If it’s possible to die from embarrassment, the companies employing these folks may be paying out some spousal benefits.
Everyone has hit send once or twice when they really shouldn’t have. But you’ve probably never made an e-blunder as big as these, collected throughout the Web:
- A hiring manager once sent a job offer to the wrong person.
- An employee sent his resume to the wrong person by mistake. It was supposed to go to another company.
- A salesperson sent his very thick e-mail address book a collection of his favorite pornographic cartoons and jokes.
- Someone was broken up with – over e-mail – by someone who sat four cubicles away.
- A person called another employee an idiot in an e-mail to everyone in the company.
- A vendor accidentally e-mailed information about their sales performance, so the person gained some inside knowledge about that vendor.
- HR e-mailed a spreadsheet containing employee extensions. However, it also had some hidden columns that contained each person’s salary, bonuses, etc.
- A Client Relations Manager, while arranging a seminar for clients, accidentally e-mailed all the potential attendees, describing the list of names as “short — and crappy.”
- A company sent an e-mail to a client that was meant for a vendor. It made negotiations tough when the client had seen the costs.
- Confidential information about one client was sent to a different client.
- A Vice President accidentally sent details of all his employees’ salaries on a company group e-mail. Realizing his error, he set the fire alarm off to clear the office before deleting the e-mail from every inbox.
- A company included 24,000 e-mail addresses in the ‘To’ box of a message.
- Someone once sent an e-mail to a co-supervisor and boss complaining about one of their workers who’d been skipping her shifts — ranting and raving about how we should let her go … but cc-ed the employee too!
- Someone crafted a scathing, sarcastic e-mail about a customer and did not mean to hit ‘send.’ It caused problems.
- Someone once sent an internal memo about restroom etiquette to a prospective client by accident.
- Someone sent a copy of an employee’s bank records to the wrong person by mistake.
What’s the most astounding e-mail you’ve seen?