We've all been late for work, it happens. But usually our excuse is "Sorry, I was stuck in traffic", not "I got Vaseline in my eyes".

I'm not going to lie, I've been late for work for a bunch of crazy reasons. From being up all night at the Emergency Room with a kidney stone to my dog have a strange incident with his ummm "doggy parts", I have definitely had my fair share of weird excuses for being late to work.

But not even my story about needing stitches, because I ran into a dog crate, can compare to this list of bizarre excuses from CareerBuilder.


  • 1

    Pizza Problems

    "The pizza I ordered was late being delivered, and I had to be home to accept/pay for it."

    Wavebreakmedia Ltd
  • 2

    Moose on the Loose

    "I was cornered by a moose."

  • 3

    Rise and Shine

    "The sunrise was so beautiful that I had to stop and take it in."

  • 4

    Proud to be an American

    "I thought Flag Day was a legal holiday."

    Arnaldo Margotti, Jr
  • 5

    Cheese Please!

    "My dad offered to make me a grilled cheese sandwich, and I couldn't say no."

  • 6

    Chatty Kathy

    "My mother-in-law wouldn't stop talking."

    Scott Griessel
  • 7


    "I had to watch a soccer game that was being played in Europe."

  • 8

    Locked Up

    "I overslept because my kids changed all the clocks in the house."

    Mark Herreid