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Is this dog thinking of crazy ways to make you late for work?
We here at Life Inc. are always learning new things about our readers.
This week, we learned that you all have given your bosses quite a few interesting and hilarious reasons for arriving late at work. Some of them are actually true!
A post on the oddest excuses HR people had heard for why their employees were late prompted a number of you to share your own stories of workplace tardiness.
One of our favorite posts came from a reader who is so concerned with being punctual that the reader's clock is always set 15 minutes fast. But on one particularly calamitous day, a combination of bad weather and bad traffic left the reader with just two minutes to spare:
“’Just made it,’ I thought as I closed the car door and tried to step away. I say tried to step away, because I'd caught my pant leg in the car door. Worse, I could see my keys on the dash. I could neither free my pant leg nor open the door.”
Luckily, the reader’s boss saw the whole thing, and everyone had a good laugh.
The original post recounted an HR person who said an employee was late because the cat had the hiccups.
Based on what our readers had to say on our blog and our Facebook page, pets are often conspiring to make you late.
Cats get stuck in trees, vomit on the floor and position themselves in just the right place to trigger the garage door sensor over and over.
Dogs jump in your car and lock the door with their paws, trash your trash bags and have late-night fights with other animals that leave both animal and human in need of medical care.
One reader even recounted how her bunny ate through the alarm clock cord, burning its mouth in the process and making her husband late for work.
Of course, you can get in all sorts of trouble in the morning without any pet intervention whatsoever.
Over on our msnbc Facebook page, one reader literally got stuck. In the bathroom.
“The door wouldn’t let me out of the bathroom and I had to break it in half, true story,” the reader posted.
Should we all have emergency axes under our sinks?
Another one of our favorites:
“Sorry I’m late, boss. The media was ignoring Ron Paul again.”
Your stories were completely engrossing and often laugh-out-loud funny. That’s something we could all use a little bit more of these days, when most stories about the job market are more serious.
Another reader on our Today Money Facebook page summed it up well:
“Thanks, you guys, you just helped me be late for work with these excuses!”