"FYI: This is impossible. The only way you can get cash back is by inputting that request yourself. Cashiers cannot initiate this - it's a safety. http://www.snopes.com/fraud/atm/cashback.asp
Not that checking your receipts is a bad idea, or anything!"
Thinking you've now performed your public service, you go about your merry way. But family member B reads this and lets you know that family member A's feelings might be hurt to have her email so publicly corrected. You don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, especially since both are doing this out of a sense of love. So you send an apology. But you can't just write ANYTHING. You have to be careful. You can't offend the offended family member by flippantly apologizing, or writing anything that could look flippant, because you are sincere in your desire not to offend...so you carefully craft an apology to let everyone know that you really don't want to upset anyone. Mine looked like this:
"My apologies to all if the initial email response I sent sounded rude or curt. I assure you I did not mean to be so. I know that there are so many concerns about theft, and I was trying to reassure everyone that this is a scam. I don't get to spend much time online these days, so I spend my evenings trying to shoot through my emails as fast as possible. If I offended anyone with my words, please forgive me. Chasing after three kids kind of crimps my internet time! Much love to you all!"
In most normal worlds, this is the end of it, right? HAHAHAHAHAHA! Have you MET us? Here in follows the email conversation. Names have been changed to protect the (somewhat) innocent:
First reply (from someone who lives in my house and is the only person of the opposite gender in my house) we'll call Guy 1:
"I would like to apologize if anyone thought I was upset at Colleen's original email.
I also apologize for leaving my socks on the living room floor.
I feel better now.
Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?"
Next reply from another person we'll call Guy I've known all my life:
So glad to be included in this nonsense. Love y'all"