Top 13 most creative excuses for being late to work

Posted: 8:32 AM, Jan 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-27 10:17:27-05
Best excuses for being late to work
Best excuses for being late to work
Best excuses for being late to work

It's not always easy getting out of bed in the morning, and most people have come up with an excuse for a time they were late to work.

Some of those excuses are more creative than others.

CareerBuilder released the results of a new survey that asked employers the most outrageous excuses employees have given them for being tardy.

These were the best answers:

  • I forgot it wasn’t the weekend.
  • I put petroleum jelly in my eyes.
  • I had to watch a soccer game that was being played in Europe.
  • I thought Flag Day was a legal holiday.
  • My pet turtle needed to visit the exotic animal clinic.
  • The wind blew the deck off my house.
  • I overslept because my kids changed all the clocks in the house.
  • I was cornered by a moose.
  • My mother locked me in the closet.
  • The pizza I ordered was late being delivered, and I had to be home to accept/pay for it.
  • The sunrise was so beautiful that I had to stop and take it in.
  • My mother-in-law wouldn’t stop talking.
  • My dad offered to make me a grilled cheese sandwich, and I couldn’t say no.

The survey also found that 29 percent of workers admit to coming in late at least once a month, while 16 percent say they're late on a weekly basis.

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