It’s Giveaway Time!

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Update: Such devious, devious minds! We have ourselves quite the roster of excuses! ;) Loved all your comments.

Picking just two peeps was near impossible but we gots to do what we gots to do. And so, the winners picked by a random draw are… Mudit and Nidhi C. Congratulations you two! Look out for an email from us.

A big thank-you to everyone who participated. And a shout-out to Fossil India for bringing this Giveaway to our readers.

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All set for another great Giveaway? You will be when we tell you just what you stand to win! Thanks to Fossil India, keeping time just got very, very stylish.

Two lucky readers can win themselves either of the two watches featured below that retail for Rs.5000 each. You read that right! Either the sporty black rubber strap watch with a white dial in stainless steel casing or the grey croc-embossed leather with the white dial in brushed & polished stainless steel casing could be yours!

And now, for the how. All you have to do is, in the comment section below, just tell us what’s your favorite excuse for when you are running late. Bad traffic? Flat tire? Tell us! Be warned though, should you win these watches, you won’t stop looking at them. And punctuality might just become a habit! ;)

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You know the grind by now, don’t you? Here’s what you need to know:

– All comments will be approved only once the contest closes. And that happens on 30th June ’13.
– Remember to leave a valid email address in the comment form’s email field.
– One entry per person please.
– Contest is open to Indian residents only.

Good luck!

333 COMMENTS

  1. I am seldom late. So when i am, Ii usually tell the truth. Of late, its been because of misunderstanding of where/when we are supposed to meet.




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  2. My office is on the 20th floor of Everest House,a very busy office building in central kolkata…and the lift which carries us from ground floor to 20th floor,takes its own sweet time..so i always hafta wait for a good 10 to 15 mins for the lift to come down :D
    So if am late,i always enter the office and say haplessly- aaj lift phir kharab hai..kya hoga is building kya?
    And this always works!
    And in those few minutes,i always manage to check out HHC through my phone :)




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  3. I got late because I had a fight with my boyfriend last night. He was angry and without my knowledge he put my keys in the freezer in a glass of water.




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  4. My excuse is:

    I had the best idea for the business just as I was leaving the house. It was so incredible that I had to sit & write it down. I am sorry I got delayed but I was creating value in that time.




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  5. “The police to came to question me about a robbery charge and I told them I need to text/email my boss that I would be running late, but they didn’t allow me…they questioned me for half an hour and THEN they realized that they were interrogating the wrong person…Mumbai police is useless, cant even get their suspects right!!”…say it with a straight face and put on your posh accent…it works!! :D




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  6. Oooh I’m in love with the grey one!

    My favorite excuse, believe it or not, is that either my watch stopped working/ didn’t wear a watch and phone battery died or I need a new watch coz all the ones I have are crap and that’s not even an excuse, really!

    Hope I win the grey one- it’ll be perfect for all seasons with almost all colors- well, first I’m going to wear it to match my new grey flats (don’t worry, I’ll totally avoid a case of match much!) :)




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  7. My favorite excuse whenever i am late is “I am almost there,I can see u.”(may be for half an hour) OR “I was here only, its the traffic, took a hell lot of time just to cross the road”.




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  8. I have a delicate digestive system, so if I’m late to work I use that for an excuse. ‘Sorry I’m late but I spent my morning throwing up, again’ . It’s usually true though :(




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  9. Sorry I am running late,I dont know why this always happens to me its like I have the worst luck in the world. First my dad takes my bike to run an errand and keeps me waiting, then half way thru I ran outta fuel and had to push my bike to the bunk.(or I was saving the life of a raccoon. :D JFL )




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  10. My excuse would be: I was late for work because on my way I was chased by a ferocious dog, and had to hide in an apartment till the time dog went away.




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  11. Most of the time my sure and winning excuse: I was abt to leave home, and a good frnd/relative turned up at my doorstep. will be late for an hour :-p




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  12. I have 2 things that i do. If my boss has left before me the prev day, i would say, remember that report, i was just up the whole night to submit it (to his boss ????) and so jus got up late this morning. He would be happy that i submitted and forget bout coming late. But typically happens.
    another way is to look sickly and make it look like i struggled to come to office. ????????.
    typically i am a punctual person and sometimes too punctual and above are real scenarios. ????.
    the watch can help me either way ????. Not too late or too early. Pleash pick meee. !!




