Employers Reveal 12 Of The Most Outrageous Excuses Ever Used For Missing Work

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If you’re planning to call in “sick” for work anytime soon, consider this: 15% of bosses say they’ve fired workers for playing hooky, and 69% require employees to submit a doctor’s note when they miss work. Shockingly, 19% of bosses reported having another employee call the “sick” worker and 16% even drove past the employee’s home. 

This is based off of a survey of 4,300 workers and 2,600 employers by CareerBuilder, which also found that a third of workers fake being sick more during the holiday season, a small uptick from the 29% who say they’ve already feigned illness to skip work this year.

But the funniest part of the survey? Employers shared the most outrageous call-in excuses they’ve ever heard.

Employee's 12-year-old stole his car and he had no other way to get to work

Source: CareerBuilder

Employee said bats got in her hair

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Employee said a refrigerator fell on him

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Employee was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible

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Employee ate too much at a party

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Employee fell out of bed and broke his nose

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Employee got a cold from a puppy

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Employee hurt his back chasing a beaver

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Employee had a headache after going to too many garage sales

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Employee's brother-in-law was kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico

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Employee drank anti-freeze by mistake and had to go to the hospital

Source: CareerBuilder

Employee was at a bowling alley and a bucket filled with water crashed through the ceiling and hit her on the head

Source: CareerBuilder

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