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The Office Kid -- Your Source for Excuses from Work

Need a good excuse for why you're late to/absent from work? The Office Kid kit lets you pretend to have a child, which you can then use as an excuse for your questionable work ethic. Each kit comes with a framed picture of a child (ethnicity of your choice), a work of children's art, and a list of suggested excuses. For additional fees, you can have the child photoshopped into a sports team picture or a doctor's note on official-looking stationery.

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This could make some interesting office gosip should two people work in the same building and have the same kid, yet admit nothing of knowing the other person.
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Lighten up. Not a crappy work ethic. A sense of humor.

I can't tell you how tired I got of watching staff all around me just disappear for "kids stuff!" People you need work from, people who are alleged to be part of the team... but it's 1:00pm on Friday - "oo sorry... Josh has a dentist appointment. See ya Monday!" It was epidemic at my last company.

Then there are smokers who take ten minute breaks twice an hour...
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Now if these became a phenomenon in offices everywhere, and bosses started to figure out that they were fakes, wouldn't it be funny if the actual parents of the kids who posed for these pictures got in trouble for having the "fake kid"? You know, you can tell it's the same kid that everyone else has on their desks. :) That is, unless the child was actually computer generated.
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I laughed at the idea of having an office kid. I'll have to remember that site if I ever get a new job. Luckily I work with a bunch of hermits and people too young/hip, and the majority of us do not have children.
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Well, the jig is up now, isn't it? Seriously though folks, this is probably supposed to be a light-hearted joke. I mean, come on, it comes in a lunch pail that says "office kid". Probably designed for you to bring it to work.
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When you buy a picture frame at the supermarket a lot of times they come with a nice picture of a wife and kid. Just leave them in there and voila! Instant family.

This actually might help. Supposedly people think of parents and married people as more responsible than single folk.
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I lost my last regular job because I have kids. They couldn't understand why a single mom would have a problem transferring to a 5AM shift. But I was the ONLY single parent on staff, so I bet they were glad to get rid of me.

Now I regret all those times I worked instead of taking time off for "kid stuff".
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@Miss Cellania

Have you heard the story about the man on his deathbed who wished he'd spent more time at work? No neither have I.

ps: single Mum 'ey? I always wondered why your name wasn't Mrs Cellania ;)
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This is great! I don't have children, but my cat was recently very ill, and getting off work to get him to a vet was a pain in the a**, complete with lecture from my supervisor about how it was not a true emergency. My cat is my child, and I'm a single parent to him--there was no one I could call to help out. Had he been an actual human child, they would have sped me on my way with get-well-soon balloons.
The unfairness of living in a society that privileges child-rearing! Ugh!
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Miss Cellania, why take a job you know you can't do then? It's not their fault they needed you for certain hours. You can't just expect them to be cool with it if you don't work because you took a job that your life is incompatible with.

And it's people who do that that make this kit so funny.
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Cat... reread her post, and more carefully this time. She had a job she could do, and did not take off time as others do. Her reward was being told she would have to switch shifts or lose her job. I wonder if others were asked to do the same, or they saw it as an easier way to eliminate her job? I've seen that before...
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