CareerBuilder's craziest late for work excuses

Posted at 4:26 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 05:26:19-05

We're all late to work at one time or another, but what do you say to your boss? CareerBuilder compiled the most bizarre excuses.

According to the job listings site, when asked how often they come in late to work, one in four workers (25 percent) admitted they do it at least once a month, and 13 percent say it's a weekly occurrence for them - on par with last year.

More than 2,500 hiring and human resource managers (of which more than 2,300 are in the private sector) and more than 3,200 workers across industries participated in the nationwide survey, conducted online by Harris Poll from Nov. 4 and Dec. 1, 2015, according to CareerBuilder.

When asked about the most outrageous excuses employees have given them for being late, employers shared the following:

  • I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.
  • My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer.
  • I was detained by Homeland Security.
  • I had to chase my cows back into the field.
  • A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.
  • My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.
  • There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.
  • There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get the opening day sales.
  • I had to finish watching "My Name is Earl."
  • All of my clothes were stolen.
  • I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was "spring forward" or "fall back."
  • A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.


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