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This viral Twitter story about the worst office mistake ever is worth your time

You have never screwed up this bad in your workplace. Seriously.

This viral Twitter story about the worst office mistake ever is worth your time
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What: A hilarious story that went viral on Twitter.

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Who: Author Quinn Cummings.

Why we care: It has been quite a day thus far, so here’s something on the lighter side. On Halloween, I rounded up some of the best scary movies in Fast Company-friendly categories like work-life balance and office culture. But none of those movies come close to providing the sheer horror at the heart of this office nightmare.

Late on Tuesday, author and rock-solid Twitter-follow Quinn Cummings unfurled a hilarious story through what may be a contender for Twitter Thread of the Year.

The story hearkens back to Cummings’s tenure as a talent agent, working under the oppressive regime of a more senior, high-powered talent agent, Susan Smith, who makes Meryl Streep’s Devil Wears Prada character come off like a chill boss.

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The vividly rendered tale involves veteran stage and screen actor Brian Dennehy’s Tony-winning role in a 1999 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman. To give away any more would be to deprive readers the joy of discovery, so we’ll let you enjoy it at your own pace. But an interesting post-script to the thread took place in the replies, where Cummings was reunited with Dennehy’s daughter. NOTE: There are spoilers here.

The viral thread picked up many admirers, and even earned the Lin-Manuel Miranda Seal of Approval.

Perhaps Miranda will stage his next major musical around this epic story . . .

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