Not sure if I'm putting this in the right category - let me know.
I recently took a trip out of the country to a tropical location. Upon coming back I was chatting about the trip with a co-worker. She mentioned to me that another friend was thinking about going there and was asking me questions on behalf of the friend. I needed more information to answer the questions so I suggested she have her friend message me directly, telling her I'd be happy to give her any tips.
My co-worker apparently gave her my work email address (despite having other options), and the woman emailed me. The questions were mostly along the lines of "what resort did you stay at?" "is such and such an area safe?" "good restaurants?" etc. But then she says, "Also my husband has his little habit, and would like to get a fix. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can just ignore this part of my email. But if you do, I'd love some tips about where to go."
I was appalled. Not only at the question, but additionally, that it was sent to my work email. I wouldn't have a clue where to direct this woman, and even if I did, I certainly wouldn't do so via my work email. I immediately deleted the email, opting not to respond to a person who would ask a complete stranger where to score drugs.
So, my dilemma is this - since I told my co-worker to have her contact me, was I a) obligated to respond in some way to her email - ignoring the offensive part and answering her other questions? Or b) should I mention it to my co-worker about the email and why I didn't answer it?