One employee reported in a recent survey by CareerBuilder.com that he once arrived late to work because his car wouldn't start -- because he was too intoxicated to pass a breathalyzer test.
The study, which polled more than 6,500 workers in November 2012, asked participants to share the most outrageous excuses by employees for showing up late.
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Employee locks purse in newspaper box
CareerBuilder.com reports that an employee showed up late after she locked her purse in a coin-operated newspaper vending machine. Without change -- which understandably was in her purse, she couldn't open the box to retrieve it.
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Employee forgot his shoes
According to CareerBuilder.com, an anonymous employee once was late because he left his apartment with his roommate
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Employee had to protect lawn ornament from rain
An employee reported in a recent survey by CareerBuilder.com that she once arrived at work late after she accidentally left her raincoat on a cement duck on her front lawn. According to the employment search website, weather experts expected rain later in the day.
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Employee messed up his hairdo
An employee who had attempted to cut his own hair said he arrived at work late because the clippers had stopped working and he had to wait until a barbershop opened to fix his 'do.
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Bear attacked my car
An employee tells CareerBuilder.com that he once arrived at work late after his car was attacked by a bear. The online employment website said he had had photographic evidence.
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Employee went to wrong workplace
One employee told CareerBuilder.com that she was late once after driving to her previous employer by mistake.
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Tardy employee delivered baby before work
According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder.com, an employee was tardy after delivering a stranger
Ice cube keys
An employee told CareerBuilder.com that he arrived late to work after his angry wife put his keys in the freezer -- frozen in a glass.
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