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AIBU re E-mail forwards?

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falcon Mon 18-Aug-08 20:12:28

I received this forward from an online friend, he sends me forwards constantly, now I hate forwards and never pass them on but I usually just delete them.

I've received a few e-mails from this person that have offended me, some slightly racist, some religious, some saying support our troops or get out of our countryhmm.

I had a discussion regarding these before with him, and he isn't a racist but did keep sending me these e-mails knowing that I'm a liberal/agnostic/atheist, very pro gay rights/pro choice etc though I hadn't received an offensive one for some time.

Yesterday I received this one.

Do you know what happened this week back in 1850, 158 years ago?

California became a state.

The State had no electricity.

The State had no money.

Almost everyone spoke Spanish.

There were gunfights in the streets.

So basically, it was just like it is today, except, the women had real breasts and the men didn't hold hands.

The United States of America, the land of the free, because of the brave.

AIBU to be offended by this, and should I say anything to him?

beanieb Mon 18-Aug-08 20:14:53

When I get things like this I reply to all and voice my disaproval. I did it with that mawkish Jamie Bulger Killers one.

If you feel that strongly - say something.


lilacbloom Mon 18-Aug-08 20:16:00

Put all his posts in the spam option in future if you don't like them, in the end they will bounce back.

LongLiveCuckoo Mon 18-Aug-08 20:16:54

No you are not. I HATE this gubbins.

When I was working, a girl in the office sent me a vile e-mail about the two boys who murdered Jamie Bolger. A tradgedy yes. But this e-mail was some kind of petition that they never ever be released from jail. So, I said to her, but Kim, they are not the first murderers... surely a child should be punished less severely, not more severely for the same crime???? The fact that people such as Kim McIdiot in my office find it harder to get their head around, is not extra culpability on the part of Robert Thompson and John Venables. But no. Too fcukign thick to understand that, so off she went pressing send, spreading her thickness like a virus 'round the World.



mamalovesmojitos Mon 18-Aug-08 20:20:04


i agree, i'd reply.

a friend sends me loads of these forwards like chain letters 'you must send this to ten people or you will never be lucky in love'.

obviously it's a load of crap but they make my blood boil and eventually i asked her to stop sending them.

MsHighwater Mon 18-Aug-08 20:44:02

I had a colleague who used to send chain emails. They weren't generally offensive, just irritating. I had a word. She stopped sending them.

themoon66 Mon 18-Aug-08 20:44:46

I always always delete them on contact.

TenaciousG Mon 18-Aug-08 20:47:47

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chipmonkey Mon 18-Aug-08 21:01:23

I HATE those too, TenaciousG, I always delete them as soon as they arrive and I'm still alive to tell the tale!

TenaciousG Mon 18-Aug-08 21:26:07

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kerryk Mon 18-Aug-08 21:30:28

i quite like tham, i have 6000 guardian angels watching over me because of these e mails.

plus i have helped some poor child who's parents were trampled by elephants by forwarding his e.mail. bill gates was giving him 3 cent for every person i sent it to.

boredveryverybored Mon 18-Aug-08 21:34:07

Those Jamie Bulger ones are still going around angry I got one not too long ago...petition to keep the boys in prison. Errrrr they were released years ago you bloody ignorant fools.

MmeLindt Mon 18-Aug-08 21:34:35

lol Kerryk

I hate the "if you don't send this on to 10 people within the next 2 minutes, your norks will fall off" ones.

Delete delete delete

And offensive ones would be sent back to the friend with a note not to send me any like this again.

snowleopard Mon 18-Aug-08 21:36:40

I always ignore and delete them, but I think if someone sent me a racist/homophobic etc one I might say something. Like "I don't appreciate racist/homophobic emails, if you send me any more I will forward them to the boss/the police/[whatever would worry him most]". Assuming it's not a friend. If a friend I'd probably have a talk and explain why I didn't like it and ask nicely for them to stop.

MARGOsBeenPlayingWithMyNooNoo Mon 18-Aug-08 21:37:34

Two of my aunt are really bad at forwarding chain-mails.

I can't understand why they can't just drop me a line and say "Hello Margo! How're you doing?" I'd appreciate that more.

Bumdiddley Tue 19-Aug-08 08:58:08

YANBU - I got the Jamie Bulger one from an old schoolfriend who never emails me.

She was full off righteous fury. I sent her a link to where it says they were released years ago!

This is an excellent site. It dispels all the scare story bollocks eg. the one about going into a petrol station and a bloke getting in the car, the gang stuff etc.

Cappuccino Tue 19-Aug-08 09:03:53

pmsl at "norks will fall off"

I think we should write a really random one to send back to people

"if you don't send this on to 467 people your tin opener will fall apart in your hands and a small spot of damp will appear on the wall adjacent to your bookshelf"

Imnotok Tue 19-Aug-08 09:07:12

Send them this

Dear All, My thanks to all those who have forwarded me emails this past year........ I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat shit in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, I now have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason. I no longer have any savings because I gave them to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time. I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the £10,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program ...... Or from the senior bank clerk in Nigeria who wants to split £7 million with me for pretending to be a long lost relative of a customer who died intestate. I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's novena has granted my every wish. I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day. Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes. Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can remove toilet stains. I no longer can buy petrol without taking a man along to watch the car to ensure that a serial killer won't crawl into the back seat when I'm filling up. I no longer go to shopping centres because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me. I no longer answer the telephone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan. Thanks to you, I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my bum. And thanks to your great advice, I can't even pick up the £5.00 I found dropped in the car park because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg. If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large seagull with diarrhoea will land on your head at 5:00pm this afternoon and the fleas from 12 mangy camels will infest your backside, causing you to grow a hairy lump. I know this will occur, because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbour's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician. By the way....a South American scientist, after a lengthy study, has discovered, that people with low IQ who have infrequent sexual activity, always read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse. Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

warthog Tue 19-Aug-08 09:18:55

ahhh that's brilliant imnotok!!

i complained to a friend who forwarded vile emails to me and she didn't speak to me for weeks.

Lazarou Tue 19-Aug-08 09:24:42

I have a friend who sends me this shit all the time, not racist or horible stuff. Things like 'if you don't send this to 20 people you will live a horrible life' etc
It's really annoying.

LongLiveCuckoo Tue 19-Aug-08 11:25:55

Ha ha, that's funny Imnotok.

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