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  13. My fav excuse for many times have been that I got struck in the elevator and the power supply conked :D This has saved me for quite a few times :)




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  14. I have a 2.5-year-old toddler, who has to be woken up at 6:30 am, cajoled into brushing his teeth, finishing breakfast, having a bath, changing into his uniform and then be out the door by 8 am. Needless to say, there are days I have to deal with sudden meltdowns and a stubborn refusal to eat anything, while the clock ticks away to glory!

    My favourite excuse? “Err…sorry sister we’re late. Just when we were getting into the car, he decided to poo again, and I had to take him up, clean the messy business, and change him again,” uttered breathlessly.

    My poor little distressed mother act is so genuine, I almost end up believing myself! :)




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  15. No excuse! Just being honest….always the best policy! Trust me :)
    Btw…big big fan of HHC!!!…keep up the good work ladies x




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  16. “God knows when my watch stopped working.. i just found that out on my way here..” – this excuse with a pale sorry face has saved me tons of times.




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  17. Boss i was late for work because it was International Pancake Day and IHOP was serving fee pancakes. My Boss was flabbergasted!




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  18. Most of the time my favourite excuse is…grid-lock traffic.
    It saves you most of the time unless your boss follows the same route :)




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  19. I started from home on time but halfway through the journey, some vehicle splashed muddy water on my outfit. So, i had go and change. :P This i had used when it was not the rainy season :)




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  20. I work in gurgaon and my office gives very bad ST’s, so just 2 days back i was running late and i messaged my boss that running late coz i have to buy ST’s on my way…




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  21. I used this once with my boss and you wont believe it actually worked ….:)

    ” I dreamed that I was fired, so I didn’t bother to get out of bed “




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  22. My excuse not once not twice but thrice (and it was true!) was that two monkeys came into my house and refused to leave. I had to wait till they left cause they were in my living room and the other time in my kitchen!!! No one believed me :(




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  23. My favorite excuse, and particularly because it works effectively most times, is that my roommate is unwell and needs me to take her to a doctor. When I mention that she has no conveyance and I need to drive her to the clinic, the excuse becomes credible and most often isn’t doubted by work peers or friends.




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  24. Just the indication of any kind of mysterious female trouble (menstrual cramps, anyone?) is enough to have my male boss running in the opposite direction. Hey, if you have it, use it!




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  25. wow…now I have my little kid ..so I automatically have a gud reason ..he just pooed when i was about to start …woha nothing can beat this excuse !




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  26. The reason for going late to work is tell the truth, in my case, over-slept most of the days, oh its too hot these days or too cold.Feel tired. Hahaa!




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  27. P&P, it’s DKNY but you’ve credited Fossil.

    Anyhoo, my go to excuse for being late at work is always some urgent bank work!




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  28. I live in Delhi and use the metro usually so whenever I’m running late I say the metro got stuck between two stations for five-ten minutes or it came late and I was waiting at the station :P




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  29. WOAH I love the black one!

    Hmm when I’m running late my favourite excuse is “Blame it on the a-aa-aa-a-aa-annoying traffic on the way yaar it wasn’t my fault!”




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  30. My favorite excuse is “I fell ill, so started late. After all, I could not postpone this, so had to come though I am sick.”




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  31. My favorite excuse for being late for work is saying ‘I was at my sister’s college PTA meeting since I’m her guardian here in Bombay whilst parents are out of town’. Always works!

    Psst don’t tell anyone -__-




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  32. All the three bathrooms were occupied so I had to wait to get ready till Mom, dad and sister vacated atleast one of them, so I got late baby, not my fault.




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  33. I change the time on my watch to match the time when I was supposed to reach and then exclaim ‘Oh my watch isnt working, I thought I was on time! Sorry, guess its time for a new watch’
    I bet LOTS of people do this though :)




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  34. 1 of my best excuse when i had reached late to the Office “Sir, last night in my dreams i saw that i was fired so i dint bother to get up from my bed but just sometime later i realised that if i actually dont go to office now.i’l surely be fired” :p :p




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  35. My absolute fall back “late” excuse is: “I am so sorry. I had a doctor’s appointment which got delayed.” No more irritation, complete sympathy :D




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  36. my excuse for reaching late is the person who was driving in front of me dint knew how to…. bunch of morons…it saves me every time and everyone believes it no questions asked…




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  37. Favorite excuse for when I am late is that my route was shut down by Chief Minister’s motorcade.

