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A senior executive at an American retailer has just learnt that it's not a good idea to gloat over the misfortune of others.

Mr Alejandro Rhett, J. Crew's vice president of men's merchandising, had personally told 175 workers that their services were no longer required on June 10.

Shortly after dismissing them, Rhett reportedly uploaded photos of himself celebrating with friends at a bar to Instagram.

The Independent reported that the 31-year-old likened the layoffs to The Hunger Games films in one of his posts, using the hashtags #hungergames and #maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavour.

In the popular films starring Jennifer Lawrence, people from various districts are placed in an arena and forced to kill in order to survive.

In other photos, Mr Rhett could be seen jumping for joy with a wine glass in one hand and showing his middle finger while posing with a friend.

The posts have since been removed.


However, his celebrations were short-lived. Mr Rhett was sacked after his photos came to the attention of the company.

“It’s just inappropriate that you’d be out drinking when people on your team had been laid off,” a J. Crew insider told The New York Post.

“J.Crew has serious issues right now, and no one in the office had a smile on their face that day.”

A spokesman for the retailer also made it clear that J. Crew does not stand for such behaviour and said that the company had dealt with Rhett appropriately.

“As soon as we were made aware, the appropriate actions took place," the spokesman said about Rhett's sacking.

Sources: The New York Post, The Independent


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