'Clean and office appropriate,' redefined

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This HR administrator sends out a highly questionable email message, according to an IT pilot fish on the scene:

We will be hosting our first "ugliest Christmas sweater" contest on Thursday. Participants must wear their UGLY Christmas sweater all day on Thursday. Judging will be based on audience applause at the end of the year-end meeting. You may be creative, gaudy and over the top! However, we must keep it clean and office appropriate.

So what's the problem? "She didn't pay attention to the image that she attached," sighs fish. "The background was bright Christmas green -- behind a picture of a sweater with a naked cartoon Santa and an elf.

"I spent that afternoon running PowerShell scripts to remove her email message."

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