An email gaff has led to Greg Heaslip’s holiday request going viral. It started a Twitter campaign with the hastag GiveGregTheHoliday, and led to the security guard being offered a range of free gifts, including a trip to Vegas. Heaslip has since spoken out about the gaff, and his decision to give away the free gifts to Teenage Cancer Trust, the charity that Stephen Sutton supported before his death this month.
Heaslip simply asked for two days off on Wednesday, leaving a note on his boss’ desk before leaving the office. However, his boss made a mistake with the email to confirm the holiday request, and sent it to the whole office. Instead of being attacked for the mistake, the whole office rallied together to ensure that the 38-year-old got his dates approved. That started the Twitter campaign, and before anybody knew it the whole world was getting involved. It is something like this that shows the power of social media.
The security guard knew nothing about the campaign until his next shift. He then realized just how far things had gone with a lot of free items being offered to him, including a travel agency offering a free trip to Las Vegas. TrekAmerica offered the holiday, believing it needed to help the security guard gain his holiday request.
Most of the office was in hysterics about the email gaff that lead to the holiday request going viral. However, they thought it would remain within the office, and would end after the server crashed from all the amusing replies. Instead, people took to Twitter as their way to share the gaff and help their colleague.
Not all staff members were impressed. Some questioned who the man was, and some were annoyed that the email server crashed. There may have even been some jealous of the fact that this guy was guaranteed his holiday request after such a situation. However, most of the employees knew that it was all in good faith, and just a break from the everyday activities in the office.
According to Arcadia, the firm that Heaslip works for, his holiday request had been approved before the campaign. He only requested two days, and already made plans to go to Chessington Zoo with his wife and daughter.
After being offered a range of free gifts that he does not want, he decided the best thing to do would be give them to charity. Teenage Cancer Trust was the first on his mind, and is the one supported by 19-year-old Stephen Sutton, who was best known for “Stephen’s Story.” Many around the world have commended the 38-year-old for this decision, rather than keeping the gifts for himself or selling them onto others.
The campaign really shows the power of social media, especially one that is designed to be more public like Twitter. With just one simple gaff, a security guard is now known across the world. This was just an amusing tale and nobody was hurt, but it is clear that people need to watch out for the people included in messages. This email gaff led to the holiday request going viral, but the contents of the message could have been so much worse.
By Alexandria Ingham