Impressive Scams People Used to Get Out of Work

A Guy Published a Fake Obituary: Next to calling in fake sick, claiming a family member died is the most effective excuse. Who will dare question it? But a guy named Scott Bennett from Pennsylvania went one step further. He published her obituary in the local paper. How Bennett’s plan fell apart? Family members called the local paper to assure them that Mrs. Bennett was still alive. Bennett was charged with disorderly conduct and fired.


A Teacher Forged a Hilariously Bad Jury Duty Notice: 61-year-old Mona Lisa Tello used jury duty as an excuse to get out of work at a Manhattan high school. To make the lie extra convincing, she forged a notice from the court so she could get 15 days off between September and May. The problem?  The word “trial” was misspelled as “trail,” and “manager” was spelled “manger,” among other things. The phone and fax numbers on the letter were fake, the address and dates were wrong. Tello admitted it, left the job, and got community service.


A Guy Trashed His Own Home to Fake a Burglary: Florida’s Dwayne Yeager’s wife wouldn’t let him skip work. Dwayne hatched a scheme and ransacked his own house, then called the cops to tell them about it. The cops arrived, but a close examination found no indication of forced entry. Somewhat more suspicious was the neighbor who saw Yeager leave his house, then come back minutes later, open the window, and proceed to burgle himself.


A Teacher Missed 35 Days Based on Outlandish Lies: Three months after Florida teacher Ashley Barker started work, she emailed her boss to state she needed time off for kidney stones. Later, she had a cyst that needed shrinking. Two months later, she was supposedly at home with a brain infection. Later she was spotted by a fellow teacher at Legoland when she was supposed to be home dying. Barker next accused a co-worker of threatening to murder her. Finally, she admitted to cops she’d made it all up.