    Also there’s one I should mention, some time back I told my professor that I attempted to cut my own hair before class and the clippers stopped working, so had to wait until the salon opened to fix my hair. :D




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  38. Hi guys,

    My favourite reason would be that I dozed off in the train since I working late last night and therefore got up 3 stations after mine and that caused the delay!




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  39. My favorite excuse for when I am running late is ‘My dog got sick’
    Everyone knows my dog is pretty old so I never get questioned beyond that!!! ;)




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  40. Staying in Bombay the best reason in rains for running late would the trains….

    “Sorry! Please excuse me for coming late, but the BMC needs to be pro active during rains. The trains are running so late. Was stuck or an hour between bandra and khar. Couldn’t even get down and take the road route. It was horrible being in the train for so long with all women fighting like in the fish market.” :P :) :D




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  41. My most favourite excuse when running late is; “I broke my shoe/heel/sandal while getting here. Had to stop by and get it fixed!!!” Then I go onto to say how much I love those shoes….I think it always works……:)…they all know how mmuch I love my shoes!!




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  42. my perfect excuse is..’I’m not late, i’m early for tomorrow.'( i do own my own business..so i get can get away with excuses) :P




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  43. The best excuse one can EVER come up with is
    “Bad stomach”
    sounds dirty but works all the time

    It’s my tried n tested excuse one :p

    May it be a teacher or a friend or parents
    They will only show sympathy n ask u to TAKE CARE

    Shhh ….
    :)




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  44. Had to dash back from midway to get the laptop charger. (Forgot it was plugged in from all that late night working yesterday ;))




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  45. Trains and rains become my best friends when i am running late. You see my office is really far from where i live.

    So the reason is: The Trains are super late. I am stuck between two stations since the past half an hour.

    If it rains, The excuse just gets bigger and better.




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  46. If the boss is male, then I say I got my periods/having periods.[They generally are left speechless after this ;)] So needed rest in the morning to avoid cramps.




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  47. My excuse when I’m running late – I fell down and hurt my ankle ( born vertically challenged anyway). Sympathy hugs guaranteed :P.




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  48. Love the black one.

    My favourite excuse is “Had to go to the doctor this morning” – Since I am not unusually late very often, it works.




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  49. Bad traffic is definitely it! Added with over the top display of frustration with roads and other fellow drivers ;)..all makes for a convincing story! tehehe..just a little white lie never hurt anybody and also its better to arrive late than to arrive ugly :P..im sure you girls will agree :D




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  50. I like giving innovative excuses each time ranging from stuff like:
    -I was helping some poor people, I met on the road
    -I was working hard to finish that proposal really late last night, after work and hence just could not make it in time today morning
    – Mom has come today from home-town and I had to pick her up (and as a proof, get some mithai and proclaim it’s all Jaipur made)
    – I am so sick. With the new contagious XYZ virus in the air, I wanted to check with the doctor before coming to office
    – I am really stuck in this traffic. I did start from home so early today and yet this- Mumbai traffic!
    – I have a mysterious illness which is making me throw up. Would come to office, the moment I feel better
    – Mumbai monsoons- it’s all flooded near my place. I cant even step out.




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  51. I was caught up with some urgent analysis and secondary research which is absolutely essential to understanding current trends. We can’t access those opinion sites on our servers.

    (I work in finance and one of my favorite things to do is sit with a hot cuppa and HHC on my laptop on a rainy morning. HHC is my required reading on fashion trends and what’s hot but unfortunately fire walled at work!)




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  52. If I am running late home after work, my standard excuse is work pressure.. meetings.. boss gave me work or called me for a meeting at the last minute. Always works :)

    If I am running late to work, its either because there was no water/electricity leading to utter chaos or the alarm did not ring..
    :P




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  53. My favourite excuse for running late is ‘I have to rush my dog to the vet.’ between three dogs, they seem to be in the need of veterinary care fairly regularly!




