When Applying For A Job At Google, Don't Be A Racist Jerk

Justin Ching works on TV ads for Google and needed a web designer. He interviewed David Bernett, and kept him in consideration for the position afterwards. Then Bernett sent him a horribly racist email, invoking Asian slurs, for reasons unknown to all other parties involved.

Bernett's short email read as follows:

Dear Justin Ching Chang Chong,

I have ching changed my mind

Regards,

David

A Reddit poster claiming to be involved in the matter had the following to say:

The client here is my friend. He and I were looking for a web developer. This guy responds to our CL post and we reply with our phone number to set up a call. A week goes by, no call, so we sent a follow up email. He replies with this. Unprovoked, out of the blue and totally unprofessional. However this guy maintains a job in San Francisco in TECH while being such a racist is a mystery to me.

The tech industry — especially Silicon Valley — already has the reputation of being a group that, while not entirely hostile to non-white, non-males, seems perfectly OK with its state of homogeneity. Bernett's email is an extreme case, and he definitely appears to be trolling in the absolute worst of ways, but it certainly doesn't help the tech world at large shed that stigma at all. We are all better people than this. [meeshiemoshie]


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      +1

      When I was working retain I asked a coworker to go and help the 'asian bloke at the GPS's'. The customer I was with gave me an earful about being racist and stormed off.

      People confuse me sometimes.

        Customer comes in looking for a case for their iPhone "sorry we don't sell the iPhone so we don't sell cases, the best place to get one is where the Asian ladies sell them in the middle near the foodcourt..." get a *is that a racist comment* blank stare. I thought it was more a description. If I said " the bakery with the big Italian guy" you wouldn't think twice. I guess maybe it stem from ignorance and labelling as Asians rather then Chinese or Japanese etc

      Try googling the term "ching chong". Then you'll understand.

        I thought it was a pretty well known insult.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ching_chong

      Try harder. Just because you can't find the racism in the email, even though it's pretty blantant, doesn't mean it isn't racist. It just means you fail at reading comprehension.

    as long as there's more than one race, there will be racism.

    the only solution is to unite as a world and go to war with an alien species.

      But then we'll just be racist against the alien species. Racism is racism.

        that would be specist not racist.

          *Xenophobia, Mr Watson

            Someones been reading the Ender series :)

              And if they haven't, then they should (at least the first three).

                Yeah, but the last one was utter crap.

                Not to mention the Shadow series that follow Mr Bean...

    http://chroma9.com/

    It was all fake anyway

      So some people decided to be arseholes for the fun of it?
      I don't think I'll ever really understand trolling.
      I also say bullshit to the excuse of there been no intended racism.

      You really think someone would do that, just go onto the internet and tell lies?

    David Thorne in disguise

    This rocks.

      Why are rocks involved?

    Not likely" lol" because David Thorne doesn't stoop to racism for his humour.

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