CareerBuilder asked HR managers to cite the strangest “I’m sick” excuses they’ve ever heard. Given the high number of people who call in sick when they’re not, some of these are bound to be fibs. Others are just odd. I’m sure it’s alarming to have bats get in your hair, as one employee claimed, but once they’re gone, and you’ve washed your hair, why couldn’t you come to work? As for most of the other excuses, like the employee whose kid stuck a mint up his nose, necessitating a trip to the emergency room, well, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if that one were true.
Strangest “I’m sick” excuses:
Employee’s 12 year-old daughter stole his car, leaving him with no way to get to work.
Employee said bats got in her hair.
Employee said a refrigerator fell on him.
A truck carrying flour backed up into an employee’s convertible and dumped flour into it.
Employee said a deer bit him during hunting season.
Employee said he ate too much at a party.
Employee said he fell out of bed and broke his nose.
Employee said he got a cold from a puppy.
Employee’s child stuck a mint up his nose, so the parent had to accompany the child to the emergency room to get it removed.
Employee hurt his back chasing a beaver.
Employee got his toe caught in a vent cover.
Employee had a headache brought on by too many garage sales.
Employee’s brother-in-law was kidnapped while in Mexico.
Employee drank anti-freeze by mistake and had to go to the hospital.
Employee was at a bowling alley when a bucket of water crashed through the ceiling and hit her on the head.
What’s the strangest “I’m sick” excuse you’ve heard?