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How to Call in Sick with Style

Posted by: Nanette Byrnes on October 9, 2009

Here is a list of the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work, offered up by employers. These are real-life examples. No “dog ate my homework” but there is an alligator mentioned.

Some of these do really beg for further explanation.

1. I got sunburned at a nude beach and can’t wear clothes. 2. I woke up in Canada. 3. I got caught selling an alligator. 4. My buddies locked me in the trunk of an abandoned car after a weekend of drinking. 5. My mom said I was not allowed to go to work today. 6. A bee flew in my mouth. 7. I’m just not into it today. 8. I accidentally hit a nun with my motorcycle. 9. A random person threw poison ivy in my face and now I have a rash. 10. I’m convinced my spouse is having an affair and I’m staying home to catch them. 11. I was injured chasing a seagull. 12. I have a headache from eating hot peppers.

Source: CareerBuilder

Number 13 and on welcome in the space below.

Reader Comments


October 9, 2009 11:09 AM

I had to go to the hospital last night and get stitches in my head because I fell off the bed during sex.


October 9, 2009 12:05 PM

I have job interview today.


October 9, 2009 12:28 PM

a few:
- "what do you mean I am not at work..where are YOU?"
-Damn, you mean its not sunday?
- I am depressed, I just realized Beyonce will never be with me
- Perdone, subitamente al despertar se me olvido como hablar ingles. (Sorry, I just suddenly forgot how to speak English when I woke up today)


October 9, 2009 12:48 PM

Someone gave me a Prize today and I have to go claim it. PEACE OUT.


October 9, 2009 2:35 PM

I won't be at work this week because I'm using company money to fly to Argentina to have an extra-marital affair.


October 9, 2009 3:32 PM

Why not post some real content for business owners. What is this?

Xiang Yu

October 9, 2009 8:30 PM

I have just won a noble prize


October 9, 2009 9:03 PM

I am sick can't getup from bed. Working from home today.


October 10, 2009 5:42 AM

I just sneezed, so I think I have swine flu.


October 10, 2009 5:44 AM

I just sneezed and I think I have swine flu.


October 12, 2009 7:38 AM

I am trying to trace out how peoples brain thinks like anything to give a cause to bunk the office.....!


October 13, 2009 12:18 AM

I just don't like the people at work and I don't feel like seeing them..


October 13, 2009 12:19 AM

I just don't like the people at work and I don't feel like seeing them..


October 13, 2009 7:07 AM

Those are really funny. I think it will be useful collection for future reference.


October 13, 2009 5:38 PM

Employee - 'I have voices in my head telling me it's time to clean the guns'

Boss - 'I agree, you just take the day off'


October 19, 2009 5:06 PM

I'm calling in well today.


October 23, 2009 11:45 PM

I can't find my underware

Anthony Young

December 8, 2009 12:34 AM

Here's one a friend told his boss:

"I won the lottery"

It turned out he did, (just £300 and he mis-read it as £30,000).

driver update

Ryan Robson

January 7, 2010 10:04 PM

"I never thought I'll miss it... for real"

Homework Help
Custom Term Papers


February 15, 2010 10:56 AM

I can't come in because I'm stuck to a piece of gum.


March 12, 2010 12:13 AM

It is ok. Thanks for this tips.rca ieftin


March 12, 2010 7:10 PM


March 27, 2010 4:52 PM

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