Ten Excuses for Taking an Extra Day Off

By Dennis McCafferty
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    "My husband will be out sick today, Friday and Monday."

Apparently, the classic can-do American spirit applies to employees who want an extra day off. In fact, some are willing to try almost anything to get some additional time away from the office. At least, that's the impression conveyed by a recent survey from Choice Hotels International, in which U.S. professionals candidly revealed the following outrageous day-off excuses. They range from hair emergencies to stranded parents to burning garbage trucks. And we didn't even include the one in which a worker claimed to be attacked by zombies. (Sorry, but there's no data on which of these excuses actually worked ... but we doubt the zombie one did.) Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they could use more vacation time, according to the survey findings, and one in 10 admits that if they ran out of the year's vacation allotment, they would come up with an excuse to get additional time off. Asked what they would do with that time, 58 percent say they'd just relax, and half would spend the time with loved ones. When asked where they would go, 42 percent would head to the city, 37 percent want to hit the beach and 31 percent would go somewhere to enjoy nature. More than 1,200 Americans took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-19
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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