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lechatnoir Thu 30-Aug-12 19:23:06

Sorry not an AIBU as I know throwing a sickie isn't right but I need tomorrow & Saturday off work but can't take annual leave & don't know what to say that will sound plausible without the need for an Oscar winning performance on the phone in the morning or when I return to work on Monday! I've honestly never chucked a sickie & I'm terrified they'll see through me.
Anyone?

Ilovesunflowers Thu 30-Aug-12 19:24:05

Why do you NEED the day off? Is it more important than having a job?

scentednappyhag Thu 30-Aug-12 19:24:38

What do you need the time off for? Would it count as emergency parental leave?

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 30-Aug-12 19:30:20

Swap with someone?

Harrypie Thu 30-Aug-12 19:32:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bobbledunk Thu 30-Aug-12 19:36:49

Just pretend you're really sick with the flu and you don't want to make other people ill. Don't be scared, get into the role, ring them, perform, then enjoy your days off.

lechatnoir Thu 30-Aug-12 19:37:42

Cant be too specific in case I out myself but I've been given a last minute cancellation tomorrow for something I've been waiting to hear about for months and it involves an overnight stay that would also prevent me going in Saturday

headfairy Thu 30-Aug-12 19:39:05

OP if you've previously requested leave for these days and been turned down be very careful pulling a sickie. There's nothing more obvious if someone goes sick on a day they'd been trying to get off.

Toombs Thu 30-Aug-12 19:41:08

Don't do it, if you are found out it's grounds for instant dismissal.

tinkertitonk Thu 30-Aug-12 19:41:50

I'm sure that your employer is glad to have someone with your attitude and that you cannot be replaced easily.

MrsKeithRichards Thu 30-Aug-12 19:43:03

Some sort of stomach bug, mention the d word, no one argues with that.

TheTermagantToaster Thu 30-Aug-12 19:44:05

Paralympics? I wouldn't do it.

dikkertjedap Thu 30-Aug-12 19:44:06

Don't do it, it is grounds for instant dismissal. Not worth it.

WorraLiberty Thu 30-Aug-12 19:45:34

Is it a recreational event?

complexnumber Thu 30-Aug-12 19:48:19

Can you not just get a couple of unpaid days' leave?

SauvignonBlanche Thu 30-Aug-12 19:50:03

Don't do it!

EmmalinaC Thu 30-Aug-12 19:52:41

I wouldn't do it especially if I'd been refused annual leave already.

And having listened to endless excuses over the years, I would say it is usually possible to tell when someone is pulling a sickie (even without the help of facebook grin) and although you probably wouldn't get instantly dismissed, it certainly won't do you any favours.

What exactly is the event? There are other types of leave that cover some situations...

lechatnoir Thu 30-Aug-12 20:33:22

I haven't asked for leave as i knew i didnt have any left & they only allow parental leave with more notice & in week blocks hence not considering either option plus this has only happened in the last few days. It relates to a future job opportunity which I why I can't be upfront about it.

lechatnoir Thu 30-Aug-12 20:35:20

TTT - no but ironically it also means missing going to the Paralympics as I had tickets to go after work tomorrow

HappyAsChips Thu 30-Aug-12 20:42:18

Why can't you be honest with your employer and simply offer to take the time unpaid? They might be more understanding than you expect, even if it does relate to a future job opportunity. My Dh is a company Director and gets mightily pissed off when people throw sickies (like he and the other directors don't know when they're lying hmm. They've fired people over it.

SauvignonBlanche Thu 30-Aug-12 20:45:55

I once got asked for a referance for someone who just been off sick, I smelled a rat and checked when the interview had been - the day she'd been off sick!

Cherubim Thu 30-Aug-12 20:46:48

Dependency leave is unpaid and taken last minute for childcare purposes. I wouldn't lie about
my kids being ill though, I'm too superstitious. You could say that your childcare has fallen through?

lechatnoir Thu 30-Aug-12 20:49:06

I have no problem taking it as unpaid but don't want to risk them saying no & as I've never heard of them agree to any unauthorised or leave that wasn't pre-booked I can't risk it. I'm sounding melodramatic I know but I simply cannot miss this opportunity as I'm likely to be out of a job soon anyway (long boring unrelated reasons), we are totally skint & pushing up our o/draft to the limit & this could really turn our fortunes around.

Toombs Thu 30-Aug-12 20:51:48

Be honest, you would require it of someone working for you. You might be surprised at the reaction.

CumberdickBendybatch Thu 30-Aug-12 20:53:39

Family emergency. Late call, panicked message etc

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