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.

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 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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4,645 1,724
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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4,078 1,732
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

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4,760 2,547
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

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4,589 1,997
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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4,229 1,755
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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2,654 2,016
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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4,386 1,901
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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1,982 1,415
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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Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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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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1,917 735
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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1,413 980
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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1,467 1,275
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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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

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2,149 1,027
You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Migraine

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1,549 1,563
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

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There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family

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979 1,299
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

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2,245 2,156
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

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2,596 1,627
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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

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1,181 2,597
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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908 1,483
You Need a "Personal"... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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735 548
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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782 639
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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949 700
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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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

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Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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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

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914 822
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

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510 1,117
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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491 813
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

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479 627
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

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473 589
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

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You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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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

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434 580
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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387 607
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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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

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

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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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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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331 588
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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340 586
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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307 860
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

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310 393
I'm in Jail is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added I'm in Jail

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You Have Terrible Cramps is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Terrible Cramps

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228 316
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

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Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever