An email between a highly paid lawyer and a secretary over a tomato ketchup stain has become the talk of legal circles in London, leaving the sender distinctly red-faced.The secretary, who had just returned to work after the death of her mother, became irate and forwarded it to several colleagues at the law firm.
British media reported with glee the tale of Richard Phillips who emailed the secretary to ask her to pay a four pound ($7.30) dry-cleaning bill after she accidentally spilled tomato ketchup on his trousers. (source)
So how would you rectify this situation if you were in the shoes of the participants?
- Is the secretary liable for the bill because of her involvement in the accident?
- Should the lawyer have paid the bill himself because he earns much more than his secretary?
- Was it tacky of him to send her the email, considering her recent personal difficulties?
- Or was it even tackier of her to forward the email to her coworkers?
UPDATE: More details on the story from snopes.com, including the fact that both the lawyer and the secretary may be leaving the firm now.
Blowing out the candles: Happy birthday to my buddy Stout, pioneer of the 2BC, who turns 21 today. He sent me a truly hilarious IM saying that he would be "celinebriating" his special day and hoped he could see two of me sometime soon (I had to think about that one for a second). Unfortunately, not even one of me got to cross paths with him today, but I hope to soon.