Many people (including non-subscribers) were alarmed when they received an empty test email from HBO Max, the company apologised and blamed the error on an intern. Apparently, the intern had mistakenly sent the mail to the streaming company’s mailing list.
It has been a funny matter since HBO Max confirmed that the intern did not lose their job. Instead, the company said: “… we’re helping them through it.” Tweeps have also come out to share their worst experiences while working as interns and here are the 10 most hilarious ones.
1. “Sharing is caring …”
To ensure that colleagues are attuned to their bodily clockwork, Caissie did this:
Dear Intern, 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. I was 37 years old.
— Caissie (@Caissie) June 18, 2021
2. When next Spotify is down, you know who is behind it
So, it happened that the global Spotify downtime that happened some years ago was caused by an intern. Here is what he said:
I once globally took down Spotify. 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.
— Daenney (@daenney) June 18, 2021
3. Even senior engineers are not exempted
This person dropped an entire prod database as a senior engineer. You don’t believe it? See their tweet yourself.
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.
— JBD ?? ??? (@rakyll) June 18, 2021
4. And Netflix enters the fray
So, this persons caught Netflix having a production data issue:
I’ll raise you one. pic.twitter.com/REuX5QvCRm
— Katie (@KatieMeeks2) June 18, 2021
5. “You get a Holland, you get a Holland, everyone gets a Holland”
This employee once turned the company into a family business by changing everyone’s last name.
As an actual hired employee I changed the last name of everyone at the company in the HR system to “Holland”. A change which required them to restore the database from a backup.
This was during my first week.
— Burke Holland (@burkeholland) June 18, 2021
6. Rookie day at the prosecutor’s office
This one does not need an introduction.
Dear intern: as a rookie prosecutor, editing a complaint against a bank robber, I failed to notice that the rookie FBI agent had put the home addresses and phone numbers of all of the witnesses to the (scary white supremacist robber’s) crime in the public affidavit, and filed it.
— FBIDidARICO!Hat (@Popehat) June 19, 2021
7. A rite of passage
This one is for future devs looking to get into the industry, the experts say that they expect you to make one massive blunder at least.
— Charles C. Pustejovsky III ? (@CCPustejovsky) June 18, 2021
8. “Name please, sir?”
So, this intern once tried to stop the VP George HW Bush from entering the Cabinet Room.
I once didn’t recognize then-VP George HW Bush and almost didn’t let him into a meeting…in the Cabinet Room. Of The White House. Where he worked. ?????
He was actually as gracious as HBO Max Help appears to be being…you’ll be fine.
— ?Postcards4USA (@postcards4USA) June 18, 2021
9. Saved by a backup
This person only confirms what many already said; an intern should not have such power, it would be the company’s fault.
On my first day at my first ever coding job, I deleted the company's entire Dropbox. I thought I'd be fired but my boss restored the folder from a backup and told me that if I could have deleted everyone's work that would've been on the company, not me!
— Kevin Liao (Li?u ka-kî) (@sleepy_dugong) June 18, 2021
10. A calamity in the White House
Typos can be the only thing separating you from “you’re hired” and “you’re fired”, in fact, a single misplaced letter. However, this intern likely took autocorrect for a friend and it misfired.
I once tweeted the word “impotent” instead of “impetus” from the White House Twitter account. Yes. The WHITE HOUSE — and then the media also screenshotted it. You’re welcome. I survived. You’ll be just fine.
— Laura Miller ? (@ms_lauramiller) June 18, 2021
Which are the most hilarious “Dear Intern” tweets you saw above? You may also like to read our recent article, Billie Eilish and boyfriend Matthew Tyler Vorce under fire for racism.