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

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1,983 716
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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2,172 1,028
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

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1,857 753
Your Kid is Sick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Kid is Sick

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1,978 866
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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1,753 768
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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1,085 880
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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1,584 578
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
1,107 780
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
1,134 413
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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844 435
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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788 301
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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650 589
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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1,011 478
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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997 470
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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711 761
You Got in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Got in a Car Accident

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1,031 1,125
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

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508 366
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

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445 762
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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524 701
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

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526 414
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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566 1,661
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

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391 321
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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333 256
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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374 308
You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Selected for Jury Duty

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377 843
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

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298 225
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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320 639
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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272 275
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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241 571
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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369 463
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

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223 277
You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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266 503
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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414 425
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

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191 271
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

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186 264
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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181 277
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

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260 427
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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317 480
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 39 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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150 231
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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163 271
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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158 273
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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162 278
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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191 552
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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156 273
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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168 525
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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93 113
I'm still drunk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
truu added I'm still drunk

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27 221
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

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40 36
I'm in Jail is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Joshua Garber added I'm in Jail

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143 541
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses