C’mon, we’ve all been there, right? You said the wrong thing. Or maybe you said the right thing, but you said it @ the wrong time or to the wrong person. I seem to have a bit of a habit of doing this. One of the problems is that I have what could be described as a sarcastic sense of humor, as well as a slightly morbid view of life, in general. And I’m not easily offended by other people’s comments. So I tend to sometimes forget that other people may not share my outlook on things, and I end up inadvertently offending them, when I honestly don’t mean to.
Recently, on one message board that occasionally post on, someone started a thread about a incident where he put his foot mouth, and felt bad about it, and was asking others to share their stories of similar incidents. So I thought I’d do the same here.
The worst incident that I can think of was several years ago when I was a founding member, and early moderator, of a particular message board. @ the time, I was personally responsible for bringing more members to the board than anyone else, by inviting many other online friends from other message boards that I frequented back then, spreading the word of our new board. And we had a special thread set up for new members to introduce themselves after they had first signed up, and the rest of us who welcome them to the forum.
Well, one day a new member joined, and I posted some comment like “Welcome aboard! Glad to have you here!” And then, for no reason whatsoever, I added “This board is growing! Like a cancerous tumor!”
What can I say? It sounded funny to me, @ the time.
Well, not too long after that, I get a private message from one of the other moderators of the board. The subject line was “Very Bad Analogy.”
I clicked on it, and she told me that this new member was someone that she had invited from another board, where he had revealed months earlier that HE HAS CANCER.
I remember just sitting there, staring @ the computer screen for several minutes, letting this sink in. I felt like the lowest lifeform on the planet, wondering what the frak was I thinking when I wrote that?!? I then sent a groveling private message to that member, apologizing for my stupidity. He was extremely gracious about, saying that he took no offense, though I still felt like a world class idiot.
I no longer post on that message board, but the last I heard, that guy had died a few years later.
So…can anybody beat that?