13 outrageous excuses for calling off of work (GIFs)

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The days of calling in sick with a sore throat are over. Got a headache? There’s aspirin at the office. Unless you’re on your deathbed, you’d better show up at work. Actually on your deathbed? Then work from home.

At least, that’s how a lot of employees see things these days—a recent CareerBuilder survey found that 30 percent of employees have gone to work despite actually being sick—but the truth is most employers want you to stay home if you’re sick. If you just don’t feel like going into work, you may have to push yourself out the door. Or, you could try to come up with some creative excuse for missing work. Just don’t be alarmed if you raise any red flags.

The following excuses for missing work are no longer creative because they’ve *actually* been used before. They raised red flags, too:

1. Employee bit her tongue and couldn’t talk.

2. Employee said the chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift.

3. Employee’s fake eye kept falling out of its socket.

4. Employee couldn’t decide what to wear.

5. Employee felt like he was so angry he was going to hurt someone if he came in.

6. Employee claimed a swarm of bees surrounded his vehicle and he couldn’t make it in.

7. Employee was quitting smoking and was grouchy.

8. Employee’s false teeth flew out the window while driving down the highway.

9. Employee needed to finish Christmas shopping.

10. Employee received a threatening phone call from the electric company and needed to report it to the FBI.

11. Employee got lost and ended up in another state.

12. Employee’s favorite football team lost on Sunday and needed Monday to recover.

And, finally…
13. Employee said someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn’t leave the house.

Have you gotten more creative than that to skip work? Leave your excuses (and a .gif) in the comments below.

2 Comments
  1. Had an employee call off for 3 days. She stated that she stubbed her toe and it was too painful to walk. She had a sit down job!

  2. I could fill the page with some we have heard from some casuals, the best was – the one I rang 30 min past his start time to hear him say – :”you are not going to believe this, I got off the bus and was walking to your place and this guy pulled over and offered me a full time job and it was just too good an opportunity to pass up”  your right, I don’t believe you.

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