Pc In Tongue-Lashing Over Yoghurt Probe
The policewoman was so upset when the snack vanished from her station fridge she fired off an angry email to the rest of her shift demanding the culprit own up. Unfortunately she hit the wrong button and sent the message to every member of the 14,022 – strong force. The slip prompted hundreds of sarcastic replies including: “Do you need CID?”.
Others included ΓÇ£Have you sealed off the area?”, and “Has the dog unit been called?”. It also won the unnamed officer an official ticking off and a place in a rogue’s gallery of email gaffes featured in a survey of office computer slips published today.
Jaspreet Riat, who is a West Midlands Police spokeswoman, said: “We can confirm that an email was sent in error and all staff have since been reminded of what is appropriate use of our email system.”
The message was sent in May and is believed to have been dispatched from a police station based in the Black Country. Embarrassing
The survey – organised by the property firm officebrokers.com – concluded workers send 42 wrong or embarrassing emails every minute. An estimated two million messages are sent on-line throughout the world every second.
Other blunders picked up include a manager who accidentally dispatched details of all his workers salaries on a company group email – before setting off the fire alarm to clear the building and give him time to go round and delete the message from the inbox of every computer in the office.
And another man landed in even deeper trouble when he sent an email to a friend admitting that he was sick from work after taking Class A drugs – and dispatched it to everyone in the company including his boss who sacked him.
One firm, meanwhile, mistakenly included 24,000 email names in the address box of a message which could not be read by many since it took so long to scroll down.