People Revealed The Worst ‘Reply-All’ Email Disasters They’ve Ever Seen And They’re Like Straight Out Of A Nightmare
Who among us has not at one point or another accidentally hit “Reply-All” when responding to an e-mail only to freak the hell out when we realized what a horrifying mistake we just made?
Very few moments will more strike terror into your heart than when it happens, so imagine how the people who sent the “Reply-All” e-mails below felt?
Here are some of the more horrific examples reported over on a recent edition of “Ask Reddit.”
Worked at a large Fortune 100 company (~70k employees) a few years back. CEO sent out an email to “All Users”, then some fuckstick replys all with a comment back. The chain reaction of dimwits all clicking Reply All to say “Stop pressing reply all” brought the email system to its knees for about 5 days. ~ DamnPillBugs
I saw a guy ‘reply all’ with a file attached that included the social security number of his whole family, his income, wife’s income, etc. ~ optimaloutcome
HR manager sent an Excel workbook with some pertinent info on the first sheet to everyone, but failed to remove the fourth sheet which had everybody’s salary. ~ emby5
There was an email floating around the office about some sort of event that someone was trying to organize. I can’t remember exactly what it was about, but this woman clearly thought she was only responding to her friend when she wrote, “I’ll tell you the coochy cream story later.” ~ unozom
A woman sent a retirement announcement inadvertently to the entire, tens-of-thousands strong agency I work for. People were hitting reply all to tell others not to reply all. It went on for hours. ~ tiedyeladyland
Worked on a TV show that everyone except the creator hated, and everyone knew from the ratings would be canceled any second. I was working in legal, and on an email chain where a report of outstanding legal issues for the upcoming episode was sent to literally everyone you could think of (50+ people) ranging from me (one title above entry level) to the head of the network.
A middling executive replied to all “they’re getting canceled and we still have to deal with this shit?”
To make matters worse, she attempted to RECALL the email, just drawing more attention to it, and then replied to all again “PLEASE DISREGARD LAST EMAIL, TRYING TO GENERATE AN INTERNAL REPORT FOR [MY DEPARTMENT], HIT THE WRONG BUTTON”
It was the “Hit the wrong button” that sent me and my boss into hysterics. I so badly wanted to reply that we didn’t know there was a shit-talk button.’ ~ BigOldQueer
My cousin once sent an email meant for his girlfriend to everyone in his address book. He wrote in great detail about the ways in which he and his brothers English bulldog were going to have sex with her when he got home. This probably happened 15 years ago, and I’m sure he has convinced himself that everyone has forgotten. Things like that stay forever. ~ Eddie_shoes