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October 27 2014

5 Ridiculous Excuses For Missing Work

By David McMillin



The alarm clock sounds. You roll over and ask yourself, can I really go to work today?

We’ve all faced this situation. When the answer is a resounding no, the most logical plan of action seems to be calling in sick. However, a new survey shows that some employees are a bit more creative when it comes to ditching the office for a day. CareerBuilder recently asked more than 3,000 employees and more than 2,000 hiring managers about the most memorable excuses ever used for missing work. Here’s a look at five of our favorites.

1) Employee had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where he was.

Well, there is one positive sign from this excuse: the employee certainly feels like he can be candid with his boss. However, I’m wondering if that luck ran out and he was fired for his honesty.

2) Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.

Winning can be a wonderful thing, but I think I would have advised this guy to walk away while he was still beating the house. His approach could have easily paved the way to a double-whammy: losing all his money and getting fired.

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3) Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.

A healthy employee is a productive employee — unless those efforts to monitor well-being actually wind up with the inability to arrive at the office.

4) Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.

This excuse feels like the smartest of the bunch. Healing a gall stone seems like it could take a long time. I’m guessing this is the way the phone call went the following day:

Employee: Hey boss, it’s Gall Stone Guy again.

Employer: How are you feeling?

Employee: I think the supplements are working, but I might need to go get acupuncture today.

5) Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood up, she fell and broke her ankle.

Wow, talk about a rough start to the morning — and an awkward conversation in the emergency room.

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Caught In A Lie

For employees looking to star in their own version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, it’s important to note that many bosses will go the extra mile to sniff out a fake excuse. CareerBuilder’s survey revealed that 15 percent of bosses actually drive pass an employee’s house, and another 24 percent had caught employees lying simply by checking social media.

Looking for more hilarious stories from the workplace? Check out “Unbelievable But True Job Interview Mishaps.”

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