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.

Ranker Video The Best Excuses to Get out of Work

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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1
11,259 2,772
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

2
5,654 2,063
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
4,933 2,069
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
5,489 2,386
Someone Is in the Hospital is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Is in the Hospital

5
5,561 3,034
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

6
4,925 2,083
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
3,185 2,370
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
5,265 2,217
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
2,428 1,668
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
3,123 1,087
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added

11
2,469 900
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

12
2,198 1,080
You Had An Allergic Reaction t... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

13
1,732 1,190
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
1,764 1,543
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

15
1,824 1,034
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
2,568 1,255
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
3,083 2,694
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

18
3,440 2,020
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
87i.acct added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

19
1,944 2,002
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

20
1,619 1,073
There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family

21
1,155 1,536
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

22
1,061 772
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
937 660
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

24
956 749
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

25
1,360 3,098
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
1,085 1,799
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

27
1,254 893
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
87i.acct added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!

28
855 750
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

29
781 1,299
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
809 825
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
1,088 952
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
607 1,343
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
623 767
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

34
564 929
You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

35
568 762
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

36
569 713
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
414 602
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
514 719
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

39
460 734
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

40
674 1,000
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
432 1,008
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

42
393 646
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

43
413 711
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
398 694
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

45
399 692
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
345 982
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

47
189 249
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
415 516
You're in Jail is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added You're in Jail

49
310 420
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
360 535
I've been Deported is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added I've been Deported