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HR managers reveal the crazy things employees have said to explain tardiness

Let’s face it, not matter how hard some people try they will always be late to work. In fact, a new poll finds that 25% of workers say they’re late at least once a month, while 12% say they’re late at least once a week. 

The most common excuses for being late include traffic (51%), oversleeping (31%) and bad weather (28%), but there are always some people who like to get creative when explaining the reason for their tardiness. CareerBuilder talked to over 1,000 human resource workers and 800 workers to find out the craziest excuses ever offered for being late, and there’s no doubt many wouldn’t fly in an office. 

Most outrageous excuses for being late include:

  • It's too cold to work.
  • I had morning sickness (it was a man).
  • My coffee was too hot and I couldn't leave until it cooled off.
  • An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.
  • My dog ate my work schedule.
  • I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.
  • My fake eyelashes were stuck together.
  • Although it has been five years, I forgot I did not work at my former employer's location and drove there on accident.

As for whether being late for work is at all acceptable, it really isn't.  The survey finds that 60% of employers expect employees to be on time, while 43% have fired people for their tardiness.

Source: CareerBuilder

At 31-years-old people are likely to spend the most money in their entire lives.


Turning 31 is going to cost a pretty penny. That’s the age when people are likely to spend the most money in their entire lives, shelling out up to $60,000 in that single year, according to a recent survey by credit score company ClearScore.

ClearScore surveyed 3,000 people aged 25 and over and had each outline their expenses for that year. They found that 31-year-olds spent the most money, with the biggest expenses being getting married (27 percent), buying a house (25 percent), having a baby (20 percent) and paying for a honeymoon (14 percent). (Worth noting the average US worker’s salary is $44,564 a year.)

According to the ClearScore study, 60 percent of the 31-year-old participants said they had enough savings to cover the added expenses themselves at that age, while 33 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds had to ask their parents to loan them the money. In contrast, just 14 percent of people over 55 said their parents helped them financially at 31. The findings also show that 31-year-olds still worry about saving money, particularly for retirement and having children, with 20 percent admitting they use credit cards for big purchases, compared to just 8 percent of people over 55.

Other 31-year-olds are investing in their futures. Sochi Lee, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who runs her own jewelry business and works part-time as a DJ, has invested thousands of dollars in business ventures and living alone.

“At this age, you’re making more money, but you’re also reinvesting in yourself because you’re on an upward career trajectory,” Lee says.


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