The following happened at work a couple of days ago. The whole mail exchange was German, of course, translated for your convenience.
Email from Ray Etherhall, purchase department, around 1500 hours to sales dept: Please make sure to check all important orders in time, I’ll leave at 1640 today.
Tim Shaker, sales, replies to him and several others in sales: Elvis has left the building, huh?
Ray, replying in a local dialect: Thou basterd!
Tim: That’s bastard. With an a.
More coworkers join in the playful email banter, prodding Ray…
Ray sends a mail to all of them, in 72 point font, bold:
He literally wrote EFF YOU!
Everybody in the sales office starts laughing. Everyone but Tim.
He hadn’t gotten the mail. Ray had manually typed the adresses, but autocomplete hat made TS into Tom Sure. Tom Sure is one of our three CEOs.
So Tim went into Ray’s office, just to catch him typing frantically, apologetically1 and very very pale.
No worries, though. Everyone involved kept their jobs, no hard feelings. Not even from Ray who was actually kidding with the mail. Nothing unusual, really.
Just remember to proofread your emails. Even the to- cc- and bcc- entries. Be always sure who you’re telling to go fuck themselves, even if you abbreviate it.
- something about the horrible derailing of stupid banter [↩]