In case the boss doesn’t buy the blizzard excuse

Earlier this week, Harris Interactive and CareerBuilder conducted a survey of hiring managers and workers nationwide looking for the most outrageous excuses for arriving late to work.

Well, thanks to winter storm Nemo, which in some forecasts is expected to dump snow in feet and not inches, workers in New England aren’t going to have think real hard to come up with an excuse for being late or not coming in. You’ll just be able to say snow!

If, however, you have a nihilistic boss that doesn’t believe in snow, here are some of the top excuses, yes real excuses used by real workers, that Harris and Career Builder uncovered.

  • Employee dropped her purse into a coin-operated newspaper box and couldn’t retrieve it without change (which was in the purse)
  • Employee accidentally left the apartment with his roommate’s girlfriend’s shoes on and had to go back to change
  • Employee’s angry wife had frozen his truck keys in a glass of water in the freezer
  • Employee got a late start because she was putting a rain coat on her cement duck in her front yard (because rain was expected later that day)
  • Employee’s car wouldn’t start because the breathalyzer showed he was intoxicated
  • Employee attempted to cut his own hair before work and the clippers stopped working, so he had to wait until the barber shop opened to fix his hair
  • Employee’s car was attacked by a bear (had photographic evidence)
  • Employee drove to her previous employer by mistake
  • Employee claimed to have delivered a stranger’s baby on the side of the highway

In all seriousness, be careful and safe during the storm.

Rob Varnon