Faking a sick day at work is the oldest trick in the book. We've all done it, whether we just need a break, or the sickness in question is a wicked hangover from some unexpected Tuesday night drinking.
It's such a common practice, there's even a WikiHow filled with detailed instructions on how to do it. Plus, according to a CareerBuilder.com survey, 35% of employees did it last year.
Of course, just because it's something a lot of us do, it sure doesn't mean we're all good at it. Here are the stories of 13 people who tried to fake a sick day and got straight-up busted.
Unfortunately, his boss had Google too. Looks like the employer dodged a bullet in this case, because anyone who fakes their daughter being in the hospital is probably not someone you want representing your company.
Maybe that's just me though.
Rookie mistake, Kevin. Stay off social media if you're going to fake being sick. Trust me, it's a common theme on this list.
According to the New York Post, she also accepted a $150 gift from her coworkers after they heard the bad (and fake) news. Among the clues that led to her being caught were the fact that she misspelled "cemetery" and made up a nonexistent funeral home.
I bet the bowling was fun, though.
I guess the laughs at his expense are worth keeping him around?
Bosses love spreadsheets.
I'll be honest, that's kind of badass. It probably wasn't worth it though, because upon their return they were fined $7,500. Nothing blesses a new marriage quite like sudden crippling debt!
As the employer posted on Reddit, "It's a fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, go fuck yourself if you get caught kind of thing." Well said.
Savage. Also, as a bonus, the blonde woman in the picture is literally a friend of the guy's boss. Good job, Danny! Airtight excuse.
What came up, you might ask?
A Halloween party. This Halloween party:
Yup. And if you can believe it, the fairy dress isn't even the best part of this story. Check out how his employer responded once they saw the picture on Facebook.
It is a cool wand.
It could happen to anyone. Also, don't take selfies while you drive.
She also accused her employers of spying on her, and led to Facebook being blocked at the company. See how one bad egg can spoil the bunch?
First came the post:
Then came the classic boss response complete with snarky hashtags:
Finally, an argument in the comments:
Look, you have to either own up to it, or take a hammer and literally break your hand. You can't just half-commit to your story. Do you want the 4th of July off or not?!