In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Murray Close)
Updated: Friday, 12 Oct 2012, 6:34 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 12 Oct 2012, 6:33 AM CDT
(CNN) - "My dog is having nervous breakdown."
"My toe is stuck in a faucet."
"I got upset watching 'The Hunger Games.'"
"I'm having my dead grandmother dug up for a police investigation."
These are just a few of the creative excuses workers gave to explain their absence from work in a survey with HR firm CareerBuilder.
The company says 30 percent of workers over the past year called in sick even when they were not.
The survey also shows that 22 percent used the days for doctor's appointments, 16 percent used sick days for catching up on sleep and over 30 percent used the days when people just didn't want to go to work.
But if you're thinking of playing hooky you may want to think twice. Almost 30 percent of employers said they checked up on their employees by either calling them or requiring a doctor's note.