Top 20 craziest 'sick day' excuses

Written by
Adrian Lewis

Published
03 Jun 2016

03 Jun 2016 • by Adrian Lewis

This list was compiled following research undertaken among HR managers at last year’s CIPD Annual Conference.

Over the two day event Activ Absence collated more than 60 genuine excuses managers had heard from their teams and shortlisted the top 20 craziest excuses.

Discover them here:

  1. I don't have the bus fare to get to work after my night out
  2. I dreamed I had come to work, so thought I was there and stayed asleep
  3. I went on a sunbed and got sunstroke
  4. I lost my flipflop down the side of a train, so I had to go home
  5. I didn't have any clean clothes
  6. My bed was too nice to get out of
  7. Manchester United lost the Premiership
  8. I lost my car in the car park (there were only 20 spaces)
  9. My television broke
  10. The roof blew off my house
  11. Goats got into my garden
  12. I have a cotton bud stuck in my ear
  13. Fell out of bed and banged my head
  14. I have post coital soreness
  15. I got bitten by a llama
  16. My dog got lost in the snow
  17. My cat had a miscarriage
  18. The dog urinated on my suit
  19. My dog ate my car keys
  20. I don't think my hamster is well, he seems a bit sluggish this morning

I don't have the bus fare to get to work after my night out

I dreamed I had come to work, so thought I was there and stayed asleep

I went on a sunbed and got sunstroke

I lost my flipflop down the side of a train, so I had to go home

I didn't have any clean clothes

My bed was too nice to get out of

Man U lost the premiership

I lost my car in the car park (there were only 20 spaces)

My television broke

The roof blew off my house

Goats got into my garden

I have a cotton bud stuck in my ear

Fell out of bed and banged my head

I have post coital soreness

This one is definitely not getting a picture

I got bitten by a llama

My dog got lost in the snow

My cat had a miscarriage

The dog urinated on my suit

My dog ate my car keys

I don't think my hamster is well, he seems a bit sluggish this morning

(Pretend it's a hamster)