Mass Confusion

A small selection of emails from one particular incident.

From: john.smith@multinational.com
To: Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: Timesheet Help

Hi,
I hope this is the right list. I’m having trouble with the spreadsheet I’m using to fill in my work hours.

Can you please help?

Thanks,
John

***

From: sandra.reisling@multinational.com
To: john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: Timesheet Help

I’m not the right person, please remove me from distribution.

***

From: grace.greenwood@multinational.com
To: sandra.reisling@multinational.com, john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: RE: Timesheet Help

Me neither, please remove me too!

***

From: therese.ellida@multinational.com
To: grace.greenwood@multinational.com, sandra.reisling@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: RE: RE: Timesheet Help

Me too

***

From: mike.schillings@multinational.com
To: therese.ellida@multinational.com, grace.greenwood@multinational.com, sandra.reisling@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: RE: RE: Timesheet Help

Hey guys,
The timesheet mailing list goes out to everyone in the company – that’s thousands of people around the world. Please reply to the original person only, instead of replying all.

***

From: fred.aspley@multinational.com
To: john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: Timesheet Help

Take me off the list, I don’t want more emails.

Sent from my iPhone

***

From: luis.reyes@multinational.com
To: john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: DO NOT REPLY ALL!!

People, STOP replying all with your requests!

***

From: john.smith@multinational.com
To: Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: Recall: Timesheet Help

John would like to recall the message, “Timesheet Help”

***

From: hasnita.singh@multinational.com
To: luis.reyes@multinational.com, john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: DO NOT REPLY ALL!!

Exactly, everyone stop replying all, this is obviously a mistake.

***

From: vasquez.berengar@multinational.com
To: Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: Timesheet Help

Por favor, remova

***

From: raquel.diaz@multinational.com
To: vasquez.berengar@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: RE: Timesheet Help

Eu também

***

From: daniel.west@multinational.com
To: francis.gould@multinational.com, john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: Timesheet Help

I had problems with my timesheet a few months ago and Frannie helped me out. She should be able to help you as well.

***

From: francis.gould@multinational.com
To: daniel.west@multinational.com, john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: RE: Timesheet Help

Hi, this is Fred. I’m monitoring Frannie’s inbox while she’s on leave. Perhaps you should contact IT for help.

***

From: sally.bowles@multinational.com
To: john.smith@multinational.com, Timesheet.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: Timesheet Help

@Everyone – Stop pressing reply all, my inbox is bursting
@IT Services – Can you please block all messages for this?!

***

From: anna.earles@multinational.com on behalf of eugene.cho@multinational.com
To: john.smith@multinational.com

Dear John,

If you have technical issues, we have an excellent IT support team who would be happy to help – our company has an excellent IT Troubleshooting FAQ on the intranet.

Regards,
Eugene Cho
VP

***

From: john.smith@multinational.com
To: ITSupport.Mailing.List
Subject: IT Support – Timesheet Help

Hi, is this IT support? I’m having trouble with my timesheet and I was told to ask IT support for help.

Thanks,
John

***

From: max.weller@multinational.com
To: ITSupport.Mailing.List
Subject: IT Support – Timesheet Help

I’m not IT support, I can’t help you.

***

From: bronwyn.raines@multinational.com
To: ITSupport.Mailing.List
Subject: RE: RE: IT Support – Timesheet Help

Me neither. And I can’t help with your timesheet, so please remove me from both lists.

***

From: anna.earles@multinational.com on behalf of eugene.cho@multinational.com
To: valerie.hicks@multinational.com
Subject: Hiring processes

Dear Valerie,

Please undertake a thorough review of our company’s hiring processes immediately.

Regards,
Eugene Cho
VP


This is the third post of flash fiction week IV. Tomorrow: Julie Goldberg.

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