No Mercy For Merci

by admin on April 20, 2009

My story is about someone who belongs in EHell for the way they received a thank you note. There was a manager (former teacher) at my previous job that really rubbed everyone the wrong way with her condescending lectures and attitude, yet always loved to explain how completely tactful she was. (Isn’t that a contradiction in terms?)

She gave another manager a gift (for his birthday or promotion, I don’t remember which). Appreciating her thoughtfulness, he wrote her a thank you note. They both happen to speak French, so he thought she would enjoy it if he wrote the thank you note to her in French. He put it on her desk the next day. The day after that, he returned to his office to find the thank you note sitting on his desk. Unsure if she had seen the note, he opened it up. There, covering his writing all over the inside of the card, were corrections to his French spelling. In red ink. Now that’s tactful, lady.  08-01-08

OMG, pass me the smelling salts.  And fire up the Ehell BBQ.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicki July 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

That is tacky beyond belief. In this day and age, the woman should have appreciated the fact that the other manager even went to the trouble of sending a thank-you – let alone that he went to the extra effort of writing it in French.

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Ling October 21, 2009 at 3:16 am

She ought to read up on the meaning o Tactful, really.
Spelling errors are easily made, it’s the whole that matters. You can see if the person just happened to make a mistake, or if he or she didn’t bother to think about spelling or grammar. If it was the later, she could have amused herself with correcting the errors and then throw out the card. But never ever to point them out to the writer.
An article or something to be printed, of course. But not something intended for two eyes only.

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Fanboy Wife January 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

My guess is that the former teacher meant to teach a lesson. She did, but she only taught others not to do anything thoughtful for her again.

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Jane R. June 2, 2010 at 4:25 pm

What an utterly tactless human being! One should have respect for those who are comfortable to write/speak in another language. The way she did it, too, was just beyond the pail.

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Typo T June 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

Come on girls, you’re overreacting. She was probably just trying to flirt with that manager. Some people are just socially awkward like that.

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RP August 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Was she mean or clueless? Aspergers? If not, that’s just nutty behavior.

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Lexi September 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I’m so tired of people throwing out the Aspergers excuse every time someone is a clueless fool.
It’s getting almost as bad as the “I have a genetic something or other,” with overweight people.

ARE there people with Aspergers and genetic weight problems? Of course. Just not nearly as much as some would like you to believe.

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Michelle Prieur September 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Jaw droppingly rude. For him to go to that effort and for her to actually put it on his desk corrected??

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Nadia October 9, 2010 at 2:16 am

Sounds like it’s a good thing she’s not a teacher anymore. You should ALWAYS react to what they’re trying to say, and the meaning behind it, first.

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Hollanda, UK April 11, 2011 at 7:51 am

Lexi, I have AS and I would never behave as despicably as that. I do not use my AS as a passport to unacceptable behaviour and when I do mess up due to a mistake, I apologise from it and LEARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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