New survey reveals the most outrageous excuses employers have heard from late employees

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just admit it. We’ve all been late for work.

A new survey from Career Builder shows the wide range of excuses we all use.

The survey showed one in four workers admitted to being late to work at least once a month.

It showed 49-percent blamed traffic, and 32-percent said they overslept.

They also asked employers for some of the most outrageous excuses they’ve heard. Those include:

  • I forgot it wasn’t the weekend.
  • I put petroleum jelly in my eyes.
  • I had to watch a soccer game that was being played in Europe.
  • I thought Flag Day was a legal holiday.
  • My pet turtle needed to visit the exotic animal clinic.
  • The wind blew the deck off my house.
  • I overslept because my kids changed all the clocks in the house.
  • I was cornered by a moose.
  • My mother locked me in the closet.
  • The pizza I ordered was late being delivered, and I had to be home to accept/pay for it.
  • The sunrise was so beautiful that I had to stop and take it in.
  • My mother-in-law wouldn’t stop talking.
  • My dad offered to make me a grilled cheese sandwich, and I couldn’t say no.

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