Woman gets email from co-worker handing-off long-forgotten project

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‘She genuinely thinks she did 4 months of work on it’: Woman gets email from co-worker handing-off long-forgotten project

'The things I’ve forgotten about! Who should I bill for all of those years of work?'


Vladimir Supica


Posted on Feb 4, 2024   Updated on Feb 14, 2024, 12:50 pm CST

A woman on TikTok has gone viral after posting a video about a baffling work interaction: She says a co-worker handed off an abandoned project, claiming she’s been working on it for four months.

In a video posted on Feb. 1, Katey Lewis (@kateylewser) recounts the previous day when she received an email from the co-worker. Lewis scheduled a call to understand the situation, only to discover that the co-worker claimed she was passing down a project she had been working on for the past four months with little to show for it.

She recounted the conversation with her co-worker, stating, “So then I share my screen. And I say, ‘Oh, well, the email you forwarded me is from Oct. 3. Has there been any additional correspondence since Oct. 3?’ And she said, ‘No.’”

Lewis continued, claiming that she also looked at her company’s project management app called Jira, but couldn’t find any logs past the date of Oct. 3.

She concludes, “So the chick worked on something four months ago, forgot about it for four months, and remembered about it yesterday. And now it’s my problem, and I’m gonna finish it but she genuinely thinks she did four months of work.”

The video quickly went viral, accumulating over 2.6 million views, with many users going to the comment section to share their thoughts about the situation.


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“I would let her close that jira task since it went without a response for 4 months. Hand it back to her to close,” one commenter said.

A second commenter chimed in saying, “The things I’ve forgotten about! Who should I bill for all of those years of work?”

“people feel anxiety about the fact that they have something to do and they think that’s the same as ‘working on it,’” a third remarked.

“I am in construction project management, and I have colleagues who try to pawn stuff off on me all the time! I stand my ground,” a further commenter wrote.

“this was my old manager. He was sooo unorganized but somehow all the emergencies were everyone else’s fault. I left,” one more shared.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Katey Lewis via TikTok comment.

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*First Published: Feb 4, 2024, 11:00 pm CST