It's easy to make mistakes in the complicated task of sending
things by post: even today, forgetting to remove stamps from your tongue
remains one of the UK's most feared causes of gum-related paper
However in the rush to enter the PRWeek Top 150 rankings, one particular
agency sent a highly sensitive internal memo with its form.
The agency, which will be known only as firm X (mostly because upon
hearing that we had received the document they would only talk to Diary
through their solicitors), attached papers detailing how negotiations
should be conducted to do away with a senior employee.
Entertainingly, a pre-written letter was also enclosed, pre-emptively
summarising the outcome of the meeting and offering payment in return
for a compromise agreement.
Diary contacted the individual responsible for the lapse, who incisively
informed us our receipt of the letter was a 'mistake'. He/she added, in
a rather panicked tone: 'That's confidential information. That needs to
be destroyed immediately. That's the property of (firm X)'.
Next week: firm Y sends details of their involvement in gun running
bundled in with a press release.