Careers 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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11,959 2,911
Food Poisoning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Food Poisoning

2
6,009 2,163
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
5,231 2,206
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
5,803 2,543
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
5,801 3,216
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

6
5,167 2,193
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
3,347 2,501
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
5,548 2,323
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
2,579 1,784
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
3,351 1,164
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added

11
2,707 979
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

12
2,379 1,147
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
1,825 1,275
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
1,878 1,654
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
1,968 1,126
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
2,712 1,346
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
3,368 2,921
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
2,120 2,163
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
3,742 2,194
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
87i.acct added I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

20
1,743 1,170
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
1,233 1,617
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
1,003 715
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

23
1,129 841
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
1,021 800
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

25
1,366 984
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
87i.acct added I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!