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Employer’s email asks worker upgrade car after checking credit to learn if he can afford new vehicle

Worker posts anonymous email ‘from his employer requesting colleague upgrade his car after doing a credit check to learn whether he can afford a new vehicle

  • A company wrote an email to an employee asking him to upgrade his car after running a credit check to determine whether he was having financial difficulties
  • The company speculated that financial troubles may be preventing the worker from driving a better vehicle, says the email posted on social media
  • Another worker made the post, identifying the vehicle as a 2005 Toyota Camry and described it as ‘not wrecked, just old and fading paint’
  • The post, which doesn’t name the company or employee, was posted online Tuesday, generating almost 6,000 comments
  • It was unclear whether the email was legitimate. Some online did question the letter’s authenticity, and were assured by the poster it was 
  • The email puts the employee on notice about the car saying, ‘to be even frank, it just looks bad’ and offers to recommend a dealership to purchase a new one

A company wrote an email to an employee asking him to upgrade his car after running a credit check to determine whether the worker was having financial difficulties that prevented him from buying a newer one. 

A co-worker posted the email online this week, identifying the vehicle as a 2005 Toyota Camry and described it as ‘not wrecked, just old and fading paint’.  

‘It’s literally just another car in the garage,’ the worker wrote on reddit, in a posting of the Tuesday email that generated almost 6,000 comments since it went online. 

A company wrote an email to an employee asking him to upgrade his car after running a credit check to determine whether the worker was having financial difficulties that prevented him from buying a newer one. A co-worker posted the email (pictured) online this week

The co-worker who posted the email online identified the vehicle as a 2005 Toyota Camry and described it as 'not wrecked, just old and fading paint' (file photo)

The co-worker who posted the email online identified the vehicle as a 2005 Toyota Camry and described it as ‘not wrecked, just old and fading paint’ (file photo)

'It’s literally just another car in the garage,' a coworker wrote on reddit, in a posting of the Tuesday email that generated almost 6,000 comments since it went online

‘It’s literally just another car in the garage,’ a coworker wrote on reddit, in a posting of the Tuesday email that generated almost 6,000 comments since it went online

Some of the comments suggested how to respond, others fired back in fury.

‘If they aren’t offering a vehicle allowance there’s no reason they should care what he drives,’ wrote one reddit user who goes by the hashtag NegativeRefrigerator. 

It was unclear whether the email was legitimate. Some online did question the letter’s authenticity, and were assured by the poster it was.

‘I’ve yet to be able to absolutely confirm that this absurd email is real, though the original poster insists that it is,’ wrote Jason Torchinsky on Jalopnik. 

The email was sent by a human resources vice president to the employee with ‘personal matter’ written in the subject puts the worker on notice to get a new vehicle, saying his vehicle, ‘just looks bad’. 

The vice president earlier in the email acknowledges that companies use credit checks as  part of the ‘hiring process’.

‘This is to ensure that the employee can be trusted to make sound financial decisions, has the maturity to manage his/her own financial affairs, and to show signs of financial distress that might indicate risk of theft of fraud,’ the HR person wrote. 

And then the vice president admits, ‘we have noticed for sometime the condition of your vehicle and wanted to discuss this matter with you’. The vice president says a follow up meeting would be scheduled, but that the company wanted to document the discussion beforehand. 

'If they aren't offering a vehicle allowance there's no reason they should care what he drives,' wrote one user who goes by the hashtag NegativeRefrigerator, in a comment posted (pictured) on reddit

‘If they aren’t offering a vehicle allowance there’s no reason they should care what he drives,’ wrote one user who goes by the hashtag NegativeRefrigerator, in a comment posted (pictured) on reddit

‘Since of course your annual salary is known to us and a more appropriate-looking vehicle should be within your reach, it is our concern that you may be having a difficult time financially,’ the email explains. 

‘Frankly the concern is that if you cannot afford a newer vehicle then either you may be susceptible to fraud or that you are not responsible for the position you maintain,’ wrote the vice president.

The email ends with a request for the worker to alert the company if there is a reason he cannot make an upgrade and requests to know if the worker is having financial problems. 

‘Perhaps it is as simple that you did not know the concern you are raising’, the vice president says. ‘Otherwise please address this situation as soon as possible’

The company said it would even recommend a dealership where he can purchase a new one. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk