Everyone has called in sick, or shown up late, to work with a lame excuse at least once. In fact must surveys show that approximately 20% of the workforce shows up late at least once a week. However, some people take it to a whole other level. Below are some of the strangest excuses I have come across, and while I do not recommend you use any of them, they make for interesting lunch break reading.
- “I made the mistake of letting in some Jehovah’s Witnesses and they wouldn’t leave.”
- “I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.”
- “I am stuck in the blood pressure machine down at the Food Giant.”
- “I tried to catch the newspaper from the paper boy and the car keys flew out of my hand and over into the bushes, so, I had to search for 20 minutes just to find them.”
- “My bank card got stuck in the card swipe at Sears.”
- “My husband re-tarred our driveway earlier today so I couldn’t get my car out until it dried.”
- “The traffic lights were mistimed on my way in.”
- ” My kid child stuck a mint up his nose and I had to go to the ER to remove it.”
- ” I was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible.”
- “My 12-year-old daughter stole my car and I have no other way to work, but I don’t want to report it to the police.
However, to be serious for a moment, sometimes you do have a legitimate reason for needing to be late, or even out of work for a time. Some companies may require that employees provide a written excuse letter or send an email message when they miss time from work to interview or for other reasons.
The professional way to approach this is to write a formal letter requesting the time off. Remember to follow a traditional business letter format and always keep your language as formal as possible. And of course if you need help, that is what I am here for!