Dear Strangers Relaxing Outside: Why Are You Not at Work Right Now?

Did you know that June 2 is National Leave the Office Early Day? And that it comes with a built in caveat that if the 2nd falls on a weekend you celebrate it on the nearest working day? I didn’t but now that I do it would be selfish, cruel even, if I didn’t pass the information on to you. In the spirit of cutting out for an early Friday happy hour, I present this post from July 2016, where Amelia asked people out on the street during working hours what they were up to. Enjoy! And then leave! -Nora 

So you know how when you go outside during work hours the whole world is still happening on the streets? Especially in the summer? There they are, everyday people, dining al fresco at that restaurant that you’ve always wanted to try but have never found the time; waiting on long lines for ice cream; sitting in the park; reading a book; shopping; doing what appears to be absolutely nothing. And don’t you want to go up and ask them, “Excuse me, why are you not at work?? What is it that you do such that you are here relaxing in the middle of the day?”

Same. So we did! Ask them, that is. Three women we spoke to had left their company that day for bigger and better things. Two others were straight up playing office hookie. (All five regretfully — definitely regretfully — declined to be in this.) Others were students enjoying their break and some had jobs that didn’t abide by the 9 to 5, but let me tell you what the all had in common: they were letting l-o-o-s-e.

Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.


Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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