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2014-08-13 09:21:13 AM  
District Court Judge Susanne Cole this week ruled Adelaide Remand Centre officer Cosimo Tassone should receive $100,000 for non-economic loss, medical expenses and loss of wages over the email incident in July 2011. The email read: "Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with."

Did he take up people on responses or something?
 
2014-08-13 11:34:48 AM  
Do you like fish sticks?
 
2014-08-13 11:49:03 AM  
Defense should have been that homosexuals are given equal treatment, therefore it is not defamatory.
 
2014-08-13 11:49:57 AM  

Mentat: Do you like fish sticks?

Say it fast, say it slow......If you say yes, you're a ..

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seafood lover.
:-D
 
2014-08-13 11:51:52 AM  
So we can no longer say NTTAWWT?
 
2014-08-13 11:52:48 AM  
I am sooo embarrassed that this is my home state *blush*

I would have put up a defence along the line of, soooo you are so weak that a few words can destroy you?  Well you probably should not be a prison guard.
 
2014-08-13 11:54:11 AM  
If Tassone later comes out will the judgement be reversed?
 
2014-08-13 11:55:21 AM  
The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?
 
2014-08-13 11:55:57 AM  

Langdon_777: I am sooo embarrassed that this is my home state *blush*

I would have put up a defence along the line of, soooo you are so weak that a few words can destroy you?  Well you probably should not be a prison guard.


This. Jesus, man the fark up, Nancy.
 
2014-08-13 11:56:14 AM  
"The email also conveys the meaning that the plaintiff is promiscuous, is of loose moral character and is seeking to solicit sexual relationships with people he does not otherwise know."

They thought I was DTF in my bootyhole.
 
2014-08-13 11:56:39 AM  
If it's a joke email, there's a 99% chance it's not funny.
 
2014-08-13 11:58:00 AM  
You'd think a continent that started out as a prison colony would have this worked out by now.
 
2014-08-13 12:02:56 PM  

armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?


This^
 
2014-08-13 12:03:11 PM  

armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?


If you don't lock your computer at my work you're pretty likely to have an "I love ponies" email sent to 5,500 people, and that's pretty much also implying you're gay. It's how we teach newbies to keep their computers locked when they get up. Alternatives are offering to sell you computer/car/concert tickets really really cheap
 
2014-08-13 12:04:31 PM  
Sounds gay.
 
2014-08-13 12:10:25 PM  

armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?


Fired?  Sure.

Sued?  biatch please!  You are telling me that this "victim" cannot handle someone essentially calling him gay?  Is this man such a delicate flower that he takes every prisoner to court who calls him names too?
 
2014-08-13 12:10:56 PM  

strangeluck: armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?

This^


I thought that too, until I realized these dumbasses are prison guards.

metvnetwork.com
 
2014-08-13 12:12:09 PM  
A big wheel at one of my company's biggest customers occasionally copies me in on some really work-inappropriate stuff by mistake (hasty tab-completion, I assume - one of their engineers has a very similar email to mine)...it doesn't bother me, but I wonder about the confused look the intended recipient must have when asked about them later...
 
2014-08-13 12:13:58 PM  
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2014-08-13 12:20:29 PM  
He was psychologically traumatized and had medical expenses? WTF? A fragile little snowflake like this probably shouldn't be in a corrections career anyway.

Just send out an email apologizing to the recipients and promising you will learn to log out of the computer next time you leave it unattended.
No big farking deal. What a drama queen.
 
2014-08-13 12:23:41 PM  

CruJones: armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?

If you don't lock your computer at my work you're pretty likely to have an "I love ponies" email sent to 5,500 people, and that's pretty much also implying you're gay. It's how we teach newbies to keep their computers locked when they get up. Alternatives are offering to sell you computer/car/concert tickets really really cheap


They just change the wallpaper to Richard Simmons or something similar here at my work... I've done it, but I wouldn't send an email like this, unless it was just to the 8-10 people on his shift, if I was feeling like being an ass...
 
2014-08-13 12:31:29 PM  
Can he prove he isn't gay?
 
2014-08-13 12:41:17 PM  

stpauler: Did he take up people on responses or something?


I'm thinking seeing doctors for stress, anxiety, etc.  probable a few psych. visits.


But seriously, the guy that sent the email was childish and pretty stupid.

The "victim" should have seen management and get approval to just do a follow up message that simply stated:

"In regards to the previous message that you may have received.

Please be aware that it was a prank in bad taste from a coworker that accessed my machine while I was away from my desk.  Management is working on the situation so that people are made aware that this sort of situation is not acceptable and will have consequences."

The "jokester" gets either fired or seriously reprimanded, and life goes on as normal.
 
2014-08-13 12:42:13 PM  
The unasked question here is how many recipients responded with a DIE request?
 
2014-08-13 12:48:50 PM  
 
2014-08-13 12:59:21 PM  

armor helix: http://www.cnet.com/news/best-buy-employee-outs-customer-on-facebook- a s-a-joke/

Not the first time this has happened.


"It just put a bad taste in my mouth," Rich Dewberry told ABC affiliate...

*snert*
 
2014-08-13 01:10:53 PM  

CruJones: armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?

If you don't lock your computer at my work you're pretty likely to have an "I love ponies" email sent to 5,500 people, and that's pretty much also implying you're gay. It's how we teach newbies to keep their computers locked when they get up. Alternatives are offering to sell you computer/car/concert tickets really really cheap


I did a 6 month contract with the IT security dept at a European national bank.

