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 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. 

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8,309 2,055
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

2
4,079 1,518
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
3,576 1,531
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
4,278 2,237
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

5
4,089 1,755
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
3,713 1,542
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
2,340 1,760
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
3,817 1,611
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
1,738 1,265
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
2,156 757
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

11
1,552 752
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
1,630 635
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

13
1,208 878
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
1,250 1,154
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

14 Famous People Who Have PhDs

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1,893 875
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
1,151 690
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

17
1,309 1,347
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
1,098 734
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
2,251 1,381
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

20
1,964 1,916
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

21
828 1,167
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

22
1,025 2,433
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
729 549
You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Selected for Jury Duty

24
766 1,342
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
610 473
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
681 552
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

27
767 613
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
596 520
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

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575 984
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
583 656
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
808 713
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
445 976
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
428 724
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
395 528
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
398 512
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

28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares

36
424 606
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

37
363 486
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

38
296 445
The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

39
315 528
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

40
506 767
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
315 804
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

42
283 467
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

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302 513
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
294 496
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

45
281 506
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

46
259 769
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

47
238 298
I'm in Jail is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added I'm in Jail

48
94 475
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

49
50 82
You Have Terrible Cramps is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Terrible Cramps

50
225 790
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses