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Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-this-job-and-shove-it dept.
suraj.sun writes "It's the same old story: young woman quits, uses dry erase board and series of pictures to let entire office know the boss is a sexist pig, exposes his love of playing FarmVille during work hours." Story seem too good to be true? It probably is, at least according to writer Peter Kafka. Even so, Jay Leno and Good Morning America have already reached out to "Jenny."

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Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax

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  • Old, and fake (Score:5, Informative)

    by Gruturo (141223) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @08:54AM (#33214206)

    Nice, story published hours after it was revealed to be a hoax / stunt: http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/11/elyse-porterfield/ [techcrunch.com]

    • Re:Old, and fake (Score:5, Informative)

      by Slippery Pete (941650) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @09:23AM (#33214478)
    • Re:Old, and fake (Score:4, Insightful)

      by BKX (5066) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @09:31AM (#33214598) Journal

      The real question is who didn't immediately know it was fake? I mean, "The Chive"? That soundss aan aweful lot like The Onion to me.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by gandhi_2 (1108023)

      Well, the part about her being a hot piece of ass are true.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        This got modded informative???? ARE YOU BLIND, PEOPLE!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by elrous0 (869638) *
      Wait a minute, an unemployed aspiring actress in L.A.???? Sounds fishy to me.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Seumas (6865)

      I am astonished at the number of people who fell for this. It just proves that people have no operational critical thinking skills and just take anything they're fed as the truth. This is just a small example of how they treat more vital things like news of current events. If the AP wrote it or the local news anchor parroted it from a teleprompter, or a government organization released a statement, then it must all be true and taken at face value.

      As for this particular incident, it was instantly obvious to

      • by gtall (79522)

        Errr...you really don't have a lot to keep you busy, do you?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Cougar Town (1669754)

        Wow. You seriously know how to take just about all the fun out of something that was pretty entertaining. Sometimes you just need to shut the fuck and have a good laugh and realize that it doesn't even matter if it was real or a hoax.

        Enjoy life - don't analyze everything to the point that all meaning is lost.

        • by Seumas (6865)

          See, this is what I'm talking about. What fun and entertainment was there in a poor attempt at a lame and failed hoax? You're responding like this was some great piece of performance art that has merit or interest even when it fails. It's nothing of the sort. Sorry I didn't approach a lame attempt at a hoax with some sort of child-like wonder and glee.

          And please do inform me as to what enlightened "meaning" I missed out on by not being reeled in by these lame-ass self-promoters?

          Your comments seem very mispl

          • Maybe there was no fun and entertainment for you, and that's totally cool. Not everyone has the same sense of humour. I expect that there are things you find greatly entertaining or funny that I wouldn't at all.

            I saw it, chuckled because I found it amusing, and moved on. When I saw the amount of effort you'd put into your rant, I just had to say "hey, lighten up a bit, don't take life so seriously."

            You seem quite religiously dead-set against this thing, even moreso now... and I find that entertaining too :)

        • by Gilmoure (18428)

          All the world's a stage and all that?

          • Nah, it's just with all the bullshit in the world, I find it hard to not take something like this lightly, laugh, and move on. Since at best it was amusing, and at worst it didn't really have any negative effects... except maybe on Seumas :)

      • by Recovery1 (217499)

        Thanks, Mr. Comic Book Guy.

      • by eln (21727)

        I mean, if you were going to talk to ANYONE about it, why would it be the person who was the least involved? It's not like that girl came up with the idea or executed it.

        Because she's hot and would look good on TV, and therefore more people would watch. Nobody wants to see a couple of nerds talk about their hoax, but lots of people want to see a hot girl talk about just about anything.

        I think you're right about the guys doing this primarily to get attention, but most things people post on the Internet are there to get attention. Even if someone never reveals who they are, the purpose of putting almost anything on the Internet is so that people will see it, giving the p

        • The idea of it being manufactured so NBC could give some unknown actress her own sitcom is a little too loopy for me to take seriously, though.

          You haven't watched TV in a long time, have you?

      • by E-Rock (84950)

        See, I thought it was funny and didn't think about it again. Whether it was true or not didn't really matter. Still doesn't today.

        • See, I thought it was funny and didn't think about it again. Whether it was true or not didn't really matter. Still doesn't today.

          I wish I had mod points, because that sums up my thinking about it as well. I remember thinking, "That is a really foolish thing to do that would make it hard to find another job, I wonder if it is true." Then I deleted the email and moved on with my life.