It was an unwritten departmental policy that if you left the immediate team area without locking your PC, you were fair game. Managers included. Mails were however meant to be limited to the IT teams. It was usually offers to buy the beers at lunch 😁

A colleague of mine worked at a telecoms provider where it was official policy to send an email to the security team from any unlocked PC. If it happened 3 times, that was it, you were fired.
 
2014-08-13 01:50:19 PM  

Pinko_Commie: CruJones: armor helix: The dumbass sent that email to 2300 people and didn't think he was going to get sued/fired over it?

If you don't lock your computer at my work you're pretty likely to have an "I love ponies" email sent to 5,500 people, and that's pretty much also implying you're gay. It's how we teach newbies to keep their computers locked when they get up. Alternatives are offering to sell you computer/car/concert tickets really really cheap

I did a 6 month contract with the IT security dept at a European national bank.

It was an unwritten departmental policy that if you left the immediate team area without locking your PC, you were fair game. Managers included. Mails were however meant to be limited to the IT teams. It was usually offers to buy the beers at lunch 😁

A colleague of mine worked at a telecoms provider where it was official policy to send an email to the security team from any unlocked PC. If it happened 3 times, that was it, you were fired.


We had the same unwritten rule at my old job. Never turned out like this though.
 
2014-08-13 01:55:37 PM  
How much did the "Peach Lady" clip cost NBC and Letterman again?

Just a reality check. I bet that joke was worth $100,000--Letterman ran it into the ground for ages as was his wont, milking it for every penny it may have cost the show.

Answer:  "Jane Bronstein, 55, of New York, settled her lawsuit against Letterman on Feb. 25 (1997). The terms were not disclosed."
 
2014-08-13 02:05:02 PM  
Don't people just punch each other anymore? Everyone is all sue, sue sue. A shot to the nuts probably would have taught him a lesson too.
 
2014-08-13 02:32:00 PM  
Spreading lies that someone is gay may not be defamatory if you work among a bunch of educated elites. It probably is if you work as a prison guard.
 
2014-08-13 02:51:24 PM  
I am torn on this one. On the one hand everyone deserves to have a professional prank free work place. On the other hand you should always lock your computer when you are not at it. On the third hand the other guy sent it to 2300 people and that is way excessive for a 'prank'. On the fourth hand this guy is so homophobic that the mere implication he might be gay causes him medical conditions?

IMHO prankster should be fired but not owe money. Prankee should get over himself.

/Yes I have four hands... I mean some people call the last two feet but I prefer to call them my third and fourth hands.
//Also got a third leg!
///Not a penis joke. Just deformed.
 
2014-08-13 04:14:29 PM  
I reckon it's definitely $50,000 each funny.
 
2014-08-13 04:41:46 PM  
Considering this is how a large percentage of men joke with each other when they're too lazy to think of anything clever/intelligent/just anything really, I need to start collecting my $100,000.00 per person who's ever said this.

/Easy millions
//Let the gay times roll.
///Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2014-08-13 05:37:26 PM  
This was in Australia. An American jury would have awarded him at least $11 billion.

/and methinks he doth protest too much.
 
2014-08-13 05:58:46 PM  
You a poofter Bruce?
 
2014-08-13 08:33:43 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: What a drama queen.


I think you nailed it... right in the closet.

I wonder if any of they gay guards can now sue the guy for stating that being gay is immoral which I think is illegal under one of the anti-vilification laws.
 
2014-08-13 08:34:39 PM  
Anyone else notice he was so broken up over it he didn't work for almost a year and a half?
 
2014-08-13 08:50:41 PM  

InsaneJelloTroll: Langdon_777: I am sooo embarrassed that this is my home state *blush*

I would have put up a defence along the line of, soooo you are so weak that a few words can destroy you?  Well you probably should not be a prison guard.

This. Jesus, man the fark up, Nancy.


If acting like a whiny little biatch could get me $100,000, I might act like a whiny little biatch too.
 
2014-08-14 02:53:52 AM  

BBtB: I am torn on this one. On the one hand everyone deserves to have a professional prank free work place. On the other hand you should always lock your computer when you are not at it. On the third hand the other guy sent it to 2300 people and that is way excessive for a 'prank'. On the fourth hand this guy is so homophobic that the mere implication he might be gay causes him medical conditions?



The first hand outweighs the others by quite a bit, I think. The problem with stupid "jokes" (bullying) at the workplace - you never really know how they'll be taken. People have private lives and personal histories that may include all sorts of trauma. A dumb "yo mama" joke might hit a bit too hard if directed at a co-worker whose mother was recently deceased, for instance. Other examples are innumerable.

Regarding your fourth hand, this guy worked at a prison. Maybe he was worried about *ahem* overly insistent suitors, or about being ostracized, beaten or killed by homophobes in his cohort. He would have encountered quite a few nasty guys in that profession, on both sides of the bars.
 
2014-08-14 03:03:07 AM  

armor helix: http://www.cnet.com/news/best-buy-employee-outs-customer-on-facebook- a s-a-joke/

Not the first time this has happened.


Blargh! Worst thing about that is, Facebook prioritizes what it shows users however the heck it wants to. So maybe the "I'm gay" status zooms to the top of everyone's newsfeed, friends-of-friends get e-mails about it as "activity you missed!" and meanwhile the corrective statements languish elsewhere unnoticed.
 
2014-08-14 03:08:46 AM  
By the way, I am quite gay-friendly TYVM, but pranking a guy with an "I'm gay and looking" mass e-mail, to me, is at least as bad as (not the same as) pranking a woman with an "I'm horny for NSA please ring my doorbell" mass e-mail, because of probable cultural prejudices on the part of the recipients. Anyway, you don't do that shiat. It makes people feel unsafe.
 
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