The Most Unbelievable Excuse You've Heard (and Given!) for Calling Out Sick

Have you ever called in "sick" to work when you were maybe not really that sick at all? Don't worry, we won't tell. Besides, your excuse is probably not as crazypants as these excuses...
by Lexi Petronis, Glamour

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, about 30 percent of employees fake the occasional sick day so they don't have to come in for week. The real reasons are at least semi-understandable--they just don't feel like going (34 percent); they wanted to relax (29 percent); they had a doctor's appointment (22 percent); they wanted to catch up on sleep (16 percent); or they had errands to do (15 percent)--but maybe they're also too boring? Because, according to the site, people have come up with some real doozies for not clocking in:

One employee said he couldn't make it to work because his toe was stuck in a faucet, and another said a bird bit her. [...] while another claimed he got sick from reading too much.

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And those are just the beginning:

One employee even claimed to have forgotten he had been hired, while another claimed drunkenness--his sobriety tool wouldn't allow him to start the car. More emotional reasons included a canine nervous breakdown, the exhumation of a deceased grandmother by police investigators, and a troubled response to "The Hunger Games."

Oh, and one more:

One employee had a bad case of orange hair, a byproduct of dyeing her hair at home, another blamed reading too much as the cause of his or her malady.

And just because you give an excuse doesn't mean that it's going to stick. Twenty-nine percent of the employers who participated in the survey say that they checked up on "sick" employees with a phone call later that day or requiring a note from the doc, while other employers even go check up on the employees at home (!). And 17 percent of employers say they've actually fired workers that they caught faking being sick.

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OK--I've never given an unbelievable excuse (I'm a very nervous, very bad liar), but, many years ago, I once called into work claiming I was sick, when really I just wanted to stay home with my then-new cat that I'd just adopted to make sure she acclimated to her new home. Then I spent the entire day witnessing her walk around, sniffing all of the apartment's lightbulbs. It was kind of weird.

Have you ever called in sick when you're not? What's the most unbelievable excuse you've ever heard--or given?

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