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  54. I like to customize my excuse based on who I’m giving it to- with the lady boss it’s children, with the guy boss car trouble, with
    Moms it was because of my sister and with the husband
    I never have to worry he is always later than me.




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  55. My best excuse while running late is to tell them that my mother in law didnt prepare lunch on time and I could not dare ask her to let me go without making the lunch she woke up early in the morning for!

    People with mils would relate!




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  56. I am rarely late, but on occasions I do end up being late, this is what I usually say, “My watch stopped working, and I lost track of time.”
    See why I need a watch




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  57. I am rarely late, but on occasions I do end up being late, this is what I usually say, “My watch stopped working, and I lost track of time.”
    See why I need a watch.




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  58. My excuse(always works): I came half way here and realized i had forgotten most important thing so had to turn back and drive all the way.




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  59. I was running late today for office and had thought of using this excuse :

    India won the Champions Trophy last night and i was up till 2am watching the match, cheering the team and enjoying the presentation ceremony.




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  60. Hey… Whenever I am getting late for my work I call up my boss and make an excuse of my clothes getting dirty on the way because of some sill auto vala…. or a doctor appointment and sometimes my leg would suffer a sprain.. :-D




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  61. My daughter started crying as i left the house; had to wait till she calmed down (always works – who is gonna get upset with a mother of a cranky child?!)




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  62. I forgot we had Moved Locations..and went to Our Old Address..Did you know its a Flower Shop Now ??These are for you… :) :P




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  63. I am usually never late for classes but in case i get late, i make sure i have a friend who is also late, and while entering the classroom, i push him/her first inside so they have to answer the professor :P.. the reason which i usually give is my sandal/shoe got broken and couldnt find cobbler :P




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  64. Used so many excuses:
    – Traffic
    – Car broke down on flyover
    – Cabbie started fighting with another driver, like a proper fist fight
    – Not well
    – Better half not well
    But my favourite by far:
    – My building had no water, hence I couldnt bathe. Believe me, no one wanted me in office that day :)




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  65. “Oh I got a call from this semi-neurotic colleague of mine who just wouldn’t hang up…and since I’m not wearing a watch today I really didn’t realize I was late until just now! Sorry sorry sorry, am rushing…will be there in a moment.”




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  66. I once told my boss that my there had been a short circuit and my house had caught on fire and that I was late because I had to call the fire department. It worked quite well but unfortunately this isn’t the sort of excuse you can use over and over again. A pity.

    The one I use on a regular basis however is ‘unforeseen and inexplicable lack of autos/taxis’. It works, sometimes.




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  67. Hello… I was there half and hr early.. dint see you there and left.. now hold on will be there in ten… its ridiculous how you keep me waiting.. ALWAYS! :p




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  68. My favorite excuse for running late varies with time.

    15 mins: right around the corner, stuck in a bad jam

    20 mins: Just got an auto/bus 5 mins back. will be delayed

    30 mins: got pulled up by the traffic cops

    1 hour: went to the atm to withdraw money and card got stuck in the machine

    +2 hours: rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain, thought it was appendicitis

    Regards,
    Tina




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  69. My favorite excuse for running late till date is – ” I worked till late at night and so i overslept (fluttering eyelids) ” and it so works.. touchwood*




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  70. the metro, it is always the metro!!!!!blame it on the metro hold ups or the alarm, just tell everyone that the alarm didnt go off!!!!!!




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  71. There was a political movement happening on the way ma’am…and obviously it is the lives of people like us that gets affected…!!!! Sorry ma’am…got late due to stoppage of traffoc movement.




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  72. Well… you will not guess what happened! The water ran out when I was washing my hair! Then I had to run to the kitchen and use up all the drinking water to wash my hair! Bad day dude… but I so badly wanted to come and meet up.. now the day should definitely look up!




