Calling in sick when you’re feeling just fine isn’t a new phenomenon, and the whacked-out rationales never get old. In what is now an annual tradition, CareerBuilder.com has compiled a list of the most creative excuses employees have offered lately for playing hooky. They appear below.
But before we get dessert, we must have our vegetables—in the form of actual statistics about.
For example, CareerBuilder found—after surveying more than 3,100 full-time workers and 2,500 HR managers—that 35% of workers said they have called in sick when they weren’t, down from 38% last year.
Asked why, 28% said they just didn’t feel like going to work. Twenty-seven percent took the whole day off to go to the doctor.
Another 24% said they just needed to relax, 18% caught up on sleep and 11% ran personal errands.
OK, enough of that. Now the good part.
The craziest excuses
In the last year, employees actually told their bosses they were calling in sick because they had:
• A sick llama.
• A flat tire caused by ozone in the atmosphere.
• To stay home with a relative who had been frightened by a pressure-cooker explosion.
• Been blocked in by the police, who were raiding her home.
• Eaten cat food instead of tuna and became “deathly ill.”
• An urgent hair appointment that was necessary because her roots were showing.
• Applied hair remover to her armpits, causing chemical burns.
• Been asked to serve as a pallbearer at the funeral of his wife’s cousin’s pet.
• Been bitten by a duck.
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