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

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1,731 691
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

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1,794 812
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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1,598 718
Tragedy in the Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Tragedy in the Family

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995 826
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)

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1,404 512
Have the Runs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
lostshadow added Have the Runs

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1,059 747
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

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1,063 387
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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795 401
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

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720 268
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

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613 557
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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853 398
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

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920 443
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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667 724
You Got in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Got in a Car Accident

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918 1,037
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

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412 719
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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459 334
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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467 645
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

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487 384
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

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540 1,561
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

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359 299
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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304 238
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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340 287
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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352 798
You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 26 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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255 198
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!

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299 607
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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219 534
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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244 258
You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

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349 446
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

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250 478
You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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199 258
You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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381 401
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

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178 254
You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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174 253
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

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171 261
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

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245 415
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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295 462
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 39 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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154 258
Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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133 215
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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153 257
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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146 262
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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157 505
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

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141 261
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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74 88
I'm still drunk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
truu added I'm still drunk

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21 202
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

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134 521
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses

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105 502
Have to Drive Someone to the A... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Have to Drive Someone to the Airport