A recent college graduate received an accidental email from a prospective employer describing her as ‘not that cute’. Gracie Lorincz, 21, posted about the incident in a TikTok video that has gone viral.
Lorincz applied for a job as a brand representative for the Michigan-based Ava Lane Boutique clothing store, which claims to inspire ‘beauty through confidence’. But an email from the store’s VP of operations, Chuck DeGrendel, reflected otherwise.
In the message meant for his wife, storeowner Laura Langen DeGrendel, but sent to Lorincz, Chuck wrote: ‘This girl is fresh out of college (Hope College) and not that cute.’
Chuck continued, according to Click On Detroit, ‘She applied to the sales model position. Are you sure you want me to interview her?’
Recent college graduate Gracie Lorincz posted about the hurtful incident on TikTok in a video that went viral (Pictures: TikTok)
Lorincz used a screenshot of the email as the background of her TikTok video and wrote the snarky caption ‘feeling amazing’ with a smiley face.
‘Not that cute. Not that cute,’ Lorincz said, visibly upset. ‘Ok. OK… It’s OK.’
Lorincz’s mother, Heather, said the incident made her daughter ‘feel terrible’ and ‘was embarrassing’.
‘She is a sweet kid, she is not an attention hog. She is not a social media personality, and didn’t anticipate what this turned into,’ the mother told Fox News.
Infuriated social media users slapped the store’s Google Play page with one-star reviews. One of Lorincz’s sympathizers wrote: ‘Clothing is “not that cute”. Not to mention the app also crashes a lot. I could not find any selection worth purchasing.’
The DeGrendels responded by uploading a Facebook Live video which included a tearful apology for ‘inappropriate’ correspondence from Chuck.
‘I sent a reply back to Laura that said that she was a recent college grad, and I didn’t feel that she was that cute, so I wasn’t sure if we wanted to proceed with an interview,’ Chuck said.
‘I don’t know why I said that, but I did, and I’m very, very sorry for saying that because it was very unprofessional and really not in line with our core values here, or my core values in general.’
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