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Office Space Smash benefits nonprofit

October 12, 2016
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A pair of downtown businesses have partnered with a nonprofit to find a cure for a case of the Mondays.

Anyone who’s ever has been confounded by “PC Load Letter” will have the opportunity to exact their revenge this Friday at Office Space Smash, an event hosted by Grand Rapids-based Springthrough, The Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids and the American Diabetes Association, or ADA, in Grand Rapids.

People are invited to destroy office equipment with a baseball bat in the name of relieving stress and supporting the ADA.

Inspiration for the event stems from 1999’s cult-classic film “Office Space,” where characters destroy a malfunctioning printer with baseball bats.

Looking for a way to recycle old office equipment, Springthrough’s Ryan Malott and ADA’s Kevin Yeomans conceived the event as a way to spread awareness about diabetes treatment and prevention.

Office Space Smash

The first Office Space Smash will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Friday at the surface parking lot adjacent to The Pyramid Scheme.

Participants will be provided with baseball bats to destroy old office equipment, such as printers, hard drives, phones and more.

Throughout the event, The Pyramid Scheme will be open to provide happy-hour specials, and the Patty Matters food truck will be on hand.

All of the destroyed equipment will be recycled by Comprenew.

Tickets for the 21-and-up event are $20 or $15 with an equipment donation and can be purchased online or at The Pyramid Scheme.

The event's Facebook page says ticket sales will support the ADA

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