Judge Orders Man to Stop Using AllCaps in Email to Children

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There’s nothing worse than an email suggestive that the sender is shouting at you.


A British judge has ordered a father to stop using ALL CAPS when writing email to his children, because it is “the equivalent of shouting.”

This is actually not the first time that the use of all caps has been the subject of a court action. In New Zealand, a woman was fired for using all caps in her email to staff, the company that firing her saying that her use of all caps caused “disharmony in the workplace.” (She won.)

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Judge Orders Man to Stop Using AllCaps in Email to Children

And in Pennsylvania, a man was fired because, said the employer, his use of all caps made his email more threatening. (He won too.)


 

In the British case, however, it was the court itself chastising the email sender for his apparently egregious use of all caps. Said Justice Pauffley to the father, “There’s nothing worse than an email suggestive that the sender is shouting at you.”

Really? Nothing worse?

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Judge Orders Man to Stop Using AllCaps in Email to Children

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2 Replies to “Judge Orders Man to Stop Using AllCaps in Email to Children”

  1. I am in total agreement that all caps equals shouting, however I’ll be damned if ANY judge is ever gonna tell me what to do man!!

  2. Really the judge couldn’t think of anything worse then to receive an email in all caps? There are so many things I can think of that would be worse than that. How about if the kids never received an email from their father again? I personally would be happy to receive an email in all caps from my father just one more time. My father passed away on May 8th and I would give anything to receive an email from him just one more time even if it was in all caps.

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