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April Fools' Day festivities were brought to an abrupt half after this prank Alamy
April Fools' Day festivities were brought to an abrupt half after this prank Alamy

OMGmail: Google’s ‘hilarious’ April Fool’s prank just lost somebody a job

WT24 Desk

INTERNET users have been left furious after Google’s seemingly innocent April Fool’s Day prank spiralled completely out of control, according to The Sun. After attempting to add a bit of fun to one of their regular functions, Google have unwittingly made their customers send embarrassing e-mails. During the April 1st festivities, Gmail users have unintentionally been adding amusing Minions gifs at the end of their e-mails.

 Since the cheeky ‘send and mic drop’ feature was added, a man has risked a potential job, another has sent an insensitive message of condolence and others have irritated their bosses.Social media fan Andy Baio, from Oregon, US, is furious about the prank.  In a fuming Twitter rant, he said: “I can’t believe how short-sighted Gmail’s ‘Drop Mic’ April 1 joke is. It replaces the ‘Send+Archive’ button, and attaches GIFs to sent mail.

“I clicked it, assuming it was just a cosmetic replacement… and it sent that stupid Minions GIF on a work email. “Changing sent e-mail like that without confirmation is an incredible betrayal of trust. The damage from this prank is just getting started.” Although Andy’s outburst seems a bit OTT, a lot of awkward scenarios have been caused by the mischievous Minions.

Worryingly, a woman was left “mortified” after e-mailing a prayer request to 50 of her loved ones. Another unfortunate moment arose when a funeral director featured dancing minions on an e-mail of condolence to a client. One of the biggest blunders of all occurred by a man that claimed: “Thanks to Mic Drop I just lost my job…

“My boss took offense to the Mic Drop animation and assumed that I didn’t reply to her because I thought her e-mail was petty. “I just woke up from a very angry voicemail from her.” Since Google carried out the controversial prank, they have decided to remove the jokey Mic Drop function.

A spokesperson said: “Due to a bug, the MicDrop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”

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