Nerd confesses crush on coworker

‘Nerd’ confesses crush on a coworker – in an all-company email

Peter Harris|

Apparently the Help Desk Specialist (and self-described “IT nerd”), Gerry Fortuna has had a crush on his coworker Mia for quite some time. In fact, he found her to be “really cute in a beautiful sort of way.” However he never had the courage to tell her face to face.

And so he decided to finally announce it in an email to over 1,000 people.

On his last day of work at Channel 9 in Australia, Gerry sent out a rambling 1,400 word email to all staff to say his good-byes, quote J.R.R. Tolkien, and confess his secret crush on Mia from Finance.

Wrote Gerry: “Now I never had the guts to tell anyone at work what I’m about to say, it would be unprofessional, however I’m leaving so it doesn’t matter, this may or may not come as a surprise to you as I don’t think you ever knew Mia, but now that I’m leaving it won’t matter… I think you’re really cute in a beautiful way.”

Not wanting the other women at work to feel left out, he went on to say, “Now ladies, don’t get your knickers in a knot or jealous I think you’re all beautiful, I’m a single guy and allowed to think these things but I never told any of you until now.”

Unfortunately for Gerry, his crush on Mia particularly remains unrequited. It turns out that she already has a boyfriend. All hope may not be lost though. Australia’s The Daily Telegraph is currently running a web poll to see if readers think Mia should go out with Gerry. Right now nearly 75% of people are rooting for him.

You can read the entire epic farewell email online.

If you’re going to send out an all company email when you’re leaving a job, you should really keep it short. Gerry’s 1400 words are over the top. Just let the team know that you’re leaving, offer them your new contact information, and express what a pleasure it has been to work with them.

Don’t go into a rant about the things that have bothered you or boast about the better job you’ve landed. This is the last impression that many people will have of you. Make it a positive and professional one.

And if you really like the cutie from accounting so much, go over and talk to her already.

In other ‘nerd news’: No Revenge of the Nerds: Popular kids do better throughout their careers too
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  • http://www.good.co/blog Lisa – Good.Co

    I wholeheartedly agree that this fellow’s confession of love should not have been broadcast in this kind of company-wide farewell, but I’m not sure how strongly I can get behind a statement like, “go over and talk to her already”. While I agree with the underlying idea of fostering open and honest communication in general, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that many people typically designated ‘nerds’ might have more going on than simple social awkwardness. It can be truly terrifying or torturous for certain people to just make small talk with others, let alone ask someone on a date. I don’t mean to say that all self-designated ‘nerds’ have some kind of autism spectrum disorder, but some might. Some might have generalized anxiety. It’s hard enough at the best of times to know another person’s mind and situation, let alone when that person could be at the mercy of an illness. And the worst part could be that such an illness might go undiagnosed because of labels like ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’, where certain tell-tale symptoms are written off as eccentricities belonging to a certain subcultural designation.
    Thanks for the thought-provoking post! Lisa Chatroop, Good.Co