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

2
2,750 981
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
2,979 1,454
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

4
2,458 1,019
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

5
2,740 1,177
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
2,463 1,026
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
1,543 1,161
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
2,388 927
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
1,348 948
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
1,511 540
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

11
1,113 540
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
1,091 414
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

13
849 696
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
917 896
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

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1,320 605
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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1,524 831
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

17
816 905
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
1,410 1,433
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

19
718 478
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

20
590 910
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

21
728 527
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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716 1,972
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
493 392
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
502 403
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

25
508 1,008
You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 25 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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428 333
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

27
465 378
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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414 762
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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29
392 378
You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

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312 727
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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448 543
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

32
578 537
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

33
332 586
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
273 358
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
293 376
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

Things Your Mother Told You... That She Was Right About

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237 326
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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229 318
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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315 496
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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228 370
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

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215 343
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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389 601
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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241 649
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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214 374
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

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202 365
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

45
208 617
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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203 357
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

47
57 318
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

48
111 140
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

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175 649
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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148 244
I'm still drunk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
truu added I'm still drunk