    • by morari (1080535)

      Yeah, but she is quite the HPOA.

    • by raxhonp (136733)

      I totally disagree, she is not too old, but I can't tell from here if they are fake or not.

    • When this story was first posted, the headline didn't say anything about a hoax; it had just the one line in the summary admitting it was "probably" fake. I can still see the original headline in my RSS feed. Now they've altered it as though they knew all along, which makes posts like yours look like pointless complaining. A little transparency would be nice, maybe an editor's note added to the bottom of the summary with a clear timestamp.

  • Fake (Score:3, Informative)

    by Swanktastic (109747) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @08:55AM (#33214222)

    This is known to be fake.

    • Re:Fake (Score:4, Funny)

      by IBBoard (1128019) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @08:58AM (#33214246) Homepage

      Why let the fact that it is fake stop it being promoted as the truth on Slashdot? ;)

      • i'm surprised it's not from kdawson
        • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          There was a time when it wasn't this way, but samzenpus is the "new" kdawson. You could probably tell samzenpus to eat a bowl of boogers, and he would do it after telling you that it's gross. He's just that stupid.

          • by blueZ3 (744446)

            Reminds me of the dumbest guy in the office back when I was working in a drafting shop. The draftsmen were always playing tricks on each other and setting up Rube Goldberg-type booby traps. One of the guys was clearly not the sharpest stick in the bundle so on a day we knew he'd be the last one back from lunch we hung a cup filled with confetti from the ceiling with a string attached to a sign that said "Pull me." He did.

            I think he's now a /. editor.

        • by IBBoard (1128019)

          I'm surprised that "theChive.com" didn't give it away as being somewhat similar to TheOnion - that well know source of entirely truthful reports - and so probably not a trustworthy source of much!

        • by Sulphur (1548251)

          Kafka, Peter Kafka.

          Not K'Dawsonesque.

      • by geoskd (321194)

        Why let the fact that it is fake stop it being promoted as the truth on Slashdot? ;)

        Because it doesn't have a liberal or Apple bias anywhere in it.

        -=Geoskd

    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      It is also known to not be interesting, even if it was real.
    • by mlush (620447)

      This is known to be fake.

      But the headline says its a Hoax.... do you mean its a fake hoax?

    • by ArcadeNut (85398)

      Your post is fake? Looks pretty real to me!

  • by Drakkenmensch (1255800) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @09:02AM (#33214278)
    That whiteboard is surprisingly clean, no smudges, no ghost lines of previous half-erased messages. Even the marker lines themselves are so clean you could swear they were drawn in mspaint rather than with an old dying black marker. But there's no way the internet would ever publish a HOAX, is there?
    • by JWSmythe (446288)

      I wouldn't think that the whiteboard itself is a hoax. Folks occasionally use a new whiteboard, and new marker. It happens once in the life of a whiteboard. :)

      Smudges on whiteboards are frequently from "ink" that has dried on. It wipes off fine not long after you put it on, but not so great months later. I've had boards where particular notes were written months or years before, and when that information finally does change, it doesn't come off gracefully. But that's why they have wh

      • by JayJay.br (206867)

        Unfortunately, I'm sure I'll be getting this in as chain letters for years to come.

        What are these "letters" you talk about? Is this some new social network, or a new kind of e-mail?

        (Yeah I know, off-topic, mod me down to hell, I can burn some...)

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by beelsebob (529313)

        Just for future reference for you – the difference between permanent marker and dry wipe pen is that the dry wipe pens have a solvent in them to disolve the previous "ink". You can easily clean off permanent marker simply by drawing over it with dry wipe pen and immediately rubbing it out.

        • You can easily clean off permanent marker simply by drawing over it with dry wipe pen and immediately rubbing it out.

          Yes, but that leaves an entirely new type of stain. :(

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Glonoinha (587375)

        Use cheap vodka to clean whiteboards.
        It does a better job, is a lot cheaper, and doesn't leave the entire room choking on the incredibly nasty fumes like commercial whiteboard cleaner.

        Just put it in a regular spray bottle and don't tell anybody what it is - works like a champ. I haven't tried it on permanent marker, but I have a feeling it might just work...

