Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with students in the capacity of a School Director, Director of Career Services and CEO of CreativeInterns.com. These positions often required students to either arrive on time for an appointment, interview or class and therefore enabled me to hear numerous reasons why students were late or just didn’t show up.
Over the past couple years, I started taking note of some of the more unique and often used excuses, truths and sometimes absurd flat-out lies that were told to me. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if these excuses were given in truth or to create empathy, shock or exemption from discipline for being late or not showing up. Enjoy!
A homeless guy punched me because I was wearing a red hat.
There was a really long line at the coffee shop.
My shoe untied and I fell up the steps.
There was fog and the ferry was delayed.
My best friend was sick. (Note: can replace “best friend” with any living thing)
I got my period.
My train was delayed.
I got lost.
My alarm didn’t go off.
I don’t know why I am late.
Written by: Marc Scoleri