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The Weirdest Excuses People Have Used To Skip Work

If we're being honest, we've all had days where we really did not want to go to work.

But sometimes, there's something actively preventing us from being able to go.

Curious about other's mishaps, Redditor SamanthaWallaceJU asked:

"What's the weirdest excuse you've heard for skipping work?"

Save the Cat (For Real)

"I'm an opening shift manager at Starbucks. These are my favorite call-out reasons (from all different people):"

"A coworker called that she was gonna be late because there was a man sitting on her front step. (I told her to be safe and not to worry about getting here until she felt safe. And if that meant calling out, so be it.)"

"Another called out because she was hungover. Not a lie or a made-up excuse. (I laughed and told her to make sure she drank water and to have a good day of rest.)"

"The last one heard a kitten in a bush on her way in and didn't want it getting hit by a car, so she had to try to save it."

"(I left the store on my lunch to help her because she hadn't gotten it out by then. I am not afraid of getting INSIDE a bush to save a kitten. That's how another employee at my store got her first cat! I literally had to take a sink bath before coming back onto the floor because I was covered in dirt and leaves.)"

"My coworker who has major OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) took it to help her with her own kind of emersion therapy. She has since gotten a second cat and loves being a cat mom. It has helped her with some of her OCD tendencies because cats gonna do what a cat's gonna do, ya know? Lol (laughing out loud)."

"Anyway, I'm sure there's more, but those are my top three."

- AmandaExpress

Let's Be Honest

"'I'm just not feeling it today.'"

"I totally understood where he was coming from."

- ChocolateDrizzle69

Grief Matters

"When I started my job, the only person I'd report to is the CEO of this organization of hundreds of employees. Luckily, she's also the most compassionate and competent person in the entire organization."

"I told her I needed some mental health days because a few of my gaming buddies died over the course of a weekend (knowing that I'd probably have to dip into my PTO because they're not immediate family and bereavement time is usually only doled out if a family member dies), and I felt like f**king crying at her compassionate response."

"She told me, 'Grieving is hard, and family isn't always dictated by blood or marriage. Take all the time you need, you'll still keep receiving your normal paycheck, and you won't lose any PTO. I'll let the team know you're not responding to emails or calls. Rest, spend time with your wife, grieve your friends properly, and just shoot me an email when you feel ready to come back to work.'"

"I wish the world had more people like my boss."

- DeepStateOfAffairs

Caught in the Middle

"I had to call in once because the SWAT team wouldn't let me leave my apartment. I found out later some guy snapped and was holding his girlfriend hostage and threatening to kill her and himself."

"I don't know what set it off but when I stepped outside at 7 AM to go to work, a SWAT dude was outside my door with a rifle aimed at another apartment building and told me to go back inside."

"I snapped a picture out my window of all the cops and sent it to my boss."

- diiejso

Something Out of a Suspense Thriller

"I was working from home so I only missed a small part of the day. Someone had shot and murdered someone. Drove away and then ditched the car and ran up my driveway, around the house, and at some point into the shed according to the dogs that came in later."

"I heard the helicopter outside and then saw police walking around my house with rifles and handguns which is super strange in New Zealand as generally cops aren't armed unless responding to an armed threat. Shortly after the AOS (armed offender squad, SWAT equivalent) were ordering me out of the house to ask if I'd seen or heard anything."

"I was so jumped up on adrenaline and it was surreal while this was all happening to see pictures and videos of my street on the news."

"The police were there all day looking for the weapon (the offender had escaped). They bought dogs and metal detectors. As well as detectives to interview us."

- metalbassist33

That Escalated Quickly

"A new hire sent an email on the morning of his first day: 'Hi, I’m very sorry, but I had to suddenly leave the country and will not be able to come to work.'"

- lovelyb1ch66


"Him: My neighbor was burgled."

"Me: Oh, did you see who did it?"

"Him: Yeah, sort of."

"Me: Do you need to give a statement?"

"Him: I'll be here for a while, I think."

"Me: So what happened?"

"Him: I was caught in my neighbor's house."

