Rejection is an unavoidable part of human existence. Sure, it still hurts a little to think about how Fit Tom from the year above turned down your invite to the sixth form prom and your application to study televisual interior design totally should have been accepted, but you managed to recover from those painful setbacks and become a stronger, more emotionally mature person as a result. Or something.
However heart-wrenching your personal stories of rejection, spare a thought for Megan Dixon. The 18-year-old student recently got turned down with an emoji. A laughing emoji at that.
It all started when A-level pupil Megan Dixon went for a part-time job interview at a Leicestershire branch of the Miller & Carter steak restaurant. At the end of the interview, she was told to expect an email in the coming days telling her whether she had been successful.
But then, just a few seconds after leaving the restaurant, Dixon got a text from the Miller & Carter interviewer saying: "It's a no x." Shortly after followed another message, which read: "Just not engaging. And answers we're [sic] like "basic" x." This was accompanied by—horror of horrors—the laughing crying emoji.
Speaking about her emojinal job rejection to The Sun, Dixon said: "At the end of the interview, I asked when I would hear back. She told me it was never more than a few days and she had my email. But I got the texts a few seconds after leaving. I was shocked. The least she should have given me was some proper feedback. And the laughing face emoji was so unprofessional."
Fortunately, it seems as if the text Dixon received was a classic case of "soz wrong convo!!" and not Miller & Carter's official post-interview feedback policy. The restaurant issued a statement to the BBC on the incident, saying: "We can't apologise enough to Megan. It was never our intention to be disrespectful or upset her in any way. The texts were sent in error and were intended for our manager, not the candidate. However, we expect our team to act professionally at all times and to give constructive feedback after any interview via email. We are taking this extremely seriously and will be investigating to ensure it never happens again."
Let's hope Dixon has better luck in the rest of her job search. Anyone know whether the London emoji restaurant is hiring?