A woman’s tweet about a rejection letter she received from KFC has gone viral on social media for all the wrong reasons.
Sophie Corcoran shared her frustration after applying for a position at a brand of the fast-food chain in Durham and being turned down as they claimed she didn’t have enough experience – despite having worked at KFC for two years previously.
And while many were incredibly sympathetic, others were too distracted by the contents of the letter.
KFC’s letter has since been hailed the ‘most cringe rejection ever’ due to the sheer volume of chicken-related puns it contains throughout.
The letter, which has the subject of ‘Team member application at Thinford KFC’, reads: “Hi Sophie, thank you for your application to Team KFC.
“We’re cluckin’ delighted you’re keen to join our flock, however at this moment in time your skills aren’t the secret recipe the Colonel is looking for.
“But we’d love to hear from you again when you have some more experience under your wing, so please give us a cluck if you would like to apply in the future.
“Best wishes, Team KFC.”
Hundreds of people have liked and commented on the tweet, with another user tweeting: “Sorry no offence to Sophie but that is the funniest rejection letter I’ve ever seen.”
A second replied: “Someone somewhere got a pat on the back for coming up with that email template.”
However, not everyone was quite so entertained by the letter. Many thought it was inappropriate, with someone else posting: “I’m more shocked by the bad puns, sure use them when you are offering someone a job, but in a rejection letter?”
A third tagged KFC’s UK Twitter, proclaiming: “You seriously write rejection letters like this?! That’s how you treat people? Sort it out.”
While a different person branded it ‘cringe’, writing: “The most cringe rejection letter ever. Like they are addressing a kid.”
A KFC spokesperson said: “We’re sorry Sophie is disappointed she won’t be able to join the flock in Thinford, we know it’s not easy being turned down for a job which is why we try to make it a little lighter when replying to our applicants. We’d always encourage people to reapply when another position comes available if they’re still keen to join the team.”