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Microsoft apologises after using 'embarassing' teen speak to recruit 'bae' interns

Helena Horton

Published 08/07/2016 | 12:43

Credit: AP/Twitter/Patrick Burtchaell
Credit: AP/Twitter/Patrick Burtchaell

Microsoft has apologised after being widely mocked online because of an email sent by one if its recruiters. In the email, the author tried to use youthful slang to recruit interns in the Bay Area of San Francisco.

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However, it was ridiculed on social media as a poor imitation of how young people speak, evidently written by someone older. One person on Twitter inquired: "Was this written by Hillary Clinton?". Another said: "This is maybe the most embarrassing thing I've ever read."

The email reads: "HEY BAE INTERN!

"Hi! I am Kim, a Microsoft University Recruiter. My crew is coming down from our HQ in Seattle to hang out with you and the crowd of bay area interns at Internapalooza on 7/11.

"BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, we're throwing an exclusive after party the night of the event at our San Francisco office and you're invited! There will be hella noms, lots of dranks, the best beats and just like last year, we're breaking out the Yammer beer pong tables!

"HELL YES TO GETTING LIT ON A MONDAY NIGHT."

The email was widely mocked online.

A Microsoft spokesperson apologised for the email, telling Gizmodo: "The email was poorly worded and not in keeping with our values as a company. We are looking into how this occurred and will take appropriate steps to address it."

Telegraph.co.uk

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