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The Best Excuses for Missing Work

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Are you in desperate need of a day off but have no legitimate excuse? Then take a look, because you just may find something here to help you. From 'most effective' to 'sounds good but will probably get you in trouble' these excuses may be just what you're looking for!

Rated 10 points - posted 9 years ago by thewordwarrior in category Other.
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My Child is Sick Report Abuse
Always the best reason - for while an employer can question whether YOU were really sick or not, it is considered impolite to question the validity of a sick child claim. Of course - you may want to make sure you HAVE children before using this excuse.
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I'm sick Report Abuse
A specific symptom, such as a high fever or rash or some such is best added to this excuse. If you can SOUND sick, it is a bonus.
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I had a car accident on the way to work Report Abuse
This one is guaranteed to garner you sympathy, especially if you moan about the price of towing, or the cost of geting the dent out of your door.
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My asthma/lupus/arthritis is really acting up today Report Abuse
Sometimes better than the sick excuse - this one involves quality of life - you COULD come in, but you'd be miserable. This one makes the employer feel slightly guilty even though they are not sure what they are guilty FOR.
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There’s been a death in the family Report Abuse
Another automatic sympathy generator - but it can get complicated if you have to repeat the story later and get the details wrong.
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My babysitter is sick and I have no one else to watch my kids. Report Abuse
This one is right up there with sick children. What employer is going to complain? After all, it's not like you can leave them alone.
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The brakes/fanbelt went out on my car and I’m at the auto shop waiting for it to get fixed. Report Abuse
This is a great excuse because of the notoriously bad reputation most auto shops have regarding wait times for walk-in cusotmers.
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I locked my keys in my car and I’m waiting for AAA to show up. Report Abuse
Not as good as an accident - or a broken fanbelt, but everyone knows how long AAA can take, so if you don't show up it won't be wondered at.
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My pet died in the night. Report Abuse
This is a tear jerker, and will get you a lot of sympathy.
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My wife (husband) is too sick to get out of bed and I have to stay home and take care of them. Report Abuse
Not as good as a sick child, but if you make the spouse ill enough it can work.
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My psychiatrist put me on a new anti-depressant yesterday and now I’m feeling odd. Report Abuse
You'll get an automatic "hope you feel better" from your boss. After all - they don't want you have a reaction to your medication and going postal...
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I My Cat/Dog/Goldfish/Guinea Pig is sick/hurt and has to be taken to the vet. Report Abuse
Make sure that you list them as being sick/hurt, because just a vet appointment isn't enough of an excuse in the eyes of most employers.
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I have a doctor’s appointment Report Abuse
Lame. Why couldn't you have scheduled it on a day off? Whatever you do, don't make it for a routine appointment. If you can make the appointment for a specialist who only had this day/time available, then all the better!
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I have a dentist appointment Report Abuse
Even lamer. Unless you chipped a tooth or lost a crown or something equally horrific.
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I threw my back out bowling/biking/hang gliding last night Report Abuse
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My water has been turned off so I can’t take a shower or even brush my teeth. Report Abuse
Who is going to argue with this? Of course, if you're going up for a promotion it could indicate a lack of planning or management skills on your part.
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I’m in the hospital Report Abuse
You'll probably be asked to provide details - so have a good story standing by.
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I’m still drunk from last night Report Abuse
Use with care - this one requires the right kind of boss, or a devil-may-care attitude.
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I have to fetch my relatives from the airport Report Abuse
Effective for all types of employees (single, married, with kids, without kids, works especially if you want to extend your holiday vacation being paid half of the day) (^___^)
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I spent my check on lottery tickets and I’m out of gas until payday. Report Abuse
Again - not one to use if you're coming up on a promotion or performance review.
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The voices in my head told me not to come into work today Report Abuse
Fair warning - there's a good chance that when this one is used the voice on the phone will tell you not to bother coming in again. But if you don't care - go for it :)
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I fell & can' t get up Report Abuse
If you fell, you might be temporarily parlized for that day.
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