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Jobs The Best Reasons to Skip Work  

Lauren Slocum
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Even if you pride yourself on punctuality and attendance, it's inevitable that one day, you'll have to call in to excuse yourself from work. Faking it or not, there are good reasons to skip work and then there are... the not so great reasons to call in from work. To steer you in the right hooky-playing direction, this list is full of good reasons to not go to work. 

Missing work and missing school are two totally different things. When you go into the office, you're expected to perform and someone is paying you to do it. If you're going to be completely distracted because your fiancé just called off your wedding, you should probably refrain from crying at your desk and let your employer know you need to take time off. If you've been sniffling or feeling nauseous, be it food poisoning or the common cold, you should play it safe and rest and recover away from the communal office environment. 

But don't go being too creative and loose with your excuses for missing work. Super hungover? You probably don't want to tell your boss that. Didn't get any sleep because you were up all night playing video games? Refrain from that confession, too. This list is full of practical reasons for skipping work. Because you never know when your sister-in-law is going to go into labor and request your chauffeuring services. 

If you're nervous about calling in sick, or if you're trying to prepare for a sweet day of playing hooky, check out these solid reasons on why to skip work. Everybody needs a little peace and quiet once in a while, so don't be afraid to use one of these excuses when you need to. Vote up the reasons you think are the most credible/fool-proof and add any reasons you think should make the cut!

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You Have a Bad Case of Food Po... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have a Bad Case of Food Poisoning

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You're Sick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You're Sick

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Your Child Is Ill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Your Child Is Ill

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There Was a Death in the Famil... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
There Was a Death in the Family

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You Were in a Car Accident is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Were in a Car Accident

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You're Selected for Jury Duty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You're Selected for Jury Duty

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Your Car Broke Down is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Your Car Broke Down

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Emergency Dental Repair is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Emergency Dental Repair

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You Have a Crazy Migraine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have a Crazy Migraine

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The Roads Around Your House Ar... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather

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Because You Earned It! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Because You Earned It!

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You Have a Doctor's Appointmen... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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You Have Lice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have Lice

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You're Moving is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You're Moving

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Someone Tried to Rob You Durin... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night

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Mental Health Day is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
SomeDudeinCO added Mental Health Day

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You Have a Bladder Infection is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have a Bladder Infection

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Your Pet Is Sick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Your Pet Is Sick

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You Locked Your Keys in Your C... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Locked Your Keys in Your Car

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Your Fiance Called Off Your We... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Your Fiance Called Off Your Wedding

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You're Waiting for a Plumber/R... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman

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Your Sister/Best Friend Is Goi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor

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You Have Family in Town is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have Family in Town

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You Have Terrible Cramps is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You Have Terrible Cramps

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Your Car Was Repossessed is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
Your Car Was Repossessed

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You're Meeting with a Client is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reasons to Skip Work
You're Meeting with a Client