A workplace scandal or flub can send the whole team into a state of sheer panic. However, sometimes an honest mistake can end up being one of the best things to have ever happened – even if a public apology is still required.
Last week, a very curious email was sent out by the U.S. Department of State that left people who read it very perplexed. The email was certainly different from the typical subject matter that gets sent out from a formal government institution.
The ominous email which was labeled “Meeting” contained a photo of an adorable cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie while holding a plate of cookies.
Yes, government officials received a picture of a cookie monster cat
The email recipients were apparently being invited to something called a ‘cat pajama-jam’. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely would have accepted that invitation. However, shortly after the email was sent, the truth came out.
People were very confused as to why this widespread email was seemingly ‘sent to all’. It turns out that the epicenter of the drama happened ‘down under’ in Australia.
The U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, later issued an apology. They claimed the invitation was a “training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.” It was pretty clear that they knew they had messed up. Gavin Sundwall, the U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor stated:
Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pyjama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise.
You could say it was a real CATastrophe – sorry, I know that was a terrible pun.
But people were very disappointed. Many folks tweeted that they definitely would have attended the party of the cookie monster cat.
Joey, the owner of the cat whose twitter username is @my_furry_babies shared this image of their cookie monster cat with a statement of their own:
As far as diplomatic flubs go, it could have been worse. But it’s still hard to shake the nagging suspicion that a “cat pajama-jam” will indeed take place, and we’ve just had our accidental invitation revoked.
Don’t get me wrong, there are worse things that could have happened, but this truly is an email I would have loved to have received.
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