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  • enfht
    Member

    OK, I’m in IT and a work collegue cc’d me in on an email explaining to a user (very politley) why their PC had died (it was switched off). I then replied to my collegue and speculated whether the user remembers to turn their car ignition on when they use their car. Problem being my collegue was logged into this person’s PC, this person then saw the email I sent to my collegue, and has replied “I find that comment quite offensive”, and I have a hunch the user will take this further. It’s clear the user shouldnt have been reading other people’s email but whats not clear is if I’m in the wrong? I know there are similarities with the Carol Thatcher saga, but I wasn’t talking about about gollies after all, and I feel this was just normal IT banter between two IT workers…any opinions, should I appologise or if challanged should I stick to my guns and tell them to stop reading other people’s email?

    grumm
    Member
    snakebite
    Member

    delete and deny….easy

    theflatboy
    Member

    if i were you i wouldn’t worry about it until you know if it was taken any further, then just say as and when that it was meant as a joke, no offence intended and apologise. not really much more you can do.

    Gary_M
    Member

    I’d love to hear the outcome of that in a disciplinary – no case to answer in my opinion.

    enfht
    Member

    I have thought about deleting all trace but I cant tell who else actually saw the email as the user is 200 miles away.

    andym
    Member

    What theflatboy said except do it now and don’t wait for it to escalate.

    I know there are similarities with the Carol Thatcher saga

    Indeed, moral of the Thatcher story is if you act like an @rse things will get worse.

    If that was the only piss taking that took place when they couldn’t even turn their computer on then I think they got off lightly.

    Hmmmm, you’re not trolling now are you? This is not even “similar” to the CT episode. But, if it’s true, then hell, we’ve all been there…just make your apology and move on. I wouldn’t expect to get into trouble for this but you might be asked to apologise for it. Little mickey-pulling things like this always look worse when they’re written down.

    Premier Icon muggomagic
    Subscriber

    If you’d said the person was a **** retard and i bet they forget to switch the ignition on the car, then you may have a case to answer.

    As you most probably didn’t then you’re ok. All that’s happened is you sound and feel like a tit.

    clubber
    Member

    They’d have a hard job giving you anything more than a verbal warning if that. If I was you, I’d swallow my pride, apologise to the person and leave it at that.

    enfht
    Member

    Me, a troll, NEVER, (trip trap trip trap)

    No honestly I’m not, good advice cheers, I’ve appoligsed

    Don’t delete all trace; they could have a screenshot which would make you look very silly.

    Premier Icon Sandwich
    Subscriber

    BOFH time, erase the logs. Falsify evidence to show the user offended you and has goat p*rn on the PC. Then duct tape, a roll of carpet and a tape safe are required, Use of PFY optional. Report back when done. 😀

    If that’s all you said, just forget about it. I’ve never heard of wit/sarcasm being a sackable offence.

    If the person escalates it, they will probably look like a pillock for making such a big issue of something so trivial.

    enfht
    Member

    yeah cheers Sandwich, someone from Personel walked up behind me just as I was looking for Goat Po*n on my PC, now I’m fu**ed !

    hora
    Member

    As Mike says.

    In fact their ability to do their job will probably be called into question as they wasted company resources calling out support for a PC they hadn’t turned on.

    In fact you will be thanked for bringing this to the attention of the management, given promotion & a pay rise.

    If they do take it further, then they are going to look a right pillock for raising the call in the first place

    enfht
    Member

    piedi you’ve obviously never worked for a firm like this!!

    uplink
    Member

    In our Ts & Cs one of the examples of gross misconduct is ‘rudeness to or derogatory remarks about clients’

    mysterymurdoch
    Don’t delete all trace; they could have a screenshot which would make you look very silly.

    If they thought their computer was busted when it was off, I’m not sure they’ll know how to take a screen shot.

    enfht
    Member

    update, user has replied to my apology with a bit of a snooty BS. Wish I hadn’t apologised now! Oh well, I think I’ve done all I can FFS!

    fingerbike
    Member

    Offer to make up for it by showing them how the cup holder works… 😀

    willard
    Member

    Hold on… I’ll get you a number for a bulk quicklime dealer.

    Seriously, if someone gets that “offended”, then they are probably not worth worrying about. Just wait and see what happens and then say sorry if required. Not before. They are just upset that you found out they were a muppet.

    wee in his/her/its shoes and run

    vadar
    Member

    Humble pie anyone !!!!

    Move along,, nothing to see

    sofatester
    Member

    Why not download a file deleting virus onto their computer?

    Lesson learned; never apologise for a wisecrack. If they can’t see the funny side it’s there loss.

    swoosh
    Member

    you said they replied to the email you sent to your colleague, well how did they reply? With their email or your colleagues? If they used your colleagues, i think that’s slightly worse than what you have done. If they used their own email account to reply and they take it further, you could have them done for reading your colleagues emails. privacy act and all that!

