The Great Canadian Sick Day is clearly alive and well, as evidenced by these 20 hilarious and real-life excuses to miss work.
As an HR professional, you're never short of entertainment when the golf course calls workers and they call you in that feeble "pneumonia voice" to say they're sick.
Employers in every industry get their fair share of "sick" day excuses from people who really just want some quality time with their golf clubs and, as a recent study conducted by recruitment website CareerBuilder.com found out, those excuses can sometimes be pretty hilarious.
Below, HRMonline has compiled some of the more bizarre anecdotes on the list, as well as a few other numbers from various far-flung corners of the Internet. All are reportedly real-life scenarios (number five was even used by someone at our own company). If you've got another example to add to the list, make sure and write it in the comment box below:
The top 20 lamest sick day excuses ever:
20. Employee's dog was having a nervous breakdown
19. Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation
18. Employee was bitten by a bird
17. Employee was upset after watching The Hunger Games
16. Employee got sick from reading too much
15. Employee's hair turned orange from dying her hair at home
14. Employee dropped a tin of baked beans on his toe
13. Employee swam too fast and knocked his head on the poolside
12. Employee’s hamster died
11. Employee was hallucinating
10.Employee’s new girlfriend bit him in a "elicate" spot
9. Employee’s toe was trapped in the bathtub tap
8. Employee drank too much and fell asleep on a stranger’s floor: "I don’t know where I am."
7. Employee had a sore finger
6. Employee’s trousers split on the way to work
5. Employee electrocuted herself with a hair straightener
4. Employee’s dog ate his shoes
3. Employee's fish wasn't feeling well
2. Employee forgot he had been hired for the job
1. Employee's mum had died (this was the second time the employee had used this excuse)