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WATER VALLEY – In one of the most elaborate schemes in recent history in the area, 14 of Water Valley’s finest were duped by their wives as each wore matching shirts for a dinner party last Friday night. Fourteen couples arrived at the Yalobusha Country, all within minutes of each another, with the husbands unknowingly wearing matching shirts.
The long-planned dinner, a food and wine pairing event, was hosted by Heath and Monique Horan to raise money to fund improvements at the country club. The idea for the scheme originated from a TikTok videos showing how wives tricked their husbands to show up at an event with matching shirts. Several of the ladies involved decided it would be a fun trick to duplicate.
“The country club dinner seemed like the perfect opportunity,” the Herald’s anonymous source explained. The Sunday before the event, a couple of the wives started looking on Amazon for the perfect shirt. The shirt had to be available in all sizes and offered with Amazon Prime shipping.
“It was a lot harder than it sounds to find a shirt that we thought we could get 14 very different men to agree to wear” the unnamed wife continued. “A couple of us spent probably way too much time Amazon shopping for this perfect shirt.”
The story gets even better as the behind-the-scenes effort started at each house in the days leading up to the dinner. Some of the wives started their backstory as early as Monday, explaining that they had a nice, new shirt they wanted their husbands to wear on their date Friday night. One even involved her daughter in the prank, asking her to tell dad that she had picked out a nice shirt she really liked and she wanted him to wear it on his date with Mom that weekend. The daughter was even promised ice cream for helping keep the prank a secret, and she got her payment.
A couple of the wives found coordinating dresses and told their husbands they wanted to match for the pictures. And other wives pulled the shirts out the day of the party and told their husbands they had purchased a new shirt to wear that night.
“The almost kind-of-sad thing is that several of the husbands were so touched and appreciative that their wives thought of them and got them a new shirt,” one wife noted. “I think those few felt a little tinge of guilt, but not nearly enough to make us not go through with this hilarious stunt. We figured we would find out who had a difficult husband who wouldn’t agree to wear the shirt their wife wanted them to wear.”
The elaborate planning continued all week as the wives conspired to make sure everyone arrived at the country club within a 15-minute window for the most enjoyment.
There could be no carpooling either, making it particularly difficult for two couples who were sharing the same babysitter for their children. The couple who lived at the home where the babysitter would watch the kids left out for the party after the wife explained the other couple were running late. At the same time the wife of the other couple was trying to stall her husband.
The plan almost hit a snag as their paths literally crossed in the driveway and both husbands scratched their heads wondering why they weren’t riding together.
“It turns out that the two men got a glimpse of each other and one even asked his wife if they were wearing the same shirt.
“No, I’m sure you are not, they are probably just similar,” the wife explained.
The Herald reached to several victims who confirmed the story.
“Yes, we were all tricked,” Shannon Crow confirmed Monday. “It was a good time and hilarious. Payback is going to come like a thief in the night,” he added.
“Hahahaha. It wasn’t nearly as funny as it seemed,” Josh Howell joked. “Some of us took it better than the rest. Nevertheless, we had a good time!”
“The joke was on us,” Chase Dudley noted. “Most everybody had a good attitude about it.”
Dudley also said that payback is inevitable and the wheels are turning.
A video the Herald received confirmed the reactions were priceless as the parking lot filled with the look-alike men.
“Needless to say, A LOT of laughs were had that evening, and I still laugh every time I think about it,” a wife told the Herald.