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

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

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

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

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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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There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family

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You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

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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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Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
I'm Dead

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You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

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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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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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Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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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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Your Flight Back Into Town Got... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

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You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

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You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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I Dont Want to Go to My Shitty... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
I Dont Want to Go to My Shitty Job Today.

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You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

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You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

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You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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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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I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!

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Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

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I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way to Work

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

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I Shit My Pants is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
I Shit My Pants

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Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Spring Fever

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Nothing to Do at Office! Alrea... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Nothing to Do at Office! Already completed All of my Tasks