The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work Anything

The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

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List Criteria: Any excuse that you could use to get out of work for a full day or half day

List of the best excuses to get out of work--including believable excuses to miss work, ridiculous reasons to stay home and funny justifications for taking the day off. Hey, sometimes we all need to take a sick day, or take a "sick day" but we don't know exactly what to tell our boss that he will believe or allow. The most popular excuses to miss work are often health-related. People always think to say that they are sick or that their family member died. While this way to miss work is sometimes believable, you can't always use the same reason. And "killing off" your family members is just bad karma. 

Good excuses for missing work are usually either very specific--like your toilet overflowed and you have to handle it, or are very vague--like you need a "personal" day. Is it a bad idea to lie to your boss about why you are missing work? Probably. Do people do it all of the time? Absolutely. For many readers, the reasons listed here are good excuses for taking the day off. 

So what do you think? What is a good excuse for getting out of work? Do you lie to your boss or do you just tell him or her why you need the day off? Vote for your favorites and add your own excuses. Discuss your reactions in the comment section. 


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    Food Poisoning

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    You Have the Flu

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    Your Kid is Sick

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    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

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    Someone Is in the Hospital

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    Car Trouble

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    Doctor's Appointment

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    Tragedy in the Family

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    Have the Runs

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    You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

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    Relative's Funeral

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    You're Sick

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    You Honestly Tell Your Boss Why You Can't/Don't Want to Come In

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    You Are Snowed In

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    Your Child Is Ill

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    You Got in a Car Accident

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    You Need a "Personal" Day and leave it at that

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    You Need a Mental Health Day

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    Because You Earned It!

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    There Was a Death in the Family

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    Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

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    You Have a Migraine

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    Your Car Broke Down

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    Your Pet Is Sick

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    You Were in a Car Accident

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    You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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    You're Selected for Jury Duty

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    I'm Dead

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    Emergency Dental Repair

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    You Have a Crazy Migraine

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    You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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    The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

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    You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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    You're Moving

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    You Have Lice

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    Electricity Went Out

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    You Have a Bladder Infection

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    You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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    Your Toilet Exploded

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    Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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    You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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    Your Fiance Called Off Your Wedding

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    Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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    You Have Bad Cramps

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    Spring Fever

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    Your Pet Is Sick

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    Mental Health Day

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    You Lost Your Glasses

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    I Pooed in My Pants On the Way to Work

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