Disaster at the workplace? We've all been there!
Last Thursday, June 17, some HBO Max subscribers received an email from the company with the subject "Integration Test Email #1". The body of the email read, "This template is used by integration tests only."
Screenshot of the email accidentally sent by HBO Max
The streaming giant quickly apologized on Twitter for the confusion created and mentioned it was because of an intern.
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. ❤️— HBOMaxHelp (@HBOMaxHelp) June 18, 2021
In reply to HBO Max's tweet, many people shared their horrific and hilarious office disasters. Using #DearIntern, Twitter showed support to the intern as the social site was piled with several work horror stories.
Brace yourselves for some of the funniest ones!
Dear Intern: My first day on a job, I was in an elevator when a nice-looking man smiled and said, "Your face belongs on a cathedral."— Shelby Kent-Stewart ™ (@ShelbyKStewart) June 19, 2021
Without missing a beat, I replied, "If comparing me to a gargoyle is the best pick-up line you've got, it needs work."
Yep, the CEO.
Dear Intern,— Hannah Holloway (@hholloway2010) June 18, 2021
In the first month of my new HR job with a major defense contractor, I sent out an email about shirt orders that included the division president and several corporate leaders.
Title of email: Your Shit is in the HR Office - Please Pick Up by COB
Dear Intern,— Cristina Angeli (@CA_CrissyAngel) June 18, 2021
I once sent an email to C-Suite that had said “Cinnamon Testicles are live!” When what I meant to announce was that our “Cinema Testeing was live.”
Still here. Flourishing.
Dear intern,— Judd Baker (@juddbakertv) June 19, 2021
At least you didn’t spin a studio camera 360° while on live TV. Didn’t get fired and I’ve made my way to weekend anchor! Only goes up from here, my friend! pic.twitter.com/OVoNTFpccP
Hang in there, intern! Take it from me: over the course of a long career you will break production not once but several times. pic.twitter.com/ORjpaO5tYV— Kent Brewster (@kentbrew) June 18, 2021
Dear Intern:— Angela Mayfield (@pinkrocktopus) June 18, 2021
Once, when I was a junior copywriter, I applied to my dream job at @TheAtlantic and wrote “copyrighter” on my résumé. Like, I misspelled the job I wanted, which was a job for good spellers.
You’re doing great, okay?
Dear Intern,— Radiant Red, Comic Shop ACE (@Jospeh_Bartlett) June 19, 2021
I once emailed the president of a company I worked for & tagged 12 other people…
I didn’t check spellcheck & said I had issues with “incontinence” instead of “inconsistency.”
The president emailed me laughing, wishing me the best of luck with the issue.#AllGood
Dear Intern, I was the head of music for a radio network and forgot to put music in one of the stations logs for 2 hours and just played back to back ads for 2 hours. Shit happens.— nic shields (@nicshields) June 19, 2021
Dear intern: 2 days into my unpaid internship I got an offer for a paid internship at a better outlet. I drafted an email to my friends about how I couldn’t wait to jump ship. Then I accidentally cut, pasted and sent it in a gchat to my boss, who was sitting right next to me.— Julia E. Ainsley (@JuliaEAinsley) June 22, 2021
This reply takes the cake, though:
dear intern:— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) June 18, 2021
it gets better.
ps. don’t wear a beret for awhile, k?
The Internet can be a tough place where people seldom miss a chance to make fun of someone. But, this time, people poured immense support for the intern. The stories shared were funny, embarrassing, but to top it all, motivating.
Do you have any funny work stories to share? Tell us in the comments below.