If you got a weird email from HBO Max recently, you’re not alone.
On Thursday, the streaming service confirmed an email with the subject line “Integration Test Email #1” went out to a sizable portion of their subscriber base by mistake. Then, via its consumer service Twitter account, HBO Max actually blamed it on the intern, saying, “As the jokes pile in, yes, it was the intern. No, really. And we’re helping them through it.”
That was funny enough on its own. But as initial concerns that the mass email was a phishing scam gave way to jokes about HBO Max content, a contingent of kind souls began reaching out directly to the intern supposedly responsible for the mishap. Now, Twitter users from across the globe are sharing their work horror stories with the mysterious employee, using #DearIntern to revel in their own embarrassment and offer what they learned from their cringe-worthy experiences.
“Dear Intern,” one user began. “As a young lawyer, I proof read a legal brief and filed it with the court. I caught a typo and blindly used the global find and replace function. Pro tip: don’t do that. My brief argued for the rights of ‘the panties.’ Not ‘the parties.’ All 50 pages of it.”
“Dear intern,” shared another. “I once sent out a 1-900 sex hotline as a conference call number for the Women’s National Democratic Club, the average age of membership was about 78. Shit happens.”
Monica Lewinsky, arguably the most famous intern in American history, even weighed in, joking, “Dear intern: It gets better. P.S. Don’t wear a beret for awhile, k?”
You can read more of these wholesome #DearIntern stories below.