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Survey: 35 percent of workers fake sick

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Some days you just don't feel like going to work and a new survey finds people are willing to lie to get the day off.

No matter how much we love our jobs, we've all been there.

"Sometimes you're just stressed out need to take a break," said Shannon White, faked a sick day.

White admits she's lied about being sick to get a day off from work and she's not alone.

A new survey from CareerBuilder finds 35 percent of workers have called out sick when they were feeling just fine.

Most people fake an illness.

"The flu probably because no one wants to mess with you when you have the flu," said White.

But employers surveyed say they've heard some outrageous excuses.

One worker said the ozone in the air flattened his tires and he couldn't come to work.

Another claimed they ate too much birthday cake. One even said he had to attend the funeral of the pet of his wife's cousin.

Ricky Hinduja of Dallas told his boss an elaborate story.

Hinduja: I need to go to Oklahoma because I'm getting engaged? I've done that 

Reporter Don Champion: You did that? No I didn't get engaged.

Lying can come with a cost. A third of businesses surveyed said they try to confirm if workers are actually sick and sometimes even drive by their house.

Darius Hawthorne says that's why honesty is the best policy.

Champion: Would you feel bad if you called in sick and you weren't? 

Hawthorne: Yeah, because I'm a pastor too.

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