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Bad Excuses

Updated on November 18, 2015

Employers aren't particularly fond of their employees calling off from work when they are needed. It doesn't really matter if it's because they are sick or for some other reason. They feel that there's a job to be done, and that they are paying you to be there to do it. However in the real world it always doesn't work that way, and people are going to want to be off from work from time to time for what ever reason. That's just how life works. Most importantly do take the time to call in and let your employer know what's going on, so that they can schedule someone else for your job vacancy. This is important because employers really frown upon AWOL's or absent without leave. Another important factor is to have a valid reason for why you will be out of work. Below are some real stories of excuses people used in an attempt to get out of work. Some of these excuses back fired on the person wanting a day off.

5 reasons you shouldn't use when calling in to be off from work -

1) A worker at a local chemical company called in one day, and told his boss that he wouldn't be able to come to work today. His reason was that his dog ate his car keys, and he had to wait for his dog to go to the bathroom so that he could get his keys back.

2) At a small town grocery store a teenage girl called her boss, and asked to be off for her Grandmother's funeral. The boss gladly without any hesitation granted her the day off. Later on that afternoon the girl's grandmother came on into the same grocery store for her regular weekly grocery shopping.

3) A man at a local tool factory called in sick. Sounded simple enough until later on in the day he decided to go Christmas shopping. While in the store shopping an armed robbery occurred. That next day when he returned to work the human resources department called him in to discuss his picture that was on the front page of the local newspaper as a witness to the robbery.

4) A woman called in sick to her job at a store mall, while standing on the boardwalk at a beach with loud carnival and amusement park sounds in the back ground. While still on the phone, her boss told her not to bother coming back to work at the mall.

5) A young man who worked at a textile mill called his boss up, and told him that he wouldn't be into work tonight. The reason being he got high and drove his truck into a river, and he needed to get it back out onto dry ground before it started to rain. Needless to say the following day he was told to go on down to the medical office to partake in a drug test.


It is highly recommended that you don't use any of these excuses to get a day off from work, and when you are finished using your grocery cart after shopping to please return your cart to the designated empty grocery cart return & collection area. This is merely common courtesy, which will prevent other shoppers from hitting loose carts while driving through the parking lot. I decided to add this bit of information to the hub to go along with the grocery cart pictures. I chose grocery cart photographs, because I wasn't able to come up with any pictures to go along with the topic of bad excuses.


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    • Nora411 profile image


      7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is pretty funny! Can't wait to read more of your work! Voting up and funny!!

    • TheHoleStory profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      I believe everyone has some kind of an excuse deep down inside of them just in case they need it, and thanks for stopping by Rose.

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      7 years ago

      We human's really are a weird lot and TheHoleStory certainly has a way to capture our shenanigans through his use of words.

      A most interesting Hub Article you have written my friend, keep up the good work of entertaining you hubber followers like me!

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      Andee Rose Carpenter 

      7 years ago from Past the sunrise, left of the moon

      Hee Hee Hee!!! I love this!

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      Aarzoo Thakur 

      7 years ago from India

      Very funny. Great work.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hehe, brilliant! Voted up :)

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      The sad thing is people are dumb enough to try something like that. I worked with someone who's mother died three times in ten years! Great read and the shopping cart pointer and photos was actually a nice touch. Voted up.

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      7 years ago

      My sisters and I always joke about what excuse to use the next time we were to call in sick. We ran out of sick days and so we figured the next time we called in we were going to tell them I'm out of sick days so I'm calling in dead.

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      7 years ago

      Haha. it made my day complete. funny. keep posting. :)

    • Dardarji profile image


      7 years ago from California, USA

      Oh my goodness! This was too funny! I believe in taking 'brain vacations' from work now and then using the wisdom of Ferris Bueller: "Life is too short. You need to take some time to look around." However I will make sure to make up a well thought up excuse! :o)

    • saitam profile image


      7 years ago from Lisbon

      Funny how people want so desperately to be off work that anything seems a good excuse.

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      7 years ago from new delhi

      making excuses to the boss is the simplest job and yet people botch that up.Making excuses to the wife is the toughest.Try writing a hub on that.

      i at times refuse to answer her calls with a curt i am driving and she immediately asks me to put the mobile next to the horn and blow now before i use that excuse i switch on an app that stimulates road sounds and an occasional beep of the horn.(joking of course, is life ever that simple?)

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      7 years ago

      like your style Holestory!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      My car just got hit by a loose shopping cart! Seriously... yesterday at Lowes! When it happened, I immediately thought of TheHoleStory and this hub. Can I call in sick from work? :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I had a chuckle at this hub. I don't know how these people are stupid enough to think someone would believe them.

      I collegue of mine years ago rang in to say her mother had died. Of course her mother hit the roof when the boss sent a reath round to the house.

      As for shopping cart I have seen people load the cart still full of shopping into their trucks. But yes they can be dangerous when just left anywhere especially on dark nights.

