6 funny ways employees livened up dull out-of-office replies

Imagine emailing a key vendor contact and getting an automated message back saying he or she has decided to run away to join the circus.

Now that specific message is hopefully one you’ve never gotten before, however you’ve probably received more than a few automated replies during your career.

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Most people are content to include in their auto replies the days they’ll be out of the office and an alternate way to reach them in case of an emergency. Others? Well, they like to use their upcoming vacation as an excuse to show off their creative writing chops.

Check out some of their handiwork on this list of six of the funniest automated out-of-office replies:

  1. “Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.” This one may actually be better if the other person doesn’t get the joke and he or she starts watching those email word counts like a hawk.
  2. “I’ve run away to join a different circus.” Short and to the point.
  3. “The email server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.” We’re sure IT departments everywhere genuinely appreciate the unnecessary extra work this reply is sure to send their way.
  4. “Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system… You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 13 weeks.” And you thought your case of email overload was bad!
  5. “Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor’s having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.” Ouch! If you’re going to put this one up – and we don’t recommend it – you better hope the CEO doesn’t decide to embrace company-wide email updates while you’re away.
  6. “I will be out of the office from 6/11 thru 6/17 – returning to my desk on 6/21. If you have questions about life, ask Siri. If you have an emergency, dial 911. If you wish to speak to an operator, press or say ‘zero’. If you want to save a lot of money on your car insurance, contact GEICO. If you have information which may lead to an arrest in the murder case of Jon Benet Ramsey, contact the Colorado Springs Sheriff’s Department. If you know the whereabouts of known terrorists, contact the United States Department of Defense. If you know who shot J.R., contact the Dallas Police Department. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, call …. The A-Team. If the A-Team is unavailable, call Ghostbusters.” Translation: Next time you need to delegate a task, look no further than this person who clearly has entirely too much time on his or her hands.

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