This Bride Fired Her Bridesmaid With a Savage Email

"Could you please mail the jumpsuit to me?"

Updated 07/30/18

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Just in case you didn't hate emails enough already, a bridesmaid was fired by the bride over everyone's least favorite medium of text-based communication—and now it's going viral. As Insider reported on Saturday, a woman named Courtney Duffy was all set to pack up her bridesmaid jumpsuit (!) and fly on over to her good friend's wedding when she found a long letter from said friend in her inbox.

Hey!
I'm so glad to hear you booked flights! I'm sorry classes are taking such a long time to sort out. I know how hard you're working to be here for the wedding and it means so much to us!

Not too bad. But then it descended into sheer, unbridled, conversations-that-should-be-face-to-face-discussions-or-at-least-phone-calls-not-emails madness:

I have a massive favor to ask you, though — and this is one of the hardest things I've ever had to ask anyone — but I need to ask you to relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid.

The bride, whom Duffy identified as "Alex," then proceeded to explain that the decision all boiled down to the "whirlwind nature" of Duffy's travel, which apparently prevented her from participating in such events as "the bachelorette trip, at least the weekend, prep and the full night of the event" and doing her "duties as a party member."

Although she started off by apologizing, the bride then turned around and said she hoped Duffy wouldn't feel like she had let the bride down as a result of her last-minute firing. And then she asked her to mail the jumpsuit to her so that someone else could take her place. "I'll Venmo you the postage and the cost of the jumpsuit—just let me know the total," she wrote. At least she acknowledged it was "awkward"?

Alex signed off by assuring her now-ex-bridesmaid that she was still welcome at the wedding. "And if you'd like to chat on the phone, let me know!" she wrote. "I promise we're totally cool!"

As Insider reported, Duffy then screenshotted the email on Twitter in a plea for JetBlue's help, which promptly went viral. "SOS @JetBlue ! Booked my X-C flights for a wedding, then was asked 'to relinquish' my 'duties as a bridesmaid' & mail my bridesmaid outfit X-C so another girl could fill in and wear it (Happy bday to me!)," she wrote. "I am laughing & crying & must avoid this wedding at all cost. Pls help?"

JetBlue responded by offering to patch things up with a free trip, which doesn't seem quite like the help Duffy had in mind. "Hey Courtney, we’ve been thinking. The jumpsuit may have been borrowed, but we’ll bring the (Jet)Blue," the airline wrote. "When you’re ready to patch things up, we’d like to help make your old friendship feel like new. A future girls’ weekend is on us!"

You can read the full email below, as transcribed by Insider:

Hey!
I'm so glad to hear you booked flights! I'm sorry classes are taking such a long time to sort out. I know how hard you're working to be here for the wedding and it means so much to us!
I have a massive favor to ask you, though — and this is one of the hardest things I've ever had to ask anyone — but I need to ask you to relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid.
Come to the wedding, have a fabulous time, and travel in the time you need to without stressing about anything else!
When I asked you, I was really hoping that you could be a part of this whole thing — the bachelorette trip, at least the weekend, prep and the full night of the event (a Sunday night flight means you won't even be able to be there for the whole wedding)... the whirlwind nature of what your travel has become just won't work with the duties as a party member. I'm so, so sorry!!
Please don't feel you're letting me down, I am asking you to do this. I love you and value your friendship so much and I fully understand the need for you to prioritize school! I want you to be able to focus on that without also worrying about any extra wedding worries.
And I know this is incredibly awkward, but there is a possibility that I might be able to have someone else step into the role and assume the duties. Could you please mail the jumpsuit to me? I'll Venmo you the postage and the cost of the jumpsuit — just let me know the total.
I know everyone is looking forward to seeing you there! I know I am!
And if you'd like to chat on the phone, let me know! I promise we're totally cool!
All my love, Alex

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