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We all have those days when we wake up, gaze at the time on our phone, take in the sun outside, then whisper in our heads, "Not today."

What do you do, though? Your body is perfectly able to head to work or school and perform the functions required of you? Call in sick? No way, you might think. Your boss/professor will see/hear right through you. If only there was a better way...

That's what the Internet's for.


Reddit user, u/YourAverageReddit0r, must have wanted to know how to get out of work tomorrow when they asked:

What is your best fake-sick advice (school, work, etc.)?

It's All In The Timing

If you hang your head off of your bed upside down you will sound very congested!

berks99

Related to this - call right after you wake up. Don't get out of bed, don't say anything before the call. Gives you that nice froggy morning voice. My mom taught me this one.

Elisande

Imagination Is A Powerful Thing

Anything diarrhea-related will get it done

p1um5mu991er

Just say "I can't leave the bathroom." Let their imagination fill in the rest.

lmflex

A Lot Of Work When All You Need To Do Is Study

When I was about 11, I didn't want to go to school cause I knew that there would be a test the next day. So I pretended that I feel sick the night before, and the nex morning set the alarm before my mom woke up. I put my hands close to the heat, then to my forehead, and when she checked on me, I said I think I have fever. She let me stay home for that day.

The next day I went to school and found out that the day of the test had been moved to today from my "sick-day" from the day before. I got a D.

anxious-couchpotato

A Glass Cannon Excuse

I once called in and said "I can't make it today, I have eye trouble"

"Really? What's wrong?"

" I just can't see me coming to work today"

" Okay, that's actually funny, but it will only work this one time, see you tomorrow"

penny_can

Plant The Seeds Ahead Of Time

You have to set it up the day before...say you aren't feeling great a little before you leave. Also, if you can come in for just an hour or two and then say you tried but just can't do it that looks really good.

string97bean

This. You have to make it look like you are coming down with something. Randomly being sick with something one day then fine the next looks suspicious. I would also advise only calling in sick on Mondays and Fridays when it is legit. A lot of people use a fake illness to get a 3 day weekend. Fewer people value getting a Tuesday - Thursday off.

When I fake sick, I usually stay up late on a Tuesday night, so I seem lethargic on Wednesday. If people ask about it, I tell them I'm feeling under the weather and I'm sure it's nothing. (Establish an alibi and that you aren't thinking about taking time off, but don't overdo it) the later in the day, the sicker you should act (within reason). I usually like to leave an hour early on Wednesday if I can. If you've spoken with enough people / the right people, they may even recommend it. Then come Thursday morning, it's really quite natural to take a sick day. Once Friday rolls around, act pretty normal, just be a little slower than normal. When you talk to people, tell them that you're feeling better than yesterday and that you will try to rest up this weekend. Your goal should be to gain sympathy. Because it's Friday, (and I'm still recovering from "being sick") I usually will leave an hour early on Friday. Usually no one will care, as you're recovering from some sickness (I generally a flu like bug, General weakness, achy/feverish, and stomach pain).

Big picture is for you to gain sympathy and make it look like you are trying to be committed to work. Working while you are sick makes you seem more committed to the company and will help you gain rapport for the next time you want to take a day off. I like to spread my "sick days" out. Try not to take more than one a month.

Next time you're sick, be sure to pay attention to the symptoms and the progression of things, use that next time you're planning a day off.

bruek53

Don't Revisit That Well Too Often

Don't fake sick often, because it will become obvious you're faking it and then no one will believe you when you're actually sick

bonbi_

Ah, the boy who cried diarrhea

TheRealTrumanShow

See, that story doesn't make sense.

No matter how many times that you scream about being attacked by a wolf, your mom is always going to come running.

bruek53

Differences In Gender

When I had a male boss I could just say 'cramps' and there would be no further questions.

Now I say migraine.

DirectGoose

People Can't Questions What They Can't See

Migraine! Only lasts a day or two, no outward symptoms to fake.

Yellowtemple

Especially ocular migraine. Can't work through the pain because you can't see.

lauralei99

Keep It Simple

Do people really feel like they have to explain their symptoms to their boss? I just say I'm not feeling well and leave it at that.

ScoobyMaroon

I have been a manager for around ten years and I tell my staff if you aren't coming in just tell me you arent coming in.

I dont want to hear about your cat getting out or your grandma dying or your crippling diarrhea.

90% of callouts still involve some long winded explanation. STAHHP.

gooblobs

Seriously. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)

Don't bother with a lot of explanation. I know my employees are faking when they spend a bunch of time on backstory and details.

MaiqTheLawyer

"Listen, boss, I can't make it in today. Last night, at precisely 6:33 pm, I ate one dozen oysters at Captain Ken's Seafood Barn. I e-mailed you their most recent health inspection report, on which you'll note that their raw items were stored at an unsafe cold holding temperature. I also have a signed affidavit from the waiter who remarked that 'they smell a little off, but they're probably okay'. At 9:55 pm, I urgently needed to move my bowels, and did so. My stool was quite loose, similar to a Duncan Hines cake batter, but a bit grittier, so maybe closer to the store brand cake batter.

Further bowel movements were produced throughout the night, of gradually runnier consistency. Bowel movements of this nature are expected to continue throughout the day, during which, I will provide detailed updates of their viscosity, which I hope will increase until this evening, so that I will be well enough to work tomorrow without frequent interruptions for emergency bowel movements. So sorry :( bye."

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