The most common reasons for being late are the mundane traffic woes, lack of sleep, bad weather, and getting the kids off to school.
Late to work today? What’s your excuse? It had better be a good one. And just remember, clever and devious minds have devised some doozies over the years. Each year, CareerBuilder.com surveys hiring managers and HR professionals to gather the most outrageous late-to-work excuses; the good, the bad, the crazy.
The most common reasons for being late are the mundane traffic woes, lack of sleep, bad weather, the kids and public transport. But if you’re going to come in late, come in late with some pizazz.
Here are some oldies but goodies from the past couple of years:
· I knocked myself out in the shower.
· I was drunk and forgot which Waffle House I parked my car next to.
· I had to wait for the judge to set my bail.
· Somebody robbed the gas station I was at and I didn’t have enough gas to get to another station (this one was real)
· There was a stranger sleeping in my car.
· My trunk had been stolen out of my car (the employee had a photo to prove it)
These are tough acts to follow, but never count out the ingenuity of the American worker. Here is the 2016 edition of Most Bizarre Late-to-Work Excuses:
· 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.
· A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.
· 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.
· 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.
Even as bat guano crazy as some of these are, it is safe to assume that management has heard them all.
The more outrageous the excuse, the redder the flag it raises in regards to judging a worker’s integrity, survey respondents indicate. But one-third of employers do say they have no problem with the occasional late arrival, as long as it doesn’t become a pattern, while 16 percent say they don’t need employees to be punctual if they can still get their work done. At a time when workplace flexibility is becoming a more accepted concept, 62 percent of workers who arrive late will stay later to make up for it.
So, what’s your excuse? Share your most outrageous misadventures in the comments below. We’ll print the most memorable.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.