Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges spoke with small business owners about interesting reasons that employees give for not being able to make it to work. This is what they said.
• Antwan Harris, owner of Zydeco Downtown, a Cajun restaurant and lounge in Raleigh, said the two standard excuses that he hears include a family member is sick and they didn’t know they were on the schedule.
“I had one that said one time ‘My knee was hurting so bad, I took some medicine and I overslept, and when I woke up I was scared to call and let y’all know what happened,’” Harris said.
• “I don’t have too bad a problem,” with people calling in, said Tom Ferguson, owner of Durham Catering Company and Rise Biscuits & Donuts. “I did have someone at Rise say they were in jail (in New Jersey).”
• “Of course, I have heard ‘I am sick. My car is broken down. I am in jail. My kids are sick … My uniform’s in the dryer. My uniform is dirty. I don’t have a ride,’ ” said Greg Lewis, owner and chef of Catering By Design in Cary. “Some of the more interesting situations include ‘My dog died three days ago;’ and they have the flu, but we know they were hung over.”
• “I haven’t really had any unusual ones,” said Jeremy Roth, general manager for Motorco Music Hall in Durham. “I do have one employee who works outside. He will come up with stuff when the weather is bad, ‘Oh, it is my brother’s birthday,’ and it just happens to be 25 degrees and raining out.”