As usual, there I was running late. Not a good thing for someone who has to start a radio show the moment the newscast ends. But it got me to thinking of some of the most different excuses I've heard over the 33 years of owning a diner.

I remember one of our grill cooks calling in an hour late to say he was finally on his way. When I asked what the problem was, he said he was backing out of his driveway when he was hit by another car while at the same exact time, his house was getting robbed! I told him to pick one.

I drove all the way here, only to turn around and go back home because I forgot my false teeth.

Habitual tardiness is a big problem that agitates fellow workers and costs employers a lot of headaches. Here are some of the most unusual I've been told over the years:

  • A major leak formed in the roof that caused the rain to short out the alarm clock that didn't go off.
  • I got to work on time, but fell asleep in the car parked out back.
  • I drove all the way here, only to turn around and go back home because I forgot my false teeth.
  • I was watching a movie on TV and wanted to see the ending.

My usual excuse is I got tied up in bumper-to-bumper traffic. How about you? Can you add some great excuses for being late?