A mysterious and confusing email with the subject line “Integration test email # 1” landed in the boxes of some HBO Max subscribers on Thursday. Hours later, the company said the message was intended to be a blank test email, and “yes, that was the intern.”
The anonymous intern quickly became HBO Max’s new social media star, as hundreds of encouraging messages poured in reassuring the intern that mistakes do happen, at all stages of his career.
The body of the email in question contains only one sentence: “This template is used only by integration testing.”
Just hours after people started tweeting questions and images from the email, HBO Max’s support page responded.
“We mistakenly sent an empty test email to part of our HBO Max mailing list tonight,” the HBO Max support account tweeted. “… yes, that was the intern. No, really. And we’re helping them get through that.”
And instead of subscribers responding with angry messages about an inconvenience, they took the opportunity to tell their own workplace snafus stories. Even Monica Lewinsky, who had an affair with former President Bill Clinton when she was a White House intern, offered words of encouragement.
“Dear intern, things are getting better,” she wrote. “ps. don’t wear a beret for a while, k?”
Another person explained that they “once pulled Spotify globally.”
It almost happened twice, “they said. wrote. “… You’ve managed to find something broken in the way integration testing is done. It’s a good thing and it will help make things better.”
Writer Caissie St. Onge tweeted a recap of a mistake she made well beyond her internship.
“I was using my desk calendar to write down the start of my period on a monthly basis, but after several months, I realized that I was making this note on a calendar that I shared with all my colleagues in the company,” he said. she declared. “I was 37 years old.”
“When I was 25, I made a PDF affecting every employee at the Muppet that they reminded me of the most,” said another wrote. “I wanted to send it to my work friend, but accidentally sent it to the whole company. My supervisor (Beaker) wanted to fire me, but the owners (Bert & Ernie) intervened.”
Mistakes at work are so common that even the people who work in the White House make them.
“I once didn’t recognize then-vice president George HW Bush, and hardly let him into a meeting … wrote. “… it will be fine.”