Tuesday, November 13, 2007

At the risk of repeating myself...

Do you want to know what really annoys me? Well I'm going to tell you anyway.
I am sick to death of people sending me guilt emails. You know the ones: the hard luck stories, designed to bring a tear to your eye and make you feel guilty about every good thing that's ever happened to you and every cent you ever earned. I'm not sure what their purpose is.
Some will tell you the email is being tracked so you must send it to everyone you know.


The only thing you're doing is clogging up my mailbox with yet more crap.
Those that don't, well, I truly don't see their purpose. Trying to spread goodwill? It's not working. I just get pissed off because I feel like someone is trying to guilt me into giving to charity, or going to Church more often, or for feeling down when "there are people so much worse off than me".
I am perfectly entitled to feel depressed for my very own reasons, even if I don't have a third eye or a dying budgie.

You know what else? I don't want to hear about little Mary and her leg that fell off. It doesn't bring a tear to my eye - it brings a curse to my lips for wasting my time! Why must I feel guilty about fictitious peoples' hard luck stories... because no matter how many times they tell you "This is a true story!!!" ... chances are it's bullshit. Someone made it up. I have yet to figure out why but there you go.

What, you don't believe me? Here's a challenge:
For the next ten emails of hard luck emails, go check it out. It's fairly simple: just ask Google. The quickest way is to put a line from the email in quotes in the search box, and add the word "hoax" at the end.

Spread the word folks - but not by email, for goodness' sake; chances are some eejit would add a curse to the end of it, like "Send this to everyone in your address book in the next 30 seconds or the Terrible Terri is going to plant a virus in your RAM!".
And then I would have perpetuated yet another useless chain-mail.
Now THAT would make me feel guilty!


Jeff said...

I've received those types of emails too, Terri. Very frustrating.

That being said, now send this comment to 25 people in the next 10 seconds, and I promise you'll have either good luck or bad luck for the rest of this year!

DelBoy said...

I hate those too. Especially the 'petition' ones where they ask you to sign your name at the end. As if signed emails will stop George W's war on Iraq!

laurie said...

snopes.com is another good way to find out what's an urban myth and what's true.

i think people must need to believe this stuff, on some level. to make themselves feel grateful for what they have, maybe? but i'm with you--i don't want these things clogging my box.

Terri said...

Jeff - Good luck OR bad luck? Oh my, things are getting complicated!

Del - What? You mean they won't??! I suppose next you'll be telling me the petition was started by someone who wanted to collect names and stuff for junk mail or something!

Laurie - I have bookmarked snopes.com thanks. May you have many years of uncloggy emailing :-)

LiVEwiRe said...

I'm sooo with you on this! There was one I got recently that (no kidding) said I'd have 16 YEARS of bad luck if I didn't send it on. YEARS! I sarcastically thought, 'well, I've had 37 already so I'll continue to take my chances'... ;)

Isabel said...

hahah Terri!! let your true feelings come out!!! :p

completely agree with you!!!
I find those types emails super annoying, I dont understand y people feel the need to forward that crap around, dont people know the meaning of the DELETE key???!!!