employment The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work  

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List Rules 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

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1,087 449
You Have the Flu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have the Flu

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1,155 477
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

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1,144 613
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

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1,037 559
Someone Is in the Hospital is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Is in the Hospital

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634 577
You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

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967 478
Tragedy in the Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Tragedy in the Family

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771 491
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

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890 329
Have the Runs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
lostshadow added Have the Runs

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783 271
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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486 158
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

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561 303
You Had An Allergic Reaction t... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

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463 415
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

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503 546
You Got in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Got in a Car Accident

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632 316
You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Migraine

The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date Ways to Make Sure You Die Happy

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You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Why You Can't/Don't Want to Come In

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295 539
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

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341 239
There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family

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285 202
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

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525 697
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

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270 206
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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229 122
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

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275 654
You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a "Personal" Day and leave it at that

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228 167
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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258 208
You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Selected for Jury Duty

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292 515
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

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236 503
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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168 384
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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301 380
Your Flight Back Into Town Got... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

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163 173
You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

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213 400
You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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108 84
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!

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140 187
The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

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131 188
You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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290 323
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

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137 190
You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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137 196
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

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208 359
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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121 199
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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114 197
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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146 458
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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105 191
Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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215 373
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I Pooed in My Pants On the Way to Work

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126 438
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

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98 196
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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69 145
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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23 70
An 747 Crashed On My Roof! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added An 747 Crashed On My Roof!

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14 126
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

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17 140
Nothing to Do at Office! Alrea... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
شہزادعامر added Nothing to Do at Office! Already completed All of my Tasks

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103 447
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses