Classic Internet Idiot Move.
Classic Internet Idiot Move.
Hey, this didn’t happen online, but it was internet-related! I had to call a business contact and scrolled down on my phone and hit “call”, the guy answered, and I then launched into this whole process we had to get rolling my Monday that related (here comes the “internet connection”!) to some web-sites our company maintains.
So I finish telling him this list of needs and then he says, “Um, I think you’ve got the wrong guy. Great to talk to you, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.” OMG, I had hit “call” on the entry right below the guy I MEANT to call. They have the same first name and their last names begin with the same letter. I’m such an idiot.
I work for a fairly up and coming restaurant chain. Perhaps you’ve heard of us. We have a website through which customers can comment on their experiences and sign up for our mailing list, allowing us to notify them of developing news. Part of my job is to keep people up-to-date. Well, recently I was behind on a blast, and waking up late one morning I hurriedly wrote the email, then sent it, but instead of BCCing, I cc’d and exposed everyone’s addys. A good part of the list are very prominent figures who understandably value their privacy.
That’s not the worst part. After I sent out a properly disguised email apologizing, one of the idiotic recipients who was very upset wrote back to complain about the exposure, but hit “reply all” in doing so. So the effect was multiplied. This set off a war of responses, all hitting “reply all,” some of the people defending me as just having made “an honest mistake,” others blasting me. The emails continued to wage, with us now off the chain, but all the customers still on. People have been calling to complain, asking to be taken off the list and we can’t even track the problem.
PLEASE be careful before you hit “send” folks.
- Anon submission
A husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband’s funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. Reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow’s son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I’ve arrived
Date: October 16, 2004
I know you’re surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I’ve just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is freaking hot down here!