‘Epic’ Resignation Letter Goes Viral, Glenn Beck Under Fire for Norway Comments, and Hugo Chavez Governs Via Twitter

Adriana Diaz

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Although many people who hate their jobs fantasize about quitting in the most over-the-top and obnoxious way, very few turn that fantasy into reality.  An unnamed Toronto Whole Foods employee did, by writing a 2,300 word resignation letter (that's 4 pages double spaced!) to the entire company that has gotten nearly 200,000 views after being posted to Gawker. In the letter read 'round the world, the employee blasts the company (which he/she calls "a faux hippy Wal-Mart") and accuses management of not following the company's core values by allegedly not recycling, throwing out food, selling unhealthy fare, and making employees wear "ugly t-shirts." The disgruntled employee even names names in the attack, like where he/she says, "Dear [REDACTED], You win a lot of awards in my book. Best at being a chauvinist. Least likely to realize he's about to walk into someone. Just another sign that shows how inconsiderate and egocentric you are." The response on social media has been a mix of shock and anger, and of course some delight. People are passing the letter along to their friends, calling it "epic," "legendary," and "the best resignation ever." This isn't the first time Whole Foods has gone viral. In June, we told you about the comedy rap video called "Whole Foods Parking Lot," which has received more than 2 million YouTube views thus far (I love that video).

Social media users are outraged at Glenn Beck for his comments yesterday about the massacre at a Norway youth camp that left 68 people dead. On his show, the conservative radio host said "there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler Youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that's all about politics? Disturbing." The Hitler Youth was a paramilitary organization that prepped young German men to be part of the Nazi party. Though Beck did condemn the murderer, saying "he is just as bad as Osama Bin Laden,"  the term "Hitler Youth" is trending on Twitter, where people are chastising Beck's comments as being a "new low."

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez isn't letting cancer keep him from connecting with his people. The 56-year-old leader, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, is using Twitter to govern Venezuela remotely, communicate with world leaders, and even provide commentary on Venezuelan soccer games. This week Chavez has sent about 50 tweets to his 1.8 million followers from his @chavezcandanga Twitter account (by the way, "candanga" can be interpreted as "a fighter" or "the devil"). In 140-character spurts he's approved a multi-million dollar trash-collection project, praised plans for a new public park, and even given a "shout out" to Mexican president Felipe Calderon, thanking him for sending a 'get well' tweet. Chavez has been vague about his cancer treatment but has tweeted that he's in a "battle for life." He's also popularized the hashtag "#Viviremos y Venceremos" which means "we will live and be victorious." The hashtag has been used by Chavistas to tweet support for their ailing leader. But there have been highlights to Chavez's Cuban rehabilitation. He reportedly watched Venezuela's national soccer team beat Chile in the Copa America tournamet. After a goal Chavez tweeted, "Goooooooooooooooooooollllllllll...Viva Venezuela! I'm here watching the game with Fidel." But, when Venezuela later lost to Paraguay Chavez tweeted that Venezuela was robbed of the victory, saying, "Both Fidel and I clearly saw the goal that was stolen from us" (I do not want to be that referee right now.) In a "Fidel says hi" style tweet Chavez even wrote, "Oigan, saben quién les manda un abrazo bien Revolucionario? Pues nada menos que Fidel" which means "Hey, guess who's sending you a revolutionary hug? Well none other than Fidel." This morning, Chavez recognized Cuba's July 26th holiday marking the beginning of the Castro-led Cuban Revolution in 1953, by tweeting, "Viva el 26 de Julio! Viva Fidel! Viva Raúl! Viva La Revolución Cubana!" Chavez is just one of the dozens of world leaders on Twitter, from the U.S. to North Korea, so perhaps we'll be seeing more "Twitter diplomacy."

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