Everyone calls out of work occasionally. Most of the time it’s because they are sick or have a family matter at home, but every office is bound to have that one person that abuses the “call-out” policy. These people go above and beyond with their justifications for not being able to come to work. If you are one of these people, we at RG salute you for your boldness and tenacity.
To be honest, we at RG have not heard many wacky excuses in our office, so out of curiosity we decided to ask our audience for the most ridiculous explanations they have heard for not coming to work. We asked that they provide us with examples of excuses that actually worked. The results may leave you flabbergasted.
Just when you think you’ve heard them all, here are 5 outlandish excuses that are sure to leave you asking, “How in the hell did that work?”
#1. Warning From A Fortune Teller
Ever have those days at work when nothing seems to go your way? The cosmos has just decided to throw you a curve ball and fill your day with misfortune. There is really no avoiding days like these, that is, unless you enlist the services of a fortune teller.
“This may sound odd, but I’m a fortuneteller and people often come to me to try to find excuses not to go to work due to “bad luck” or avoiding some unfortunate event.” – Alexandra Chauran, Fortune Teller
#2. Malicious Skunk Attack
Seriously? Calling out because of a skunk attack? Now we have crossed the line! What’s even more astonishing is that we received not one, but two skunk related excuses! Is this all apart of the skunks master plan to bring down the human race? This means war!
“Once, an employee had to come in late because he was hiding from a skunk. Earlier that morning, he had walked out to his car whilst wearing his pajamas to retrieve something. He turned around, to see a skunk sitting on his porch, staring at him. Out of fear of getting sprayed, the employee ran back to his truck. The problem was, he didn’t have his keys. So there he was, freezing cold, in his truck, hiding from a skunk. He sat in his car, just waiting for the skunk to leave. We’re just glad he had his phone with him to call us! We definitely got a laugh out of this one.” – Matt Donohue, eZanga.com
“I was walking my dog before work and he sprinted away from me to chase a skunk. Not knowing what it was at first, I ran after him and we both ended up getting doused in skunk-spray. Then I spoke with my veterinarian who told me I only had 8-12 hours to de-skunk otherwise my dog and I could end up smelling horrible for over a year. Needless to say my coworkers had a good laugh and both myself and my dog took quite a few tomato juice baths that day.” – Emmi Buck
#3. It’s Never My Fault!
“Hands down the most outrageous excuse for calling out of work was from a co-worker of mine at a former job. Her excuse for not coming into work was that the manager had forgotten to mark down it was her vacation.”
Yes, she turned it around on the boss — it was his fault; he forgot to file the paperwork for the assistant manager who wrote the schedule.
“Yes, she turned it around on the boss — it was his fault; he forgot to file the paperwork for the assistant manager who wrote the schedule. Since it would have quickly devolved into a he said/she said situation, the manager just let her take the week off.” – Lauren-Ashley Oliver, Plan8 Studios
Blaming your boss for not remembering your vacation day is the gutsiest excuse that we at RG have ever heard. If you really need the day off though, then this strategy might be your best bet. Statistically speaking, this excuse does have a near 100% success rate of getting the day off. That’s because 99% of those who use it get canned.
“This worked about 6 months ago, not sure of today. Cough real loud, say in smoky voice, Think I caught Ebola while I was in Africa last weekend. I can come into work if you want. “ – Richard C. Kelleher, M.B.A.
We have all heard of a taking a sick day, but saying you have Ebola takes things to a whole other extreme. Unless you actually traveled to Africa, the chances of this excuse actually working are slim.
#5. Can’t Fill Up My Car
“One of my co-workers called one morning and said that they couldn’t come in due to his car’s gas tank door not being able to open. We thought it was pretty clever even though we knew he was telling the truth.” – Daniel Alacorn, Calltools.com
This was the most reasonable and possibly the most believable excuse that we received. Car gas tanks not being able to open can be a common issue for some makes and models, which makes this a sneaky good excuse. Out of all the above, the RG team agrees that this excuse is the most likely to succeed. If you were a manager, would you believe it?
As evidenced above, employees get out of work by using some pretty outrageous excuses. Whether or not you believe them is another story. The bottomline is that if you find yourself in a legitimate situation where you can’t make it to work, then by all means you should call out. However, don’t try to stretch the limits of an excuse just because you are feeling lazy. Sure, you may get away with it once or twice, but sooner or later it will come back to bite you in the butt.
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