Top 13 most creative excuses for being late to work

Posted at 8:32 AM, Jan 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-27 10:17:27-05

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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