Monica contacted the magazine, and instead of an apology (or some sort of recompense), their editor Judith Griggs sent her a note that basically said, “Fuck you.”
Here’s a snippet from Judith Griggs:
But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain” and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift” your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally. Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me… ALWAYS for free!”
I followed his links for the story to here and here, and I contributed a nasty comment to the Cooks Source magazine facebook page. Comments are being added so quickly that my comment is already off the first two pages of refresh. And I commented just moments ago.
This is what I LOVE about the internet. While it’s not perfect, the Internet is amazing for finding and sending information. And while it can work for a company, it can also work against one.