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PayPal's Strategy Exec Uses Twitter Rather Unstrategically to Bash Co-worker

A series of rants, posted to Twitter in the wee hours from New Orleans Jazz Fest, could land Rakesh Agrawal in hot water.

Rakesh Agrawal, a former consultant just two months into a job as director of strategy for PayPal, has stirred up a twit-load of controversy after a series of late night tweets sent while he was vacationing at New Orleans Jazz Fest.

The sometimes rambling, since-deleted tweets include a series of swipes at Agrawal’s co-workers. (Business Insider was able to grab the full stream before it was deleted.)

The tirade includes a shot at the company’s VP of communications, who Agrawal called a “useless middle manager” and a “piece of” something that rhymes with twit.

Agrawal posted some damage control tweets on Saturday.

“Last night I was using a new phone that I bought because I wanted to test experiences on Android,” he said in one tweet. “Those messages were meant for a colleague.”

In another he posted: “Note to self: don’t test a new phone when sleep deprived after working your ass off for 20 hours a day while on vacation.”

Just what the fallout will be remains unclear. A PayPal representative declined to comment.

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