Survey: Late to work? What’s your excuse?

25 percent of employees surveyed said they are late to work at least once a month.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A survey by Career Builder found that more than half of employers expect their employees to be on time everyday.

Twenty-five percent of employees, however, admitted to being late at least once a month, while 13% of employees surveyed said it’s a weekly occurrence.

With 41% of bosses saying they have fired an employee for being late, it seems some employees think the usual, “I hit traffic on my way in,” excuse just isn’t cutting it.

As a part of the survey, Career Builder released the most bizarre late-to-work excuses of 2015, shared by employers:

  • I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.
  • My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer.
  • I was detained by Homeland Security.
  • I had to chase my cows back into the field.
  • A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.
  • My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.
  • There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.
  • There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get the opening day sales.
  • I had to finish watching “My Name is Earl.”
  • All of my clothes were stolen.
  • I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was “spring forward” or “fall back.”
  • A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left and right.

Though there are the few employees who have used these excuses, Career Builder has reported that the most common excuses still blame traffic, oversleeping, bad weather, lack of sleep and needing to get the kids to school or daycare.

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