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If you have ever stretched the truth so that you didn’t have to go into work, then you’re not alone…

According to a Com Res survey for the BBC in 2019*, two in five adults would fake a sick day even if they weren’t actually feeling under the weather!

Most people would typically use the classic excuse of eating something that didn’t agree with them, or having caught the flu. But, on some occasions, there are people out there who truly go the extra mile.

So, to mark the UK’s National Sickie Day on February 3rd, we have scoured the internet to find 15 of the funniest reasons why people have called in sick. Enjoy – but don’t repeat them!

”I woke up in a good mood and I didn’t want to ruin it.”

”I ate too much cake last night.”

”I’m experiencing traumatic stress from seeing a spider in my house!”

”I mistook a tin of cat food for a tin of tuna, and now I’m terribly ill.”

”I injured myself chasing a seagull.”

”My mum was hoovering the stairs and I couldn’t get past.”

”My curlers burnt my hair and I need to go to the hairdressers!”

”I need to attend my friend’s pet’s funeral.”

”I accidentally got on a plane.”

”My llama is sick!”

”My Disneyland pass was about to expire.”

”The weather is too nice to be stuck inside an office!”

”I’ve managed to secure a parking space outside my house, and I can’t risk losing it.”

”A goat has got into my garden and I don’t know what to do!”

”My cat unplugged my alarm clock.”

If you are using excuses like this to get out of work, it may be time to find a new role that you’ll love, so register your CV with us today!

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