CareerBuilder.com asked employers what were the craziest excuses they’ve heard for being late.
One woman accidentally went to her old job, but that’s weak sauce compared to the bear attack, and the emergency ob/gyn activity.
CareerBuilder.com just released the results of their annual survey on the craziest excuse they heard or gave for being late to work in the past year. Here are the eight best . . .
#8.) One woman dropped her purse in a newspaper dispenser box, and couldn’t get it out without putting in change . . . but all her change was in the purse.
#7.) A guy left his apartment with his roommate’s girlfriend’s shoes on, and had to go back to change.
#6.) A guy tried to cut his own hair before work, but his clippers broke halfway . . . so he needed to wait for a barber shop to open to get his haircut fixed.
#5.) A woman was late because the forecast called for rain, and she needed to put a raincoat on a CEMENT DUCK statue in her front yard.
#4.) One woman drove to her OLD JOB by mistake.
#3.) One guy’s car wouldn’t start, because his court-ordered breathalyzer showed he was drunk.
#2.) A guy was late because his car was ATTACKED BY A BEAR on the way to work . . . and he had photographic evidence to prove it.
#1.) And finally, one person was late because they stopped to DELIVER A STRANGER’S BABY on the side of the highway.
As for the rest of us with NORMAL excuses for being late, traffic was number one. Oversleeping came in second, taking the kids to daycare or school was third, bad weather was fourth, and public transportation delays were fifth.
26% of workers say they’re late at least once a month, and 16% are late once a week or more. 33% of the bosses surveyed say they’ve FIRED someone over chronic lateness.