Capitalizing on incredibly opportune timing, TheChive.com released a series of photographs Tuesday of a girl named "Jenny" holding whiteboards that called her boss out for spending too much time playing the Facebook game Farmville and for referring to her as a "hot piece of ---" .
On the coattails of Steve Slater's fantastically dramatic exit out of his job as a flight attendant (cursing over the intercom, grabbing some beer and jumping the emergency slide off the plane), the photographs of Jenny burned through the web. Articles and blog posts on Slater, including two in the Washington Post, invariably mentioned Jenny's whiteboards.
But almost as quickly as people started to crow about Jenny's bold move, suspicions started to rise about the origins of the series. TheChive.com had previously perpetrated two other hoaxes on the Internet, one about Donald Trump leaving a huge tip and another purporting to show a mis-sent text message from a daughter to her father.
This morning, those suspicions proved true. A second series of photographs appeared on TheChive.com. Jenny is Elyse Porterfield. She never quit her job. The whiteboards were actually her job. She's an actress in Hollywood, who is probably enjoying the sudden burst of fame.
Jenny may be a fake, but for all the fans searching for a quitting hero, Steve Slater is most definitely the real deal. The flight attendant is facing charges for trespassing, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, though he is now out on bail.