a script to call said employee's home number after the close of the business day, every. sixty. seconds. until about 5 minutes before the open of business the next morning.
I was rather glad I hadn't been among the ones that called that number, I probably would have joined the angry howling mob coming for said ex coworker's head. I was, however, the poor minion whom had to make *very* sure said "fix" had been purged from the system & could *never* happen again.
We later learned that said ex coworker had been handed over to the police for causing what we would now call a DDOS of the employees' home phone service.
Moral of the story: Don't do something mind-numbingly stupid on a Friday that requires the Legal department to come in on their day off to cover the corporate's ass. You will NOT enjoy the consequences.