Downtrodden office workers everywhere found a new heroine this week when a young woman named “Jenny” quit her job via a series of photos exposing her venal boss.
Sadly, the story and the series of photos where “Jenny” wrote her resignation on a white board turned out to be a hoax. A really well-done, wish-fulfilling hoax, starring a young actress named Elyse Porterfield.
The story appeared on TheChive.com Tuesday (Aug. 10), and the background was this: Jenny decided to quit her job after overhearing her boss call her a “HPOA” — that’s “hot piece of a**,” in case you’re wondering — on a phone call. In a series of photos, she spells out her reasons for quitting on white board, including that her boss, “Spencer,” has bad breath and spends an inordinate amount of time playing Farmville.
]]>Facebook page, she’s a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and has a part in an upcoming movie produced by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover,” “Old School”). She also has a Twitter feed that apparently has gained lots and lots of new followers in the past 24 hours.
TheChive, by the way, was also behind a fake story in 2007 about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip at a restaurant, complete with forged receipt. All Things D noticed the source of the “Jenny” story and got suspicious, calling it out as a hoax a good 17 hours before TheChive owned up to it.
Well played, Ms. Porterfield and TheChive. We’ll look for you in the Phillips movie next year.
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Photo credit: TheChive.com