    AdamW
    Member

    Not to wind you up but…

    My partner replied to a mail from a colleague in which he stated some external contractors sometimes act like cowboys. The so-called-colleague forwarded this mail (with a throw-away line in it, not the main thrust of the mail or owt) to the third party who then got in a huff.

    The short of it was a disciplinary followed by a written warning (nothing happened to the colleague who sent the mail externally, of course). Then, lo and behold, shortly after this there was an email to all staff to discuss redundancies. “Oh look AdamW’s better half, you have a black mark here due to a disciplinary. Don’t slam the door on the way out, and it is statutory redundancy.”

    Yes, he shouldn’t have written what was a throwaway line to someone he thought was a colleague. Now he’s scared stiff that he won’t get another job because of the disciplinary that happened beforehand….

    BUT

    I think you’ll be all-right. If it is internal type stuff it would, at the most be a word in your ear.

    Premier Icon Nick
    Subscriber

    Someone deleted my e-mail account so on the incident management system I said “some idiot has deleted my e-mail account’, the 17 year old 1st line agent got upset so I had to apologise.

    I then sacked someone for sending a mysoginistic and totally unacceptable picture/joke about wife beating to dozens of people via the corporate lan.

    Moral – our terms and conditions are pretty clear on one and make no mention of the other.

    duntstick
    Member

    IT Nazis, the geeks shall inherit the Earth….. gotta love em,glad I don’t work in an office anymore.

    Getta life boyz.

    sofatester
    Member

    If you can’t take a joke, don’t join up. Nothing wrong with a bit of wee removing to keep moral up.

    Everyone just chill, look it’s snowing again! Anyone for a snowball fight? Or is that illegal now on H&S grounds?

    RudeBoy
    Member

    Google the ‘I love you poo pic’, and send them that…

    (I’m not even going to attempt putting up a link to that!)

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
    Subscriber

    The IT Crowd
    The phones rings-
    “Hello, IT. Have you tried turning it on at the wall?”

    andym
    Member

    How long would it take you to send a short email saying ‘I’m sorry if my email caused you any offence’. All of ten seconds?

    enfht
    Member

    Its escalating, FFS! FYI the user really is a stupid stupid idiot, I could have been far more scathing, lucky I wasn’t 8O.

    There is a case to answer why the user was reading and replying to someone else’s email.

    Best form of defence is attack ARRRGGGGHHHHH!!

    enfht
    Member

    andym, I did, exact words were “No offence intended it was just a bit of (private) banter, but if you do feel that way then I honestly apologise”

    Premier Icon geoffj
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    what andym said – and let your line manager know your version of events before someone else does.

    enfht
    Member

    They laid the the line manager off in May (small firm) let ’em do their worst the feckwits. I’m quite angry about this BS

    grumm
    Member

    Nick was it this one you sacked someone for or another one?

    Just sit tight and leave it at that.

    Did far dodgier things than that when I worked in the City (e.g. participated in chain e-mails involving over 30 staff which were eventually discovered by the finance director (not good use of £1.5m worth of IT equipment is what I think he had to say at the time), and wrote satirical song lyrics which included names of various members of staff) and nothing came of it.

    coffeeking
    Member

    Don’t delete all trace; they could have a screenshot which would make you look very silly.

    Easy as pie to fake a screenshot, though said user may well not be capable by the sound of it.

    I think that at the end of the day you were caught out making fun of someone, which isnt overly nice and does nothing for IT people in general (who have a tendency to be considered as smart-arsed and ever-critical anyway) but IMO it’s nothing more than a personal disagreement between yourself and the person you offended. Obviously this person has no sense of humour or they’d have sat back and laughed at their own stupidity, but I think the annoyance has clearly come from the fact that the IT “crowd” are having a group giggle at them behind their back, which is never nice, or clever.

    oldgit
    Member

    Show em the box that you keep the internet in.

    geetee1972
    Member

    Where I used to work, the IT support group had a white board with a ‘Muppets of the Week’ top 10 style list. This listed, in order of ‘muppetness’, the daftest calls logged, the problem and the person’s name. No one ever took offence.

    However, there was this one time (at band camp :wink:) when a global email was sent out (to around 7000 worldwide staff) asking if anyone could provide Serbian language translation for some work they were doing. This was about the time that the Kosovo Liberation Army was exacting its revenge on the Serbs for all of their atrocities. The first paragraph was all very business like. He then went onto say

    “Failing that, there are a bunch of Kosovan refugees just moved into the house next door to me. They don’t speak much Serbian, but I am sure they could manage to translate ‘Would the Serbian pig dog like a last cigarette before his execution?'”

    Laugh? I almost bought a round! The chap quickly followed up with a very contrite and grovelling apology.

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