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to have thrown a sickie?

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BeachyKeen Sat 27-Dec-14 21:01:47

mitigating circs:
I have a thumping headache. I could suck it up and force myself to keep going, but I work on the phones, so not nice.
I did work Christmas eve, Christmas day and Boxing day.
Its our 20th anniversary of the day we got together. I just want to lay quietly on the couch, snugged up with dh and a cup of tea, and have a nice chat about everything and nothing.

Work will be fine about it, but I feel guilty as fuck about stretching it

CarpeJugulum Sat 27-Dec-14 21:02:48


Migraines as the Devil's own work. Chill...

CarpeJugulum Sat 27-Dec-14 21:03:32

As? Sheesh... bloody auto correct. ARE

BullshitS70 Sat 27-Dec-14 21:03:49

great work ethic

ilovesooty Sat 27-Dec-14 21:04:54

The OP says she had a headache, not a migraine.

I think that people who are well enough to be at work should be there. Sorry, I think YABU.

MuttonCadet Sat 27-Dec-14 21:04:57

So are you throwing a sickie or are you sick?

If you're sick fine to take off work, if you're not book a holiday.

TheRtHonGeorgianaGobshite Sat 27-Dec-14 21:09:29

If you can lie on the couch and chat; you don't have a disabling headache.
If you want to lie on the couch and chat; you should have booked a holiday. You should feel guilty. you're qualifying and justifying.
Life is so much easier and less complicated if you're honest.

Fairenuff Sat 27-Dec-14 21:11:38

YABU to throw a sickie. You are not actually ill. Your guilt is justified.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Sat 27-Dec-14 21:14:38

You're being paid to not be in work when there's nothing wrong with you, and someone else, we ho would probably also rather not be there, is having to cover for you. That is both unfair and dishonest. YABVVU.

velourvoyageur Sat 27-Dec-14 21:17:12

I just feel sorry that you can't properly enjoy it with a headache! Do you have some painkillers you can take?

Happy anniversary (hope it's not weird for a perfect stranger to say that)! flowers

YANeverBU to need a cup of tea, of course

BeachyKeen Sat 27-Dec-14 21:18:41

to clarify
I will not be paid for today. I am only paid for the time I am clocked in.
It is a bad headache, but not a migraine. I work in a call centre, so it is quite loud.
I was planning on working today, before I felt shit, which was why I hadn't booked it off.

velourvoyageur Sat 27-Dec-14 21:22:25

Ooh judgyness afoot.
She said work will be fine. She feels shit, how productive would she be with a thumping headache anyway?

ilovesooty Sat 27-Dec-14 21:24:39

Work will be fine be presumably because they trust her to be telling the truth.

If have is planning on calling to say she is too sick to work that is a lie.

Mammanat222 Sat 27-Dec-14 21:24:40

What kind of call centre is open Christmas day?

ilovesooty Sat 27-Dec-14 21:25:57

Apologies for the typos.

Presumably OP someone will have to cover your duties, or the level of service will be compromised?

ilovesooty Sat 27-Dec-14 21:27:26

I can think of a good few call centres that might be open Christmas day.

I don't however think that whether the OP worked on Christmas day is relevant.

BullshitS70 Sat 27-Dec-14 21:27:40

erm, its not Christmas day

TheFairyCaravan Sat 27-Dec-14 21:27:52

You've got a headache, take some painkillers and get on with it.

YABVU. You could have gone to work so you should have gone to work.

Mammanat222 Sat 27-Dec-14 21:29:58

The OP said she worked xmas eve, xmas day and boxing day and I just wondered what call centres are open this time of year?

ilovesooty Sat 27-Dec-14 21:32:32

Vehicle breakdown services for one I believe.

cardibach Sat 27-Dec-14 21:33:17

Mobile phone operators for a start - I've always been able to set up DD's new phone on Christmas Day (sounds bad - she had a new phone for Christmas a couple of times and I set it up on the day...). I'm sure lots are.

NoImSpartacus Sat 27-Dec-14 21:33:20

YABU. People with poor work ethics annoy me. Other people always have to pick up the slack of the buggers who can't be bothered to get their lazy arses out of bed. I just can't respect people who pull sickies for a 'bad headache'. Bit pathetic isn't it really.

knewnana Sat 27-Dec-14 21:34:43

Sorry you haven't got the responses you wanted OP. But YWBU. Irrespective of whether you got paid or not you should have booked the day off if spending the day with your DH to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day you got together was important to you.

On a lighter note, congratulations on 20 years! Hope your headache has cleared up.

BeachyKeen Sat 27-Dec-14 21:36:56

I mentioned working through the holidays to clarify that I hadn't been spending extra time with dh, or trying to extend a holiday. I didn't take any time off this year.

Just in our centre we have road side assistance, a phone company and a pharmacy support line open 27/7/365, it is fairly common as far as I know.

Anyhow, I will accept that my guilt is earned.

Bulbasaur Sat 27-Dec-14 21:38:37

You're asking on MN, where people lie their asses off never, ever break any rules no matter what.

Everyone will say YABU.

But frankly, if it's not going to affect any coworkers, I'd have done it too. I've thrown in sickies because I didn't feel like getting out of bed, and the world is still turning and I still have great recommendations from coworkers and bosses. smile

Just don't make it a habit or talk about how great you're feeling on facebook. wink

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