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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1,223 494
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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1,297 532
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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1,328 686
Car Trouble is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Car Trouble

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1,218 614
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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1,121 523
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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693 638
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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848 557
Doctor's Appointment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Doctor's Appointment

9
962 358
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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845 295
Diarrhea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
MattElpern added Diarrhea

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616 323
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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532 190
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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500 444
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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539 585
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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691 349
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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347 173
I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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383 263
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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326 230
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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313 583
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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603 775
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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403 1,211
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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292 227
Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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246 181
You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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326 537
You Need a Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Need a Mental Health Day

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274 228
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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294 689
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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250 524
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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176 421
Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Because You Earned It!

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144 108
I Won $500 Million in the Lott... is listed (or ranked) 29 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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310 400
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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172 197
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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221 420
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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150 201
The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 33 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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306 343
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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147 207
You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Have Lice

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138 207
You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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148 206
You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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214 375
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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129 211
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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119 212
You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You're Moving

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117 205
Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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233 392
I Pooed in My Pants On the Way... is listed (or ranked) 42 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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154 476
Your Toilet Exploded is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Toilet Exploded

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113 208
Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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85 158
Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Mental Health Day

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130 451
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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32 91
An 747 Crashed On My Roof! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
1494573996400 added An 747 Crashed On My Roof!

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21 156
Nothing to Do at Office! Alrea... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
شہزادعامر added Nothing to Do at Office! Already completed All of my Tasks

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14 138
Spring Fever is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
Jim Marshall added Spring Fever

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110 461
You Lost Your Glasses is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work
You Lost Your Glasses