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Boss Accidentally Forwards A Holiday Request To Whole Company, The Internet Reacts Brilliantly

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Greg Heaslip wanted to take some time off work.

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So on Thursday he did the normal thing of emailing his line manager at Arcadia Group, where he works as a security guard, to request the annual leave.

It was at this point that things started to go awry...

Heaslip’s line manager accidentally forwarded his holiday request to 3,500 staff members working at Arcadia, the retail group that owns fashion chains Topshop, BHS, and Dorothy Perkins.

And work for the day quickly ground to a halt as the #GiveGregTheHoliday hashtag was born.

@BHS_UK mayhem in the office #givegregtheholiday

Nicolette Morgan@nicomorgan90

@BHS_UK mayhem in the office #givegregtheholiday

10:42 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Does anyone know if Greg's holiday has been approved? Edge of my seat here! #GIVEGREGTHEHOLIDAY

Rebecca McGuigan@RebeccasPixels

Does anyone know if Greg's holiday has been approved? Edge of my seat here! #GIVEGREGTHEHOLIDAY

11:26 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The joke started off as an in-joke among Arcadia employees.

An email chain at work is hilarious! A holiday request was sent to the whole head office & replies are genius. Including #givegregtheholiday

Carina Sullivan@carina100

An email chain at work is hilarious! A holiday request was sent to the whole head office & replies are genius. Including #givegregtheholiday

10:53 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A holiday request was accidentally emailed to the entire company (1000s of people). Everyone is giddy #GIVEGREGTHEHOLIDAY #FreeGreg

Abi Sanders@AbiSanders

A holiday request was accidentally emailed to the entire company (1000s of people). Everyone is giddy #GIVEGREGTHEHOLIDAY #FreeGreg

10:43 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Email storm at Arcadia HQ this morning. Somebody please #givegregtheholiday #bhs @BHS_UK

Arti Joshi@aisforarti

Email storm at Arcadia HQ this morning. Somebody please #givegregtheholiday #bhs @BHS_UK

11:38 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Office domination of #givegregtheholiday How will you vote today?

Sarah Joy Brewer@Brewski_21

Office domination of #givegregtheholiday
How will you vote today?

1:10 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It apparently even broke someone's computer.

Greg's holiday crashing my laptop! #givegregtheholiday

Alexandra Smith@smithygreeneyes

Greg's holiday crashing my laptop! #givegregtheholiday

11:31 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The joke soon spread across the internet.

We're in the offices opposite Arcadia, so it would be rude not to back Greg #givegregtheholiday

Econsultancy@Econsultancy

We're in the offices opposite Arcadia, so it would be rude not to back Greg #givegregtheholiday

11:48 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Brands got involved.

Give the lad some sun! #givegregtheholiday

TOPMAN@Topman

Give the lad some sun! #givegregtheholiday

11:05 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Greg, we're sending you this @Elemis Mens travel collection to take on your travels, enjoy! #Givegregtheholiday

ELEMIS@Elemis

Greg, we're sending you this @Elemis Mens travel collection to take on your travels, enjoy! #Givegregtheholiday

1:37 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Things escalated pretty quickly...

You should come and visit us here in #ValedoLobo Greg! #givegregtheholiday

Vale do Lobo Algarve@vale_do_lobo

You should come and visit us here in #ValedoLobo Greg! #givegregtheholiday

7:54 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And then BOOM — TrekAmerica really stepped it up and offered him a free trip to Las Vegas!

We're taking action and have decided to #givegregtheholiday. A TrekAmerica mini adventure with flights to Vegas. #GregGotTheHoliday!

TrekAmerica@trekamerica

We're taking action and have decided to #givegregtheholiday. A TrekAmerica mini adventure with flights to Vegas. #GregGotTheHoliday!

6:47 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And everyone pretty much lost their minds.

As if someone sent the whole of Arcadia an accidental email for Holiday request and got a free holiday to Vegas #givegregtheholiday

HarleyMangan_x@HarleyMangan

As if someone sent the whole of Arcadia an accidental email for Holiday request and got a free holiday to Vegas 🙈😂 #givegregtheholiday

11:59 AM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

All happened so fast - not sure if he's going to office or the pool. #givegregtheholiday

Andi Best Design@AndiBDesign

All happened so fast - not sure if he's going to office or the pool. #givegregtheholiday

1:32 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#givegregtheholiday for those tuning in late...

Ben Davis@herrhuld

#givegregtheholiday for those tuning in late...

1:50 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And brands kept on jumping on the bandwagon.

Nice one Greg you're off to Sin City, here's some stuff to fill your baggage allowance #givegregtheholiday #Vegasbaby

VO5 Extreme Style@VO5ExtremeStyle

Nice one Greg you're off to Sin City, here's some stuff to fill your baggage allowance #givegregtheholiday #Vegasbaby

3:50 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Enjoy Vegas Greg! Anyone want to join him? http://t.co/5oYjSUGyyy #givegregtheholiday

Thomas Cook@ThomasCookUK

Enjoy Vegas Greg! Anyone want to join him? http://t.co/5oYjSUGyyy #givegregtheholiday

12:51 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Greg got the holiday, now Greg can get the tshirt. Does anyone know his size? #givegregtheholiday #GregGotTheHoliday

TrekAmerica@trekamerica

Greg got the holiday, now Greg can get the tshirt. Does anyone know his size? #givegregtheholiday #GregGotTheHoliday

3:19 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#givegregtheholiday Don't worry Greg about your Vegas wardrobe; we've pulled some strings & got you some freebie polos & shorts!

BHS UK@BHS_UK

#givegregtheholiday Don't worry Greg about your Vegas wardrobe; we've pulled some strings & got you some freebie polos & shorts!

12:09 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Arcadia later revealed Heaslip's holiday request had been OK'd before all the fun.

"The holiday request had actually already been approved on the system and Greg will get his holiday," a spokesperson said.

Some were a little upset though.

#GregGotTheHoliday My boyfriend works for Arcadia. If only he'd put in his holiday form today....,

Samantha@mysticsamy

#GregGotTheHoliday My boyfriend works for Arcadia. If only he'd put in his holiday form today....,

11:30 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But the real winner was Greg. True fame achieved.

Really hope #givegregtheholiday makes it onto @BuzzFeed or @MailOnline - true fame awaits! #greggottheholiday

Sophie Wood@sophieannstyle

Really hope #givegregtheholiday makes it onto @BuzzFeed or @MailOnline - true fame awaits! #greggottheholiday

12:37 PM - 22 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE: Greg has now been located.

Greg Heaslip

He had no idea he'd gone viral on the internet, and he's donated all his free stuff to the Stephen Sutton cancer charity. He's still taking his two days off, though - he's taking his wife and two daughters to Chessington World of Adventures.

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