40% of People Faked a Sick Day This Year…Here Are The 10 Most Outrageous Excuses

Increased Number of Workers Calling In Sick When They Aren’t, Finds CareerBuilder’s Annual Survey

Forty percent of Americans faked a sick day this year.  The weirdest excuses bosses heard included, “I swallowed a toothpick”, “I left all my clothes at a laundromat”, “I don’t have enough gas in my car” . . . and, “I’m afraid to be out for the solar eclipse.”

The rest of the top five REAL reasons were, “I just didn’t feel like working” . . . “I wanted to relax” . . . “I wanted to sleep in” . . . and “I needed to run errands.”  Now here are the ten WEIRDEST excuses bosses heard this year…

  1. An employee claimed they swallowed a toothpick at a restaurant.

  2. A guy couldn’t come in because he broke his arm wrestling a female bodybuilder.

  3. Someone, quote, “called in fat” because their uniform didn’t fit.

  4. A woman’s dog swallowed her keys, and she was waiting for them to come out.

  5. Their phone exploded and hurt their hand.

  6. There was a bear in their yard.

  7. A guy claimed he left all his clothing at a laundromat.

  8. They couldn’t come in because they didn’t have enough gas in their car.

  9. A woman’s fake nail fell off, and she needed an emergency manicure.

  10. Someone called in sick back in August, because they were afraid to be out during the solar eclipse.


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