‘Hey bae intern!’ email shines embarrassing light on Microsoft

8 Jul 2016

Those older than a certain age might want to take out their urban dictionaries to translate an email sent by a Microsoft employee that just might be the cringiest thing ever sent by a tech company.

A Microsoft employee may have written the most embarrassing email in the history of human resources.

Twitter user Patrick Burtchaell tweeted said email and it has quickly gone viral.

The embarrassment factor begins quite early with the opening line: “Hey bae intern! <3” which, unless you’re their best friend or partner, means you’re coming on just a little too strong.

Revealing that the email was sent to his roommate, Burtchaell added that it was sent in relation to Microsoft’s upcoming Internapalooza event, which promised “hella noms” (food) and “lots of dranks” (drinks).

Nothing learned from Tay

Then, to cap it all off, the email signs off with: “Hell yes to getting lit on a Monday night”, referencing smoking weed and getting high or getting rather drunk, which only makes you hope the person writing the email really didn’t know what they were writing.

Given the fallout and obvious embarrassment, Microsoft has since apologised for the sending of the email, which it said in a statement was “poorly worded and not in keeping with our values as a company. We are looking into how this occurred and will take appropriate steps to address it”.

You would imagine Microsoft will be anxious to ensure there are no more embarrassing official communications from the company in the wake of this year’s double debacle, which kicked off with Tay, the foul-mouthed, racism-spewing Twitter chatbot.

Facepalm email image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic