Taylor Grey Meyer, Rejected For Padres Job, Extends Counteroffer To 'Suck My ****'



Sometimes the job search pushes you to the edge. Take, for instance, the situation of Taylor Grey Meyer, a 31-year-old resident of Coronado, Calif., who is a published writer, a licensed pilot, and has completed a master's degree in sports commerce as well as coursework at the California Western School of Law. So after being rejected for 31 positions with the San Diego Padres baseball team, including a minimum-wage job selling tickets, she lost it when she received an invite to meet a group of hiring managers at the team's Petco Park -- at an admission price of $495. She dashed off a response.

"After careful review I must decline. 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 replied in a faux-serious letter to the Padres obtained by Deadspin.com.

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Her graphic suggestion was followed by more venting. "Let's talk about why I wasn't a good fit with your organization.... 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."

In an interview with AOL Jobs, Meyer said that the decision to write the letter came after years of "bad luck" in the job market. She dropped out of law school, she says, because of finances and has defaulted on some of her loans.

"I've been looking for a job for years," she said by telephone. "I was supposed to go into the Air Force. But I was turned down because of arthroscopic surgery from a gymnastic injury from when I was in high school. And that started a trend of bad luck for me."



So when she was contacted by the Padres four days ago, and realized it wasn't about a job offer, but rather an invitation to spend money to search for a job, she took 15 minutes to write her response.

"I've gotten all these terrible form-rejections. I've had to default on loans, and no one wanted to hire me because Ive been in school. It's just too much. I just had it. That's all it is," she says, adding it would be "flattering" to be a spokesperson for "people in the same position."

For now, she says she spends her days at the local Starbucks searching for jobs online. She is also working on a memoir, and is applying for a visa to teach English abroad, possibly in South Korea.

Her letter to the Padres has already gone viral (though she says she hasn't gotten any job offers as a result). According to Deadspin, her letter has been forwarded to the sales divisions at the following professional sports teams: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lake Erie Monsters, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, the Houston Dynamo, the Miami Marlins, the Miami Dolphins, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets, FC Dallas, the Washington Nationals, the Baltimore Orioles, the Minnesota Vikings, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Gladiators, the Dayton Dragons and the Kansas City Chiefs.

This piece of writing is a marked change in Meyer's career. Just two years ago she published a children's book, "A Wig for Ally," which according to a webpage of her alma mater, the Univesity of South Florida, "teaches positive visualization to children undergoing chemotherapy." The book grew from her experience volunteering at a children's cancer research hospital in Florida. She says she hopes any attention she gets from her letter to the Padres letter will lead to a publishing house picking up her book, which they passed on the first time, because, in her words, it wasn't "lucrative enough."

But her note to the Padres might make Meyer the Howard Beale of unemployed America. (The character from the movie "Network" goes on a famous rant after losing his job, urging his TV audience to join him in shouting "I'm as mad as Hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.")

For her part, Meyer probably had little to lose in telling off the Padres. She'd initially hoped to work in the team's sales office, but when that didn't pan out, she applied in March to work for minimum wage, selling tickets. But she was rejected again. "We have filled the position with someone whose background and credentials we feel best meet our needs at this time," the team wrote her.

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In other words, she was probably overqualified, the most frustrating of possible reasons when you don't get a job that you've chosen to apply for. But of course, her contact information was on file with the team, so she was included on an email blast sent Aug. 5 inviting recipients to attend the upcoming Sports Sales Combine. It said attendees could "have the opportunity to spend quality time with the hiring managers for multiple teams from different leagues across the country." But it wasn't a "job fair," the letter noted, before going on to ask for the admission price.

Meyer's rejection is being appreciated by some members of the Padres organization. In speaking to Deadspin, one Padres employee found Meyer's response downright amusing.

"Taylor's letter was too incredible for anyone to get offended," said the Padres worker, who didn't want to be named. "I'm more impressed than angry."


