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10 dumbest excuses for being late to work

Some people come up with better excuses for being late than others. Either way, nearly everyone has done it.

In fact, 15% of employees say they are late at least once a week, a survey found. Their top reasons:

  • Gridlock traffic (32%)
  • Lack of sleep (17%)
  • Childcare issues (7%)

Fortunately, many managers understand these excuses. Almost 45% won’t even hold tardiness against employees as long as deadlines are met.

But they draw the line at these excuses. They were actually used in some workplaces, according to CNNLiving.

  1. While rowing across the river to work, I got lost in the fog.
  2. Someone stole all my daffodils.
  3. I had to go audition for American Idol.
  4. My ex-husband stole my car so I couldn’t drive to work.
  5. My route to work was shut down by a Presidential motorcade.
  6. I have transient amnesia and couldn’t remember my job.
  7. I was indicted for securities fraud this morning.
  8. The line was too long at Starbucks.
  9. I was trying to get my gun back from the police.
  10. I didn’t have money for gas because all of the pawn shops were closed.

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