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 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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4,916 1,819
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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4,324 1,828
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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5,046 2,689
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

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4,847 2,099
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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4,473 1,841
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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2,809 2,128
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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4,721 2,025
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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2,068 1,470
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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2,660 930
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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1,891 895
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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2,041 772
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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1,488 1,020
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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1,545 1,332
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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2,257 1,083
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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1,670 1,674
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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1,022 1,356
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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2,414 2,285
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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2,830 1,737
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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935 653
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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1,236 2,694
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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957 1,550
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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769 576
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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814 653
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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1,020 748
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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719 735
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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956 858
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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535 1,168
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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511 649
You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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547 681
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Te... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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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

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379 521
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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452 616
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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407 636
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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376 920
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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Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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351 610
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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358 612
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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318 892
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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140 178
You Have Terrible Cramps is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Terrible Cramps

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340 423
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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249 346
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