There’s nothing like a good, accidental “reply all” blunder to make your stomach sink, heart race and make you curse like a sailor.
If this sounds all too familiar, prepare to feel a little bit better. We scoped out the five most face-palm worthy reply-all email mistakes that may be just as bad (or worse) than your own.
And, hey, if you’re lucky enough not to not know what this feels like, do yourself a favor and download Google’s instant “undo send” feature in Google Labs.
This way, you can sit back, grab some refreshments and browse through these hilarious *whoops*moments!
1. When the Truth Hurts: “He’s a nice guy, but a little high maintenance”
Justin Simon of Strive Communications once replied all with:
Don't rush your answer. He can wait a day. He's a nice guy, but a little high maintenance.
“Wish I had that one back,” Simon says.
2. The Classic Spell-Check Blunder
When Patt Mosley, a director of marketing and communications at Senske Services, replied to all employees (including the C-level execs), she did her due diligence, as usual, and turned on spell check.
“Shortly after I sent the email, I started receiving random replies from employees referring to my need for Depends, and saying they didn’t know I had that problem,” Mosley says.
Turns out, the auto spell-check changed “inconvenience” to “incontinence.”
3. The Job offer, Including Salary
“We had a contractor whose company was horrible, and thus he was trying to get full-time employment at his current client (my employer),” Reddit user AnteChronos posted on an AskReddit thread.
After a bit of back and forth between the contractor and the managers, the entire team got a typical “welcome aboard” email. Turns out, “the email was essentially: “Reply All: Re: Re: Re: Fwd: Fwd: Re: Fwd: Job Offer Including Salary.”
4. The Love Note to His Sweetie
Sally Herigstad was working at Microsoft when she received an email for our entire group, several hundred people, about an upcoming Halloween party.
One of her colleagues, instead of forwarding the email to his wife, hit “reply all” with a message that talked about what his kids should wear for costumes and how cute they would be.He “finished off with ‘Love you, Sweetie! XOXO,’” Herigstad says.
5. The “Locker-Room” Message
Bill Cochran, an advertising creative director at The Richards Group, once sent a message to what he thought was just his creative team, which was in competition with several other in-house creative teams before a big client meeting for Super Bowl spots.
In his confidential message, he critiqued his competition.
“I listed the people I thought were ‘gonna bring it’” Cochran told the Wall Street Journal. “It was written in locker-room talk.”
After sending it to 200 people, he replied again with, “Sorry about that. I am going to go climb in a hole now.”