Most of us have faked a sick day at least once. If we're caught in these little white lies, we might feign a stomach flu or a bad cough. But some people take it further.

So much further.
CareerBuilder conducted a survey in which they asked more than 3,100 full-time workers and 2,500 full-time hiring and human resource managers across the country about they and their employees sick-day habits. And when it comes to excuses in 2016, there have been some whoppers.

First of all, 35 percent of those surveyed admitted to having called in sick when they weren't really sick. Of them, some said they called in because they "just didn't feel like going in to work", some used the day to attend a doctor's appointment, others said they called in because they need to just relax or catch up on sleep. Some even said they took the day off because they had personal errands to run.
So far, so normal. But those excuses are nothing.

CareerBuilder asked employers to share "the most dubious excuses" employees had given for calling in sick. And boy, are they ever dubious.

* "Employee said the ozone in the air flattened his tires.
* Employee's pressure cooker had exploded and scared her sister, so she had to stay home.
* Employee had to attend the funeral of his wife's cousin's pet because he was an uncle and pallbearer.
* Employee was blocked in by police raiding her home.
* Employee had to testify against a drug dealer and the dealer's friend mugged him.
* Employee said her roots were showing and she had to keep her hair appointment because she looked like a mess.
* Employee ate cat food instead of tuna and was deathly ill.
* Employee said she wasn't sick but her llama was.
* Employee had used a hair remover under her arms and had chemical burns as a result. She couldn't put her arms down by her sides due to that.
* Employee was bowling the game of his life and couldn't make it to work.
* Employee was experiencing traumatic stress from a large spider found in her home. She had to stay home to deal with the spider.
* Employee said he had better things to do.
* Employee ate too much birthday cake.
* Employee was bit by a duck."
According to CareerBuilder, 22 percent of employers say they have fired an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse.

In my opinion, eating too much birthday cake is more than a valid excuse to miss work. But you might want to be careful about your little white lies.

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