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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work 

Elise Hennigan
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Updated January 23, 2019 196k votes 48k voters 1.4M views 48 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 ideas to help rank the best excuses for missing work. 

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Food Poisoning
2
You Have the Flu
3
MattElpern added
4
Your Kid is Sick
5
Someone Is in the Hospital
6
Tragedy in the Family
7
lostshadow added Have the Runs
8
You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something
9
Car Trouble
10
Doctor's Appointment
11
You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)
12
Relative's Funeral
13
You Have a Crazy Migraine
14
You're Sick
15
You Have a Migraine
16
87i.acct added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.
17
You Need a Mental Health Day
18
You Got in a Car Accident
19
There Was a Death in the Family
20
87i.acct added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!
21
You Are Snowed In
22
You Have a Doctor's Appointment
23
You're Selected for Jury Duty
24
Emergency Dental Repair
25
You Have Bad Cramps