I learned this the hard way when I had thought I sent an email to a good friend at work when in actuality, I sent it to an employee that worked in an office several states away and knew me as just a name on a conference call roster. After receiving this virtual joke, he would have no idea that I was not really some sort of pervert.
In all honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t think better of using my work computer to send out a digital cartoon of the Tin Man doing fresh things with an oil can. As I chuckled while hitting send, my laughter turned into actual fear when I realized what I had done. I hit recall, and in a state of panic, I Googled how to retrieve messages sent out in error. There were no options! (Why aren’t there options?! Aggghhhh! I can’t be the first person to do this type of thing!) I went into the weekend sickened over the mistake. I was certain I would come back on Monday only to be told I was never working there again. Luckily it was quite the opposite and the recipient also thought the joke was funny. Oh thank God, this guy had a sense of humor…and a heart (how very Tin Man-y).
Months later, I made a mistake of sharing the “Tin Man” with the wrong person again (mental head slap! What the hell is my problem?!). But this time, I didn’t send the actual comic, I just mentioned the story in an email that I was sending to a recruiter. After a few glasses of wine, bringing up the old Tin Man incident seemed appropriate as we had already had several email exchanges and light banter about the pitfalls of email. I know. I know. As I write this, while now sober, I cringe. Drinking while emailing someone for a job? Glorifying that someone made a character from a children’s story into a sexed-up sicko? Not my smartest move. Needless to say I didn’t get a call back for any job from that guy. Such a Scarecrow move on my part - I think I need a brain!