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“Virus in an Envelope: How Chelsea Groton Bank Avoided Spreading the Disease”

From: Seth Dillingham In Response To: Top of Thread.  
Date Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2006 11:31:43 AM Replies: 2
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Corinne works at the local bank, Chelsea Groton. You get an idea what kind of place it is in the first three seconds of seeing their home page. Yes, the officers of the bank really do drive around in bright purple VW Bugs (I'm not kidding). The guy driving the bug (and smiling and waving) in that animation is the company president and CEO, Duncan Stoddard.

Ok, that's not really what the bank is like. It's still a bank. Stuffy and conservative on the inside, they just happen to wear a clown suit on the outside, sometimes.

Sometimes Corinne covers the front desk for her friend Alysia, when Alysia goes to lunch or has to leave early. She did this yesterday, and Alysia asked her to help out with a "little task" while she was out. "Go through the names of the businesses on this letter, and type up a list of their mailing addresses."

Well, that's easy enough. So she did a few, then took a minute to read the letter. Apparently a young boy named Craig had a tumor, and the Make a Wish Foundation was trying to help him get into the Guiness Book of World Records by amassing the largest collection of business cards. They were doing this by asking business people to do two things: send in their cards, and pass the request on to twenty of their business associates.

That's exactly what the bank was doing. Corinne was reading the actual request that the bank's President and CEO was going to send to twenty local businesses, retelling this heart-string-tugging story. "Let's help make this little boy's dream come true, while there's still time." (I just made that quote up, but I imagine something like that was in there.)

A little bell rang in Corinne's head. My babe remembered her training! That is, any message which asks you to forward it to more than one other person, is not to be trusted. Or, in shortened, form, The virus is the email! Except in this case, it was an actual letter-in-an-envelope.

She looked it up. It's not hard to find. Search for "craig business cards" and you'll find more than a few references to this years-old story.

They didn't want to believe it. The folks in Human Resources were all quite distraught.

Personally, I probably would have let them send it, just for the giggles. :-)

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