Sometimes when you’re writing an official letter, things get away from you. You find yourself overemotional and not quite sure what to write. You may produce something great – or you may produce something hilarious and end up like these three overwrought writers.
Funny Complaint Letters and Formal Letters
One resignation letter scribbled on a piece of paper read, “Dear Nicky, I saw your email. Don’t worry, I’m not mad. I can see why you’d think I was “inconsistent” and a “not much of a team player”. I mean, that time I covered for your girlfriend when she had an emergency? Totally selfish. And let’s not forget the fact that I only called in sick two times in 4 years… Totally inconsistent of me! So yeah, I get it, I’m sorry you feel that way, but that’s life, eh? I’m sure this store will be much better off without me. P.S.: I’m not coming in tomorrow, because f*** you.”
A cover letter for a position read, “Application for employment: I refer to the recent death of the Technical Manager at your company and hereby apply for the replacement of the deceased Manager. Each time I apply for a job, I get a reply that there’s no vacancy but in this case I have caught you red handed and you have no excuse because I even attended the funeral to be sure that he was truly dead and buried before applying. Attached is a copy of my CV and his death certificate.”
One student submitted a cover letter which said “I’m looking for a job. Only for the summer though. Cuz I gotta get back to school. Tnx.” On what they had to offer, they said “Im good with people; I wear your clothes; Im a model so I can sell the clothes”. Volunteer experience included “Wrapping gifts at a hospital, wrapping gifts at the centerpoint mall, wrapping gifts at a at the bay, and touring children around the school and giving them snacks like coke and cookies.” Wrapping (ahem) it up, they said “I hope you think I could work at this job. I think I would do well because im a good person with a good soul and will work hard and good.”
Avoid Writing Funny Letters
Ideally, you want your formal letter to make an impact, and not this kind. You’re aiming to be taken seriously with your request, invitation, or complaint. So how can you avoid these sorts of mishaps? Practice, practice, practice. Prepare yourself some formal letter templates. Do your research. And finally, have someone look over your letter before you finish it. Hopefully, that’ll stop you from writing something on par with these particular specimens!