An email fiasco happened at work this week that caused me to laugh so hard and continuously, I don’t even remember the last time I laughed like that.
My blog description of what happened won’t even begin to do merit to the hilarity of the situation.
It all started with the very first email. Somebody must have been playing with a new email alias “Test1”, which sends email to *everyone* in the bank. As I understand it, there are about 11,000 employees who are receiving emails to this list. Started out with an email with no body, and just a header, “Test”.
Minutes later, a reply all, which means everyone receives it:
Right back at you
Then, curiosity (on reply-all):
who is this????
Am I supposed to be getting these test e-mails?
Then a flood to reply-all:
Stop emailing please because you are responding to everyone. Thanks.
Please remove me from this list.
What are you doing?
Please do not respond to these test emails
Then lots of annoyance, with some trying to rectify the situation (but actually making it worse). But some think that replying all and asking to removed is the solution:
remove me too
Remove me from your email list.
Stop replying to all
Unless there is some purpose to this could you remove my address. – *name removed*
Then utter irritation and failed attempts at stopping the emails, still at reply-all:
I don’t appreciate the non-sense. Please stop!
Please stop sending the e-mails. You are destructing employees!!!
Am I supposed to be in this distribution?
Please remove me from this list
Please stop sending any response to these emails. Test1 has numerous names on it that do not belong.
Please stop these SPAM e-mails! You are destucting the employees!
Not sure what is going on, but please remove my address
Please do not send anything to me. Too many e-mail to delete and not too happy about this,
STOP. I DON’T WANT TO BE ON THE LIST.
Please stop sending me e-mails………… this is not funny…………….
what the heck knock it off….really annoying
Stop please everytime you respond it emails everyone
Please remove me for this list ALSO !!!
And these quotes are just a small snippet of what was going on. It totalled out to be about 80 emails over the course of about 20 minutes. There’d be a clump of three to five emails every half a minute or so, each one a reply-all that sends bank-wide telling everyone to stop. I was on the phone helping a coworker out, and as the emails kept on coming in, my laughter became more uncontrollable… which is probably bad of me, because I know that many recipients were genuinely irritated.
It was kind of like an itch that gets itchier as you scratch it. And everyone thinks that scratching it will relieve it, though they’re only making it worse ( …more entertaining??)
Anyway, those are some of the ones from 78 emails I got on Tuesday. Then, one of the three more emails on Wednesday morning…
Yesterday I was bombarded by 55 e-mails connected with this test. It interfered with communications with my customers and clogged up my BlackBerry. I don’t want to experience that again please. REMOVE MY NAME FORM THE LIST!!
I’d hate to admit it, but part of me wanted it to start up again just for entertainment. It didn’t start up again though, I think everyone quickly got wiser for it. Hopefully no one got fired 🙂