10 Craziest Late For Work Excuses

Bangkok_traffic_by_g-hatAnd now for something completely different….a little lunch break humor…

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.

  1. “I made the mistake of letting in some Jehovah’s Witnesses and they wouldn’t leave.”
  2. “I super-glued my eye thinking it was contact solution.”
  3. “I am stuck in the blood pressure machine down at the Food Giant.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “My bank card got stuck in the card swipe at Sears.”
  6. “My husband re-tarred our driveway earlier today so I couldn’t get my car out until it dried.”
  7. “The traffic lights were mistimed on my way in.”
  8. ” My kid child stuck a mint up his nose and I had to go to the ER to remove it.”
  9. ” I was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into her convertible.”
  10. “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!