      Great hub voted up

    • FreddyCaple profile image


      7 years ago from Louisville, Ky

      I used to manage a small warehouse and heard all kinds of craziness!! One guy told me he bought shoes that were too tight and he couldn't walk because his feet were too sore!

      Can't make it up! Great hub!!!

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      7 years ago

      Nice hub. Brings memories. Thanks.

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      Angela Kane 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very good hub, I voted it up, useful and funny. I know people who seem to be sick more days than they actually work. Employers need to stop being so lenient and demand a doctor's note from employers taking days off. Your comment about the shopping carts is also spot on. My car has gotten dinged more than once by lose carts so I always place my shopping cart where it belongs.

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      Bonny OBrien 

      7 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Ha ha. I got quite the chuckle out of this hub. I hardly ever call in sick, and when I do it is for real. Why? I don't want to waste my paid sick days lol. Last year tho a funny thing happened. I requested a vacation day off, because I had just moved and the cable guy was coming, the next day my truck would not start. I called my boss and was almost crying on the phone to him, as I was demonstrating on the phone how the truck was not starting. I got the truck fixed, and brought the bill in to prove I was not lying. He knows I don't, but hey ya never know I may just want to take a paid sick day off sometime in the future. But it is true people make up stupid stuff to take time off. We have had people at my job who made a habit of it.

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      Ann Leung 

      7 years ago from San Jose, California

      Your hub reminded me of one of my formal co-workers. He told our boss that he would be sick the next week for three days. Our boss laughed, "I didn't know you were a psychic. Can you predict what will happen to you next?" Lucky for him, our boss was a very nice guy. He had a chat with my co-worker and asked him to be honest next time.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      As a former employer, I can totally identify with you on how "ridiculous" some of these excuses are. It's really tough to hold it all in when someone is struggling to say why they can't be at work. I can't call them a liar. After all, I can't "prove" they are not really stranded in some town I've never even heard of on the same day that just happens to be their birthday. And, who am I to ask what they are doing in that foresaken town in the first place. Because, stuff happens. Right?

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      Mark Pitts 

      7 years ago from United States

      Funny! I thought I had heard a lot of excuses, kinda makes me feel better to know there are some that haven't been tried on me (yet).

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      7 years ago

      TheHoleStory, What an amusing, entertaining, humorous look at the way not to get a paid day off from work! Additionally, I appreciate the courtesy of reminding shoppers to put shopping carts where they need to be left instead of where cars and other shoppers can trip over them.

      Thank you for sharing,


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      7 years ago

      ha ha ha ,very hilarious hub holestory.The excuses are very funny.Interesting and voting it up.

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Very humorous holestory. Got some chuckles on these excuses. Funkiest one I've ever heard was a dude saying his Dr. told him to stay home that day and have sex. Okay, but kinda funny next day when he said he'd lost the Drs. excuse slip lol!

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      7 years ago

      theholestory, Those "sick" calls are priceless! What were they thinking?

      Your photos pertaining to shopping carts are an interesting addition to this page. I've always been amazed at the places where shopping carts end up in a parking lot, even though the corrals are conveniently placed throughout the lot.

      Very thoughtful piece!

      Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Florida

      How weird that you chose to write about the shopping cart dilemma. Just the other day a woman was exiting a store,filled with bags from shopping, when the wheels abruptly locked-up at the door. She was informed cart could not go past the door, and she had to make 4 trips to her car with the bags(no parking in front of door)I volunteered to watch the cart as she performed the task..

      Was she frustrated ? to say the least. This is what the world is coming to..loved the "employee" sick/outs..I thought I had heard them all..ever heard the one " my hemorrhoids blew up on the bus"..? as an employer I could write a book..thanks for the laughs..

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      Christy Birmingham 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very funny! I vote up and laugh!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I enjoy stuff like this. As a supervisor, I thought I'd heard them all. Just goes to show how 'creative' some people can be.

      Thanks for SHARING and starting my day with a laugh.

      Voted Up, interesting and sharing on FB & Twitter.

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      Dawn A. Harden 

      7 years ago from CT-USA

      2-5 priceless. Thanks for the hub!

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      William Gerace 

      7 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      How true. I truly loved this piece. As far as the shopping carts I agree with you totally. My friend works at Walmart and it is his job to collect the shopping carts. I can emphasize enough on this. Sometimes he has to go clear across the street into the other mall to get the carts and he work nights when it's cold and dark. So I totally agree. I used to a fellow who would call off to go to funerals and take the card the undertaker gives out and claim it was an uncle, aunt, or whomever. Disgraceful to say the last. Sorry for the long but really loved this post.

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      Mikal Smith 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

      My favourite:

      "I got in a car accident and I'm in a full body cast. So, I can't come into work today. See you tomorrow."

      Voted up. I especially like the last paragraph.


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