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
10,835 2,681
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

2
5,445 1,977
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
4,757 2,000
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
5,269 2,283
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
5,398 2,941
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

6
4,788 2,020
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
3,085 2,299
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
5,087 2,172
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
2,329 1,610
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
2,968 1,049
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added

11
2,333 864
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

12
2,078 1,039
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
1,664 1,133
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
1,688 1,484
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
1,714 983
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
2,452 1,205
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
2,922 2,535
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
1,843 1,902
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

19
3,254 1,915
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
1,532 1,020
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
1,120 1,493
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
1,011 743
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
894 636
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
1,323 2,948
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
1,041 1,707
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

26
920 716
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

27
1,179 836
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
806 717
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
754 1,244
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
781 797
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
1,042 928
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
592 1,276
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
597 741
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
545 896
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
546 725
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
543 677
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
403 577
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
496 686
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

39
443 704
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

40
657 965
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
418 980
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

42
376 623
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
401 688
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
384 672
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

45
388 672
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
339 960
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

47
171 229
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
390 488
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
292 399
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
129 631
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever