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February 17th, 2004

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03:42 pm - Suppressing violent thoughts
Remember when that woman at work forwarded me an e-mail about "The All-American Bald Eagel?" She hasn't stopped. Granted that these messages eat up a very small portion of my day, but I don't care. This is not what I come to work for, and it aggravates me further to have learned this morning that she ignores requests to stop forwarding messages.

Today's forward was a photoshopped picture of Miss Piggy with her left nipple exposed, Janet-style. I hadn't thought much of the picture until a few minutes ago when a couple of my coworkers came over to my desk and suggested that we pass it on to her supervisor. I'm finding it really² difficult not to, especially since it's definitely not something to share around this particular office, and she sends things like this all the time. I don't want her fired, I just want her to cut it out. I don't feel like retaliating yet. We'll have to wait and see what kind of stuff she sends tomorrow.

Oh, sweet mother of something sweet that has a mother. I received new e-mail while I was writing that last paragraph, and guess who it's from?
Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: Blue Öyster Cult -- The Revolution by Night

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Date:February 17th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
Colin, now, I know you don't like to go out and give someone a bad day, but here's a thought:

Walk over to said person's desk and alter her to the fact that some of the e-mail she's been sending you at work is not only inappropirate, but "of the type that can get people fired". Tell her that you don't want to bring this up to her superior, but that if you continue to recieve forewarded e-mail like that, you're going to have to talk to her(your) boss about it in a formal complaint, but that you won't do it as long as she stops forewarding you e-mail and cuts "it" out. It might be a painful confrontation, but just tell her that ALL forewarded e-mail annoys you and that some of that e-mail might contain viruses, which can be traced back to her computer, which you can verify since you know computers.

Or you can e-mail her and tell her that if she doesn't stop forewarding e-mail at the office NOW, you'll bring it up to her supervisor who will wonder why she's wasting company time in a grossly inappropriate fashion.

You can also ask a coworker to go over to her and relay the message of "cut it out!" And thereby do it anonymously.

Or you can go over to her and state that there have been "complaints from multiple people who will remain anonymous" about her forewarding of superfluous e-mail, and that there's been talk of approaching her supervisor about this, which you would like to avoid with her. This will also keep you from direct confrontation, and it would appear as if you are speaking for a larger group.

Or you can just do nothing and have the problem continue.
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Date:February 17th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC)


Nick, Nick, Nick. I wish it were that simple. Unfortunately, you'd have to understand my work environment to see why most of these won't work.

I can't go directly to her supervisor. Why not? Because, as I said to Ribs last time, I can only get away with so much hipocrisy in this situation, and going to her supervisor would mean an audit for both of us, not just her. Why, if I also spend lotsa time on the Internet, do I feel justified in being angry about the e-mail? Because I actually get my work done in a timely fashion, despite my extracirricular Internet activities -- something which she (at least, when she worked in my department) does not. Still, I'm just as much in violation of company policy as she is, so uh, if anybody's trying to get me fired...

I'd like to avoid confronting her myself because (despite my complaints) I'd really rather remain on her good side. This is just one of those things where you'd have to be immersed in the politics of this office to understand why it would be a bad idea for me (emphasis on the word "me") to piss her off. I hadn't considered asking somebody else to tell her for me, but I'd rather not do that just because I don't want to have to hide behind someone.

Finally, I did send something anonymous while I was writing my post. Since the e-mail address I tied it to doesn't exist, I'll never get a response from her, but it also means she doesn't know who it's coming from. A healthy dose of paranoia might help things.
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Date:February 17th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
I can't see the miss piggy picture.
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Date:February 18th, 2004 01:51 am (UTC)
It's fixed.
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Date:February 18th, 2004 12:23 am (UTC)
Where's the nipple ring?
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Date:February 18th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
First, I thought Miss Piggy had six nipples.

2nd, how did you indent that list in your other post?

Lastly, just block the offending person's address or just delete without reading. (Their mail, not them. (or them if they really deserve it) )

There is no after-lastly.
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Date:February 18th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)

<blockquote>First, I thought Miss Piggy had six nipples, too. She does in all the porn I've been downloading. 

2nd, I used the <blockquote></blockquote> tags they way they appear around this response.

Lastly, she sometimes sends things that I need to read, so I can't block her altogether. I can usually tell what I can delete and get rid of it right away, so deleting her stuff isn't a bad idea. My issue here is that all those wonderful faxes we've discussed are delivered to me via e-mail, so every time I get something, I need to open it right away in case it's a time-sensitive fax. Getting unrelated stuff that I don't want is kind of like being hard at work on something and having somebody constantly coming into the room to ask what I'm doing.

There is still no after-lastly.</blockquote>

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