Imagine your heart pounding as you anxiously check your email in the hope of hearing from a prospective employer, only to find a rejection message telling you you're "no good" and that you should "try harder next time."
That's exactly what happened to more than 100 applicants who applied for positions at Owston Park Lodge, a pub and restaurant in Yorkshire, England, the Daily Mail reported.
"Unfortunately, you are not good enough for the position at this time, try harder next time," the rejection read. "I am sorry for the disappointing news. But what did you expect, your (sic) no good..."
While some of the applicants were upset over the messages, Owston Park Lodge owners Paul and Tracy Snow told the Daily Mail they themselves were "horrified" and said someone must have hacked into their computer system.
"We want to put people's minds at rest that this appears to be a malicious prank and we are deeply sorry for any offence the emails may have caused," Tracy Snow said.
She added, "The police are investigating as we think our system has been hacked and these messages sent out. It has been upsetting and stressful for everyone involved."
Angry applicants began calling the restaurant on Monday to complain about the email.
Michaela Brookes, 23, was one of the individuals who received the letter. She said the message "seemed so cruel" and was "gobsmacked" by it. Danielle Jarvis another applicant, called it unprofessional.
Here's a screen shot from Owston Park's Facebook page showing just two of the comments posted there:
Police are apparently investigating the alleged hack.
(H/T: Daily Mail)