It constantly amazes me that there are still people who do not know the consequences of having an unprofessional or nasty conversation over email. Unlike words from our mouths, emails along with voicemails and text messages do not just dissapear. They get passed around, and around, and around …
Past examples include the Sydney secretaries who argued over a sandwich, the London banker who boasted to his colleagues about his sex life in Korea, and of course Claire Swire who though that “cum was yum”.
The latest example of email stupidity involves a 24 year old lawyer from Boston who turns down a job offer which she had verbally accepted, in the most ungracious way possible.
Dear Attorney Korman,
At this time, I am writing to inform you that I will not be accepting your offer.
After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living in light of the work I would be doing for you. I have decided instead to work for myself, and reap 100% of the benefits that I sow.
Thank you for the interviews.
Dianna L. Abdala, Esq.
The email exchange between her and her would-be employer is pure gold. Read the rest of it at Gawker.
Via the comments at Gawker, I stumbled onto another example of how not to use modern communication. This one involves a guy who went on a date with a woman, paid for dinner, and then suspected that the date didn’t go too well at all so he decided to email the woman asking her to pay for her half! Heh. Classic.
From: Darren Sherman
Date: Jun 19, 2006 8:48 PM
Sorry things didn’t work out. I guess you changed your
Here is my address for the $50 bucks:
East Street, Apt. 504
NY NY 10028
The rest of it, including sounds clips of the voice-mails that he left on the woman’s answering machine is also pure comedic GOLD. You can find this little story over at PR. Differently.