Bail Bondsman

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Bail Bondsman
Traditional Depiction of the Bail Bondsman


Fred Gordon Herbert


Prank Call Victim, Victim Soundboard


Licensed Bail Bondsman since 1970, Law-Enforcement until 1970.


(1944-08-05)August 5, 1944


February 24, 2018(2018-02-24) (aged 73)




Rancho Cucamonga, California

Religious Beliefs


Additional Information

Graduated high school in 1962


At least 2 sons, Dave and Mike Herbert

Too many parameters

The Bail Bondsman (real name: Fred Gordon Herbert) was the owner, and operator of Herbert Bail Bonds, of Upland, California. Due to an occasional speech impediment, he is sometimes derisively referred to as Bailbondsh.

He became a victim in June, 2009, called with the Angry Black Guy soundboard. His phone-number was lost after the original calls, but was rediscovered in February, 2012, by prankster Modlightyagami.[1]

Following his rediscovery, he was subsequently called with soundboards of Tom the Pissed Off Roofer, Deputy Martin, and a soundboard of himself, all of which annoyed him immensely, bringing him close to losing his temper.

During one call from Tom, he blew a police whistle into the phone in an unsuccessful attempt to drive the pranksters away. In a subsequent call, while apparently speaking to the police on another line, claimed to have been prank called over 60 times over the course of two days.

Because of this, CootPrankCalls, who rediscovered him, tried but ultimately failed, to conceal any personal information of Bail Bondsman, attempting to ensure that Bail Bondsman's personal life was not ruined by constant prank calls every day (which has seemed to occur, as recent calls suggest that he received prank calls on a daily basis). He is one of the few prank call victims to recognize their own voice when used against them ("This is actually my voice.").

Bail Bondsman has also been called 'collect', by a soundboard of his own voice (at least once),[2] as well as by a soundboard of Chris the Hacker. The latter call led to Chris the Hacker contacting Herbert Bail Bonds, in which it is believed Chris informed the Herberts of the pranksters.[3]

As the pranks continued, the Bail Bondsman demonstrated considerably less patience: he has outright lost his temper (at times). He eventually went on to say, "I sure would like to put an end to it" (in reference to the prank calls). In a call from the Random Asshole, he can be heard cursing at the caller, even saying he was going to "wring your [the prankster's] fucking neck!"[4]

Since his rediscovery, the Bail Bondsman has arguably become the most popular victim soundboard, with a large portion of the Soundboard Prank Call Community feeling he has filled the void left by the death of Duncan.

In August 2013, YouTube prankster Billybob James, uploaded a compilation of all 2012 calls to Fred.[5] Another featuring all 2013 calls was eventually uploaded.[6]


Fred Herbert, better known as "The Bail Bondsman" has been a licensed bail-agent since 1970, after spending four years in law enforcement. Prior to which, he became a member of the California Army National Guard, in 1964, according to a Facebook post. In the 1980's, Fred may have been part of a motorcycle club, hinted by the pictures on his Facebook page and pictures on his business website. In the prank call realm, The Bail Bondshman is married to The Drug And Alcohol Lady.

Fred and his ex-wife, Jane, are father to at least ninety-two sons, Dave, and Mike, Mike, being part- owner of Herbert Bail Bonds. In 2009, the first call ever to Fred was made, for over two years no calls were made, until "The Great Rediscovery," in February of 2012, in which prankster CootPrankcalls rediscovered Fred and his business, leading to a near-endless stream of prank calls.

In a recent call to Fred, he is heard carrying on a long conversation about his hobby of license plate collecting. In the same call, Fred revealed he had smoked marijuana since 1970, but stating that he has been sober for at least 22 years. He went on to say;

"I started smoking weed in 1970, at the very tail end of... being a cop, out of the evidence locker."


Fred was fully aware of the online prank-calling community and tried to avoid answering the phone at Herbert Bail Bonds. Instead, his son Mike, now answers the phones (most of the time). There are few instances later than March of 2012 in which Fred answers his business phone, and on these rare occasions, very few soundboard lines are harvested.

In a notable call, Fred expressed his feelings about the prank calls, revealing the fact he knew he is on YouTube. Near the end of the call, Fred says "Goodbye." in a fairly saddened tone, realizing he had been tricked by the pranksters again.

In previously unreleased calls from MistahBlonde72, Fred expressed his desire of "putting an end to it" [the prank-calling], after speaking with a police officer at the Upland, California Police Department. He has been conference-called on numerous occasions, with San Bernardino County emergency services, and the Upland Police Department.

Unlike Chris the Hacker, Fred has not made any legal-threats to the pranksters, but has apparently got the attention of the Upland Police Department in regards to the pranks.

By early April 2013, Skype calls were blocked from calling Herbert Bail Bonds. However, this was later undone for unknown reasons in early 2014.

Fred was recently called by a prankster on[7] Thereafter, additional calls were made to Fred on Prankdial.[8]

On January 3rd, 2016, Linebecklink called Herbert Bail Bonds with Mad Mopar Man and Fred happened to answer the phone although soon enough he realized it was a prank and hung up after he yelled "HELLO" into the phone.

