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Firm lists top excuses for being late to work

February 07 2013

Better late than never. CareerBuilder released its list of most memorable excuses from tardy employees. The list is based on a survey of 2,611 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 3,991 workers nationwide.

The most outrageous excuses for arriving late to work are:

  • Employee dropped her purse into a coin-operated newspaper box and couldn't retrieve it without change (which was in the purse).
  • Employee accidentally left the apartment with his roommate's girlfriend’s shoes on and had to go back to change.
  • Employee’s angry wife had frozen his truck keys in a glass of water in the freezer.
  • Employee got a late start because she was putting a rain coat on her cement duck in her front yard (because rain was expected later that day).
  • Employee’s car wouldn’t start because the breathalyzer showed he was intoxicated.
  • Employee attempted to cut his own hair before work and the clippers stopped working, so he had to wait until the barber shop opened to fix his hair.
  • Employee’s car was attacked by a bear (had photographic evidence).
  • Employee drove to her previous employer by mistake.
  • Employee claimed to have delivered a stranger’s baby on the side of the highway.


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