Everyone Makes Mistakes; Some Are Just Correctable Faster Than Others

from the whoops dept

It happens to everyone sooner or later. Somehow, you make a “big” mistake at work. One that everyone notices. For example, you accidentally send out thousands of acceptance emails to all applicants to a top law school while training a new employee how the email system works. Of course, in some cases, it’s quite easy to fix very quickly — and that’s especially true online, where you can respond in seconds. However, one newspaper discovered how problematic it is in the offline world when they simply forgot to deliver two newspaper sections to all subscribers yesterday, leading them to add them to Friday’s paper, along with the following apology:

“You’ll notice today’s paper is significantly larger than a usual Friday because yesterday’s paper was proportionately smaller. Inside you will find Thursday’s C and D sections, along with your Friday fare. These two sections were inadvertently left out of every paper yesterday. Yes, it’s hard to believe. Suffice it to say that it won’t happen again and we sincerely apologize for dropping the ball.”

Probably not a fun day at work for some people yesterday at that particular newspaper, though at least the note makes it sound like they had a sense of humor about the whole thing.

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ehrichweiss says:

done it myself..

I used to work for a local alternative newspaper and I was in charge of a huge part of production including the back page that had a lot of classified adverts and our comic strip. One day everything that could go wrong went wrong..fonts weren’t being added to the PDF like was required, some fonts in some of the ads simply wouldn’t work with Quark and I had to find useable substitutes, images were the wrong size/dpi, etc. These were back in the days when moving a gfx box 1/128th of an inch could make NOTHING print and a lot of newspapers were still doing paste-up. Well after getting the page built and ready to go somehow I got distracted and put the previous week’s PDF on the disk we sent to the printer. This wouldn’t have been a problem cause we could have emailed the real back page out except it took them 4 hours to process our paper usually and so around 8pm that night, long after I was anywhere near the office, I got a call from the tech there telling me that she had the wrong back page and that she hadn’t noticed until they’d already printed 5,000 papers and what did *I* want to do about it. I wanted to die, that’s what I wanted to do. By the time I got ahold of the publisher to find out whether to take the monetary hit for the papers already printed, the entire run had been printed which made it impossible to simply write off. I took a LOT of hell that next day but it wasn’t so bad that they did anything other than give me the typical “HOW COULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED!!?!?!?” I’ve seen much, MUCH worse in my time since then. Hell, that newspaper this past year ran the same cover that we had created my first couple months there…I call that a disaster cause it’s easy to print an apology for missing a comic strip and issue a credit for the classified adverts, but a cover is a whole different game.

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