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Quiz: Which Of These Late-to-Work Excuses is Real?

Sometimes things happen — and sometimes they don’t but you’re late to work anyway.

A new study from CareerBuilder says it happens to 23 percent of workers at least once a month, and 14 percent say it’s a weekly problem. What do they do about it? About a third of them lie.

CareerBuilder asked more than 2,100 bosses for the most outrageous late-to-work excuses they’ve heard, and they sure delivered — we’re honestly not sure which ones were lies, and CareerBuilder doesn’t tell. So we took the funniest and created a quiz — sprinkling in a few we know are true. See if you can tell the difference…

Sources for the answers: No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4

CareerBuilder says 41 percent of employers have fired someone for being late, so it’s understandable people would grope for any plausible escape from that. Another third are OK with being late once in a while, and 16 percent don’t care what time you show up if the work is done.

If you’re not sure which category your boss falls under, the moral of the story is to plan for delays. Traffic, lack of sleep, and bad weather are the most common late-to-work problems and you can work around them.

For the rest, well — just remember to write the Waffle House’s address on your hand the next time you’re falling-down drunk.

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