Workers have a slew of crazy excuses for being late to work, and “I got locked in my car trunk by my son” tops CareerBuilder most recent survey of over 8,000 workers.

According to the survey, 20 percent of workers arrive late to work at least once a week, up from 15 percent in last year’s survey. One in ten (12 percent) said they are late at least twice a week.

The most popular “standard” reasons for running late are due to traffic (33 percent); lack of sleep (24 percent); and getting the kids ready for school or day care (10 percent). Public transportation woes, wardrobe issues (not of the Janet Jackson-malfunction kind), and dealing with pets are also common reasons.

But mixed in with those “common” reasons are those that are, well, a bit more odd.

The most outrageous reasons for being late to work:

- “My husband thinks it’s funny to hide my car keys before he goes to work.”
- “I was attacked by a raccoon and had to stop by the hospital to make sure it wasn’t rabid.” Lefty
- “My left turn signal was out so I had to make all right turns to get to work.”
- “A gurney fell out of an ambulance and delayed traffic.”
- “I feel like I’m in everyone’s way if I show up on time.”
- “My heat was shut off so I had to stay home to keep my snake warm.”
- “My father didn’t wake me up.”
- “A groundhog bit my bike tire and made it flat.”
- “I walked into a spider web on the way out the door and couldn’t find the spider, so I had to go inside and shower again.”
- “I got locked in my trunk by my son.”
- “My driveway washed away in the rain last night.”
- “I had to go to bingo.”

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