Monday, April 20, 2009

My Inbox: Where email-chains come to die…

Anyone who knows me, knows that if you send me an email that then requires me to forward it on to 20 people or my arms will fall off (or God won’t love me anymore (or I won’t get eleventy billion dollars)), knows I WILL NOT pass it on and will take my chances that when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll still have my appendages.

In fact, it takes all my effort not to reply to whoever sent me the email with a snarky comment about how dumb they are to think that God is trolling the internet to punish people who don’t forward an email containing scriptures and cats in Biblical costumes.

I mean, really, people.

This Monday morning, I had 3(!) such emails in my inbox. From co-workers. (Who clearly don’t know me.)

And all of the emails had a tagline of “If you agree with this email that [God is great*] [women are awesome**] [America is the bestest***], then forward this on to 6,000 people including the person who sent it to you!

This is brings me to a dilemma.

Office politics suggest that I reply to the person who sent me the email. You know, so I seem chummy and all. But, then, said person thinks that I’m on the email-chain bandwagon (hurray!) and will send me every email that ever crosses her**** path.

And I just don’t think I can handle that. So, I’m going to have to be the lady who isn’t an email team player, and let the chips (or arms) fall where they may.

What else can I do?

****It’s almost always a “her”, isn’t it?


Amanda said...

I'm 100% with you on this one. I don't even respond to the 'please share a recipe with me' emails that I get. And those always come from people I like. I just don't respond. I honestly think that the person who sent it to you just went and checked a bunch of names from their contacts list and will not actually remember that they sent it to you and won't sit around counting how get returned to them. At least that is what I'm counting on.

Amy said...

Amen Sister!!!!

Rachel said...

I haven't received one of those in months! This is one of the many perks of only working with one person.

But when I worked at the school district getting 3 or 4 a day was not unusual. And I never passed them on or responded. And then one day I got an email from the receptionist, who had sent me an "If you don't send this out you hate God" one the day before that I didn't respond to. She asked if I was still a Christian and was fearing for me soul. I didn't respond to that email either.

thefoxkids said...

i'm TOTALLY with you.. i NEVER forward (or even respond your good i'm not good at the snark!) but i've even had ACTUAL snail mail with "cutsie" send 6 stickers and in turn you'll get a bagillion and "won't the children be dissopointed if you break the chain.." I even had a grandma send me one for kitchen towels!!! sorry it's out in the cyber world now I BREAK CHAINS!!! glad i'm not alone!