    • by thegarbz (1787294)
      Wait what? Someone has gone to the effort of taking all these individual pictures and poses, and you think they had the patience to screw around with paint / photoshop to draw the lines on the board? People on the whole a lazy. That alone should give you an indication that the pictures are real.

      That said the rest of the story is a hoax. The only people this was emailed to is half the internet via the usual spam chain mail.
      • Wait what? Someone has gone to the effort of taking all these individual pictures and poses, and you think they had the patience to screw around with paint / photoshop to draw the lines on the board? People on the whole a lazy. That alone should give you an indication that the pictures are real.

        I'm thinking some ad company took the pictures of a model with an empty whiteboard as a template for ads where they could write whatever discount of the week they planned on advertizing later. Then someone got a hold of these after seeing the Jet Blue quitting story and thought "hey, quitting stories are hot right now, let's make up a story of our own!"

    • I had a white board at my office that looked perfect a year after I got it. Because I never let ink stay on for more than about 48 hours.
  • She's an actress (Score:5, Insightful)

    by HangingChad (677530) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @09:08AM (#33214342) Homepage

    But still an HPOA.

  • When this story was in the submission bin I read it and fell for it. WHo knew it was fake?
    • by PRMan (959735)
      First I'm hearing of it, but it's obviously faked. The poses are too staged for somebody upset with a job enough to be quitting. The emotional reactions are all wrong.
  • Slashdot isn't always the most timely place to see things, but it's usually at least accurate. Too bad this made it through today.
  • by Joe The Dragon (967727) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @09:34AM (#33214624)

    The jetblue guy did a better job then this!

  • Is just making it harder for anyone to believe that my penis can sing Lady GaGa tunes.

    I was going to post it on YouTube but now everyone will just think it's fake. Goddamn internet.
    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by Miseph (979059)

      If it makes you feel better: I have no problem believing that your penis super-duper-fabulously gay, and I congratulate you on having the courage to tell everyone about it... it takes a big, burly, hairy, leather-clad man to tell the world something that personal and socially stigmatized.

      You're welcome.

  • Probably too good to be true?
  • by otis wildflower (4889) on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @10:46AM (#33215418) Homepage

    867-5309

  • by dsoltesz (563978) <deborah.soltesz@gmail.com> on Wednesday August 11, 2010 @11:11AM (#33215702) Homepage Journal

    Dear /.,

    Please stop trying to be Digg/Reddit. It's really quite embarrassing. You post these stories way past their expiration date and provide no meaningful content to contribute enlightenment or lolz. We've already seen the story. We've already read the comments. Don't fall into the trap of pandering mainstream drivel to drive traffic. If my grandma knows about it, it doesn't belong on /. Even in "Idle" your readers expect more.

    Lovingly yours,
    #563978

    • by MikeURL (890801)
      I think it would be amazing if slashdot would simply do away with editors and begin work on letting users vote directly on what makes the frontpage.

      Having humans sit there and sift through submissions is ridiculous and is looking more and more antiquated as time goes by. It might be worth it if the eds were true journalism professionals (with a specialty in technology) but they aren't. As best I can tell they're no different from what you'd get if you went to any Tier 2 school in the US and randomly pi
      • I'm afraid that if they do that, this place really will turn into Digg, which used to have similar content to /. before the 2008 American presidential elections caused it to be overrun with people who care nothing about political stories (specifically, the ones they already agree with).
    • by bughunter (10093)

      Hmm. I think that you have things a bit backward. Slashdot was compiling links and listing them with no added value or enlightenment long before Digg or Reddit were around.

      Just because there's now an 'idle' section to which the drivel is relegated doesn't mean /. hasn't been driveling since Digg was in diapers.

      Yeah whatever,
      #10093

  • For one thing, she's NOT AT WORK.

    I'm usually at work when I quit, though this has not always been true. But a whiteboard from the fridge, a moment of feeling unappreciated, what the heck, post this. The gang at work will get a Kick out of it.

    So, without encouraging this by actually RTFA, did her boss accept her resignation?

  • Come on, the site's called "The Chive." You know, like "The Onion?"

  • Emergency slides > Dry erase boards....

    I'm just sayin...

    That guy is a ready made pop-culture hero for our times...I predict instant internet fame, and appearances on talk shows, reality shows, and job offers...

  • Would it KILL this girl to pose nude???
  • HOPA? Hot of Piece Ass?
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by xSander (1227106)
      If you had followed the story in the dryboard pictures, the misspelling was intentional.

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