(Closed) Excuses for not coming to work or to leave early!

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
9082 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My husband usually blames his coming into work late on me. Mostly legitimately, too. I’ve had a bit of car trouble lately and since I drive him to work, it works out.

Post # 4
7283 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t do the “making up excuses” thing because sooner or later it will bite you in the ass. If you tell your boss that you’re sick or have to pick someone up at the airport then you go to the bar and someone else checks you in on facebook, game over.  If I want to leave work early I just ask my boss if he minds if I cut out a little early so I can go do XYZ. If he says no then I stick around and work, and if he says yes then I can go do whatever without fear of getting caught.   

Post # 5
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@Horseradish:  +1, when I was working I didn’t leave early unless I was actually sick or had an appointment my boss knew about in advance. If we weren’t busy, she’d let us take turns leaving early. I didn’t call in unless I was sick and contagious with a doctor’s note.


Post # 6
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Horseradish:  +1

I always just tell the truth. I think it goes further. I’m salary so it doesn’t really matter unless I do it too often. Normally I don’t just leave for no good reason though. I really do have to pick someone up from the airport or I have a friend coming into town or I’m having car problems, etc.

Post # 7
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@eecuadrado:  I don’t give an excuse or any sort of explanation. I simply say I’m not coming. It’s not really my employers business. I have PTO that I have earned, so I am free to use them however I want. 

I don’t really ever call out of work “just because” anyways. I’ve got way too much work to get done to take unplanned days off.  I also like to save them since we like to vacation.

Post # 8
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m salary as well, and I do this sometimes. Usually it’s nothing drastic, within an hour of when I’d leave anyway. Those are the days I just can’t work anymore, I’m bored, my mind is somewhere else or it’s a Friday or something. Occasionally I leave earlier than that, like I plan to leave a couple hours early this Friday so we can get a head start on our weekend road trip. I never really say anything… I just pop in and say “see you Monday” or whatever to my nearby coworkers. Everybody does it so nobody questions it.

Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If I don’t want to share I just say I have an appointment.  Doesn’t matter if its with my hairdresser, my doctor, or an interviewer, it’s an appointment.  Boss doesn’t want to hear it’s for a pap so he doesn’t ask.  🙂  If I just want to go home, I tell him that I’ll make it up tomorrow and he’s cool with it. 

I do get migraines a lot so I let him know when I’m not feeling well and going to be late.  He can tell by looking at me that I need to go home, which luckily isn’t often, and I don’t call in sick often.  I can usually take something and a nap and be ok. 

Post # 10
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Horseradish:  +1 I am absolutely honest with my boss. The minute you lie you are setting yourself up to get caught, whether it be on FB, the grocery store, mall, etc.

Post # 11
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

I’ve never called in or left early unless there truly is an emergency. I am always honest with my supervisor. I have plenty of PTO saved up to take a day off whenever I like, but I honestly enjoy my job so I save the PTO for vacation.

Post # 13
7 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

My boss is very fair and as long as I do the hours required I am ok to leave early as a one off – for example this wednesday I’m going in an hour early and leaving an hour earlier than usual. I didn’t say where I was going because I’m actually going on my first trip to a bridal store and I don’t really want my colleages to know… 

I know it sounds a bit off leaving work early for this reason, but the store is an hour and a half drive away and it is very kindly staying open a bit later for me to try on a dress, othewise I didn’t know when I’d be able to make the trip!

I don’t just leave work early whenever I feel like it, I haven’t even been at this place a year yet and would hate for them to think bad of me… but I’m a worrier! 😛

Post # 15
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@eecuadrado:  My dog actually has seizures about once a month so it’s a convenient excuse.  But generally I am allowed to take my sick time when I want so long as I am not missing a court date or filing.

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