Teacher Denied Interview Because She's Irish

One South Korean seems to think all Irish have an 'alcoholism nature'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2014 4:45 AM CST
Katie Mulrennan was turned down for a job for being Irish.   (Katie Mulrennan)

(Newser) – Irish teacher Katie Mulrennan got a Craigslist job reply so bizarre she was compelled to post it and see if it went viral. And it has. The 26-year-old tells the BBC that, in spite of having taught English for more than three years in Barcelona, Oxford, Abu Dhabi, and South Korea, she was refused an interview in South Korea outright because the interviewer assumed that, being Irish, she's a drunk. The reply: "I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind." Mulrennan has already found another job and can laugh it off, but she says she reported it to Craigslist all the same. (Meanwhile, is Taylor Swift perpetuating black stereotypes?)

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