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November 13 2015

5 Ridiculous Excuses Employees Have Actually Used To Miss Work

By David McMillin


If you’ve ever played hooky from your job, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, 38 percent of employees have called in sick when they’ve been feeling just fine over the past year. That’s a 10-point increase from a similar survey conducted in 2014, so it seems that more employees are waking up and wanting to roll back over. Some of the excuses are fairly standard. From citing a doctor’s appointment to the need to catch up on sleep to bad weather, many employees are using commonly accepted reasons for ditching days at the office.

However, not all excuses are created equal, and the survey uncovered some insane but true excuses for missing work. Here’s a look at five of the most memorable responses.

1) Claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.

What an evil grandmother. And what a good reason to be a vegetarian.

2) Stuck under the bed.

Why was the employee under the bed in the first place? And more importantly, why did he bring his phone with him?

3) Broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.

I hope this was a double decker club on rye bread with all the fixings. If it was just a traditional peanut butter and jelly, that makes the situation so sad.

4) Said the universe was telling him to take a day off.

The universe is so wise.

5) Caught cheating on his wife and had to spend the day retrieving his stuff from the dumpster.

Well, it sounds like he deserved some time in the dumpster.

Some Bosses Can’t Be Fooled

The era of status updates and location check-ins makes faking a sickness more challenging. According to the survey, 33 percent of employers have caught an employee lying about their reasons for missing work by monitoring social media, and some of them don’t enjoy the hooky game. Twenty-six percent of those employers fired the lying employee.

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