Some mildly funny excuse for being late to work here. But in my days working in the Springfield unemployment office, I think the best excuse for not showing up for work (and then getting fired) involved….a volcano. You see, this discharged worker was originally from the Philippines and had retuned to her native land for a visit using vacation time from work. Just as she was about to fly back to the U.S., a volcano in the Philippines erupted closing the airports there. It was a big eruption and made all the papers so to speak. When she did finally make it back, she found she had lost her job. So she headed on down to the unemployment office and was granted benefits based on the fact that her dismissal was due to no fault of here own.