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Workers share creative excuses for not coming into work

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A new U.S. survey finds one third of employees who call in sick are faking it.

The annual survey by CareerBuilder says the number of employees who admit to taking a phony sick day was up 2 percent from last year.

Today Mid-Michigan residents shared some interesting excuses they have either heard from employees or used themselves to avoid coming into work.

"I had a guy call in once and say he ran over a raccoon and got four flat tires, that's probably the worst one I've heard," said one Mid-Michigan employer.

"In the summertime, I'll have people say they can't work because their furnace is broken," said Saginaw resident, Jo O'Conner.

And while some people say they have faked the death of family members to get the day off, others say they blame their pets.

"The dog ate my keys is the worst one I've heard," said one employer from Saginaw.

However, 30 percent of employers say they have checked up on workers who have called in sick by requiring a doctor's note, or checking their employee's social media pages.

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