So, I was lucky enough to jump on the Gmail train during the beta testing period back in…2004? I think? So I got an email with my first initial and last name and…that’s it! No extra numbers or anything. And since my last name is very common, this was a treat. Every time I give my email to anyone they’re like, that’s easy! And I’m like…I KNOW! It’s the best!
Except for the 50-100 junk emails I get every day.
Why? Because other K Holmeses use my email even though it is not theirs.
The people that make me the most angry are people who use my email knowing it’s not theirs. I think this happens a lot with marking crap and it makes me so angry. I get so many subscriptions and newsletters and marketing emails from people who I’m certain just entered an email so they could sign up for something and not actually get the junk mail that would follow.
I like to keep my inbox clean. Not necessary INBOX ZERO, but close. If I’m at the computer and there’s not too many emails to go through, I’ll take the time to “report spam” which sometimes automatically unsubscribe but mostly it just tells Gmail I don’t want it. Unfortunately, it’s often easier to archive either because I’m on my phone or I’ve got too many other things to sort through. So I often will get those spam emails for a few weeks before I get around to blocking them. AND IT IS A PAIN EITHER WAY. And right now it’s the political emails. THEY ARE NEVER ENDING.
There are also the people who use my email, I guess, because they don’t want someone else seeing the emails? Like the guy who used my email to sign up for PayPal to order autographed porn star photos? If I had wanted to I could have stolen money from him but instead I called PayPal and it was VERY confusing to sort out. WHY DIDN’T THEY MAKE HIM CLICK THE “CONFIRM EMAIL” BUTTON TO COMPLETE HIS REGISTRATION BEFORE USING THE ACCOUNT? Who knows. They were flabbergasted that it happened.
I also get TONS of single/dating site emails and so I feel like if that person was seriously dating they would want to use their own email, but if they’re not supposed to be dating then they use mine. It’s frustrating as hell.
The people I feel bad for are the ones who accidentally use my email. Like the time I had to sign up for this sports-management tool as a team Mom and I got a “this email already has an account” message so I changed the password and logged in to discover I was a basketball coach in Texas! The only thing I could do was message someone who had messaged THAT K Holmes and explain the situation. She must have figured it out because eventually that team was gone from my page but what a pain for her.
I have to do that often, claim my email on a service someone else is using. I always feel bad, but not too bad because IT IS MY DAMN EMAIL. This week I was signing up for a Walgreens reward card because my Mom gets her prescriptions filled there and sometimes I’m killing to birds with one stone and getting stuff for us too. Welp, turns out a “Katy Holmes” was using Walgreens with my email. I was able to update everything but the name which I had to do over the phone. The guy helped me but thought the whole situation was weird.
“It’s not. Trust me. This happens ALL OF THE TIME.”
Then there’s the guy whose Nissan car payment statements I get every month. I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean to use my email address for that.
At least once a month, I get a personal email to that email address. If it’s important I reply and explain. Like the church council recently trying to decide when/how to re-open in person services in another state. I replied to that group and said, “I feel like this is an important conversation that the right K Holmes needs to be a part of but it’s not me! Sorry!” Or recently a student emailed me to explain why they had missed an online class. I informed him I was not his teacher but I wished him good luck!
It’s a very weird place, my inbox.