The Last Word In Business

May 17, 2013
Originally published on May 17, 2013 1:46 pm



And let's go from small claims to false claims. Our last word in business is all about faking it and not making it to work.


JASON ALEXANDER: (as George) Shouldn't you be at work by now?

WAYNE KNIGHT: (as Newman) Work? It's raining.

ALEXANDER: (as George) So?

KNIGHT: (as Newman) So I called in sick. I don't work in the rain.

ALEXANDER: (as George) You don't work in the rain? You're a mailman. Neither rain nor sleet nor - it's the first one.

INSKEEP: OK. That excuse heard on the TV show "Seinfeld" years ago seems absurd. But here are some real excuses used for missing work that a British health care company found in a survey. The Daily Telegraph listed them. Who knows, some may be true. The excuses include: My trousers split on the way to work; my fish is sick; I've had a hair dye disaster; a cup of baked beans landed on my big toe - the big toe, remember that; I've got a sore finger. And best of all, I am hallucinating. Please stay home.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.