thought provoking 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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1,430 555
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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1,552 771
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

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1,462 590
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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1,424 680
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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1,291 589
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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798 696
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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945 657
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

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1,050 387
Have the Runs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
lostshadow added Have the Runs

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914 325
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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675 350
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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594 211
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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539 471
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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577 632
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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549 248
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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774 384
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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421 295
There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
There Was a Death in the Family

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733 859
I'm Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
zxray added I'm Dead

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338 618
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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375 264
You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

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459 1,351
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Wh... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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361 566
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

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313 249
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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263 196
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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294 239
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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312 728
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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264 543
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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187 130
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 28 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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191 452
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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321 411
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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193 211
You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

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230 432
You Have to Meet With Your Kid... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher

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150 216
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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156 217
The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 34 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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162 217
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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330 358
You Have Bad Cramps is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Bad Cramps

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153 221
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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220 385
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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133 217
Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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134 222
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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253 411
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 41 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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159 489
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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123 229
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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101 175
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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138 464
Electricity Went Out is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Electricity Went Out

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121 222
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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16 154
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

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122 477
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses

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37 31
I'm still drunk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
truu added I'm still drunk

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95 458
Have to Drive Someone to the A... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Have to Drive Someone to the Airport