Technology can simplify life. But it can also screw it up completely.
One female job recruiter learned that the hard way when she recorded an accidental message on a job candidate's voicemail.
An anonymous tipper sent the recording to Deadspin, which plays back as follows: The woman says, "This is a message for [redacted], please give a call back at [redacted]. I look forward to speaking with you." She hangs up - or, so she believes - but the voicemail recorded her singing a song to what's most likely a dog or cat. You can listen to the recording or check out the transcripts. Either way, get ready to be entertained.
Oh, cutie that you are, because you're so precious.
Come here, my little monkey!
My little bear, oh, will you stop it?
You're just crazy.
I love my little beary-kins.
You can stay here!
You're in demand, my little boo-boo.
You're in demand, my little beary-babe.
You're in demand, my little bear-bear.
You're so sweet, my little carebear.
My little carebear.
I love my little beary-boy.
He's a baby!
He's a baby boy.
Just like that email you can't un-send, leaving the wrong message on someone's voicemail, or not knowing you left one at all, can have humiliating consequences. In the fast-paced age of smartphones that can capture video, text photos, and call contacts via simple voice commands, mistakes are bound to happen. And they do (all the time). A few recent humiliating examples: In January, Melanie Anderson, a secretary at oil company Integrated Subsea Services in Aberdeen, Scotland, intended to let her co-workers know via email that the lunchtime sandwich van was outside. Instead, she forwarded a racy email to the office email list that was intended for her fiancé, who also worked for the company. Anderson's co-workers were treated to pillow talk such as, "You are sexy as anything and I love it! Xxxx," and "I love making love to you its ace!!!! Xxxx." Both Anderson and her future husband ended up resigning. And sometimes an electronic mishap can even lead to arrest. In July, Pennsylvania resident Dean Reedy, pocket dialed his estranged wife at the same time he was explaining to a friend how he had broken into her home, stolen her debit card, and withdrew $140. If that wasn't enough, he also provided logistical details on how he pulled off the scheme, which ended up coming in handy for his police report.
As for the recruiter, there's no word yet on whether her applicant got the job. But it's safe to say that her schmoopy voicemail at least broke the ice.