I'd find another way of punishing this stud than firing him. "A RECRUITMENT executive was looking for fresh work himself last night after he emailed "f*** off" to a job hopeful — and it went out to 4,000 people. Bungling Gary Chaplin was axed from his £200,000-a-year post at a top headhunting firm after his expletive-riddled reply turned him into an industry laughing stock. In it he let rip at sender Manos Katsampoukas for simultaneously emailing recruitment firms with a polite note and a CV in his search for a finance or marketing job. The reply — in which Mr Chaplin said he spoke for "all 4,000 people you have emailed" — declared: "Please f*** off — you are too stupid to get a job, even in banking." He ended it: "Yours hitting the delete button Have a nice day!" The message dropped into the computer inboxes of the SAME 4,000 people Manos had emailed in the first place. They also read a vicious tirade by Mr Chaplin against one of his rivals — accusing him of fuelling "spam" emails like Manos's. The sneering reply sparked uproar — and accusations of "mindless unprofessionalism". Rant ... Gary Chaplin's return message One recipient stormed: "Telling a candidate, however misguided he may be, to f*** off is appalling. "It displays an unbelievable degree of arrogance." High-flier Mr Chaplin, in his 40s, ended up being asked to resign after five years at the Manchester office of Stark Brooks, which recruits executives for firms like Heinz, Kellogg's and Bentley. Last night he confessed: "It was a moment of idiocy." Speaking at his smart home in Cheshire, he added: "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." He insisted it had never been his intention to demean the writer of the original inquiry. Mr Chaplin said: "I am mortified by what I did. I meant no offence to this man looking for a job." But his bizarre rant was not the only blunder in the email. Mr Chaplin sent the message under a pseudonym — calling himself Richard Vickers. It later turned out that unknown to him a REAL Richard Vickers was working in the same profession, as a recruitment executive. In the run-up to his resignation, Mr Chaplin, who was traced through his internet service provider, sent an increasingly frantic series of grovelling emails to the 4,000 people who saw his reply. In one he squirmed: "My sincere apologies to Mr Vickers for any embarrassment and confusion." The rival he slagged off — London-based Dan McCarthy — said yesterday: "Gary went a bit overboard with what he said about me but I have thick skin. "I was more concerned with what he said about the jobseeker — as I think this creates a terrible impression of our industry. "I would like people to know that we are not all like Gary Chaplin."
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