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August 11, 2010

Is Jenny the Job-Quitting HPOA Another Hoax?

According to MediaMemo, quite possibly:

Today, our favorite job quitter is “Jenny”–”a girl” who left her job by sending co-workers a series of photos where she uses a whiteboard to insult her boss and expose his fondness for Farmville.

We know that the Steve Slater story is true. But what about Jenny’s story?

Almost certainly made up.

The story showed up this morning on theChive.com, a dude-centric site run by brothers John and Leo Resig, who own a series of photo/humor sites. (That’s Leo on the left.) Before that, the Resigs ran a site called Derober, which features doctored photos of celebrities in their underwear.

And Derober’s moment in the spotlight came back in December 2007, when it made up a story about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip on a $82.27 bill. The story was convincing enough to fool Fox News and the New York Post (both of which are owned by News Corp., which also owns this site).

So Jenny is a fake, too. Right, Leo Resig?

No, Resig says over the phone. “Jenny’s very real.”

Really? Really, Resig says.

He says Jenny is with his brother John at this very moment, and that the three of them are trying to figure out the best way to identify her and tell her story.

Jay Leno wants Jenny on his show, Leo Resig says. “Good Morning America” wants her, too. He’s not sure the best way to proceed, because “we’re trying to be respectful of that girl.”

But don’t worry, Leo says. The brothers plan on identifying Jenny “tomorrow morning around 10 am. We’re not exactly sure who or how we’re going to release it. Obviously it will be on thechive.com as well.”

Okay. But you’re the same guys who gave us the Donald Trump story, and that was fake. Is this one different?

Pause. “Good homework. That was a good time.”

Ah. So is Jenny’s story real, then? “This one is to be determined. People are kind of making up their own stories.”

Either way, the stunt was amusing. More at 11.

Update: "Jenny" is an actress from LA who was hired to do the photo shoot. This picture is worth a thousand words:


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Posted by Cassandra at August 11, 2010 08:14 AM

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That was such an odd story. I looked at Memeorandum yesterday, and there it was: "Girl quits job, emails office." And I'm thinking to myself, "I know the economy's bad, but..."

Posted by: Grim at August 11, 2010 08:47 AM

The whole thing struck me as just a bit too conveeeeeeenient, given the proximity to the Jet Blue story. Couldn't help but be amused when I woke up this morning to the news that the whole thing was a hoax!

Posted by: Mansquito at August 11, 2010 09:30 AM

I'm gonna call Jenny, at 867-5309...if I can find the correct area code. :-)

Posted by: camojack at August 12, 2010 03:47 AM

Camo...you are so...Bwahahaha....

Posted by: Cricket at August 15, 2010 11:45 PM