Workers are coming up with some memorable sick day excuses
"I NEED some alone time."
This is one of the most memorable excuses Kawungan Quality Meats butcher Dale Newberry has heard when it comes to employees having a sick day.
He has also had employees ring up to tell him they couldn't come to work because their dog was sick or their cat had died.
It seems having a cold or flu isn't enough anymore.
When it comes to having a sickie, employees are getting creative - and employers around the Fraser Coast admit they don't know whether to laugh or cry at some of the interesting excuses employees come up with.
Brett Leishman, owner of the Supa IGA at Stocklands in Hervey Bay, said he had heard some interesting excuses over the years.
One of the worst excuses he had heard was an employee who called him and told him he wouldn't be coming to work because he was having "Red Bull withdrawals".
The employee had been drinking several cans of Red Bull a day and claimed that when he decided to stop drinking it he suffered severe withdrawal symptoms.
"Needless to say, he doesn't work here anymore," Brett said wryly.
Another employee had put a bandaid on a cut on their finger.
They said they had put the bandaid on too tight and had fainted when they removed it.
Maryborough publican Clay Clayton said he had two particularly memorable instances of employees not showing up for work.
The first happened a few years ago when one of his employees had to go to court to face a drink driving charge.
Clay got a phone call in the afternoon telling him the employee would not be coming to work that day - he had been sent to jail for three months.
Another memorable excuse was a Bayswater Hotel staff member who called and told Clay he wouldn't be coming in as he had been sick in bed for three days.
Unfortunately the staff member didn't realise Clay also owned the Criterion Hotel, where he had been partying the night before and, unfortunately for him, his fib was soon discovered.