When times are tough, bad bosses lash out. After John Soden III, a managing director at Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco, sent a hectoring email ordering employees into the office, his underlings struck back.

The email, which questioned why anyone who wasn't "orthodox" might take Good Friday off, is now circulating online, with this preface:

This is an email from one of the MD's in the Healthcare Group at Thomas Weisel Partners where I used to work. He is one of the most unpleasant people I've ever worked with.

Soden's email:

Always amusing to have someone with a "III" after their name lecture employees about the importance of hard work. According to Soden's profile on Thomas Weisel's website, he's not exactly keeping busy doing deals himself. Soden is providing endless entertainment for his workers, though, in the form of a fake Twitter account one prankster set up: