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My Car Broke Down – I Can’t Make It to Work Today (and Other Excuses That Don’t Work)

The hot weather may have you considering calling out of work sick. Here's how NOT to do it.

I woke up this morning with some air conditioning cooling my dreamy body.  That’s right – dreamy.  Nothing says “hunk” like SpongeBob boxers and a paint-covered tank top. 

And you know what occurred to me as I got out of bed and stared longingly at the blue (ok, maybe still kind of green) waters of the pool?  “Wow….what a great day it would be to call out sick.”
 
First of all, let me state for the record that I did not. If I did, I sure wouldn’t be telling you about it. But in my lala land, you can bet your butt a number of excuses for being sick DID run through my head.
Then I thought – “hey, why not just going in a few hours late?”. I contemplated all of the potential excuses I could come up with. But the first, and most ironic, was this: “sorry guys, I’m having car problems.”
 
It quickly occurred to me that our team at Carter Chevrolet and Mazda of Manchester, being as wonderful and supportive as they are, would immediately offer to tow in my vehicle and repair it. I’m sure they’d also give me a ride in through our complimentary shuttle service, then offer me a fresh cup of coffee and the morning paper to read while they worked on my car. I'm sure they'd also supply merciless mocking about how I should have bought my car from Carter of Manchester.
 
My point? The excuse would’ve been an epic fail. So here I am, writing about how ineffective I am at calling out of work. I’d like to make some suggestions as to other potential “epic fails” for those of you considering going into work late or taking a day off this summer to enjoy the weather:

Excuse             

Who It Won’t Work For
             

I missed the bus. Bus drivers. I forgot my lunch. Restaurant managers.
I have a toothache. Dentist office workers.
I feel sick. Doctor’s office employees.
I’m suffering from depression. Therapists.
Insert distant relative death here. Funeral directors / morticians.
I have no electricity. CL&P workers.
A tree fell on my driveway. Lumberjacks.
The traffic is horrendous. Traffic reporters (TV stations have sky cams.)
There was an accident on the highway. Police/fire/EMT’s.
My dog is sick. Vets and vet techs.
I spilled coffee on my shirt. Dry cleaners.

Now with that being said, there are plenty of jobs that you can effectively call in sick. For example:

  • “I’m so sick.”  This works great if you work for a health insurance company, because chances are they’re going to CHARGE you to not come to work and call it a “deductible.”  (Don’t thank me, thank Obamacare.)
  • “I’m not feeling social.”  If you’re a recent billionaire and own a social networking website (yes, you – Zuckerjerk), I can’t blame you.  I probably wouldn’t feel very social either if I had cost millions of people millions of dollars and Drudge Report was all over me.
  • “I have gluteus glaucoma.”  Also known as “I can’t see myself dragging my butt into work syndrome”.  It'll work, because do you really think anyone is going to want to sound like they DON’T know what gluteus glaucoma really is?

Here’s my recommendation. Simply call your boss and tell him you need a new car. Then come down to or Mazda of Manchester and take advantage of our very, very cool summer incentives. 

By Kyle S. Reyes, Director of Marketing for Carter of Manchester

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Elizabeth Saede June 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Thank you for the chuckle before I head out into the heat & humidity. Maybe I can find a sprinkler to run through today. I'm self-employed anyway so "no work = no money".
Scott S June 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Story would be much more entertaining it it wasn't just a shameless plug for your dealerships "incentives".
Kyle S. Reyes June 22, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Elizabeth - thanks for the feedback. The nice benefit about being self-employed is that it's slightly more socially acceptable to work in a bathing suit. Scott - just curious, after watching Superbowl commercials....do you write the companies and tell them that their spots would've been more entertaining if they weren't shameless plugs? :) The closing line about the very, very cool summer incentives was simply a fun and lighthearted way of closing the piece. Which, I may add, states - like all of my blogs do - who I am and who I work for! Now if I were going to include a shameless plug, perhaps I would've told you about the unbelieveable June Summer Savings event by Chevy that's kicking back thousands of dollars in incentives and cash-back savings. I would've pointed out that a 2012 Impala (with $3500 in consumer cash!) has a magnificant air conditioning system to get you through these hot days. :) However, this blog is all about sharing reflections...and yes, many pertain to the car industry. I'd be happy to buy you a Venti Starbucks Iced Latte (shameless plug) and we could further discuss both of our thoughts. As a matter of fact, there's a Dunkin Donuts right across the street from Mazda of Manchester (slightly shameful plug, as I'm a Starbucks fan). My treat, Scott - let me know if you'd like me to buy!
Joe Breen June 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Kyle: Your perspective is always entertaining. - J. Breen
Scott S June 22, 2012 at 07:25 PM
No, I wouldn't write those companys....they are PAYING for their spots...you, are not.
Marcie June 22, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I am a self employed business owner and I liked this. I can see it being a turn off to a few consumers but you get brownie points for creativity.
Stephanie Sicard June 22, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Regardless of who he works for the piece is entertaining and a fun jab at all those who call out thinking they're clever. The reality is that almost everything today is an ad for something. Do you also show disapproval for every appliance in your house brandishing labels shamelessly at you and your guests? They are not paying for their spots (in fact, YOU did)...
Luke Chavez June 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Scott S. if you don't like it. Don't read it. I'm sure Mr. Reyes won't lose any sleep over it.
Wendy Vincent June 23, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Love it! That excuse wouldn't really work for a Patch editor either since we all work remotely. :)

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