If Out-of-Office Messages Were Honest

Most of us would have left too fast to set one up, for starters.

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Like this brutally honest trailer (opens in new tab) that reduces Fifty Shades of Grey to a plot- and S&M-less primer on contract law, our real-life out-of-office messages tell it like it is. In seven emails, we present the human-about-to-leave-for-vacation condition, with its combination of gloating, complete disregard for work, and fear for your Pop-Tart stash's safety.

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)

out of office

(Image credit: Katja Cho)
Chelsea Peng
Chelsea Peng

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.