Today, the Monday after the Super Bowl, is the day with the most reported absenteeism from work.

That's right. It's like senior skip day for adults.

But you better come up with a creative excuse, because if you use one of these from Career Builder, you won't have to worry about getting up for work anymore because you won't have a J-O-B!

Some of the more outrageous excuses from employees include knocking themselves out in the shower, following a spouse who was having an affair, waiting for bail to be set and dreaming they got fired.

There’s no doubt being on time is an important aspect to any job, but apparently clocking in at the desired hour just isn’t that easy. There are a lot of things that make you late for work, no matter how hard you try, and regardless of the excuse, your bosses aren’t likely to be too happy.

In fact, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, 41 percent of employers say they have actually fired a worker just because of their tardiness. Some bosses are more lenient, with one in three saying they can deal with employees being late now and again and 16 percent not caring when workers arrive as long as the job gets done.

And let’s face it, a lot of us probably take advantage. Fourteen percent of people admitted to arriving late to work on a weekly basis, while 23 percent say it happens monthly.

Of course if you’re going to be late, you’re going to need an excuse. And while most people will blame things like the weather, public transportation or getting the kids to school, there are always some who like to get creative. The survey asked  managers were asked to provide the most outrageous excuses they ever received for tardiness, and some are just mind-boggling.

Among them:

  • I knocked myself out in the shower.
  • I was drunk and forgot which Waffle House I parked my car next to.
  • I discovered my spouse was having an affair, so I followed him this morning to find
  • out who he was having an affair with.
  • Someone robbed the gas station I was at, and I didn't have enough gas to get to
  • another station.
  • I had to wait for the judge to set my bail.
  • There was a stranger sleeping in my car.
  • A deer herd that was moving through town made me late.
  • I'm not late. I was thinking about work on the way in.
  • I dreamed that I got fired.

As for the best way to handle being late? Experts suggest just be honest and apologize. But that’s no fun…

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