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Today's release of the long-awaited Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been big news for the gaming community - many of whom can't wait to get home from work and settle in for a long weekend of FPS action.
But it seems not everyone's been able to get through another day of work knowing there's a new CoD game to bite into.
If we'd all been clever, we could have booked the day off ages ago to allow ourselves three days of unadulterated gaming.
And for anyone that didn't think that far ahead? Well, the folk from the Call of Duty social media team came up with a better solution, having posted a letter template for people to send to their bosses, urging them to let employees be 'relieved of all current duties' from midnight today, when the game came out.
The letter reads: "I am writing to advise _______ is to be relieved of all current duties commencing 0001 hours on October 25.
"The circumstances of their absence are of a highly classified nature, hence should not be subject to questioning due to the sensitivity of activities during the aforementioned time period.
"Their contribution to the task at hand is of International Importance. You may overhear them discussing preparations for their time away, and we advise that you do not engage.
"Please disregard terminology 'loadout', 'sesh', 'we on', 'no scope' and 'them Ws'. As a citizen, this is none of your concern."
It's then signed off from 'Colin O'Duty' (GEDDIT?!?!!).
One man thought he'd try his luck, tweeting a photo of the letter with his name filling the blank and saying he'd just sent it off to his boss.
Unsurprisingly, his manager's response wasn't that into the idea - though not for the reasons you might think.
Chris Carter, 35, told LADbible: "I sent it to my direct team leader, and he told me - and I quote - 'You can kiss my a**! If anyone is having tomorrow off, it's me.'"
Chris, who works as a refrigeration engineer from the north west, explained he had been 'great friends' with his manager for about 15 years, and that he was also a fellow gamer - meaning if anyone was going to take his cheeky request in good faith, it would be his boss.
"Me and my team leader regularly play CoD together and we also play Airsoft together," he said.
"We are both in work today and on the same site, ribbing each other about CoD and trying to get finished first to see if we can get off early."
As for first impressions? Well, Chris needs to finish work before he has a chance to settle in properly, but he's excited for the game's new lease of life.
He continued: "Having played the Alfa of the game, but not having had chance to play tonight, it's hard to say.
"I would say that this is the first CoD I am excited for in the last five years or more. This is the rebirth of CoD."
Fingers crossed he managed to get out early, eh?
Featured Image Credit: Activision/Twitter
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