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Rude E-Mail Goes Viral

You have to be careful with what you do online.  Whether it be a facebook post,online purchase or an email, anyone can take that information and use it against you.  Just ask Anthony Wiener, or the mother in law to be who might regret sending this email.

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You know that old saying if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?  It’s usually something that our parents tell us.  We don’t normally have to say it to our parents.

I think all of us sat down and wrote out an entire email to someone we aren’t happy with.  If we haven’t done that, we have at least practiced what we would say.  Now 99% of us don’t send that email or say anything the person.  One British woman may regret hitting that send button.

60 year old Carolyn Bourne (no relation to Jason) was recently visited by her step son and his fiance.  After the visit Carolyn decided that she needed to educate her future daughter in law, Heidi Winters, in basic manners.  This may in fact be the rudest email I have ever seen.  This woman criticizes everything about this poor girl.  From her taste in food, to the fact that her parents are currently out of work.  I’m guessing after this, that family parties will never be the same.

Winters did the only thing she could to after getting this email.  She forwarded it to her friends, kind of in disbelief that it was even written in the first place.  One of her friends decided the world needed to see this, and now everyone around the world has read it.  If haven’t seen it, here it is right here.

from: Carolyn Bourne

to: heidi withers

subject: your lack of manners


Here are a few examples of your lack of manners:


When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something.


You do not remark that you do not have enough food.


You do not start before everyone else.


You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.


When a guest in another’s house, you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early – you fall in line with house norms.


You should never ever insult the family you are about to join at any time and most definitely not in public. I gather you passed this off as a joke but the reaction in the pub was one of shock, not laughter.


You regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps you should ask yourself why. No one gets married in a castle unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity style behaviour.


I understand your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding. (There is nothing wrong with that except that convention is such that one might presume they would have saved over the years for their daughters’ marriages.)


If this is the case, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.


One could be accused of thinking that Heidi Withers must be patting herself on the back for having caught a most eligible young man. I pity Freddie.

In a word, ouch.  This woman deserves what ever is coming to here.  If you want more details on this, check out the article in The Telegraph.  And just remember kids, you can’t un-send an email.  So be careful what you write.




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