PayPal‘s strategy chief makes hasty exit following badly-spelt Twitter rant at colleagues

PayPal’s strategy chief Rakesh Agrawa has left the company after he took to Twitter to rant and swear about his colleagues. Agrawa, who had only been with the company for two months, started sending badly spelt, vicious tweets around 1am in the morning on Saturday (3 May). He first insulted PayPal’s vice president of communications Christina Smedley, calling her a “useless middle manager”. His tweet read: 'Duck you Smedley you useless middle. manager,’ he tweeted. ‘Christina Smedley is a useless. Piece of s**t.’He then referenced a Don Christmas who he also said should be fired, although there is apparently no man with this name at the company. His tweets, which he claimed where made from a bar in New Orleans while testing a new phone, also included boasts that he could make Foursquare into a £50bn company. Later that night he tweeted "Oh. I quit pay a tonight”. The following morning after tweeting ‘hydrate’ he deleted the offensive tweets, and publicly apologised to PayPal president David Marcus and vice president of growth and global strategy Stan Chudnovsky.He later claimed that he had thought he was sending direct messages, not open tweets, and he also blamed the autocorrect on his new Android phone. Last night PayPal's official Twitter account posted the following:

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