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HBO Max intern makes email gaffe, people respond by sharing their own goof-up stories as interns

People from various professions shared stories of messing up at working including a White House intern who didn't recognize the Vice President.

HBO Max intern makes email gaffe, people respond by sharing their own goof-up stories as interns
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 23, 2021. It has since been updated.

An HBO Max intern probably feared the worst after accidentally sending a test email to all of the streaming service's subscribers. Little did they know that the internet would rally around to show support and love, by sharing their own goof-ups as interns. It started after Warner Media blamed the intern for the mistake, writing, "Yes, it was the intern." The HBO Max account addressed the email after a couple of people posted screenshots of the mail they received, adding that they were confused. HBO Max's Twitter account acknowledged the gaffe and said they would help the intern through it, reported CBS News. HBO Max tweeted: We mistakenly sent out an empty test email to a portion of our HBO Max mailing list this evening. We apologize for the inconvenience, and as the jokes pile in, yes, it was the intern. No, really. And we’re helping them through it.  



The email had the subject line “Integration Test Email #1” and the body read: “This template is used by integration tests only.” The internet responded by showering support on the anonymous intern, with many people, including celebrities, sharing their own stories of messing up at work. Monica Lewinsky, whose internship at the White House turned into a nightmare, rallied around the intern, tweeting: “Dear intern: it gets better,” followed by a heart emoji, adding. “ps. don’t wear a beret for a while, k?” she concluded, referencing the image of her wearing a beret and standing alongside then President-Bill Clinton. It was one of the defining images of the scandal.  

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Another user said they caused a global outage at Spotify, as an intern. “Dear intern, I once globally took down Spotify,” wrote Daenney, who identifies themselves as an “ex-Spotify" in their bio. “It almost happened twice. My team was awesome about it and I’m still here. You managed to find something broken in the way integration tests are done. It’s a good thing and will help improve things. Good luck <3.” An Amazon Web Services principal engineer chimed in with their own story, writing, “Dear intern, It’s ok. I dropped a prod database when I was a senior engineer. These things happen more often than you might think. Building good systems is about having resilience against human mistakes. Because we, humans, always make mistakes.”





The intern probably gave HBO Max more publicity than they themselves could have hoped for, as the tweet turned into a thread of people sharing heartwarming stories and support. Writer Caissie St. Onge tweeted about a gaffe she made. "I was using my desktop calendar to make a monthly note of when I started my menstrual period, but after several months I realized I was making that note on a calendar I shared with all of my colleagues, company-wide," she said. "I was 37 years old." A person with the last name Holland, wrote, "As an actual hired employee I changed the last name of everyone at the company in the HR system to “Holland”. A change that required them to restore the database from a backup. This was during my first week."

Here are some of the best goof-ups people tweeted about:



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