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'My Cat Had the Hiccups' and Other Late for Work Excuses

Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With a new survey finding 27 percent of Americans showing up late for work once a month, it stands to reason they need to have an adequate supply of excuses at the ready. commissioned the survey, and found 31 percent of tardy workers blamed their lateness on traffic.  Eighteen percent of those who showed up late cited a lack of sleep, while 11 percent blamed the weather.  Public transportation delays and getting kids to school or daycare was cited by eight percent of late employees.  The survey of employees and business managers also revealed some over-the-top excuses.

Here are’s "Most Outrageous Excuses for Coming in Late”:

-- My cat had the hiccups.

-- I thought I won the lottery (but, alas, didn't).

-- I got distracted watching the Today show.

-- My roommate got mad at me and cut the cord to my phone charger, so it didn't charge and my alarm didn't go off.

-- You mean my commute time doesn't count toward my work hours?

-- A fox stole my car keys.

-- My leg got trapped between the subway car and the platform (This one turned out to be true).

-- I have no intention of getting to work before 9 a.m. (Start time was 8 a.m.)

-- Sorry, I'm late. I had a job interview with another firm.

-- I had to take a personal call from the state governor (This one also turned out to be true).

The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive, and involved 7,000 employees and 3,000 employers.

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