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    Email Fail, Part 2

    , | UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work in a back-office job, where one of my previous tasks was approving staff applications for services. Because we’re office-based, staff in other departments rarely meet us. One day, shortly after we move over to a self-service application system to free us up for other tasks, I receive the following email:)

    Coworker: “Approve the application.”

    (Naturally I’m put out that she didn’t even bother to put a greeting line in, but I grit my teeth and reply.)

    Me: “Hi, [Coworker], I’ll need a bit more information before I can help. Could you tell me which service the application is for and if there’s a problem with the automatic approval?”

    Her Email: “Dear [My Name], I didn’t realise I was emailing a real person! I thought it was some sort of clever computer system that I just needed to send a quick yes or no to – so sorry for the very short and not at all detailed message!”

    (She then gave me all the details I needed. Although I couldn’t stay offended after that, I do wonder what she was thinking when she typed my email address in; it has my name in it!)

    Email Fail

    Not A Pleasant Experience

    | Leeds, England, UK | Crazy Requests, Employees, Extra Stupid, Job Seekers

    (During an interview for a help-tech position with local computer store:)

    Interviewer: “Well… I can see you have 20 years experience and have the relevant qualifications. But I don’t think we can employ you.”

    Me: *rather taken aback* “Oh… well, okay. Thank you for being honest with me. Can I ask why?”

    Interviewer: “Well, honestly, it’s because of your age. We’ve found that older people don’t really ‘get’ computers.”

    Me: “We don’t really… You did say I was more than qualified, right?”

    Interviewer: “Yes, that’s right. Ideally we’d prefer someone who’s a recent graduate, say in their mid 20s so they’re more ‘in-tune’ with technology, like most young people are today. Frankly, you’re too old to know anything about modern computers.”

    Me: “And yet on the application it said you were looking for someone with a minimum of 10 years work experience?”

    Interviewer: “Yes. that’s right. Anything else I can help you with?”

    Me: “No… I’ll just go get my zimmer-frame and shuffle off now. Good luck finding someone who graduated at age 10.”

    (Funnily enough, they’re still looking.)

    Opposite Of Smart-Phone

    | Chicago, IL, USA | Bosses & Owners, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I’m a legal assistant. One of the associates, while a good lawyer, is known for being very disorganized and scatterbrained. He has just returned from a hearing and is running all over the office searching for something, while simultaneously having a conversation on his cell phone.)

    Attorney: *talking on phone* “Well. I was just thinking about you so I thought I’d give you a call…” *to me* “Have you seen my phone? I don’t know where I put it.”

    Me: “Um… no…”

    (I’m thinking he must mean another phone than the one he’s talking on.)

    Attorney: *searches in office, in file room, continues phone conversation* “Hey, [Other Assistant], have you seen my phone anywhere? I can’t find my phone!”

    Me: *half-kidding* “Are you talking on it?”

    Attorney: *stops, looks at me, laughs, goes into his office, and shuts the door*

    Me: *to other assistant, staring at each other in disbelief* “Did that really just happen?”

    The New Procedures Are A Little Off

    | UK | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Technology

    (I work for a small company as an IT manager. We recently had a server installed with a leased line so we will always have a strong Internet connection. About three minutes before I’m finishing up, I get a phone call from my coworker in my building saying that the Internet is down. The server is in another building, so I walk across the road to where it is and open up the case to have a look at it. Just as I’m logging into it another coworker walks by and comes up to me.)

    Coworker: “Is there a problem with it?”

    Me: “Yeah. The Internet went down, so I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with it.”

    Coworker: “Well, we can get onto the Internet just fine.”

    (The buildings are linked, so if one building can’t get Internet access the rest shouldn’t be able to.)

    Me: “That’s strange.”

    (I log onto the server, and everything seems fine and can see all the lights as green. After having a look around for five minutes and can’t see any problems, my coworker decides to shed some wisdom.)

    Coworker: “Could it be because I turned that off?”

    (I look round to see where he’s pointing, which is the socket that the server is plugged into.)

    Coworker: “I tried to plug in my phone charger and hit the switch beside it.”

    (I’m a little stunned as it’s pretty obvious that the server is plugged into it.)

    Me: “Oh… Yes… I think that may have been why.”

    (We now have a big ‘DO NOT TURN OFF’ covering the sockets.)

    Learn How To Stick To Your Guns

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Politics

    (One of our coworkers is a hardcore conservative, which would be all right if he appeared to actually have his own opinions rather than just what his father had been telling him.)

    Coworker #1: “So, I saw you posted a lot of stuff about gun control on your Facebook page. How do you feel about i?.”

    Coworker #2: “Gun control is bad.”

    Manager: “So you think anybody should be able to have a gun?”

    Coworker #2: “No, there should be screening and background checks.”

    Me: *facepalm* “That is gun control!”

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