One-quarter of IT workers say they are late to work at least once a week, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.com, with 11% showing up late at least twice a week. Hiring managers contacted by the company gave some of the excuses offered by workers—from the legitimate and to the outrageous.
23% of managers say they have terminated an employee for being late :)
Among the top excuses for being late:
"I dreamt I was already at work"
"I had an early morning gig as a clown"
"It was too windy"
and of course, last but not least
"My dog swallowed my cell phone" - poor dogs, from eating homewoirks to eating cell phones!
I think that "late to bed and early to rise gives a programer blood-shot eyes" applies very well when it comes to IT workers. This would make a pretty good excuse :)
For more: Worst Excuses for Being Late to Work