And You Thought Your Co-Workers Had Lame Reasons For Absences

A British health care company has compiled some real doozies of excuses for missing work. Here are some interesting ones that appeared in The Daily Telegraph: My fish is sick, I've had a hair dye disaster, and a cup of baked beans landed on my big toe.

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And let's go from small claims to false claims. Our Last Word In Business is all about faking it, and not making it, to work.


JASON ALEXANDER: (As George) Shouldn't you be at work by now?

WAYNE KNIGHT: (As Newman) Work? It's raining.


ALEXANDER: (As George) So?


KNIGHT: (As Newman) I called in sick. I don't work in the rain.

ALEXANDER: (As George) You don't work in the rain? You're a mailman. Neither rain nor sleet nor - it's the first one!


INSKEEP: OK. That excuse, heard on the TV show "Seinfeld" years ago, seems absurd. But here are some real excuses used for missing work, that a British health care company found in a survey. The Daily Telegraph listed them. Who knows? Some may be true.

The excuses include, "My trousers split on the way to work," "My fish is sick," "I've had a hair dye disaster," "A cup of baked beans landed on my big toe" - the big toe, remember that; "I've got a sore finger" and best of all, "I am hallucinating."

Please stay home.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


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