Whatever happened to professionalism? Seriously?
I'm not even talking about bad spelling and worse grammar.
I'm talking about swearing in supposedly professional correspondence. When did this become acceptable? Oh wait, that's right.. IT DIDN'T.
Okay, so the site I work for has a number of newsletters that go out. When someone signs up, they have the option of opting out of them. It's right there on the registration page, and frankly, if you're too damn lazy to make sure all your boxes are unchecked, than you deserve to have your shit spammed.
Occasionally we get an an email requesting to be manually unsubscribed, if the unsubscribe function is not working. Mostly they are polite, some have an air of desperation ("Please, sir, make the emails stop!").
Tonight I received an email from the CEO of what I can assume is some kind of fish processing company that simply stated:
Stop sending fucking emails , you are wasting my time.Wow.
I have a filthy mouth with the best of them, but really? You're sending this out into cyberspace, to others in your industry, with your name and your company name?
That's just not good business sense.
I have a file I keep at work for dealing with really difficult customers. Basically I write out the things I'd really like to say, so I can then move on and write the nice, professional, non-snarky, non-sarcastic response. I make sure to write my imaginary responses in Word so I don't ever accidentally send one off to the customer. Pretty S.M.R.T, no?
We have removed you from the mailing list. Please accept our apologies for assuming that when you signed up for fifteen different newsletters that you might actually want to receive the newsletters. In retrospect, I guess that's pretty darn silly. We'll stop sending you fucking emails now. Good luck in the fish business, by the way.
This is one of the more pleasant ones. I'd almost consider sending this, minus the second last sentence, because then I'd just be a hypocrite. But I probably won't.