Employees Give Unusual Absence Excuses


CHICAGO, Oct. 20 (UPI) — Chicago-based Web site CareerBuilder said a survey found workers have called in sick with wild excuses, including a brother kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel.

CareerBuilder said the survey of 2,696 employers and 4,384 workers in various fields, conducted online Aug. 16-Sept. 8 by Harris Interactive, revealed unusual employee absence excuses — including the one from a worker who claimed his brother had been kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico.

One worker claimed he was unable to get to work because his 12-year-old daughter stole his car and another employee said a truck dumped flour into her convertible while she was in line at a coffee shop.

Others claimed injuries from incidents including a falling refrigerator, a bite from a deer while hunting, a back injury from chasing a beaver, a broken nose from falling out of bed and accidentally drinking antifreeze.

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