Dead lizards, cows and bears, oh my! Bizarre excuses for being late

KUSA – If you read the headline and you were like, "um … what?" then you'll be shocked by the results of a recent Career Builder survey, which compiled some of the most bizarre excuses for being late to work.

Forget the usual culprits like weather, sleeping through your alarm clock, traffic and shuttling your kids around.

One respondent said they once blamed their lateness on a slightly bizarre conundrum. 

"My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery," the response to the survey said. "I had to mourn while deciding to have the lizard disposed of my the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work."

Other bizarre excuses?

Being detained by Homeland Security, the need to chase cows back to their field, a black bear taking a nap of the hood of an employee's car, stolen clothes and one that will truly resonate with Coloradans.

"There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing."

If you're occasionally late to work, you're not alone. One in four workers admitted to doing it at least once a month – and 13 percent say it's a weekly occurrence for them.

Don't make it a habit, though. Fifty one percent of employers expect employees to be on time every day – and 41 percent have fired someone for being late.

But there's good news: 62 percent of workers who are late stay late to make up for it.

The most common excuses for tardiness?

-Traffic (53 percent)

-Oversleeping (33 percent)

-Bad weather (28 percent)

-Lack of sleep (23 percent)

-And needing to take the kids to daycare or school (15 percent)

We will now end this article with a Kanye West lyric, since that feels appropriate: 

"You should be honored by my lateness." 

(© 2016 KUSA)


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