I've mentioned before (here, here, and here) that I've had issues in the past with mistaken e-mail identity. Apparently my name is fairly common and as such, variations of my (very basic) e-mail address are pretty common as well. As a result, I end up on the receiving end of a lot of information that isn't meant for me, ranging from inadvertent subscriptions (magazines, store coupons, etc.) to specific conversations initiated by strangers that clearly think I'm someone else.
If it's a subscription, I typically just unsubscribe and let that be that. But when the e-mails are from actual people, I feel compelled to respond to let them know they have the wrong Amanda, because I'm
If getting called to the office is bad, then getting an e-mail from the Principal is probably not ideal either, right? In this case, there was nothing to worry about because I am not, in fact, the parent of a 3rd grader, and most definitely not one living in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
I e-mailed Trish (clearly we're on a nickname basis) back to let her know that she had the wrong parent and that I had been unsuccessful in my attempts to unsubscribe. She assured me that she'd work with her IT department to fix it, but earlier this week, I received an e-mail from the Advanced Learning Program Facilitator at the same school letting me know that I could expect score results via snail mail within the week.
As excited as I was that my imaginary 3rd grade child that's living up north had participated in advanced studies testing, I also responded to her (copying Trish, of course) to let her know I was the wrong person. As you might have guessed, Trish apologized and said she is continuing to work with her IT department on the issue.
And speaking of overachieving older children that I don't have, allow me to share a similar e-mail I received earlier this year...
As luck would have it, apparently I also have a daughter that's a Girl Scout in Nebraska. I've always said I wanted to live somewhere with colder weather, so apparently here's my chance to do so vicariously.
I do not mean to poke fun at the Girl Scouts at all, but how could I not laugh at an e-mail that referenced a "Cookie Command Center"? I also responded to this one and told them about the mistake, but I was highly tempted to log in and maybe score a discount on some Tagalongs before doing so.
And while this one is not a case of mistaken identity, it's also an e-mail and also unusual, so I'm lumping it in...
LinkedIn periodically sends
excessive amounts of junk mail e-mails suggesting jobs I might be interested in. I'm legitimately happy in my current job, so I normally trash them, but this one caught my eye:
Oh wow, me, a restaurant manager of Dave & Buster's? I'm flattered. I can totally see how my 9 years of working in various Human Resources jobs for corporate America would make me the ideal candidate for a job like this! But seriously... do you think this means I would be allowed to play unlimited rounds of shuffleboard without having to buy tickets? Because if so, I'm totally in.
And with that, my friends, I conclude my sharing of something(s) unusual that I've recently encountered. Anyone else get strange e-mails like these?