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Absentees' weird excuses

May 28, 2009

Some days you just don't want to go to work. In fact, a survey on absenteeism from tells us that 33 percent of employers skipped work last year, telling their bosses they were sick when they really weren't.

Entertaining reasons for sick days

Thirty-four percent of those just didn’t feel like going in that day; 9 percent were avoiding meetings, overdue projects, or a boss or colleague.

Among the excuses some employees gave for not showing up:

  • One employee claimed to have hit a turkey while riding a bike.
  • Another worker said his dog was stressed out after a family reunion.
  • An employee reported swallowing too much mouthwash.
  • One employee allegedly suffered a heart attack earlier in the day, although he said he was “all better now.”
  • A worker said his wife burned all his clothes, leaving him with nothing to wear to work.