Study lists outrageous excuses for missing work

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Thirty percent of all employees go to work sick so they can save sick days for when they’re feeling well; and the excuses they offer for missing work are sometimes pretty wild.

That’s according to a new study released by, which surveyed nearly 3,500 workers and about 2,100 hiring managers about how and when people call in sick.

The survey results said nearly one-third of workers have called in sick when they actually well; and that nearly one-third have gone to work sick so they can save those days for when they feel better.

Thirty percent of employers said they notice more employees taking sick days around the holidays.  December is the month employees call in sick the most, followed by January and February.

Sixteen percent of the employers surveyed said they’ve fired employees for calling in sick with a fake excuse.

Sometimes those excuses border on the bizarre. offers these examples of actual excuses employees gave for missing work:

· Employee’s false teeth flew out the window while driving down the highway

· Employee’s favorite football team lost on Sunday so needed Monday to recover

· Employee was quitting smoking and was grouchy

· Employee said that someone glued her doors and windows shut so she couldn’t leave the house to come to work

· Employee bit her tongue and couldn’t talk

· Employee claimed a swarm of bees surrounded his vehicle and he couldn’t make it in

· Employee said the chemical in turkey made him fall asleep and he missed his shift

· Employee felt like he was so angry he was going to hurt someone if he came in

· Employee received a threatening phone call from the electric company and needed to report it to the FBI

· Employee needed to finish Christmas shopping

· Employee’s fake eye was falling out of its socket

· Employee got lost and ended up in another state

· Employee couldn’t decide what to wear