Woman accidentally receives insulting email from potential employer after job interview
We've all had that heart-in-mouth moment of sending something to the wrong number before. It could have been a catty text about a friend or a mushy message about that lovely person you've just met on Tinder, but - either way - you'll know the feeling of sheer dread that follows a moment after you realize your mistake.
However, no matter how bad you think your experience was, it probably has nothing on this.
Paige Bond, a 48-year-old woman from Hampshire, England, was left shocked and embarrassed last week when she found that an email from a potential employer was not intended for her, but was actually about her.
Bond had been searching for a job for a while when she came across a vacancy at her local Whole Foods as a box packer. Thinking she would be the perfect fit for the role, the 48-year-old sent off her resume and hoped for the best. So, when she received an email response, she assumed it was an invitation to interview.
But she was wrong.
Instead, it was a message from someone named Kingsley Bickle, and was obviously intended to be sent internally within the company.
It began: "Ok I know exactly the type of person she is in my mind. Small, bubbly, slightly irritating but probably really good at what you need her for - organized, quick, Chavvy."
Confusingly, the email then went on to say that Bond might be a good fit for a role (albeit in a very insulting way).
"She is probably worth interviewing if you think you can cope with having someone like her around," the message read. "She has some quite relevant experience and would probably lift spirits in the packing room."
To top it all off, the sender then added, "I bet her voice is really irritating," before ironically finishing with: "Delete this email in case you took her on and she found it."
Shortly after receiving the email, Bond also got a grovelling voicemail from the sender (who turned out to be someone called Josie Bickle, not Kingsley), in which she said that Whole Foods were still interested in interviewing her.
Now, anyone else in this situation might have laughed at the idea of attending the interview - but not Bond.
"I thought: I'm a strong woman, I will go for that interview," she said. "I wanted to see that woman."
Unfortunately, Bond didn't get a chance to meet Josie, but she did get a face-to-face apology... after asking for one.
What's more, she found out in the process that the woman who sent the interview was responsible for Whole Food's commitment to "protect and respect customer privacy".
"I think it's disgusting because I am unemployed. I will go for anything," Bond said. "If you had someone who was really, really depressed and looking for a job it could tip someone over the edge."
The job seeker says that she has not heard from the company since, but has no intentions of working with them either way.