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Most creative excuses to call in sick

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Not feeling well today? Or just not feeling like going to work? A new survey conducted by CareerBuilder has compiled a list of the most unusual excuses workers come up with to get out of work.

After surveying thousands of employers, human resource workers, and U.S. employees, CareerBuilder found that 30% of workers have called in sick when they were not really sick. 34% call in sick because they simply don't feel like going to work or because they just want to relax. 22% call in to catch up on sleep while 15% say they just need to catch up on some errands.

Employees do not always choose to be honest when talking to their boss about wanting to take the day off. Of course, some of them add a cough or sniffle to the conversation and claim to have a fever, or a stomach bug; maybe even an allergic reaction. But others go about it in a much more creative and sometimes outlandish way by coming up with more dramatic excuses. Here is a list of the most memorable excuses given to employers surveyed by CareerBuilder:

- Employee's sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start
- Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
- Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown
- Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation
- Employee's toe was stuck in a faucet
- Employee said a bird bit her
- Employee was upset after watching "The Hunger Games"
- Employee got sick from reading too much
- Employee was suffering from a broken heart
- Employee's hair turned orange from dying her hair at home

Not everyone gets away with these colorful excuses. In fact, some employers admit they have gone as far as driving to the employees home to verify their excuse. Others have even had other employees call a suspected faker. Most employers that check up on an employee after a sick call say they simply require a doctor's note or just call the employee later in the day.

Maybe...just maybe, being honest is your best bet! 17% of employers say they have fired employees for giving a fake excuse.

For more on this study, click here.

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