Security guard gets free trip to Vegas after leave request goes viral

2014-05-26 11:47
London – Normally accidentally clicking ‘send to all’ will afford you some embarrassment, at best, and even get you into some deep trouble, at worst.  

However, when security guard Greg Heaslip’s request for annual leave accidentally went out to his entire company, it brought him some very good fortune indeed.

Daily Mail reports that the request sent out by Heaslip, who works for the Arcadia Group - including companies like Top Shop, Miss Selfridge and BHS – sparked a hilarious chain mail as well as the twitter hashtag #givegregtheholiday, which eventually got him just that!

Demonstrating the power of social media, the spur-of-the-moment campaign quickly gained traction and within no time companies right across the globe were falling over themselves to offer Greg a holiday.

But it was Trek America who got in there first, offering Greg a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Las Vegas and the US West Coast.

Other brands joined in to the generosity, offering Greg a whole array of treats – BHS and Topman offered him a holiday wardrobe, while Miss Selfridge invited any female companion for a VIP shopping session.  



And guess what Greg was doing while all of this played out? Shame, the exhausted night worker was catching up on sleep at home.  

Soon enough the hash tag changed from #givegregtheholiday to #wakeupgreg, as the world eagerly awaited the lucky man’s response.

So what was his response?  
When he did finally catch on to what was happening, he was so overwhelmed by the campaign that he decided to donate it all to charity instead.  

He reportedly told the Daily Mail that he didn’t want any of the free stuff and that he would rather see it go to a good cause.  

So, what about his holiday? Well, he still got to go, but opted for a visit to Chessington World of Adventures, 19km southwest of central London, with wife and daughter instead
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