PayPal, a company that allows web users to make monetary transactions on the web, fired senior executive Rakesh Agrawal after he made a series of insulting – and mostly incomprehensible – tweets against co-workers. Ironically, the announcement was made with a tweet.
“Rakesh Agrawal is no longer with the company. Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance,” the company tweeted on Saturday.
Agarwal had joined Paypal around two months ago as its global strategy head.
Earlier, he sent out a number of tweets, slamming his co-workers. The language and (lack of) grammar in the tweets hinted that he was probably drunk when he wrote them. The tweets were later deleted but not before some Twitter users took screenshots.
In one tweet, Agarwal said, “Christina Smedley is a useless. Piece of sh*t.” In another he noted, “Duck you Smedley you useless. Middle manager.”
Smedley is vice president of global communication at PayPal.
In one more tweet, he wanted someone named Don Christmas to be fired. “People who should be fire from Paypal Don Christmas a pool a kick”.
Agarwal was apparently at a jazz festival in New Orleans when he made these tweets. Later, he realised what happened and tried to do damage control. He blamed the tweets on a new phone he was testing.
“Last night I was using a new phone that I bought because I wanted to test experiences on android. Those messages were meant for a colleague,” tweeted Agarwal. “Note to self: don’t test a new phone when sleep deprived after working your ass off for 20 hours a day while on vacation.” ? According to Agarwal’s website, he “is a product and marketing strategist who has spent 15 years working in web and mobile media. His areas of expertise include social networks, local, commerce, payments and mobile technologies.”