A Kansas City traffic reporter who planned to call in sick on Friday found his inbox flooded with messages from company employees—including reporters, producers, and anchors—expressing their sympathies.
How did everyone know?
It turns out that FOX4's Nick Vasos was feeling under the weather and accidentally emailed parent company Nexstar Media Group, which includes 200 TV stations across the country.
Vasos meant to email his bosses, but he probably should have double-checked before clicking "send."
By the time Nexstar put a stop to the endless thread, the hashtag #PrayersForNick was already gaining traction on social media.
DYING at #NexstarNation tonight. 😂😂 Was super concerned when I checked my phone and saw a 47-message company-wide e… https://t.co/R9OVpvIEO3— Heather Monahan (@Heather Monahan)1574390381.0
Explanation for those outside the #NexstarNation: An anchor named Nick called out sick and the message was accident… https://t.co/d0SPZgBIQx— Heather Monahan (@Heather Monahan)1574390864.0
One of the more interesting nights I've had in the news business, when a co-worker emails the entire company to cal… https://t.co/z1USFX86Vv— Brian Dulle (@Brian Dulle)1574393603.0
Nick out sick is my new favorite thing. #NexstarNation #NickStrong https://t.co/Td96i31WJu— Austin Kellerman (@Austin Kellerman)1574388790.0
Here are some screenshot examples from the above tweet.
Co-workers got in on the roasting by setting up a vigil for their employee at work.
Don’t worry #NexstarNation, we here at @FOX4KC are keeping @NickVasos in our prayers until he comes back to work he… https://t.co/Rlgy0URbV4— Jonathan McCall (@Jonathan McCall)1574391641.0
I’m laughing so hard I’m crying ... ummmm @Jayhawk96 we’re gonna need him to call into our show @KMBZradio at two t… https://t.co/EAVNaMmgzq— Dana Wright (@Dana Wright)1574396210.0
Thoughts and prayers came down the assembly line.
@AustinKellerman Never been more proud to manage my inbox #NickIsSick #GetWellSoon #NexstarNation #NexstarNick https://t.co/AH3Gb24nsr— Grant Lodes (@Grant Lodes)1574391632.0
Hope you feel better Nick! #NexstarNation https://t.co/23WhjN6lnT— Sebastian Arbelaez (@Sebastian Arbelaez)1574390525.0
Hope @NickVasos feels better soon! From WMBB and Nexstar Nation #PrayersforNick— Michelle Kaufman (@Michelle Kaufman)1574388132.0
I hope you get in a parade tomorrow @NickVasos 😄 Take care my friend! #PrayersforNick #NexstarNation https://t.co/KfvhhN5AjR— David Mazza (@David Mazza)1574389375.0
@DavidNBC4 @NickVasos https://t.co/5oFiya6k5m— Missy the Pissed-off Patriot🇺🇸Ready 2 #Impeach🍑 (@Missy the Pissed-off Patriot🇺🇸Ready 2 #Impeach🍑)1574401499.0
@NickVasos your friends at BRProud in Baton Rouge hope you feel better. #PrayersforNick https://t.co/7VjRCPUIQ5— Briana K. Augustus (@Briana K. Augustus)1574389504.0
. @NickVasos feel better buddy. @BrittanyBadeTV and I believe in you. Pretty convenient calling in sick on a Friday… https://t.co/U5d9q94Pdd— Jessica Garate (@Jessica Garate)1574397047.0
Ferris Bueller, everyone's favorite truant played by a teenage Matthew Broderick in the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, was on people's minds.
@DavidNBC4 @NickVasos https://t.co/plHeFAIwaL— Generation Above Me (@Generation Above Me)1574391968.0
@DavidNBC4 @NickVasos Lmao, I was thinking Ferris Bueller too! 🤣🤣🤣— Packerbacker (@Packerbacker)1574393347.0
In a hilarious twist, no one at FOX4 where he works got the email.
Attention #NexstarNation. Take it from me, when calling sick don’t email news@Nexstar.tv You’re welcome.… https://t.co/efsMLxDx7i— Nick Vasos (@Nick Vasos)1574390961.0
Prayers appreciated friends. https://t.co/McqRtP3ub3— Nick Vasos (@Nick Vasos)1574429384.0
Hopefully, Vasos will recover quickly from this humiliating affliction.