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Coma prank: wake up call or bad joke?

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(CNN)  --  A man tricked his friend with five D.U.I.'s into thinking he was in a coma for 10 years in order to get him to stop drinking and driving.

Comedian Tom Mabe transformed an office into a hospital room, putting his friend Dennis, who has a long history of driving under the influence, into a hospital gown and bed while he was passed out drunk. A fake nurse and doctor cared for him when he woke up three hours later, still drunk.

"I know you're confused, a little disoriented," the fake doctor told Dennis. "You were out drinking and you decided to drive and there was an accident. This accident took place back in 2013. It's 2023. You've been in a coma the past 10 years."

Mabe says his actions were half prank and half intervention.

"He was totally hook line and sinker up to the point where you can see in the video he recognizes me. This is 100 percent real," Mabe said.

At one point, Mabe dresses up like a doctor, and when Dennis recognizes him, "he laughed a whole lot," Mabe said.

In return, Mabe starts slapping him, saying, "Five D.U.I.'s. Not funny. It's not funny. Five D.U.I.'s."

Some people online felt the prank took things too far. "They have turned his addiction into a joke," a poster wrote.

"He just thought, ‘man, you guys got me.' So I'm not sure he learned a lesson," Mabe said.

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