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Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: The Art Of Playing Hooky

By Joe Mathieu, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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BOSTON (CBS) – There were a lot of bleary eyed people around the office this morning. Even more than usual.

There were also a few people missing in the wake of Game One. You know, your colleagues who were so unfortunate to come down with a cold or cough Wednesday night. What are the chances that would happen the same day the World Series began? I mean that’s bad luck.

But seriously. A new survey by Careerbuilder.com finds a good number of us practice the act of playing hooky, with 30-percent admitting they’ve called in sick during the past year even when they were healthy.

And a similar number of people also admit to going to work sick just so they can save their sick days for when they feel good.

And people can come up with some pretty creative and lame excuses.

Obviously telling the boss you stayed up too late watching the game is not going to cut it.

Calling in sick when you’re healthy is an art form. You come up with a credible story, change your voice and tug on the boss’s heart strings. If you do it right, the day is yours!

But this survey suggests many people could use some guidance.

Some of the most creative and lame excuses given to Careebuilder include the person who told the boss they quit smoking and were too grouchy to work.

And my personal favorite came from someone whose dentures “flew out the window” while they were driving down the highway.

These people clearly need to re-watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

And take notes.

Follow Joe on Twitter @joemathieuwbz

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