Have you ever sent an embarrassing email or text? Fortunately, I haven’t done anything too bad but I was reminded of how easily it can happen last month when I was Christmas shopping for me kids. My youngest son wanted to order a sweatshirt online and it had to be done that day by 5:00 to arrive in time for the 25th. I still needed some things for my other two boys so I was sending them text messages to find out if they would like one too. I was trying to hurry and accidentally sent it to the person’s name next to my son’s in my phone’s address book. A message came back asking what I was talking about. I wrote back and explained what I had done and asked how she had been since I hadn’t talked to her in some time. She wrote back and said she still didn’t know what I was talking about and who was I? That seemed kind of strange since she is a distant relative, after all. It took a few more back and forths before I realized that the person who use to have that number had changed it since the last time we chatted. This was a different person! Fortunately I knew who she was so she believed me. After all that, the stupid order from the company never did come in time even though we made the deadline!
That incident wasn’t really embarrassing so I didn’t worry about it. I did accidentally forward an email from a friend many years ago describing her recent visit to the gynecologist. I meant to forward a joke that was next to it in my Inbox and I sent it out to several people. (I really need to be more careful about clicking on the right one) Lucky for me this friend has a great sense of humor and there wasn’t anything too embarrassing in that note. I don’t forward many jokes anymore and she is probably grateful for that. So are the people who received it. My brothers were traumatized by all of that girly stuff.
So, I was wondering what embarrassing story can you share? How have you been traumatized by your own gaffes with modern technology? Go ahead and share. Don’t worry, we won’t tell. I probably couldn’t forward it anyway. I’d send the one that was next to it!