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  73. In India– I got a bad slush splash by the nasty speeding car, as I was walking across the road, hence had to go back all the way and change my clothes before I could reach the office for work! :)




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  74. my favourite excuse when i am late is that there was an accident on the road due to which there was a long traffic jam




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  75. My excuse for running late – There wasn’t any electricity at home, couldn’t open the garage door and thus couldn’t leave for work Had to wait till the electricity was back. :D The boss bought it :)




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  76. My daughter pooped on me just when I was going to leave!!! The excuse works every time – I should be safe for another 24 months atleast with this one :)




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  77. My favorite excuse for running late is “Oh, I had a terrible headache last night (again). It was the medication. ”
    P.S. Hope my secret is safe with you ;)




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  78. When I am running late, I usually tell my boss I’m having “girl troubles” and I automatically get excused.. ;)




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  79. I’ve never been the habitual late-comer yet of-course, like everyone, i’d had my share of rows with the office/college-clock! :D
    The unimaginative excuse of a traffic gird-lock never helped me one bit, so i took to this, {and now it’s my fav. excuse for that damned day when i displease the office-clock and its patrons! :) } –
    ” My 4 year old puked right when i was about to leave home.. I really couldn’t have considered not seeing to it. But I truly am apologetic that I choose to look after her till she felt a little better at the cost of the office-timings. The delay sure wasn’t deliberate and i promise to see to it not being repeated.”
    (My little one doesn’t like this excuse though! :D)

    I once tried giving the excuse of having left the data print outs at home and hence having to rush back again, but my employer’s consequent questioning of my sensibilities (and responsibilities) put me off from letting that be my to-go-for-excuse! :)




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  80. My favorite excuse?
    My mirror had a problem and just wasn’t looking right. Something was just off when I looked into it and I couldn’t figure out why – I kept trying to fix things over and over again till it was at an acceptable state. Unfortunately, I couldn’t leave until then. I did bring some amazing wine with me to try and make up for my tardiness, does that help….




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  81. My neighbours had a late night party with loud music up till 3am..I could finally sleep only when the party was over which is why I couldn’t wake up on time and thus I’m late:P




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  82. Running late .
    coz flat tire can be caught but if ur in traffic u are.
    ciminal mind is one who doesnt leave evidence.




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  83. My favourite excuse for running late would be that my three year old thought that my car keys were flushable and he was right….so I had to take the bus…..




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  84. For this one my boss always give me a your fired today look “I didn’t have money for petrol, because i dont have an ATM card”




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  85. I have used the following excuses and several of them have unfortunately been true:

    1. I slept on the train while coming to the office
    2. I slept in the shower in the morning
    3. I slept after hitting the gym in the morning…
    4. My dog was sick. He is really important to me, so don’t
    judge.
    5. I didn’t plan my weekend trip right and will land too late to be able to make it to office in time.
    6. I was sick (this has actually never really happened, thank god)




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  86. I prefer to say that there was no water supply at my house..no shower no work..you wouldn’t want to sit next to the smelly cat now would you ;-)




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  87. My favorite excuse while running late off late has been that I keep getting lost because the iphone maps app is on crack! Having moved to a new city I’ve actually been able to get away with it! :P




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  88. Most of the days it is, “well I will be late today because my cat is very lonely and stressed out. If I don’t spend some quality time with him, he will keep peeing on the furniture!”

    P.S. If everyone keeps up this is going to be a fun comment section to look out for. :)




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  89. i am late because there was no water in the building tanks… had to fetch it from ground floor to the top floor on my own.. and then i made it to work…




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  90. My driver had gone somewhere without informing me and i was ready and waiting for him and hence i am late..
    p.s. i cannot drive and this excuse works wonders for me since i get to blame my driver and get away with any snides/complaints




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  91. I got stuck in the lift or stuff like..I stay on the 12th floor and when I got in the elevator this kid pressed the buttons for nearly all the floors while crying really loudly as she didn’t want to go to school first thing in the morning so to protest she pressed as many floors as possible!!! So I had to enjoy the ride! ha!




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  92. I always, always, always find a new way to blame the husband. Sometimes it’s because he got up late and ruined my schedule, sometimes it’s because I got late trying to accomodate his meetings, sometimes he just held me up. Most people in my life know and like him, so it’s all cool and mostly I’m forgiven. It’s a very safe excuse!




