Heard every sick day excuse? Maybe not

November 8, 2011: 11:25 AM ET

Bats, hamsters, food allergies (from a chef)…. Why not look on the bright side? There's some real creativity here.

By Anne Fisher, contributor

FORTUNE -- Now that summer vacation season is just a memory, and winter cold-and-flu season is looming, it's a good time to contemplate people's reasons for calling in to say that they are just not planning to show up.

Of course, no sane manager expects 100% attendance from everybody all the time. Life doesn't work that way. Have I ever told you about the time I tripped over my dog and had to go to the emergency room to get 17 stitches? No? Well, of course not. Who wants to admit to being unable to navigate a room without tripping over a dog?

And while we're on this thread, here's another thing: Who doesn't take a mental-health day every once in a while? Answer (you know it): A really scary person you would not want to be around. Or work for.

We get it. Really. But there are limits. More

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