People are also fired for excessive lateness to work. It's impossible to avoid being late to work on occasionan unexpected traffic jam, a babysitter who's doesn't arrive on time, an alarm clock failure. Most bosses would probably be understanding if an employee is late infrequently. It's when lateness happens often, or the employee's excuse for being late doesn't seem believable, that an employer may decide to take action. My colleague John Reh, the About.com Guide to Management, has been compiling a list of real excuses workers have given to their bosses and publishing them on his site. Please see Readers Respond: Amusing Excuses For Being Late For Work. This is worth reading, not just because, as advertised, it really is amusing. Here's the real reason: if you think your boss will believe any excuse you give, know that he or she may be onto you ... and may not be too happy about it. You should at least avoid giving excuses similar to the ones John received from managers. If you've been the recipient of an amusing excuse, I hope you'll share it with John.