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  93. For me i always stuck on railway crossing…..and you know our trains are always running late….and when i am deadly late then a goods train passed by ;)




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  94. My driver didnt report on time due to some festival. ( look up on google, everyday there is some festival or the other in india )




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  95. Hello HHC folks,

    Good morning! Hope you all are doing great.

    Out of all excuses, my Favorite excuse while running late would definitely be this one – I have a doctor’s appointment at and I will be IN around and you know what, mails and messages starts flooding saying “Take care”, “what happened dear?”, etc..
    Colleagues show their love and care through all this.

    Regards,
    Kavita




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  96. I would say something like “I am late on purpose, because I’m practicing being a star.. and everyone knows stars are always fashionably late.”




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  97. my fav excuse in college times used to be “my alarm didnt work sir!”
    n once i gave an honest excuse n believe me or not it was the first time my professor believed me n allowed me t attend the class ..my excuse was ” i woke up late sir”




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  98. My favourite excuse for when I am running late is that my watch is running slow so I could not figure out that I am actually late.




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  99. Actually I’m not really late 90% of the times but I’ve used the excuse of bumping in to someone (cause I’m quite the chatterbox) and gotten away with it! I’d love to own that grey croc-embossed leather with the white dial in brushed & polished stainless steel casing!




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  100. My favourite excuse for when I am running late is that I lost track of time as I met a friend on my way.
    Hopefully a watch as beautiful as this will have me hooked onto it and punctuality may actually become a personality trait!!




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  101. My favorite excuse being : I could not come to work because i split my pants while coming and had to go back.. Since most of my bosses have been Male in the past it normally works as they never quite get out of the shocked zone fast enough ! xoxo




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  102. Here goes my excuse “I dreamed that I was fired, so I didn’t bother to get out of bed”

    Hope i win the watch coz m really in love with them.




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  103. My favourite excuse for being late to work is that I left my cell phone at home and had to turn back to get it!
    Hope my excuse is good enough to score those gorgeous watches! :)




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  104. My Favorite excuse when I’m running late is that it took more time to get ready because as Coco Chanel says ”Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; Dress impeccably and they remember the woman”, I want to be remembered and not my dress.
    P.S- This ain’t a lie.:)




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  105. The reason I give for running late:

    “But the meeting wasn’t scheduled for this time. There must have been some confusion at your end. Hence, I got late since I was aware of the other time” :P




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  106. When I was in my hostel I would have my friends pick me up at my hostel, and I am one person who cannot just get ready on time, so using the bad traffic excuse was not an option for me. So I had one common excuse and that was the maid excuse. I always said them that the moment I am about to leave the maid comes to clean my room, she doesnt comes later,she is adamant blah blah. This excuse was my best excuse ever!




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  107. My fav excuse for running late is the dramatic ” oh shit my watch just stopped working I realised I’m late when I looked at my mobile phones time “




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  108. When i’m running late for work my excuse is usually “the short distance that makes me lazy to be on time” – as it makes me feel that its near by so i can stay with my bed for some more time !! ;)




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  109. When I am running late, I blame it on my 2 year old.
    “My kid is sticking to me like a leech, its difficult to get going with her wrapped around my leg like a boa constrictor”




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  110. my dinosaur didnt bring the paper in the morning so asked my smurf to get it and then he went missing….so got late! ;)




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  111. Hie :) I belong to that lot which is always late and never on time. I may always be seen running between my college gate to the classroom for my first morning lecture.All these excuse like Bad traffic, rains, technical glitch are an ultimate life saver. I have also invented some of my own :

    Like, I would say- “Mam, I was planning to take a leave but then I realized, we have an important topic to be covered today. So got ready hurriedly and landed late, Sorry.”

    One day I said that I was working on an important project last night, slept late, got up late and landed up late.

    We have been told to bring newspapers everyday, so my best excuse is that “Newspaper wala came late” :P

    I have these endless excuses ideas.
    But I want to get punctual in my life,so if i’ll win this awesome Fossil watch, I may become punctual and may incur habit of reaching before time. :)

    Thanks (I hope its not too long)




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  112. I know its a little sly of me.. but the only times I run late are when I have to meet up with my friends. And I always pick up something for them. Chocolates, lotions, whatever it be and say I got late during the billing. They’re usually so touched by the gesture that my being late never even comes up! =)




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  113. My favourite excuse for when I’m running late is, ” I’m severely allergic to early mornings” Usually makes people laugh, and forget about my tardiness!




