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Recruitment executive loses job over a 'reply to all' email blunder

Inadvertently sends rude message to 4,000 people
Mon Dec 12 2011, 13:38

A RECRUITMENT EXECUTIVE lost his job after an email blunder in which he sent an expletive-filled message to 4,000 people.

Gary Chaplin was asked to resign from his £200,000 a year post at Stark Brooks after he sent an offensive email to someone looking for a job, along with the other 4,000 people on the carbon copy list.

The incident began with one Emmanouil Katsampoukas sending an email to thousands of job recruitment firms in an effort to find a job in the marketing or banking sector in the UK. His message was polite and formal, and yet it met with a very abusive response from Chaplin.

Chaplin criticised Katsampoukas for not taking the time to send an individual email to each recipient, insulting his intelligence for not knowing how to use a blind carbon copy and calling him "too stupid" to get a job. He told the jobseeker to **** off and even ranted about a rival in the business, in what can only be described as a quintessential display of complete, total and absolutely inexcusable unprofessionalism.

For all of the derogatory comments about Katsampoukas' intelligence, Chaplin made a monumental blunder by clicking 'reply to all' instead of just 'reply', which meant that all 4,000 people on Katsampoukas' mailing list saw Chaplin's tirade, a performance almost as comical as that of the unrelated (as far as we know) same last-named satirist, Charlie Chaplin.

The incident was made even more farcical by the fact that Chaplin sent this message under a pseudonym, pretending to be one Richard Vickers. Unbeknown to Chaplin, there was a real Richard Vickers working in the same industry. Despite the confusion, the email was traced back to Chaplin's IP address, and thence to him.

As the complaints poured in from the recipients of Chaplin's message, Chaplin began to send out apologetic emails, but Stark Brooks forced him to step down, according to The Sun.

"It was a moment of idiocy," Chaplin admitted. "I am now looking for a job just a few days before Christmas. If I could turn back the clock I would. I will regret this forever. I am mortified by what I did. I meant no offence to this man looking for a job."

It is hard to see how he meant no offence, and it seems more like he is sorry to lose the high income that bought him a smart home and a sports car. Perhaps he can ask some of those 4,000 recruitment agencies if they know of any available jobs.

Behold, and read Chaplin's message in full:

"Emmanouil - I think I speak for all 4000 people you have emailed when I say, 'Thanks for your CV' - it's nice to know you are taking this seriously and taking the time to make us all feel special and unique.

"If you are not bright enough to learn how to 'bcc' and thus encourage c**k-jockey retards to then spam everyone on the list (yes Dan McCarthy from One Search I'm talking about you - you opportunistic thunder****) then please **** off .... you are too stupid to get a job, even in banking.

"I get enough retarded spam from idiots - I don't need the Dan '****tard' McCu**hy's of the world thinking they are being smart and original by spamming back to your 4000 best friends. (PS - is 'One Search' what you've successfully completed on this year?)

"Yours hitting the delete button. Have a nice day!" µ


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