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The most outrageous excuses for being late for work

What's the best excuse you ever gave for being late for work?

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A new study found that more than a quarter (26 per cent) of workers admit to being tardy at least once a month, and 16 per cent are late once a week or more.

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The survey found that traffic was the most common excuse employees (31 per cent) give as a reason why they are late. Other excuses include sleeping in, having to drop off the kids at daycare or school, bad weather and public transportation delays.
But there are some pretty outrageous excuses employees gave for why they are late. Here are the top ones.

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An employee dropped her purse into a coin-operated newspaper box and couldn’t retrieve it without change (which was in the purse).

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An employee accidentally left the apartment with his roommate’s girlfriend’s shoes on and had to go back to change.

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An employee’s angry wife had frozen his truck keys in a glass of water in the freezer.

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An employee got a late start because she was putting a rain coat on her cement duck in her front yard (because rain was expected later that day).

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An employee’s car wouldn’t start because the breathalyzer showed he was intoxicated.

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An employee attempted to cut his own hair before work and the clippers stopped working, so he had to wait until the barber shop opened to fix his hair.

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An employee’s car was attacked by a bear (he had photographic evidence).

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An employee drove to her previous employer by mistake.

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An employee claimed to have delivered a stranger’s baby on the side of the highway.

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Do you have a great excuse for being late for work that you heard, used yourself or your employee used? Tell Globe Careers!
E-mail us at or leave a note in the comments section. We’ll compile and post them.

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