No, I'm not talking about my shameless plea for votes yesterday. This is worse.
We have some difficult clients. And we often joke about how difficult they are becuase it makes us laugh instead of cry. Yesterday, I received a press release I'd written back from client with changes marked. But the person who made them was obviously not English-speaking. But he or she reckoned that they had to change (I kid you not) EVERY single sentence in the release. And 90 % of the changes made no sense. Of course, I was irritated because it would take me more time to try to fix the release than it had to write it. So, assuming that it was my colleague, the account executive, who had forwarded the changes to me, I replied:
"These people would make Mother Theresa consider mass homicide."
Of course, you've guessed by now that it wasn't my colleague I'd sent it to, but the client.
I'm still blushing at the memory. Thankfully, the robot woman on the other end (she seriously has not demonstrated any sign of personality until now) seems to have developed a sense of humour overnight. She responded:
"Welcome to my world!"
Phew! So I then wrote back saying,"Hehehe… Hope they’re ok with the changes coming through. I’ve tried to tie everyone’s amendments together and make it flow nicely ;-) You’re doing a good job, *name* – at least we get clean copy in the end."