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9 Craziest Excuses People Have Used to Get out of Work

9 Craziest Excuses People Have Used to Get out of Work
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Sometimes employees just don't want to come into work or have a legit (but strange) reason why they can't. If you're a manager, you're probably tired of hearing excuses for missing work. Sometimes an employee will say something so bizarre, it's almost entertaining – if you didn't have to work with one less employee that day.

Business News Daily asked managers the most bizarre excuses an employee used to get out of work. Here are the nine we found to be the craziest.

"An employee who regularly ate bananas in the office claimed to have a sudden adult-onset banana allergy resulting in a severe 'runny tummy,'" said Mollie Moric, career adviser and hiring manager at ResumeGenius. "He left the office almost immediately after arriving and consuming a banana as a part of his regular morning routine."

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"We had an employee take off for their dog's birthday because they had to get the party ready," said Shawn Breyer, owner of Sell My House Fast Atlanta. "As weird as the idea was, they brought in pictures from the party. They had invited all of their friends and dogs over to the house and actually threw a party." 

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"An employee called to inform me that they couldn't come into work because they'd discovered their neighbor's cat asleep in their car," said Moric. "The employee turned around and attempted to return the cat, but when it refused to leave their car, they were forced to take the day off work."

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"The craziest excuse I know is someone calling for becoming nauseous from accidentally brushing his teeth with 'spoiled toothpaste,'" said Ken Kilpatrick, CEO of Sylvia Marketing & Public Relations.

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"An employee called into work to inform me that their fortuneteller instructed them not to leave their house for any purpose that day, including work," said Moric. "They proceeded to discuss how the misalignment of the cosmos meant grave danger and how coming into the office obviously wasn't worth the risk."

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"One of our employees said that they couldn't bear the pain of a paper cut and needed to go rest at home," said Aris Vourvoulias, head of organic performance at Market Inspector.

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"I had an employee call in one day because it was really hot in his apartment and all of his fish had died," said Sonya Hansen, vice president of marketing at Targetprocess, Inc. "He could not come in because it was going to take him at least three days to clean it out."

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"An employee had convinced themselves that they had caught a 'monkey disease' from viewing an ill-looking monkey at the zoo," said Moric. "Although they hadn't come into physical contact with the monkey, according to their WebMD search, they'd contracted a life-threatening disease carried exclusively by monkeys called monkeypox."

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"One of my team members sent me a text that they could not come to work because their house was surrounded by a SWAT team," said Jodie Shaw, chief marketing officer of The Alternative Board. "Apparently their neighbor was suspected of holding a fugitive. It was a crazy excuse but a true one. They even sent me pictures of the SWAT team in their yard looking into their neighbor's house."

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Saige Driver

Saige received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Telecommunications from Ball State University. She is the social media strategist for Business.com and Business News Daily. She also writes reviews and articles about social media. She loves reading and her beagle mix, Millie. Reach her by email, or follow her on Twitter.