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Woman's Counter-Offer to San Diego Padres: 'Suck my d--k'
This isn't necessarily a tale of how to win friends and influence people, but perhaps how to not land a job and go viral on the web. In fact, it began with Southern California resident Taylor Grey Meyer not landing an estimated 30 jobs, all with the San Diego Padres.The 31-year-old with a nearly-complete master's degree in sport and leisure commerce took a bold step in replying to an email from the Padres' sales office, inviting her to pay $495 to attend an event called a "Combine," which is basically a hiring fair. Meyer emailed right back. The boldest paragraph of her reply, published in full by Deadspin, is probably this one:
After careful review I must decline. I realize I may be burning a bridge here, but in the spirit of reciprocity, I would like to extend you a counter-offer to suck my dick. Clearly, I don't have one of these, so my offer makes about as much sense as yours. But for the price you're charging to attend the event, I'm sure I would have no problem borrowing one.
Meyer told the New York Daily News in a new interview that getting the job fair invite was the last straw: "I'd just had it. I felt like, in this market especially, that employers - the Padres - were preying on job seekers who were desperate for jobs."
She sent off her email--which also reflected on how often she'd been told she wasn't a good fit for jobs of all kinds with the Padres, even selling tickets, contrasted with her years of professional and academic experience--thinking that would be the end of it.
Except the email went viral. And it's been largely to Meyer's benefit, explains Mashable:
Not only has she received national media attention and congratulatory emails from all over the world for being “the voice of the unemployed educated middle class,” she’s been offered a slew of job opportunities and even a few marriage proposals.
Meyer says she has no regrets about sending the email, and knows she's surely burned her bridge with the Padres, as her "counter-offer" suggests she might. The Law Insider interviewed Meyer, and asked the onetime law student what her dream job is:
My dream job is in broadcasting or PR. I have also written a book about my crazy-awful career luck, and this experience will be the somewhat happy ending. I am currently pitching it to agents. Getting my memoir published would be a dream come true - and one I’ve worked toward for years.
And to anyone who wasn't impressed with Meyer's decision to send the Padres a piece of her very candid mind? "I have nothing to say to people that aren’t impressed with me," she told the Law Insider. "I’m an incredibly impressive individual, and it’s damn time people noticed."