Have You Heard the One Where the Worker Was Late Because She Got Locked in the Trunk of Her Car?

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latesmDoes your morning routine typically include hitting the snooze button and scrambling to get out the door? A recent CareerBuilder.com survey found that 20 percent of workers said they arrive late to work at least once a week, up from 15 percent in last year’s survey. One-in-ten (12 percent) said they are late at least twice a week.

Actual reasons for coming in late vary from worker to worker, but traffic was the main culprit with one-third (33 percent) of workers claiming it caused their tardiness. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) said lack of sleep, while 10 percent said getting their kids ready for school or day care was the main reason. Other common reasons included public transportation, wardrobe issues or dealing with pets.

“While some employers tend to be more lenient with worker punctuality, 30 percent say they have terminated an employee for being late,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources for CareerBuilder.com. “Workers need to understand their company’s policies on tardiness and if they are late, make sure they openly communicate with their managers. Employers have heard every excuse in the book, so honesty is the best policy.”

Hiring managers provided the following examples of the most outrageous excuses employees offered for arriving late to work:

  • My heat was shut off so I had to stay home to keep my snake warm.
  • My husband thinks it’s funny to hide my car keys before he goes to work.
  • I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn’t find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again.
  • I got locked in my trunk by my son.
  • My left turn signal was out so I had to make all right turns to get to work.
  • A gurney fell out of an ambulance and delayed traffic.
  • I was attacked by a raccoon and had to stop by the hospital to make sure it wasn’t rabid.
  • I feel like I’m in everyone’s way if I show up on time.
  • My father didn’t wake me up.
  • A groundhog bit my bike tire and made it flat.
  • My driveway washed away in the rain last night.
  • I had to go to bingo.

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever given for being late to work?

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  2. I had an employee call me to say he wasn’t coming in for his shift because his dog sneezed and his(the dog’s) eyeballs popped out. Another employee recently called to say she couldn’t make it to work on time because her cat was in heat.

  3. The frost on my car windshield is to thick to scrape off and my defrost doesn’t work so i will have to wait till the sun warms up the car enough to melt the frost

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