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Handle This: Email Error

You’ve been stuck on an email chain headed by a girl from your office about an upcoming BBQ she's hosting. For over a week, she’s been driving you crazy with her cutesy remarks and annoying questions, and the back and forth with her friends appears to be endless.

When you get yet another reminder about the event, you're so fed up that you decide to forward the email to a friend, adding your own very sarcastic note about how annoying your coworker is. But when you go to press "forward," you accidentally press "reply all." It's too late to take it back, and you know it's only a matter of seconds until your coworker and everyone else on the chain reads it. How would you handle this?


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Lyv Lyv 9 years
Damn. I'd find a new job or something. Although it probably wouldn't happen to me, I always triple check stuff like that because I don't handle social mishaps as well as most people! LOL
shelleybaby32 shelleybaby32 9 years
oh man! This has never happened to me and i will from now on be careful to make sure it doesn't happen to me!!!!!
skigurl skigurl 9 years
it happens when you're doing a million things at once and sending emails off at rapid speed i'm so used to sending emails that when i send personal ones, i just forego the spell check and stuff like that, and click around so fast that i could easily make a mistake normally it's efficient, but the time this happened to me, it was just stupidity on my part. anyway now i always double check, but it took this one mistake for me to learn to always make sure
gigill gigill 9 years
"Smart people learn from their own mistakes, wise people learn from others." Stories like these REALLY freak me out, so I always try to triple check the "To:" field before sending offensive emails. Actually, I'm so paranoid about this happening that I still feel nervous even if I know it isn't going to get into the wrong hands! That being said, I've texted a slightly offensive message to the person I wrote it about instead of my friend. THAT was a shitty panic time!
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
How do you recall an email? Anyway, i'd be so embarassed. The only thing you can do is continue going about your business. If someone brings it up, say it was just a joke.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
OMG this happened! Well, it was at school. One of our teachers promised to email us a study guide, he ended up mailing it 2 hours before the test (when everybody was already in school) One of my friends/classmates made a snide comment about his tardiness, and meant to send it to our other classmates, but she also sent it back to him. Good thing he let it slide. lol
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
I would try to recall it. Otherwise, if she confronts you about the email, explain to her that you're sorry, however you were frustrated from all of the emails constantly coming in as a reminder for a BBQ while you were trying to work. Admit that you handled it the wrong way, but be sure to let her know for future reference that constant reminders for a non work related event is counterproductive and it was messing with your focus. (It may not be true, but I bet it will work! She can't get mad if you apologize and admit that you were wrong for your reaction. But you still get to tell her how annoying she is!)
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't really get how people do this either...I've never had this happen to me. I don't know what I'd do if it ever did.
Sporky Sporky 9 years
Hahaha, something similar happened to me with my boss not too long ago, I emailed someone with the same first name as my boss, and the email was about something nasty someone else said about my boss. I pretended like nothing happened until he brought it up, then I apologized for the error and told him that I didn't second those remarks that were made about him. And then I turned beet red. Thankfully he seemed to laugh it off.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Recall ASAP!!!
divinelight divinelight 9 years
You could try and pretend it was joke...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I've never understood how this happens either. When people use work email for something like this, how do you not doublecheck before htiting send? I think it's pretty bad, and would apologize.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'd do nothing unless confronted. If the other people ask you about it don't discuss it further and allow her to here second hand that she was really annoying you. It could be a lot worse.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
Don't apologize profusely! Its not that bad, just don't worry about it. Just act cool, it'll be ok.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I do not understand how people accidentally do stuff like this. I would try to recall it and hope that everyone on the sent to list actually worked for the same company so it can be recalled.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Really, the only thing you can do is try to recall the e-mail. And if she has seen it, apologize profusely!
silly3 silly3 9 years
I am just very very careful about who I send an email to if I think it could be offending. This hasn't happened to me, but I do need to make sarcastic and/or mean comments now and then!
skigurl skigurl 9 years
OH MY GOD THIS HAPPENED TO ME! AND I WAS JUST AN INTERN AND HAD JUST STARTED! AND THE FEELING WAS SO HORRIBLE, I DID WANT TO CRAWL UNDER MY DESK AND DIE! missyd, it WAS as bad as it sounds! what happened in my situation was that this girl i worked with used to comment on every single email that came in, to make herself look smart/busy/useful/helpful whatever...but her comments weren't very useful most of the time, and would just be random questions or comments that added absolutely no value to the email (and most of the time the email was just an announcement about a seminar or guest speaker or whatever) anyway, one day i was telling my friend about this girl, and i decided to forward her all the emails with my own commentary at the top, and i accidentally replied to one instead of forwarding, and i was MORTIFIED. i wrote "WHAT'S WITH THE INCESSANT QUESTIONS?? DOES THIS ADD ANY VALUE WHATSOEVER TO THE DISCUSSION? NO!" (i wrote it in caps, to add insult to injury!!) anyway, i recalled the message, and thank god she's one of those very goody goody keeners who would follow protocol and allow a message to recall without actually reading it (like i would always do) i don't think she read it, but the only thing you can hope for is a successful recall. when i sent it, i literally could hear the girl chatting with my boss at her cubicle, so i was hoping to GOD she wouldn't open it or else they both would have read it, and i would have had a stern talking to. talk about EMBARASSING! oh god, reliving this moment is giving me anxiety. i was freaked for literally weeks about it. but thankfully she was always cordial to me afterwards.
missyd missyd 9 years
OMG I have noooooooooo idea. Wow thats bad. Crawl under my desk and die?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i would act like nothing happened. what can you do? and now they wont ever send any chain mails again! hooray
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