Stupid Statements from Big Businesses
Have you ever made a massive mistake out loud for everyone to hear? YouΓÇÖre not the only one haunted by your own words. Even big business gets it wrong sometimes, as these culprits can confess.
ItΓÇÖs not so long ago that US Governor Mitt Romney announced his ownership of a ΓÇÿbinder full of womenΓÇÖ. ItΓÇÖs gaffes like this that got us thinking ΓÇô whatΓÇÖs being said in the world of big business and how bad can it be?
Making Friends Fast
Can you really call Michael OΓÇÖLearyΓÇÖs words a mistake? WeΓÇÖre not sure. After all, an apology seems to be the last thing on his lips when he makes a big media splash, indicating that the sentiment was fully intended.
In his most recent attempt to win over his loyal fan base, OΓÇÖLeary called a complaining customer ΓÇÿstupidΓÇÖ. When clarifying this statement in the press, he elaborated that all passengers of RyanAir who believe the company will change to suit consumer needs are stupid.
A Behind-the-Scenes Exclusive
In February 2012, the person in charge of the Red CrossΓÇÖs Twitter account learned the hard way how to differentiate between their personal and professional feeds.
Under the hashtag #GettngSlizzerd, the American Red Cross told followers theyΓÇÖd found some good beer and rejoiced that ΓÇÿwhen we drink we do it rightΓÇÖ. Readers were quickly assured that the offending Tweeter was not driving around the country tending to disasters at the time.
Comfort and Reassurance
One of George Bush JuniorΓÇÖs true legacies as President of the United States is his unique ability to mess up his words and talk total nonsense.
Among the most enigmatic phrases meant to comfort his nation and represent an all-powerful office at a time of conflict was, ΓÇ£I can press when there needs to be pressed. I can hold hands when there needs to be hold hands.ΓÇ¥ The full meaning of this statement remains unclear.
When making redundancies, it is generally held that you should be tactful, honest and understanding. Not so for the big bosses at RadioShack in 2007, who decided not to bother with the traditional process of informing someone theyΓÇÖd lost their job.
An email circular was forwarded throughout the company to the unlucky losers, stating ΓÇÿThe work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately your position is one that has been eliminated.ΓÇÖ General consensus was not entirely sympathetic to the company.
Have you ever heard a truly shocking business statement? Have you said something that haunts you still? Share your experiences in the comments below.