An Irish woman applied for a teaching position in South Korea, but she was turned down because of a drinking stereotype that plagues the people of Ireland.
Katie Mulrennan, 26, of County Kerry claims she applied for a position in Seoul, South Korea and was shocked when she got a short email response letting her know that she was denied the position because Irish people generally are drunks.
“I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind,” read the reply from the company.
Mulrennan, who has successfully taught for the last three years in places like Barcelona, Oxford, Abu Dhabi, and even South Korea, says she found the teaching position on Craigslist and was shocked when she read the reply.
“Usually when you apply for a job and they don't want you, they don't send a reply,” said Mulrennan to BBC News. “Or they tell you they would prefer someone from North America, because some schools prefer the accent. But this reply was a first. When I got the email, it was so abrupt and short. I actually laughed when I read it initially. But then I wanted to write back a really angry response. In the end I took a deep breath and sent back a reply, that was a little bit sarcastic as I couldn't believe the email I had received. But I haven't heard anything back since.”
Mulrennan has since reported the job posting to Craigslist and has already found another job elsewhere. She’s laughing about the whole thing now, and despite the bad taste it left in her mouth, she says she still loves working in South Korea.
“I still love the country and being in Seoul,” said Mulrennan, who admits that she doesn’t even know who the recruiter was because their information wasn’t listed on the ad. “It was disappointing because these employers did not even get to see me. They never spoke to me and didn't get a chance to hear what I sounded like. I was annoyed about it. But I can also see it was a little bit hilarious as well. A friend saw it and encouraged me to post it online as it might go viral. I thought: 'Really? It's just another silly thing poking fun at Irish people'. But then I put it online and people started getting in touch.”
Mulrennan’s friend was right, as her job application response has already gone viral online.