One week ago, 31-year-old Taylor Grey Meyer wrote a snarky email to the San Diego Padres when the team suggested she attend a job fair -- for a fee -- after it rejected her for a job with the franchise for the 30th time in a row.
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It went viral immediately. 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 a few marriage proposals.
Meyer — who has held internships in professional sports over the years — applied to the Major League Baseball team in March for a job as a ticket seller after being rejected for a series of more prestigious roles. The team rejected her application yet again, but months later suggested she attend a job fair-like event at the stadium for $500. That's when she decided to vent her frustrations in a response.
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“After careful review I must decline,” she sarcastically wrote in an email to the Padres’ sales manager. “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 d**k. 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.”
Although she's not sure how she feels about being called a spokesperson for the unemployed, she said her inbox has been filled with notes from people who have had similar job experiences and frustrations.
"My words were a bit vulgar, but it summed up what a lot of people have wanted to say," Meyer told Mashable. "Many people have gone back to school to become a more competitive job applicant, but are only drowning in debt."
She hadn't realized that it went viral until the email had been read and forwarded from a member of the San Francisco 49ers team the following morning.
"A day later, someone from the Kansas City Chiefs sent me the entire email thread to see the impact my email was having on professional sports, and my LinkedIn account was going off like fireworks," Meyer said. "I then got calls from reporters, followed by emails from around the world. I also received congratulatory notes from MLB general managers, commissioners of other sports leagues, VPs and presidents of not only sports teams, but financial and broadcasting companies as well."
She also believes that the language used caught many by surprise because of her gender: "It's not every day you hear a woman offer their non-existent male appendage for sucking to an employer."
However, Meyer wants it known that the email was sent not because she was rejected but out of frustration that employers are seeking to capitalize on the desperation of unemployed job seekers. But overall, does she regret sending it?
"Not at all," she said. "People close to me will tell you that it is my nature to stand up for myself. I felt that I was being taken advantage of and my inner lion came out after years of rejection, effort and dumbing myself down to make myself more competitive in this insanely difficult job market."
The viral letter has already opened doors for future job opportunities -- she is still going through emails and contacting those who reached out to her. But perhaps the best thing that has come out of this experience, Meyer says, is that the children's book she wrote two years ago for a pediatric cancer patient is finally getting attention.
"People are ordering it through Amazon.com and donating it to hospitals, churches and schools," Meyer said. "It's kind of sad that a snarky email that took me 15 minutes to write gained international attention in a week, while a book I wrote to empower children got no attention -- even after partnering with the American Cancer Society for a signing and fundraiser."
In addition, she just finished writing a memoir "about my incredibly bad job luck," and this will be the somewhat happy ending to the final chapter: "The timing is quite serendipitous," she said. "I began pitching it to agents last week."
Even after all this, Meyer said she has no hard feelings toward her favorite team.
"I would, however, like to thank the Padres," Meyer said. "Although they didn't hire me, and I have undoubtedly burned a bridge with the organization, they helped me tremendously by forwarding that email. So thank you, Pads. You're still my home team."
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This story originally published on Mashable here.
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