The VP of a Detroit boutique is publicly apologizing for describing a female job applicant as “not that cute” in an accidental email to the applicant.
Degrendel is the vice president of operations at Ava Lane Boutique in Auburn Hills and also the husband of the boutique owner.
Degrendel’s harsh review of the candidate’s appearance has now gone viral in a TikTok video by the applicant.
“I apologize for something I did yesterday,” said boutique owner Chuck DeGrendel in a Facebook Live video.
The fiasco occurred while the 21-year-old college grad Gracie Lorincz applied for a brand representative job at Ava Lane Boutique.
But instead of the VP sending his assessment of the job applicant back to his wife Laura Langen DeGrendel who is the President of the boutique, Degrendel accidentally sent the email to the job applicant.
The email reads: “This girl is fresh out of college and not that cute. She applied to the sales model position are you sure you want me to interview her?”
The applicant, Gracie Lorincz responded to the company in a TikTok video on Thursday.
“And their motto is beauty through confidence, and this is the email I got from the VP,” she said.
“Not that cute, not that cute, okay …” Gracie said in the video, which has so far been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
“It was embarrassing for her, it made her feel terrible,” Gracie’s mother Heather Lorincz told Fox News, adding that her heart broke for her daughter who was crushed after receiving the insulting email.
“She is sweet kid, she is not an attention hog, she is not a social media personality and didn’t anticipate what this turned into,” Heather said.
In response, Chuck Degrendel posted a tearful Facebook Live apology for the “inappropriate” correspondence.
“And I didn’t feel she was that cute,” he said. “So I didn’t know if I wanted to proceed with an interview. I don’t know why I said that, but I did, and I am very sorry for saying that.”
“I sent a reply back to Laura that said that she was a recent college grad, and I didn’t feel that she was that cute, so I wasn’t sure if we wanted to proceed with an interview,” Degrendel said of his flippant comments. “I don’t know why I said that, but I did, and I’m very, very sorry for saying that because it was very unprofessional and really not in line with our core values here, or my core values in general.”
Degrende’s wife, who came on screen later, added, between sobs: “He made a mistake, and he owns it.”
Both Chuck Degrendel and his wife may have given a tearful apology in a Facebook Live video, but Heather Lorincz told Fox News she is not convinced it was for the right reasons especially because it was never directed at her daughter.
“I don’t want this woman’s business to suffer,” Heather Lorincz said. “I don’t but I feel my daughter deserves a real apology not a Facebook Live.”
Meanwhile, enraged social media fans inundated the company’s Google Play page with one-star reviews.
“Clothing is ‘not that cute,’ ” snarked one of Lorincz’s defenders on the site. “Not to mention the app also crashes a lot. I could not find any selection worth purchasing.”
Another wrote that people “should never support a company that refuses to interview someone because in their words ‘they’re not that cute.’
While many have gone to Google reviews with comments, the owners said others have shared their phone numbers and address, and threatened the family, Click On Detroit reported.