5. Family Issues
I swear I got through college using this excuse. Family issues is such an iron clad excuse as long as you leave it vague. No one will pry if you make it seem as if you are really depressed. Not only that, but no one will punish you for missing work or school for family issues. It takes someone who is incredibly heartless to look at you and go "well, your family situation is pretty bad, so now we are firing you." Just turn on the waterworks and blame it on your dysfunctional family and you'll be at home playing Forza Motorsport 4 before you can say "parents' divorce."
4. It's Dangerous to Be Here
Now, I'm not saying I called in a bomb threat to my work place just to get some time off to play video games. However, if you don't let me take a day off to play the new Counter-Strike remake, then the terrorists win! It might sound a little drastic to be blaming terrorists, but being afraid about the recent terrorist activities in the news isn't all that strange these days. After all, we live in a society where the media tries to scare the living crap out of us on a daily basis. No one is going to hold it against you if the media is doing its job.
3. I'm Sick/Injured
Remember those old days in grammar school when you told your mom that you weren't feeling well just so you can take a day off of school? Well, the classic excuses tend to be the most reliable. Sick days exist for a reason: vacation! If you've got the time to blow, why not blow it? Say you came down with a horrible flu and spend the day playing Assassin's Creed Revelations. Then show up to work the next day and sniff a bit. No one will know the difference.
2. Someone I Know Is Sick/InjuredNow, this one makes you a slightly more horrible person, but Batman: Arkham City is probably worth it. If you can't fake being sick, then you should fake someone else in your family being sick. Maybe your sister has a knee injury. Maybe your brother came down with a rare viral infection. Just make something up and say you have to take them to the hospital or the doctor or something. I sincerely doubt anyone is going to give you a hard time about it.
1. It's a Religion Thing
Ah, freedom of religion is a wonderful right that all of us here in the U.S. share. And there's no better way to honor that right than to use it to score days off to play video games. If your boss is catholic, say you are Jewish and that you are celebrating one of the high holy days. If your boss is Jewish, say you are Catholic and you have some random saint's day to celebrate. If your boss doesn't buy any of those things, say you are Unitarian; no one really knows what Unitarian's believe anyway. If that still doesn't work, say you are Zoroastrian. Since there are only like sixty thousand Zoroastrians left living, chances are your boss doesn't know much about them. Something will get you a day off, and you'll learn a bit about the religions of the world while doing your Internet research to make this all seem credible. Now get out there and play some Sonic Generations.
By Angelo M. D'Argenio
CCC Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*