Let’s examine what Josh has done. First he’s humanized the auto-reply robot message. Second he’s implied that not only would you be interrupting his vacation if you reach out to him, but you’d also be upsetting his wife, which somehow feels much worse. Thirdly, he’s created an email account that forces users to write the words “interrupt your vacation” in order to follow through with the disturbance, just in case someone has forgotten what they’re about to do. Josh, you are a psychological mastermind. Hats off.
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