25 shocking excuses to get more days off

2013-09-04 16:00

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Ever feel like your allotted leave days for the year is just not enough?

Well, you're not alone!

A recent survey conducted by Choice Hotels revealed that nearly two-thirds of Americans polled (63 percent) said they could use more vacation time. The top things they would do with their extra time off: just relax (58 percent), see family and friends (49 percent), visit a city (42 percent), hit the beach (37 percent) and enjoy nature (31%).

But what if you've used up every last little drop of leave?

Nearly one in five respondents (11 percent) said they would come up with an excuse to get additional time off. The survey asked respondents to provide examples of the most creative excuse they've ever used or heard someone else give to get some extra days off.

Take a look at these top 25 crazy, quirky and just plain unbelievable excuses.

25 Creative Excuses for taking time off

Out-Of-This World

- I had to stay home to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.
- Martians kidnapped my boyfriend, and I must rescue him.
- I was ambushed by zombies.

(Un) Natural Disasters

- My aquarium busted, and I must save my fish.
- A garbage truck is on fire at the end of my driveway.
- There's a snake on my porch.

What We Do For Love

- I had to attend a pop-up wedding.
- My mother's car broke down on a cross-country trip, and I had to go and assist her.
- My child came home with a really contagious eye infection. I should stay away from the office until its safe.
- My husband will be out sick today, Friday and Monday.
- My sister got kidnapped, and I must go find her.

Bad Hair Days

- My wife got a terrible hair-coloring job, and I must stay home to provide moral support.
- I'm having a hair malfunction.
- My hair dye turned out to be orange, and I cannot be seen in public.

Health & Wellness

- I'm under the weather due to a sympathetic pregnancy.
- I got mercury poisoning from a busted thermometer.
- I had an out-of-town dental appointment.
- I gave up my seat on the plane to an elderly person and couldn't get back for a few days.

Pet Peeves

- My dog did not wake me.
- My dog ate my shoes.
- My dog hid my car keys.
- My bird is sick.


- My grandmother died (twice in one year).
- I'm having trouble with my prostrate (reported by a woman).
- I am meeting on a project with a co-worker (who was actually in a meeting at the time with the caller's boss).

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