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  114. My favourite excuse, living in central bombay is that i was stuck in traffic at dharavi – no one ever questions that because dharavi is always, and i mean always traffucked!




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  115. One excuse doesnt work all the time specially if its with same person so I have a series of excuses that I mix up and shuffle between :-D Sharing the ones I use the most:
    1. Got into a fight with an idiot on road – this works big time specially in Gurgaon :D
    2. No water – couldnt even brush my teeth – works like a miracle – no one wants you in office without brushing and bath :D
    3. Someone splasged mud on my dress as soon as I got out, had to go back and change – works miracles in monsoon or bird droppings
    4. A black cat crossed my path and you know how my family is…they didnt allow me to go for next half hr.
    5. Maid came late/ didnt turn up
    6. Petrol got over – had to push the car till petrol bunk…hmmph really tired now

    Bad Traffic doesnt work lately coz now we are supposed to expect it as a reality and thus plan to travel before time




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  116. I had actually used this excuse when I was in college. I was running late for one my classes, the excuse that I came up with along with a friend was – I could not lock my bike (scooty) as I had dropped the key and it got bent out of shape. To make the excuse more believable my friend and I hit the key hard against a wall. The professor believed us and I was lucky as I had a spare key with me as well :)




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  117. Excuse for running late you ask?

    None. I’d just say exactly just what happened for me to land late. It works, more often than not. And if it doesn’t, may be I deserve it. Get started with no further ado, I’d say to moi..




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  118. While rowing across the river to work; I got lost in the fog. Haha. I usually use over the top excuses that make people laugh to ease the tension. But if it’s a serious situation (I’m always religiously late) more often than not its a broken alarm clock or car problems.




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  119. Hello !
    When i’m running late which is oh-so-often my favorite excuse is ‘Sorry folks, I’d to fill petrol and there was a queue at the fueling station. I promise i wont be late next time on!’ *flashes a huge smile*




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  120. if i was late for class i’d laugh and say “i’m not late. everyone else is just early ” or act like i’m upset and say”that’s silly, I have 10 minutes to spare!”…then start tapping my wristwatch and hold it up to your ear (if its not digital)…then kinda sigh and hang my head. LOL!




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  121. My favourite excuse for being late is: “Family emergency”.

    Ofcourse, if like Joey Tribbiani I’m quizzed about the details, I can also use: “A raccoon ate my house keys and I had to take him to the vet”.




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  122. I always say I had to stop at the bank before work as I don’t have an off on Saturdays as well. My boss must be thinking that I have millions stashed away that I need to keep checking regularly.




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  123. Running late? Blame it on the public transport! ‘Cause that’s what I do every time I reach late somewhere. Hah!
    And yep, it works.
    ‘The auto-waala was riding too slow’, ‘the metro faced some infrastructural difficulties and stopped for too long at every station’, ‘the rickshaw-waala was riding like a snail’, ‘the bus had to face some serious traffic jams’! And you’re done. Trust me, these tend to save you hell loads! ;)




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  124. I say- ”I hit a dog and had to stop”.
    Then I look at my boss with *puppy eyes* and say “wouldn’t you have done the same thing?!?”. ;)




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  125. My current leading contender for the best late-for-work excuse:
    ”I didn’t think you noticed when I came in”. :D :D

    Really hope to win the watch!!




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  126. I’m late because my dad was punishing my younger brother this morning. He was beating him with my shoes. I couldn’t come in barefoot. :P
    OR
    Someone was following me so I had to take a longer route to throw him off. :D




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  127. When I’m getting late, I have my excuse ready : I think my watch is a little late then because it shows I’ve reached on time :p




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  128. It starts like this,”Don’t ask! I didn’t get a cab for the longest time, even though i made sure i bent a little and asked nicely. When i finally got one, I had to turn back mid-way and go home because I forgot the xyz(some really important thing) and tripped on the way to my house, you know how clumsy i can get(and show an old scratch to support the story because I am clumsy enough)
    Its one of those days i guess!”




