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

2
3,736 1,384
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
3,266 1,402
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
3,924 2,041
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

5
3,756 1,612
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

6
3,388 1,415
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
2,124 1,607
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
3,450 1,441
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
1,629 1,179
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

10
1,970 698
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

11
1,425 694
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

12
1,472 579
You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Sick

13
1,108 834
Relative's Funeral is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Relative's Funeral

14
1,142 1,093
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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1,725 805
You Have a Migraine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Migraine

16
1,019 620
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

17
1,160 1,222
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

18
2,055 1,234
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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1,807 1,775
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

20
760 1,081
You Are Snowed In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Are Snowed In

21
991 679
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

The Best Excuses to Get Out of a Date

22
942 2,298
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

23
664 507
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
698 1,252
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

25
564 426
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

26
630 510
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

27
672 546
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
541 910
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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532 479
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

30
542 625
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
408 904
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

32
740 654
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

33
395 682
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

34
357 474
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

35
363 475
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

The Best Yoga Apps

36
394 577
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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277 413
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
307 440
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

39
291 480
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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263 424
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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296 751
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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277 465
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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457 724
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 43 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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268 449
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

45
261 463
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

46
243 724
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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196 249
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

48
80 439
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

49
211 751
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses

50
234 382
I'm still drunk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
truu added I'm still drunk