"Me: ..... [puts phone down]"

- Jimmyboro


"I broke my ankle, foot, and toes, and sent my boss photos from the ER X-ray room and still got bit*hed at."

- Navaro27

Like a Broken Record

"I used to work with a guy who missed work at least once every other week, and he only had three excuses."

"1. He got robbed and has to be at the police to make a report."

"2. His car was stolen and has no way to get to work."

"3. His car was recovered and has to go to the police to get it back."

"It was over and over, like he couldn't remember that he already used these same excuses several times previously."

"He also worked an on-call schedule and had his pager 'stolen' at least half a dozen times that I know of. They eventually told him he would have to pay for any further missing pagers."

"Then one day he just didn't come to work and didn't show up for a week. Then he showed up and said, 'I have to quit,' and they took him into an office and talked with him a while and then sent him home."

"We were all told, 'Calvin is taking a 30-day leave of absence,' and we all took bets on whether it was jail or rehab. He never came back, though, so nobody won."

- McFeely_Smackup

Think It Through

"One of my coworkers was in the hospital due to CO poisoning, because he used a gas-powered concrete saw in his basement."

"I ended up doing similar work and when I told him, he said to make sure I set up good ventilation, at which point I told him I rented an electric saw."

"Oh, and he's a mechanical (HVAC) engineer, so he should have known better about air quality."

- eaglescout1984

Different Timelines

"I had a coworker come in an hour late because:"

"'There was a flood and this woman was stranded in her car in the middle of the road. No one else was helping her, so I waded through waist-high water to help her get out of her car. I waited with her for the fire department to come, then came into the office.'"

"This coworker was about 5'2" and skinny. She also lived 20 minutes farther out than I did, but apart from that, we took the same way to work every day. She was an hour late and her clothes were dry. I encountered no flood on my commute."

"Seemed suspicious, but what do I know?"

- lapsangsouchogn

Country Life

"My coworker called in because her neighbors bull had escaped and she had to help him get it back in the yard."

- Coconut-bird

Communication Is Key

"My work was very understaffed on runners last season so a bunch of us referred people we knew who needed jobs. One of the girls I referred came in maybe three times, probably not even, and called in for a week because she had school assignments."

"My manager is fantastic with us university students and understands school comes first (especially since it's a flexible part-time job so missing a couple of shifts isn't a big deal), so she didn't mind even though it left is short-staffed."

"About a month and a half went by and I realized I hadn't seen this girl around (I serve so I don't really see them unless they're delivering to my section) so I shot her a message just basically asking her how she's liking the job, mentioning I haven't seen her much."

"She straight up told me she just stopped coming in because she felt bad that she called out and was worried my manager would fire her."

"I told her if she wasn't going to be reliable or if she knew she was too busy for the job, then she should probably just quit because she's just gonna fire her anyways at that point. She agreed."

"I apologized profusely to my manager about it and let her know what she said because I felt terrible for referring someone who wasn't able to make the commitment."

"My manager just laughed and admitted that she honestly didn't even notice because half of the new hires did the same thing anyways and she lost track of who all stopped showing up and was trying to make a list of who did do that so she could let them go and said I didn't need to stress about it."

"I don't refer people anymore. Safe to say we have a much more reliable runner group now too!"

- Burnt_Your_Toast

Too Stunned to Work

"I had a guy call in because he watched 'Ex Machina' the night before and was too disturbed to come into work. I wish I could say I was making this up."

- SoWhatComesNext

Genuine Emergencies

"I worked a night shift that day and made a coffee run as usual. I saw a car on top of a snow mound and a couple of people looking in the car. Well, I’m in a truck, maybe I can pull the guy down."

"Nope. Guy had a heart attack and died while driving. The car hit the mound and got stuck."

"First aid kicked in so I broke the window and performed CPR until emergency crews came. Medics took over, and I had to go with them to the hospital and provide a statement. The nurse called my work explained the situation and got dropped off back to my truck by hospital security."

"I got three paid days off work. It is what it is and life moves on."

- IxuntouchblexI

Life throws all kinds of curveballs at us, sometimes just in time for work.

The best thing to do is to take pictures and document the situation whenever possible, and hope the boss has a sense of humor or empathy.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.