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southernseattleite

I think the "true" point is getting lost in translation. It is not that she was rejected one, ten, or thirty times. It is the audacity of an organization to reject your application; then turn around and suggest that if you pay 500$ for their job fair that your chances of employment are increased. Would you feel differently if she had been rejected only once, and then offered the grand opportunity to join this ever so exclusive job fair, that will now have her application taken seriously?...No! The point isn't her persistence with this one organization. In fact, I imagine someone who finds themself unemployed, facing a mountain of debt, and being told yet again they are overqualified doesn't spend their time calculating the number of times they have applied for multiple jobs within a large organization. Instead I imagine their calculations are reserved for the desperation and exhaustion of their checking account. In all honesty, It disgusts me to imagine a world full of children whom are the byproducts of such passive parents that they not only accept rejection, but then stand idly by when offered such a disgraceful opportunity....Hello, I am stupid and I got rejected, but then I was offered the opportunity to pay 500$ so I can assuredly get rejected again, even Forest Gump was that big of an idiot. TRUTH: Companies have positions to be filled, isn't it enough that most corporations receive huge tax breaks for job expansion. No! They need to drain the rainy day fund out of people hanging onto a rapidly fraying rope, clinging to desperation and a dwindling sense of hope. We are unemployed! Not disadvantaged! And we are absolutely not here to be taken advantage of; or pad the pockets of, in Ms. Meyer’s words, ************ with no conscience.

August 21 2012 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LPeterson55

Having been on the receiving end of over 300 "thanks but no thanks" replies to my applications over the past year I only wonder what makes her very UN "PC" response worthy of such attention. If all of us unemployed professionals who are "Smiling in Hell" were to express our real feelings after acres of rejection we'd just put a final coat of caulk on our careers (mine of over 30 years) and not become a web-celeb. For more observations from one "Smiling in Hell" visit https://LPeterson55.com.

August 18 2012 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LPeterson55

Having been on the receiving end of over 300 "thanks but no thanks" replies to my applications over the past year I only wonder what makes her "P-un-C" response worthy of such attention. If all of us unemployed professionals who are "Smiling in Hell" were to express our real feelings after acres of rejection we'd just put a final coat of caulk on our careers (mine of over 30 years) and not become a web-celeb. For more observations from one "Smiling in Hell" visit https://LPeterson55.com.

August 16 2012 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BootslaRue44

Like this woman , got spine

August 13 2012 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Don Murphy

Writing a letter to an organization and childishly inviting them to "suck your d***" because you're pissed that they refused to hire you for the 31st time is indeed a good, if sad, example of many things, but a display of spine as you put it isn't really one of them. Perseverance is a positive trait for anyone to possess, but as some others have pointed out previously on this board any normal person would have gotten the message and moved on with their life somewhere between the fifth and tenth rejection. Unless she was attempting to pay homage to Dave Winfield for some unfathomable reason it's safe to say that making 31 different attempts to get hired by the San Diego Padres organization is just plain bizarre.

August 14 2012 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BootslaRue44

like tlhis woman, got spine

August 13 2012 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy Edmundson Ferg

More detail about Taylor Grey Meyer's career struggles. And she explains that it wasn't the rejections that pushed her over the edge, but the invitation to spend $495 at the job fair....

http://www.thelawinsider.com/insider-news/tli-interview-taylor-grey-meyer-and-the-counter-offer-heard-round-the-world/

August 12 2012 at 10:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Oleofox

I admire her gumption in doing this. I have also been searching fruitlessly for a job for 10 months. Either I'm overqualified in some respects or not qualified enough. I can't even land a minimum wage job.

For those saying she is a bitch and apparently is not right for any job. Well I don't think you should speak unless you have been in her shoes. Try going months on end sending out tons of applications and being rejected by companies or not hearing back at all. Experience the utter hopelessness that starts setting in after each week that goes by without finding a job and trying to survive.

August 12 2012 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
APerfectGentlman

Assuming she doesn't have a d***, I'd bang her. If in fact she does have one, then I'd have to decline.

August 11 2012 at 1:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Don Murphy

Hmm, you sure about that? You strike me as the kind of guy who could overlook such a detail just fine.

August 12 2012 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
APerfectGentlman

I wouldn't hire her either if she's not smart enough to know she doesn't HAVE a d***

August 11 2012 at 1:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Michelle

Hey, for a woman to say this, it's just an ironic play on a sentiment that is said often by men. It's meant to be funny, but for her, it was obviously a way to air her frustration. Of course she knows she doesn't have a penis... if you can't get the humor in this, then you may be the stupid one

August 11 2012 at 7:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Maybe it's because you're a bitch?

August 11 2012 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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