Once upon a time, a successful mid-level manager left his job for a better opportunity -- higher salary, fewer headaches, reduced chance of stress-induced coronary, etc. He broke no contractual agreement in taking this new position, and even worked a one-month notice. Nevertheless, some colleagues chose to villify him.
One year later, he offered a job to a former associate who was still working for his previous employer. A number of his onetime co-workers took great umbrage. Amid the ensuing smear campaign, one of the ex-colleagues sent him an e-mail consisting of a single character:
The alleged turncoat quickly replied in kind:
And so it was that an outraged a-hole became the first person in recorded history to be punked by a punctuation mark.