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Some Of The Best & Worst Sick-Day Excuses

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – No matter how much we love our jobs, we've all been there.

"Sometimes you're just stressed out need to take a break," said Shannon White.

White admits she's used lied about being sick to get a day off from work and she's not alone.

A new survey from CareerBuilder finds 35 percent of workers have called out sick when they were feeling just fine.

Most people fake an illness.

"The flu probably cause no one wants to mess with you when you have the flu," White said.

But employers surveyed say they've heard some outrageous excuses.

Here are some of the more creative excuses that CareerBuilder uncovered its survey:

· The ozone in the air flattened the employee's tires.
· A pressure cooker exploded and scared the employee's sister, so she had to stay home.
· An employee said he had to be the pallbearer at the funeral of his wife's cousin's pet.
· Police raided the employee's home and blocked them in.
· Employee had to testify against a drug dealer and the dealer's friend mugged him.
· Because an employee's roots were showing, she had to keep her hair appointment.
· Eating cat food instead of tuna made the employee deathly ill.
· While she wasn't sick, her llama was.
· Using hair remover under her arms gave the employee chemical burns.
· Unable to get to work because the employee said he was bowling the game of his life.
· Traumatic stress from a large spider found in the employee's home. She had to stay home to deal with the spider.
· Employee said he had better things to do.
· Employee ate too much birthday cake.
· Employee was bitten by a duck.

Ricky Hinduja told his boss an elaborate story.

"I need to go to Oklahoma because I'm getting engaged," Hinduja said. "I've done that."

"You did that (get engaged)?" CBS News reporter Don Champion asked him.

"No I didn't' get engaged," Hinduja replied laughing.

Lying can come with a cost.

A third of businesses surveyed said they try to confirm if workers are actually sick, and sometimes even drive by their house.

"No, not me, I've never done that," Darius Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said that's why honesty is the best policy.

"Would you feel bad if you called in sick and you weren't?" Champion asked him.

"Yeah, cause I'm a pastor too," he replied.


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