Slideshow 2016’s most ridiculous late-to-work excuses

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  • May 02 2016, 9:47am EDT
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2016’s most ridiculous late-to-work excuses

A company’s success owes a lot to teamwork, which can be challenged by absentee or tardy employees. Four in 10 employers report have fired someone for being consistently late, according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder. Traffic is the most common cause of tardiness among employees (53%), followed by oversleeping (33%) and bad weather (28%). But those are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the most bizarre reasons employees have actually said they were late to work.

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I thought of quitting today, but then decided not to, so I came in late.

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My hair caught on fire from my blow dryer.

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I was detained by Homeland Security.

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I had to chase my cows back into the field.

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A black bear entered my carport and decided to take a nap on the hood of my car.

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My lizard had to have emergency surgery in the morning and died during surgery. I had to mourn while deciding whether to have the lizard disposed of by the vet or bring the lizard corpse with me to work.

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There was fresh powder on the hill. I had to go skiing.

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There was a store grand opening and I wanted to get the opening day sales.

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I had to finish watching “My Name is Earl.”

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All of my clothes were stolen.

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I was confused by the time change and unsure if it was “spring forward” or “fall back.”

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A Vaseline truck overturned on the highway and cars were slipping left.

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