20 Really Lame Excuses Michigan Residents Use To Get Out Of Work

“I got kidnapped in Detroit.”

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1. “I’m heading to the Lake”.

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user gitsul

Who wants to go sit in an office when the best lake in the country is so close by?

2. “I ate too much Superman Ice Cream.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Downwithpants1969.blogspot.com

Superman Ice Cream is a Michigan fave. These layers of blue, yellow and red are hard to resist.

3. “There’s a BIG football game on today.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Michigan State on Facebook

If it’s Michigan State vs. Michigan in anything, Michiganders are probably going to find a way to watch it.

4. “I have to go and kick some Ohio butt.”

Living in Michigan

Source: The National Guard on Flickr

The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio is well documented. Michigan knows it’s better, though.

5. “I was at the brewery too late last night.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Founders Brewing Co. on Facebook

Michigan has one of the best craft brew scenes in the nation. Often, it’s hard to pull yourself away.

6. “I have to host a fish fry.”

Living in Michigan

Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife

People in Michigan know that a good fish fry is perhaps the best way to spend a Friday afternoon.

7. “Hunting season starts tomorrow.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr

The opening day of hunting season just might be the most missed day of the year in Michigan, especially in the U.P.

8. “There’s too much road construction.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Ian Freimuth

We’ve heard it all before – two seasons: Winter and road construction. Due to the harsh winters, they’re ALWAYS working on the roads in Michigan.

9. “I’m on a Euchre roll.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Doug Bethune

Though your boss would certainly sympathize, this excuse might get you in hot water. But it’s so tempting.

10.”I can’t get across the bridge.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user John Lillis

The Mackinac Bridge is a beast to cross when the weather is rough. This excuse might actually get you a day off.

11. “I ate a bad pasty.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Noelle and Mike

Pasties are Michigan’s favorite treat, especially in the U.P. It’s hard to get a bad pasty, but if the meat is old, you could get sick in theory.

12. “I’ll be late. I have to return my cans first.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Steven Depolo

Cans and bottles are found money in Michigan. Those who plan ahead know the best times to turn them in to avoid long lines like on Saturday morning.

13. “Let me drink a Vernor’s and then see how I feel.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Erica Firment

Michiganders know that Vernors Ginger Ale is a special concoction that remarkably cures minor ills and hangovers.

14. “I got kidnapped by a troll.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Cali4Beach

People in the lower peninsula are jokingly called ‘trolls’ because they live under the Mackinac Bridge.
Okay, so this probably won’t work. But it might buy you some time.

15. “I got kidnapped by a Yooper.”

Living in Michigan

Source: UMich.Edu

Okay, that might actually happen.

16. “I got kidnapped in Detroit.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr

Good luck with that one.

17. “I’m buried up to my roof in snow.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Wake N Bake on Facebook

Michigan gets a ton of snow, but they’re a hardy bunch. If there isn’t a foot on the ground, this excuse might not fly.

18. “I hit a deer.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Don DeBold in Flickr

Each year, there are nearly 50,000 reported vehicle-deer crashes in Michigan. About 80 percent of these crashes occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn.

19. “We’re going to Cedar Point.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr user Ross Graham

Everyone in Michigan knows this place is better than Disneyland. It’s worth getting a glare from the boss to take the kids on a weekday, right?

20. “I twisted my ankle sledding.”

Living in Michigan

Source: Flickr Rachel Kramer

This happens a lot, so you’ll probably get a pass on it. Better limp next time you show back up to work, though.

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends. .

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