(12/15/2000) The following is a set of message forwards that tell a soap-opera-like tale of a London woman who reveals a bit too much about herself on the company's e-mail system.
Warning: The following contains mature subject matter which may be inappropriate or offensive to some readers.
Confused? Here's the gist: Claire Swire sends an off-color joke to several co-workers at London's Norton Rose Law Firm. One of the recipients, Bradley Chait, replies that he thinks it's funny. The two begin a lurid "conversation" of replies that implies some sexual behavior on their parts. After a few such exchanges, either accidentally or as a joke, Bradley forwards the entire thread of messages to several other employees of the company.
The new recipients become obsessed with finding the lovely individual with the interesting sexual, um, tastes. The message even finds its way out of the company and into the hands of employees at a rival law firm.
Apparently, this exchange is real. In a rather vague statement on the Norton Rose Website shortly after the message broke out, the firm explained their e-mail abuse policy and stated that the guilty parties had been disciplined.
The joke is an old one and borne of urban legend: A male and female coworker, believing they are alone, begin to have a playful but racy exchange. Unbeknownst to them, however, they've accidentally bumped the microphone on the company's public address system and all their co-workers are listening in. This time, the PA system is the company e-mail, and the results far more reaching. Now, poor Ms. Swire is an international celebrity. The numerous forwards violate the company's copyrights as well as the privacy rights of everyone whose name has been attached to the message. Don't get involved in this soap-opera, Break the Chain!
Category: General Junk