There are many unkind ways to end a working relationship, but leave it to Uber to show a true flourish of cruelty.
Uber cleaned out half of its Chicago-based support staff on Friday. In emails obtained by the Daily Dot, the employees were terminated by a representative of ZeroChaos, the third-party HR firm that managed the contractors. The emails were written in, of all things, Comic Sans—the world’s most reviled and visually offensive font.
So why were the employees fired to begin with? According to the Daily Dot:
In late November, a full-time Uber employee distributed a promotional code, “UberEmployee17,” through an office group chat monitored by managers. The code, which offered a 17 percent discount on all Uber rides, was supposedly only intended for full-time Uber employees. Possibly due to a lack of explanation, support representatives assumed the code was a perk meant for them to enter into their personal Uber accounts.
The desk-workers who were working as contractors quickly found that the code didn’t even work for them. Regardless, an investigator from ZeroChaos was put on the case, and instead of saying, “Hey guys, that code wasn’t meant for you, please refrain from trying to take advantage of similar offers in the future,” the 15 employees were fired.
While we’re on the subject, let’s remember that Emil Michael, who thought it would be clever to use doxxing, stalking and harassment as a method of silencing unfriendly journalists is still making bank as Uber’s SVP of Business, even though the New York Times has called for his head on a platter.
We here at Betabeat have seen the termination email, and are at least relieved that it is not typed in rainbow font and didn’t include any puns, GIFs, ¯_(ツ)_/¯ emoticons, sign bunnies, Rick Astley appearances or rage comics.