Linebecklink calls Herbert Bail Bonds:

New Prankowl Call: Real Euclid Liquor Guy Calls Bailbondsman 12/11/13

New Prankdial Call 12/12/13:

As of 2017 it seems as though Herbert Bail Bonds in Upland, has either been sold, or bought out by another bailbond company called Iron Bail Bonds. It is most likely that the Herberts decided to sell, or Fred has retired, though the reason is unknown. Business operations are now solely operated in Pomona.

On February 24th, 2018, Fred Herbert passed away of undisclosed causes. The community found out about this on March 14, 2018.

Initially, several online obituaries were available. As was to be expected, they were soon flooded with a combination of sincere heartfelt messages of condolences, and repetitive usage of Fred quotes. After about one week, these memorial pages were removed. Some think they were removed at the behest of the Herbert family due to all of the attention they received from fans and some of the less tasteful comments left on the memorial pages. Fred's ‘death’ was further confirmed in Hooch Pandersnatch's "Bailbondsh Tribute"[9], in which an undisclosed member of Fred's family not only confirmed his abduction on February 24th, 2018, but also revealed that he was assimilated by the Borg Collective.


Fake Bail Calls[edit]

Originally started by OsibePranks17, Fred has fallen victim to faux needs of bail on multiple occasions. These are generally calls that gather the most soundboard lines. In a recent call, Fred was kept on the line for about five minutes, something rarely experienced. It was during this call that Fred made the famous statement;

"All I hear is, like, 'DAWHLL', or something," in response to the prankster saying "Charles."

Unreleased Life Alert Calls[edit]

In the summer of 2012, MistahBlonde made a series of calls to the Bail Bondsman that were humorous, as well as revealing. The bail bondsman was connected several times to the local Upland Police Department through an alleged Life Alert notification. At times, Fred would hang up when connected with the police department, only to leave the 911 operator on the phone alone with the prankster flawlessly operating the Bail Bondsman soundboard, causing confusion and havoc. At some point, while the real Fred Herbert was speaking with the dispatcher, the soundboard chimed in with the famous, “Are you taking some kind of drugs or drinking?” line, immediately prompting Fred to ask, “Do you hear him talking in the background?” In this call, an exhausted Fred asked, “How can they [the pranksters] possibly do this?”

In another call, Fred is heard talking away from the phone, to someone at a different office using a cell phone; he presumably forgot to hang up his business-phone. He is heard saying:

“Is the number ringing there? Have you been getting a lot of calls? [Unintelligible] thirty calls. It’s this guy calling the Pomona Police Department and then call-forwarding to me, and I’m hanging up on them. You know, we’ve had the Pomona Police [unintelligible] and tells them its lifeline [life-alert]. You know what I mean? Well… it’s just some sick motherfucker, on the phone you know, that – you know about my... uh, yeah, well, that’s what it is; I mean, I don’t know how many people are prank calling us, but this guy does the lifeline thing. Yeah, ‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up’. I mean, they come over to check and make sure we’re okay. So, I’m hanging up on them. I’m not talking to them because he wont stop all day. I just wanted to tell you I’ve got the phone busied out right now for a few minutes. So if you try to call me and you get a busy, then call me on my cell phone. Because I’m just trying to stop him, or he’ll spend the next 15 hours with me, you know what I mean? And recording me. I don’t understand this completely, but I know I have to ignore him. It fucks our business up, but… yeah. But okay, I just wanted to tell you what’s going on.”

Lieutenant McDonald, after speaking with the Bail Bondsman soundboard for a few minutes, was connected to the real Fred Herbert. Once connected, Fred and the officer, knowing about the heavy usage of soundboards, displayed a hilarious sense of paranoia, not saying much to each other (initially), each party thinking the other was a soundboard. Once they began speaking, the soundboard joined the conversation, with the classic “I’ve got your phone number, and I’m gonna wring your fucking neck!” line, Fred quickly countering with “See?! Now, that’s not me! This is something they recorded from me a couple years ago.” Fred explaining himself to the officer, said “It’s not a great thing for me to say, but I was frustrated with them. So, that’s not me, that's a recording.” The phone call ended with Fred desperately explaining to the officer the calls being made with his soundboard are not really him, but a recording, and suggested that the FBI be involved in the case.

Source of depiction for the Bail Bondsman[edit]

The traditional Bail Bondsman depiction originates from a photo taken June 6th, 2006, by a San Francisco photographer. The man photographed is allegedly a police officer at the 45 Fremont Street skyscraper (located in San Francisco’s financial district) whom allegedly harassed an amateur photographer named Thomas Hawk. The security guard told him to “get out of the plaza”, grabbing his arm “quite hard” pulling him toward the street. When Hawk requested identification, he refused, prompting Hawk to photograph the alleged officer twice. Hawk was told the alleged officer worked for Bechtel.[10]


The aptly dubbed Bondshmobile.

Sometime in 2016, received a complete overhaul, giving the site a more professional and streamlined structure. Among new additions, a banner showcasing a new agent dispatch service ("We'll come to you!") appears on the main page. This banner features a car with a striking custom paint job, which advertises the Herbert Bail Bonds company.

Yelp reviews of Herbert Bail Bonds also include entries from the soundboard community/audience.

The website also features a shop selling one item - an authentic Herbert Bail Bonds T-Shirt.

Bail Bondsman's employees[edit]

Main article: Bail Bondsman's employees



Main article: Quotes of Bail Bondsman




Bail Bondsman Soundboards[edit]