Survey: Worker called in sick for cat stuck in dashboard

Employers reported getting sick day excuses including a cat being stuck in a dashboard and a worker being poisoned with ham.

By Ben Hooper
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CHICAGO, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Job-seeking website CareerBuilder's annual survey found workers called in sick this year for getting stuck under a bed and having a cat trapped in a dashboard.

The website said its annual Harris Poll survey of 3,321 adult employees and 2,326 hiring and human resource managers, conducted online Aug. 12-Sept. 2, suggested 38 percent of workers called in sick during the past year when they actually felt fine, up from 28 percent in last year's survey.


Of the workers who called in sick while feeling well, 27 percent said they had a doctor's appointment, 27 percent said they just didn't feel like going to work, 26 percent said they needed time to relax, 21 percent said they needed to catch up on sleep and 12 percent said they wanted to stay home for weather-related issues.

CareerBuilder said employers were asked to share some of the most memorable excuses they were given for employees missing work. The responses included:

1. Employee claimed his grandmother poisoned him with ham.

2. Employee was stuck under the bed.

3. Employee broke his arm reaching to grab a falling sandwich.


4. Employee said the universe was telling him to take a day off.

5. Employee's wife found out he was cheating. He had to spend the day retrieving his belongings from the dumpster.

6. Employee poked herself in the eye while combing her hair.

7. Employee said his wife put all his underwear in the washer.

8. Employee said the meal he cooked for a department potluck didn't turn out well.

9. Employee was going to the beach because the doctor said she needed more vitamin D.

10. Employee said her cat was stuck inside the dashboard of her car.

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