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Guy Emails A Coworker Who’s On Vacation, Gets A Hilarious Auto-Response
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Guy Emails A Coworker Who’s On Vacation, Gets A Hilarious Auto-Response

Most of the people who ever had to deal with office work can attest that handling e-mails can be a pretty boring task. “Schedule” this, “forward” that and with the number of letters people send each other, it all eventually accumulates to hours of writing and clicking and reading. And all of it is so darn boring. Well, one Reddit user who goes by a quite confusing name Sigdavtilmig, was up for a pleasant surprise when they opened one of the emails that they were expecting. Although the contents of the response were something they did not anticipate when they sent a message to Roy, the hilarious text made the inconvenience so much better. Scroll down below to read what Roy’s response was and tell us what you think in the comments. (Facebook cover image: RichardBH)

One person recently got an automated e-mail response they did not expect

The message, that was sent from a person named Roy, said:

“Hi there!

I know, I know. You got an immediate reply. And You were all like: “Ah! So he CAN answer mails!”

But alas, dear writer. I am off to a sunny island with the two people I love most. No, not Luke Skywalker and Jimi Hendrix. My wife and my son!
Nothing but a week of sun and quality time with my two favorite people.

It’s the recipe to happiness. I highly recommend you try it. With your loved ones, I mean. You can’t have mine. That’d be freaky.

“Anyway. I won’t be replying to you. Usually people write they have no access to mail or phone and we all know that’s a lie – they just don’t want to reply. I am however deleting outlook from my phone for the week and roaming is off, so I literally cannot be contacted until I am back, which will be Tuesday, December 11th.

I look forward to replying to you then …unless I get eaten by a shark or something.

If that does happen, then it’s OK. The shark would be eating a happy meal.

I only ask you remember me as a kind man who loved vegetarian curries and death metal and whose autoreply made your day a little less ‘winter is coming’ and a bit more ‘island in the sun’.

Have a great week!

/roy”

Image credits: Max Norskog (not the actual photo)

Turns out, Roy was away, vacationing on a sunny island with his family (and not Luke Skywalker and Jimi Hendrix, unfortunately). Even though the man took some time off office work, he did put enough energy into writing a lengthy automated response to anyone who’d be looking for him. Props to you, Roy!

People had a lot to say about the automated response

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I really don't understand all the people commenting this guy on being "unprofessional". He's professional, he knows the difference between working hours and vacation. If this guy was working in Germany he could have reported the company to the authorities for trying to contact him while he was on vacation. That's the difference between America and Europe: In America employees are considered more or less usefull assets that need to be available 24/7. In Europe employees are considered human beings that need to have their own time and their privacy. We have labour laws that make sure that employees are treated with respect. Respect as in paying them enough so that they don't have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet, giving them a minimum of 20 vacation days and having to pay them during the weeks that they are ill. Edit : I got downvotes. Probably from American employers who don't want their employees to read that it is possible to have a job that gets decently paid and where the employee is treated fair.

Merle S
Community Member
3 years ago

I wouldn't say that this is entirely true for Germany. With a smartphone always at hand you're expected to read and reply all the time (in private conversations). That's also reflecting to worklife. And I also think it depends on your personallity and the job you're doing.

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

When my husband is on vacation, he is ON VACATION. He leaves his out-of-office email and heads out the door and will respond to no one for the entire time he's gone. ...///... For all the sour-grapers out there whining about this, my husband usually has over 100 emails before noon every day. He travels for work, leaving on Mondays at early o'clock and returning on Thursday or Friday nights. Generally he works a 60-70 hour week. ..///... Here's his advice: NO business runs on heroes. NO ONE is indispensible.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

True. If someone dropped dead at their desk, the employers would just shrug and get another grunt. You get no brownie points for being a martyr.

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

In my office we do leave funny little out of office messages to amuse one another, but this one, I find obnoxious. "I'm on vacation, and unlike everyone else, I am really not answering my emails. You should try being more like me."

Serbob
Community Member
3 years ago

I leave funny messages on internal out of office replies, but externally it's more professional. You never know who will send you emails when you're away. I agree with you, the CEO of a major corporation doesn't want to be told to be more like me.

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I really don't understand all the people commenting this guy on being "unprofessional". He's professional, he knows the difference between working hours and vacation. If this guy was working in Germany he could have reported the company to the authorities for trying to contact him while he was on vacation. That's the difference between America and Europe: In America employees are considered more or less usefull assets that need to be available 24/7. In Europe employees are considered human beings that need to have their own time and their privacy. We have labour laws that make sure that employees are treated with respect. Respect as in paying them enough so that they don't have to work 3 jobs to make ends meet, giving them a minimum of 20 vacation days and having to pay them during the weeks that they are ill. Edit : I got downvotes. Probably from American employers who don't want their employees to read that it is possible to have a job that gets decently paid and where the employee is treated fair.

Merle S
Community Member
3 years ago

I wouldn't say that this is entirely true for Germany. With a smartphone always at hand you're expected to read and reply all the time (in private conversations). That's also reflecting to worklife. And I also think it depends on your personallity and the job you're doing.

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Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

When my husband is on vacation, he is ON VACATION. He leaves his out-of-office email and heads out the door and will respond to no one for the entire time he's gone. ...///... For all the sour-grapers out there whining about this, my husband usually has over 100 emails before noon every day. He travels for work, leaving on Mondays at early o'clock and returning on Thursday or Friday nights. Generally he works a 60-70 hour week. ..///... Here's his advice: NO business runs on heroes. NO ONE is indispensible.

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 years ago

True. If someone dropped dead at their desk, the employers would just shrug and get another grunt. You get no brownie points for being a martyr.

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Stille20
Community Member
3 years ago

In my office we do leave funny little out of office messages to amuse one another, but this one, I find obnoxious. "I'm on vacation, and unlike everyone else, I am really not answering my emails. You should try being more like me."

Serbob
Community Member
3 years ago

I leave funny messages on internal out of office replies, but externally it's more professional. You never know who will send you emails when you're away. I agree with you, the CEO of a major corporation doesn't want to be told to be more like me.

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