Whose son?

14 Jun

Forwarding mails can get dangerous. Murali Partha was telling me this story about a mutual friend.

This friend (VG) had a baby. Now he forwards these baby pictures to a colleague (Mr. MD) of his with the subject “My Son’s Pictures”.

MD in turn forwards it to all employees with the same subject. A reply comes back to MD from another colleague (CC’d to the rest of the organization INCLUDING VG) as follows:

Dear MD,
You son looks handsome. I think he looks just like you. Congratulations!

Lesson: When forwarding mails like this.. CHANGE THE SUBJECT LINE…


14 Responses to “Whose son?”

  1. Prashanth M June 14, 2007 at 6:51 am #

    ha ha!! hilarious…

  2. Veena June 14, 2007 at 6:58 am #

    Ayyo paapa..

    BTW, people should be sensitive enough to distinguish when to reply and when reply all. such congratulations and thank you mails can be sent to that individual person alva?

  3. Vijay June 14, 2007 at 7:00 am #

    Veena: Correct.. Forward and Reply All are very dangerous options….

  4. destinationsrik June 14, 2007 at 7:07 am #


    Better send ur picture in a formal way….

  5. Vani June 14, 2007 at 7:21 am #

    Better mark separate mails to separate IDs…illa andre ee thara pajeethi tappiddalla

  6. gmohanprakash June 14, 2007 at 8:17 am #

    🙂 ROFTL

    I remember a manual incident my collegue narrated way back.

    In that company every body should sign the register in the morning with time in and reasons for late if any. One female collegue came late and wrote in remarks column “been to gynacologist for checkup and hence late”. Everybody who came late quickly put ditto and went to work.

    The amused managing director next day called all of them and asked – what have men got to do with a gynac?

  7. Chitra June 14, 2007 at 11:16 am #

    LOL, and LOL at Mohan’s example too.

    Vijay, just blogrolled you.

  8. Vijay June 14, 2007 at 11:20 am #

    @Mohan: Funeeee 🙂

    @Chitra: Thanks…. reciprocated…

  9. Mahesh June 14, 2007 at 12:39 pm #

    Similar Situation happened to my friend (he isn’t married). He forwarded the mail which has subject line of something like this:
    “My son needs AB negative blood”.

  10. Poppins June 15, 2007 at 5:07 am #

    He he he Howlarious. They always say that the babies take the father’s last name so that everyone knows who the father is. This reminds me of an incident. My husband once commented to a colleague that his son looked just like him. to which the colleague responded (in deadpan american fashion) “I sure do hope so”.


  11. Vijay June 15, 2007 at 7:27 am #

    @Poppins: Thanks for the new term “Howlarious”… lol on your husband’s experience…

  12. bachodi June 15, 2007 at 4:46 pm #

    😉 LOL

  13. Mysorean June 26, 2007 at 6:40 am #

    Somehow email itself is a tool that needs to be used with great care and maturity. Emotions don’t get conveyed and the tone might not be perceived in the best possible way. Wrong words can cause havoc and such inadvertent forwarding can result in catastrophes! Imagine having Mrs. MD in the Cc of the email!

  14. Vijay June 26, 2007 at 7:22 am #

    Adi: Emails can cause a lot of chaos when used improperly… I agree with you on the tone and language… I had a customer in Taiwan who liked to use Exclamation marks when he addressed you.. eg. “Dear Paul !!! “… it used to cause a lot of trauma in our London offices.. they took those marks very seriously…

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