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  129. My favourite excuse, (which never fails to work by the way), is this permanent dent on my fender with tiny holes, not very conspicuous but not completely unnoticeable either, which I deliberately haven’t repaired, mostly because it’s such a minor issue but also because I can always point to it and say that that’s what happened to me on my way to work and the traffic police was late in arriving due to the jam that we had caused. Very conveniently, I still have the badly handwritten report that the cop wrote up for me when the actual accident occurred, and it’s a handy little detail that goes a long way in substantiating my claim. I guess if someone actually dared to comb through it, they would find the date, but hey, how often do you really look at a man’s shoes?




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  130. hey!
    my best excuse is ” i met with a minor accident & i had to take the other person to nearest first aid stop which could not have been avoided ” it does motivate others that we should help others, i escape from any sort bad remarks & solves my purpose too :)




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  131. Nine times out of ten, my poor alarm clock is to blame for when I’m late, which happens more often that not. :P So whenever I’m up late watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S re-runs or playing Fruit Ninja on my phone, and am late the next day, I mostly go with ‘my alarm didn’t go off, sir!’…and of course, it’s implied that if he paid me decently, I’d get myself an alarm clock that actually works,…and have to find myself another excuse for being late.




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  132. I had to help my neighbor’s kid with some art work for school. Could not help to deny the sweet and innocent girl whose project required a lot of cutting and creativity.

    (Worked for me as my boss has a school going kid and empathized with me how gruel-some these projects can be. Nonetheless the kids want to prove themselves and a good project is a great high to boost their morale.)




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  133. Well, since I live alone in a city, my favourite excuse is always that I have to fix things in my house, make payments etc for my house…Its often correct but sometimes when I want as extra sleep in time, then nothing like playing the “have to do all myself” card :D I love the grey one, just in case I am picked !




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  134. a perfect and favourite excuse would be :- “the rain coudnt just stop, and O’my god, it makes me run late always,huh” :D…all blame on this season. ;)
    and an another excuse would be : “oh, am i late? ..seeing my wrist and saying : i dont get to knw if am running late or on time ,gifting me a watch would be great idea ;) ”
    P.S. wonderful watches :)




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  135. I ate my wife’s breakfast by mistake so I had to fix a new one for her. And you know how tough job it is for a guy like me :(




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  136. I actually attempted to cut my own hair before work and the clippers stopped working, so I had to wait until the barber shop opened to fix my hair.




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  137. Nine times out of ten, my poor alarm clock is to blame for when I’m late, which happens more often that not. :P So whenever I’m up late watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S re-runs or playing Fruit Ninja on my phone, and am late the next day, I mostly go with ‘my alarm didn’t go off, sir!’…and of course, it’s implied that if he paid me decently, I’d get myself an alarm clock that actually works,…and have to find myself another excuse for being late. ;)




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  138. Since I am in HR only, would rather come up with an apology before my Boss fires at me-

    “I am Late ! Sorry Sir”

    Honesty is the best policy to climb the stair of success, would not let loose his trust over such simple thing. Dare to Win his heart, Be straight forward & discuss problem rather than coming up with silly indigestible excuses.

    Many of you might not agree with me, but its my way of thinking & have never ever been bullied. Trust Me !




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  139. You know boss how METRO run in our city, slight drizzle and we get caught up in technical fault. Metro got stuck in underground tunnel and didn’t even have a way to escape !!




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  140. I was driving too fast to reach to office early and met up with a car accident and it took time for me to take the car to a garage and find a taxi to reach the office.




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  141. I had a family death but due to the work piled up I have to force myself to come to the office even at this tragic hour of life :(




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  142. I was late because my girlfriend snagged my debit card and led me on a wild goose chase through the city. Here it is…finally got it back ! Women huh !




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  143. I am late because I fell off the train and had to walk to the next station. Lucky I didn’t lose my ticket !! Phewww!




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  144. I am too excited about the new project that I still could feel butterflies fluttering in my stomach and I could not sleep for hours.




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  145. I forgot an important project file and thus have to go back to my home to get it. And when i reached there I found that my wife locked the house and took the keys with her and hence I could not get the file.




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