employment The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work  

Elise Hennigan
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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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6,176 1,389
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

2
2,946 1,061
You Have the Flu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have the Flu

3
3,147 1,572
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

4
2,613 1,101
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

5
2,922 1,260
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

6
2,645 1,101
Tragedy in the Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Tragedy in the Family

7
1,650 1,264
You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough) is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

8
2,600 1,032
Have the Runs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
lostshadow added Have the Runs

9
1,404 988
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
1,592 570
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

11
1,158 569
You Had An Allergic Reaction t... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

12
1,159 442
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

13
894 720
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
962 928
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

The Worst Excuses for Texting Your Crush

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1,385 638
You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Migraine

16
1,615 900
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

17
881 945
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

18
760 508
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

19
1,471 1,505
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

20
615 940
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

21
772 558
There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family

Things We Should Do, But Don't

22
755 2,025
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
538 1,042
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

24
522 424
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

25
517 417
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

26
451 351
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

27
439 790
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

28
498 414
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!

The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

29
420 398
You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

30
329 760
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

31
467 562
Your Flight Back Into Town Got... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

32
606 562
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

33
345 606
You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

34
292 383
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

35
306 394
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

The 30 Most Nostalgia-Inducing 90s School Supplies

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246 342
The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

37
329 511
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

38
242 341
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

39
236 391
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

40
221 359
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

41
402 625
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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250 669
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

Christina Aguilera Tattoos

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226 394
Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

44
212 385
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

45
212 375
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

46
213 638
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

47
60 344
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

48
128 158
I'm in Jail is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added I'm in Jail

49
179 666
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses

50
160 273
I'm still drunk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
truu added I'm still drunk