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This Year's Most Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

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This Year's Most Outrageous Excuses for Being Late to Work

Because it’s Friday.

Getting in to work on time is not always an easy task. You never know what will get in the way of your morning routine – and it's not always traffic delays, missed alarms and bad weather, either. According to a new survey from HR services provider CareerBuilder, Homeland Security, Vaseline and lizard surgeries are just a few of the things workers claim prevented them from getting to work on time this year.

When asked how often they come in late to work, 1 in 4 workers admitted they do it at least once a month, and 13% say it's a weekly occurrence for them — on par with last year.

Most Bizarre Late-to-Work Excuses
Instead of blaming tardiness on typical traffic problems or public transportation woes, some employees are getting more creative with their justifications. When asked about the most outrageous excuses employees have given them for being late, employers shared the following:

"My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery."

  • I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.
  • My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer.
  • I was detained by Homeland Security.
  • I had to chase my cows back into the field.
  • A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.
  • My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.
  • There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.
  • There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get the opening day sales.
  • I had to finish watching "My Name is Earl."
  • All of my clothes were stolen.
  • I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was "spring forward" or "fall back."
  • A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.

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