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TexasTowelie

(111,928 posts)
Wed Oct 26, 2016, 06:40 AM Oct 2016

Study reveals 14 craziest excuses for calling in sick to work

[font color=330099]I hope you read this before going into work today.[/font]

While many employees use the old-fashioned "not feeling well" excuse to take off work, others have come up with the weirdest excuses in the book, according to a study from CareerBuilder.

In its annual survey, CareerBuilder found that more than 35 percent of workers have called in sick when they were feeling fine, and 33 percent of those employers say they have checked to see if an employee was telling the truth.

Here are the 14 craziest excuses employers reported hearing from their workers:

1. The ozone in the air flattened my tires.

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7. I ate cat food instead of tuna and am deathly ill.

Read more: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/national/study-reveals-14-craziest-excuses-calling-sick-wor/nsxn7/

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Study reveals 14 craziest excuses for calling in sick to work (Original Post) TexasTowelie Oct 2016 OP
A duck bit me. underpants Oct 2016 #1
Don't laugh--that's a serious mallardy. Orrex Oct 2016 #2
Nope! Just call in a quack doctor. longship Oct 2016 #3
I'm down with that. nt pinboy3niner Oct 2016 #6
Afflack will cover the bill. nt MindPilot Oct 2016 #7
Oh! underpants Oct 2016 #5
My roots were showing, and I had to keep my hair appointment because I looked like a mess. LeftInTX Oct 2016 #4
I've never really understood the whole lying about being sick thing Massacure Oct 2016 #8
Few years ago a co-worker was dying of AIDS MindPilot Oct 2016 #9
I have received some real inventive ones from our employees over the years. Glassunion Oct 2016 #10
"I ate cat food instead of tuna and am deathly ill." Behind the Aegis Oct 2016 #11

LeftInTX

(25,117 posts)
4. My roots were showing, and I had to keep my hair appointment because I looked like a mess.
Wed Oct 26, 2016, 07:40 AM
Oct 2016

That's me.

Can't believe that article qualifies for paywall. If I had already read 4 articles, I wouldn't have been able to view it.

Massacure

(7,512 posts)
8. I've never really understood the whole lying about being sick thing
Wed Oct 26, 2016, 02:08 PM
Oct 2016

Of all the employers I've worked for, none of them have cared why I was using a PTO day. One considered it a performance issue if we missed more than 2% of our scheduled hours in a rolling year, but the reason was irrelevant. If I had food poisoning, if the water heater died, if the dog ran away, it all counted the same.

 

MindPilot

(12,693 posts)
9. Few years ago a co-worker was dying of AIDS
Wed Oct 26, 2016, 02:15 PM
Oct 2016

He would show up when he could but after a while, "I'm dying of AIDS" just got to be timeworn. So it became a game to think up the most absurd excuses possible, but none of us ever thought of "duck bite".

Glassunion

(10,201 posts)
10. I have received some real inventive ones from our employees over the years.
Wed Oct 26, 2016, 02:37 PM
Oct 2016

I had one guy, who's mother had about 2 birthdays a year, and every time it was a "major milestone" birthday. That lady must be at least 1,200 years old by now.

Same guy, had a cat who would get sick or die at least 3 times a year.

Had one who called out because it "might" snow.

I personally could give a crap why your going to use PTO. It's yours, so use it. It's the last minute crap compounded with the lame excuse that pisses me off.

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