employment The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work  

Elise Hennigan
Originally by
139.5k votes 34.3k voters 1M views 56 items

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

Need a day off? Here's a 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 they 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 car broke down. While this way to miss work is sometimes believable, you can't always use the same reason. 

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. 

1
9,490 2,398
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

2
4,749 1,762
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
4,167 1,768
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

4
4,866 2,607
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

5
4,683 2,036
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
4,324 1,789
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
2,717 2,055
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
4,506 1,952
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
2,021 1,431
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
2,552 897
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

11
1,824 876
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
1,962 751
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

13
1,451 993
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
1,501 1,292
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

29 Celebrities Who Lost a Ton of Weight (Before and After)

15
1,435 829
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

16
2,186 1,047
You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Migraine

17
1,590 1,593
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
1,334 868
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

19
996 1,324
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

20
2,676 1,665
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

21
2,286 2,211
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

22
910 635
You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Selected for Jury Duty

23
1,205 2,625
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
929 1,507
You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a "Personal" Day and leave it at that

25
753 556
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

26
797 645
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

27
971 716
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!

28
707 623
You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

27 Illuminati Eye Sightings in Pop Culture

29
673 1,115
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

30
700 726
Your Flight Back Into Town Got... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled

31
928 833
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

32
522 1,136
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

33
498 822
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
490 637
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
521 674
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

The Most Useless College Majors

36
481 598
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

37
369 511
The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

38
442 594
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

39
396 614
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

40
576 871
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I Pooed in My Pants On the Way to Work

41
365 901
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

42
340 555
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

Fan Theories About Kingdom Hearts That'll Change How You See The Franchise

43
361 603
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
337 596
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

45
345 596
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
310 871
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

47
123 160
You Have Terrible Cramps is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Terrible Cramps

48
321 403
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
239 324
It's my Wedding Day is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added It's my Wedding Day

50
107 569
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever