Ah, the wonderful feeling of finally going on holiday, and setting your out of office, in full knowledge that you aren't going to have to check the email replies for a very, very long time.
When this man was finally heading off on his travels, he took the 'out of office' to the next level. Taking to Reddit, his colleague took the opportunity to post the bounce back that he received from his colleague, and it's possibly the best we've ever seen.
In a now deleted post to the r/pics thread, he wrote:
Got the best e-mail auto-reply at work today
Alongside the text. he posted a screenshot of the email:
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!
People had a lot to say about the automated response.
One Reddit user had done something similar:
Had similar auto reply in one of my previous work places. Was warned by a manager that it's "unprofessional" and it wasn't a nice conversation. So when it was the next time I went on vacation, I kept the reply, but added a rule in Outlook to exclude that manager when the auto reply is on.
Another had an issue with his organisation skills:
He didn't include the most helpful thing to write in those emails: whom to contact in his absence.
It's great he's on vacation, but I will absolutely hate him if I'm outside his organisation and have an urgent request/question.
A third summed it up:
HT Bored Panda