14 ridiculous excuses on record as use by folks to ditch work…

According to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com, one of the most ridiculous excuses that has been used by an employee to call in sick was a person who claimed...

According to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com, one of the most ridiculous excuses that has been used by an employee to call in sick was a person who claimed to have eaten cat food instead of tuna. We all have days where we just want to stay in bed even if we aren’t sick, but people can cook up some of the most ridiculous excuses.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder and got responses from 2,600 hiring managers and 3,100 employees. It found that 35% of workers have called in sick when they were actually feeling well over the past twelve months.

“Not all company employees feel comfortable telling their managers they need personal time off, so they would rather weave an elaborate story to get out of work.” says Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s vice president of human resources. According to her, “the more flexible the work environment, and the more open and honest the communication is across the company the less likely it is employees will feel the need to lie.”

The survey was able to compile a list of the top fourteen most creative, yet odd, excuses employees have given…

  1. I have to attend the funeral of his wife’s cousin pet because he was an uncle and a pallbearer.
  2. The ozone in the atmosphere flattened my tires.
  3. I have to stay at home because the pressure cooker exploded and scared my sister.
  4. The police raided my home.
  5. I’m terribly sick because I ate cat food instead of tuna.
  6. I had to testify against a drug dealer who in turn had his friends mug.
  7. I absolutely must keep my hair appointment because my roots are showing.
  8. I was bitten by a duck.
  9. I ate too much birthday cake.
  10. I used a hair removal product which gave me chemical burns under my arm. Now I can’t put my arms down.
  11. I have traumatic stress because I found a large spider in my home. I have to stay at home and deal with it.
  12. I have better things to do.
  13. I’m playing the bowling game of my life so I simply can’t make it.
  14. My llama is sick.

If, however, you choose to fib to get out of work, beware, while the majority (about 67%) of employers give their employees the benefit of the doubt, 33% said they have checked to see if an employee was telling the truth and about 22% have fired an employee for giving a fake excuse.

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