Intern Screws Up, Just Like Everyone Else

Last week, thousands of HBO Max subscribers received a mysterious email from the company. The subject was Integration Test Email #1, which implied there would be more, but there was no information that made any sense, and no action requested. HBO Max posted an explanation on Twitter, which blamed an intern, but also appeared to be supportive. You can just imagine how embarrassed and frankly terrified an intern could be over such a public screwup. Twitter users were also supportive, and shared the huge mistakes they made when they were interns, just starting out in their careers.

Some were very public, while others were only terrifying until someone else fixed it. The upshot was that you haven't really arrived in a job until you've messed up big time.

See a ranked list of the top 30 responses at Bored Panda, or all of them at Twitter.

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My night time tiny auditing query had an infinite loop. It prevented this top French company from running all the accounting jobs for the day. Oopsy. :/
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Not all companies are as jolly. When I was a junior programmer at a ------ manufacturer in Toronto, in 1972, I accidentally cancelled a job running overlong, thus damaging the program library. Dumb stuff from the dumb guy. No forgiveness. Out on the street the same day.
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