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This year's 10 best excuses for calling in sick released the best excuses employees had for calling in sick this year. The survey found that 30 per cent of workers call in sick when they aren't.

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Excuse #1:
Employee's sobriety tool wouldn't allow the car to start.

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Excuse #2:
Employee forgot he had been hired for the job.

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Excuse #3:
Employee said her dog was having a nervous breakdown.

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Excuse #4:
Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation.

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Excuse #5:
Employee's toe was stuck in a faucet.

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Excuse #6:
Employee said a bird bit her.

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Excuse #7:
Employee was upset after watching "The Hunger Games."

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Excuse #8:
Employee got sick from reading too much.

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Excuse #9:
Employee was suffering from a broken heart.

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Excuse #10:
Employee's hair turned orange from dyeing her hair at home.

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What are some of the best excuses you've given, or heard, for why an employee can't come to work that day? Leave a comment or e-mail it to

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