Taylor Grey Meyer had had enough, and she wasn’t going to take it anymore.
The 31-year-old Southern California resident with a master’s degree in sports management had been trying to get a job - any job - since December when she got a letter from a prospective employer that made her snap.
After being rejected by the San Diego Padres baseball team over 30 times for a variety of jobs in every area from sales to selling tickets, Meyer received an email from the team inviting her to pay $495 to attend a “Combine,” or glorified hiring fair, where they told her she would meet employers and have a chance at one of 50 jobs they were looking to fill.
"I’d just had it," Meyer told the Daily News. “I felt like, in this market especially, that employers - the Padres - were preying on job seekers who were desperate for jobs.”
She quickly fired off a harsh response, full of the pent-up aggression that had been building up during her unemployment.
“After careful review, I must decline,” she wrote back to the Padres’ email. “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—-.”
She continued to blast the team’s hiring process, detailing her saga of rejection with heavy sarcasm.
"Let’s talk about why I wasn’t a good fit with your organization," she wrote.
"Was it my extensive education that made me less of a fit, that now paying $500 will allow me to overcome? My graduate work in sports commerce? Being a law student, working toward becoming an agent? Was it my past experience overseeing the execution of national and international events? Wait, I know, maybe it was my previous internship with Major League Soccer, and that I actually got my ‘start’ in professional sports at the age of 15 when I volunteered at a minor league ballpark in my hometown."
Meyer closed her retort by turning the tables.
"Maybe you’re right. Maybe I’m not the best fit for your company. But here’s a nice fit, my foot in your ass."
She didn’t think twice about firing off the email, which she assumed no one would ever see.
“It felt good,” she said. “I was laughing while I did it - it wasn’t intended to be mean. It was nothing but cathartic.”
Meyer knew the Padres weren’t likely to hire her, but at that point she was at the end of her rope. Buried in debt from student loans that had forced her to withdraw from law school, she was tired of and frustrated of searching for a job and being rejected from positions below her qualifications.
But the next morning she woke up to find she’d made quite a splash in the sports world, and within a few days a long email chain made its way back to her, making her realize she’d become a viral hero.
“One of the all time hall of fame moves,” one sports industry professional wrote, passing the email along with a note that he wanted to hire her.
“She’s a hit here in Cleveland,” a staffer with the Cleveland Gladiators wrote. “I bet she lands a job…Our top guy with the Glads has been talking for 5 minutes straight how he wants to hire her…I love when people shake s—- up.”
While some of the responses were negative, the way the email boomeranged throughout the sports world has proved to be a plus in Meyer’s job hunt.
In the last week she’s heard from the kinds of major players in the sports world that she had only dreamed of working for before.
“I’ve been contacted by the commissioner of a sports league, several baseball general managers, some CEOs of other organizations,” she said. “The NHL and NFL have been especially great.”
Taylor Grey Meyer The Padres sent Taylor Grey Meyer inviting her to pay $495 to attend a “Combine” where they advertised she would be able to meet employers and have a chance at being hired for one of 50-plus jobs they were looking to fill.
As of now, the Padres have not responded to her email, but she doesn’t regret it.
“I am not embarrassed, I have no regrets sending it,” she says.
“They may not have hired me and I’m sorry I burned a bridge with them but undoubtedly they helped me tremendously,” she said. “It’s going to lead to something great.”