‘I sent mammogram results to the VP’: People confess their most humiliating work mistakes to comfort HBO intern who accidentally sent out a ‘test email’ – as even Monica Lewinsky chimes in with tongue-in-cheek advice
- Last Thursday, HBO Max sent an ‘Integration Test Email’ from its official account to an unknown number of subscribers
- Later, the HBOMaxHelp Twitter account apologized ‘for the inconvenience’ and blamed ‘the intern’
- Countless Twitter users shared messages of support for the intern, promising they will be OK
- Even Monica, who famously had an affair with then-President Bill Clinton while interning at the White House, offered encouragement and humorous advice
- Many shared their own worst work mistakes, from email errors to sharing personal information to offending bosses
- Some caused their companies to lose money, others shared porn, and some made their famous bosses look bad
Twitter users are sharing their most embarrassing work mistakes after HBO Max sent an accidental test email to potentially millions of subscribers — and blamed the flub on an intern.
Last Thursday, HBO Max sent an ‘Integration Test Email’ from its official account to an unknown number of subscribers, causing confusion as it landed in inboxes.
Later that night, the streaming service apologized for the mistake on Twitter and insisted it was an intern’s fault — prompting thousands of people to shower the intern with words of encouragement and offer up their own humiliating work memories
Uh-oh! Twitter users are sharing their most embarrassing work mistakes after HBO Max sent an accidental test email to potentially millions of subscribers
Whoops! Last Thursday, HBO Max sent an ‘Integration Test Email’ from its official account to an unknown number of subscribers, causing confusion as it landed in inboxes
Blaming the bottom: Later that night, the streaming service apologized for the mistake on Twitter and insisted it was an intern’s fault
The emails showed up in inboxes during the afternoon and evening of June 17 with the subject line ‘Integration Test Email #1’ and a body that read simply: ‘This template is used by integration tests only.’
At 10:21 that evening, the HBOMaxHelp Twitter account offered an explanation.
‘We mistakenly sent out an empty test email to a portion of our HBO Max mailing list this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience, and as the jokes pile in, yes, it was the intern. No, really. And we’re helping them through it,’ they wrote.
Countless Twitter users were soon weighing in on the email mistake — with most writing directly to the scapegoated intern.
One of the world’s most famous former interns, Monica Lewinsky, who had an affair with then-President Bill Clinton while interning at the White House, went viral with her supportive and humorous message.
‘Dear intern: it gets better,’ she wrote, adding a red heart emoji.
Monica then made a joke at her own expense, writing, ‘Ps. don’t wear a beret for awhile, k?’ referring to her own decision to wear the hat style in one of the few images that were ever taken of her and Clinton together.
Many took the opportunity to broadcast their own on-the-job blunders, stressing that one mistake — even a big one — is far from career-ending.
One Twitter user shared their own mass-email mistake — which had much worse real-world consequences.
They wrote: ‘At my very first job I sent out a major corporation’s press release 12 hours early and they had to reschedule a product launch. Their stock price dipped because of it. I was mortified at the time but now it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.’
Others shared mistakes with truly catastrophic results.
‘I once globally took down Spotify. It almost happened twice. My team was awesome about it and I’m still here. You managed to find something broken in the way integration tests are done. It’s a good thing and will help improve things,’ tweeted @daenney.
‘Dear intern: as a rookie prosecutor, editing a complaint against a bank robber, I failed to notice that the rookie FBI agent had put the home addresses and phone numbers of all of the witnesses to the (scary white supremacist robber’s) crime in the public affidavit, and filed it,’ tweeted attorney Ken White.
No worries! Many took the opportunity to broadcast their own on-the-job blunders, stressing that one mistake — even a big one — is far from career-ending
Some people shared their awkward moments of professional TMI.
‘Dear Intern, I was using my desktop calendar to make a monthly note of when I started my menstrual period, but after several months I realized I was making that note on a calendar I shared with all of my colleagues company wide. I was 37 years old,’ offered comedian @Caissie.
‘Dear Intern,’ began Lisa Yee. ‘I once emailed my mammogram results to a VP of a Fortune 500 company. Accidents happen.’
A few had some X-rated snafus.
‘Hi Intern,’ wrote a man named Dan Healey. ‘I used to work for a non-profit with a .org web address. I pulled up our website during an important meeting but accidentally typed .com. Turns out the .com rerouted to a porn site, which was shared with all the meeting attendees. Learned some lessons that day…’
‘I once sent out a 1-900 sex hotline as a conference call number for the Women’s National Democratic Club, the average age of membership was about 78,’ tweeted Rae Pickett.
Yikes! Some people shared their awkward moments of professional TMI and X-rated snafus
Cristina Angeli added that she once ‘sent an email to C-Suite that had said “Cinnamon Testicles are live!” When what I meant to announce was that our “Cinema Testing was live.”’
‘I once retweeted a pornstar from a 5 star hotel’s brand account. Sh** happens. You’ll bounce back,’ wrote another commenter.
‘Dear Intern, as a young lawyer I proof read a legal brief and filed it with the court. I caught a typo and blindly used the global find and replace function. Pro tip: don’t do that. My brief argued for the rights of “the panties.” Not “the parties.” All 50 pages of it,’ wrote Suzanne Lovett.
Several people who worked in politics have had embarrassing moments as well.
‘Dear intern, I once tweeted the word “impotent” instead of “impetus” from the White House Twitter account. Yes. The WHITE HOUSE — and then the media also screenshotted it. You’re welcome. I survived. You’ll be just fine,’ offered Laura Miller, who worked for President Obama.
The overall lesson seems to be that most people survive their biggest work mistakes
‘Dear Intern,’ added @postcards4USA. ‘I once didn’t recognize then-VP George HW Bush and almost didn’t let him into a meeting…in the Cabinet Room. Of The White House. Where he worked.’
Karyn Spencer recalled how she accidentally got Tyra Banks called a ‘dumb b****’ on Twitter back when she ran her social media accounts and made a mistake under her name.
Perhaps the most innocent but no less chaotic story came from @AerinChevyFord, who once sent their private Muppet joke to their whole company.
‘Dear Intern, when I was 25 I made a PDF assigning each employee to the Muppet they reminded me of the most. I meant to send it to my work friend, but I accidentally sent it to the entire company. My supervisor (Beaker) wanted to fire me, but the owners (Bert & Ernie) intervened,’ they wrote.
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