This net admin pilot fish has the same last name as an engineer at his company. And because fish’s first name is alphabetically before the other employee’s name, fish often receives email meant for the other guy when people type the last name in the TO field and then simply hit Enter when a name comes up.
Just such a misdirected email arrives from a high-ranking manager, with cc’s to a group of engineers, thanking them for their hard work in coming up with a streamlined way of making a major product.
But fish knows many of the engineers on the thread, so he figures he’ll have a little fun. He replies to everyone except the manager, thanking them for their support as he worked late nights contributing to the project in ways that could not be measured.
“Within a few minutes,” says fish, “a few people — including some I did not know — replied, ‘thanking’ me for my Herculean efforts in making the project work. Obviously they were tongue in cheek.”
But after a few increasingly effusive messages, someone adds