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Chucking A Sickie

Updated on October 11, 2014

What is Chucking a Sickie ?

Do you chuck a sickie now and again when you just cannot face the boss at work or you have been refused a day off for something not that important to them but it is too you like a wedding /funeral or maybe a child has a part in a school play that means the world to him having you seated in the audience watching him ??

What is "chucking a sickie "you might ask if you are not from Australia ?

Chucking a sickie is simply calling work on the phone to say you are sick & cannot work when in fact your health has never been better ! You just prefer to be anywhere but at your place of work /

Or you have a hangover from a party the night before and feel a little bit worse for wear and unable to face the bright lights of work.

Some prefer to spend the day fishing - playing golf or just spending the day with a close friend.

It is dishonest and costs Australia a lot of money with the average cost of absence at $354 per person per day.

This equates to $26.6 billion in lost productivity for the Australian economy each year, according to the report.

If you really don't feel like working you should check to see if your company has personal days off for good reasons .

What reasons do people give for chucking a sickie and do they always get away with it ?

Bullying at work or school

Sadly many people feel the need to chuck a sickie due to workplace bullying or sexual harassment by work colleagues or even worse - their boss. As they feel they will lose their job if they were to complain they put up with it.

Workplace bullying can take many forms from hurtful name calling, Giving you too much work ... right through to physical abuse and can cause a person a lot of heartache as well as make it hard to do their job properly .

This needs to be reported -If not at work then it needs to be taken elsewhere so it is stopped

Would you chuck a sickie for a day of fun elsewhere ?
Would you chuck a sickie for a day of fun elsewhere ?

Sickie Excuses !

An apprentice at a place I worked at years ago had a girlfriend( young and blonde ) who worked as a receptionist at a medical practice, and he got her to pinch a pad of blank doctor's certificates, which he used whenever he had a sickie. As it turns out, he used to get his girlfriend to fill out the certificates, using fancy medical terms to make his sickies look authentic. Nobody suspected anything while the certificates had illnesses such as "URTI" on them, but he eventually came unstuck when he presented a certificate that said he was sick the previous day because of a hysterectomy. And so his scam (and apprenticeship came to a fast end )

What not to do

If you really want to convince the boss that you are sick it will not help you calling the boss from

The beach with the waves lapping at your feet , seagulls squarking & the music from Mr Whippy in the background

A funfair with the guys calling out to come and play a game

Or advertising on facebook that you are chucking a sickie and posting photo's of you at a party or at a football game .

Using the work vehicle to play golf when the boss has been told your in bed with a bad case of the runs doesn't go down to well either .

A bar with loud music playing in the background

Attending an event that is being filmed for local tv where you are very likely to be seen .

Crazy excuses

These included:

"I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious",

"I couldn't find my shoes", "

I hurt myself bowling",

"I was spit on by a venomous snake",

"A hit man was looking for me",

"I eloped", "

I had to be there for my husband's grand jury trial",

"I'm too fat to get into my work outfit",

"God didn't wake me", and

"I forgot I was getting married today

"My Grandmother died " After using this excuse a few times it stopped working.. for some reason !

Have you chucked a sickie ?

Have you ever chucked a sickie ?

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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for the visit Innerspring . It pays to check out what something is before using it as an excuse to chuck a sickie lol!!

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      Kim Kennedy 

      6 years ago from uk

      That poor guy must not have realised a hysterectomy is good for about three months off work! Wonder what happened to the girlfriend... Thanks for the chuckles.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      That was funny Kerry43 ! It pays to check what a word means before using it as an excuse to get out of work ha ha !!

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      6 years ago

      I voted with what turned out to be the majority. That in itself, was just as funny as your article. I did find the stats somewhat alarming though!

      ...and, I almost spat my tea out when I read about that poor young man recovering from the hysterectomy LOL.

      Thank you:)


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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Hey hows the weather down under? Ours is beginning to feel like it may be changing toward winter. You all changing to summer yet? Still in 90F here.

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      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Very funny Tirelesstraveler ! I bet he felt a real twit once he realised what a hysterectomy is lol !

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      It is a delight to learn about other dialects. Laughed at the apprentice whose excuse was a hysterectomy the day before.

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      I think its disgusting making up a death especially if the relative does die later . I got to work late one day thinking I was early as our hours change weekly @ I told the manager I had been asked to run over a cane toad ! The look on her face was something I will never forget !

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Believe it or not people have stated a loved one has died! The best one was when we saw the person's mother the following week at school! Others such as, allergies acting up -- then someone says they see them at the mall that evening;

    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Hi Teaches , Thanks for the visit ! A lot of people chuck a sickie here especially after a big night out drinking but sometimes there is a real need for a day of . I would love to hear some of the excuses you have been told ! Feel free to mention them here !

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is rich, I won't forget this phrase and your associated story. How funny! As a manager and teacher, I have heard many excuses in regards to chucking a sickie. I have to admit I have taken one or two during my career days, only because it was needed though (boy, did I need it!). Voted up.

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      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks for the visit Lizam1 - We will be in your port for a few hours next September ! Personal days are a good idea.You are fortunate to have a good boss . I rang work yesterday to say I couldnt work as I had toothache - needed to go to the dentist . The manager asked for a dental certificate even tho I am casual. I am taking the certificate in today . I would have rather worked than go thru all that pain .

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      6 years ago from Scotland

      Sad that employees have to lie because of their working conditions. I work for a non profit and we have 12 personal days per year which obliterates the need for lying or excuses. Stress and mental health days can actually make a better employee if only companies would recognize that. I am so lucky to have the boss I have.


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