An employee's excuse for missing work has gone viral after they were shamed by a coworker on Twitter.
Now, as anyone who has ever woken up with a severe case of 'can't-be-bothered-itis' will attest, coming up with a creative excuse to get out of your work and responsibilities is nothing short of an art form.
However, like all art forms, you don't have to be an expert to see the difference between the work of an amateur and a professional...Speaking of professionals, this dedicated FedEx employee was gifted a car after all her hard work:
The unbelievably pathetic attempt at an excuse was shared on Twitter by Sydney Whitson, from Oklahoma in the US, and at the time of writing, it has received 247.4K likes and 45.8K retweets.
"My co-worker called in (yet again) and said she had a nail on her [tire] that caused her to have a flat," Whitson wrote alongside the photograph.
"I need everyone to stop what they're doing and ZOOM IN TO THE NAIL IN THE PICTURE SHE SENT MY BOSS."
Needless to say, the use of an emoji nail went down a storm with social media users, who couldn't believe that this woman was brazen enough to think that her boss would buy such a poorly executed excuse.
"Yep. That's what happens when you drive through construction zones in Toon Town," one Twitter user posted.
Meanwhile, another added: "Hahaha! I think she nailed it."
Whereas a third rightfully pointed out: "Why did she take time to badly edit a emoji nail in her tire instead of getting a realistic looking picture off of Google if he asked for a picture? A prime example of work smarter, not harder."
Another user even provided an actually picture of her own busted tire, which she offered up to anybody looking to get out of work:
But perhaps the best response was from a Twitter user who shared a much more realistic picture of a tire punctured by a nail, which he almost certainly found after a quick Google search.
So, the next time you need to come up for an excuse for lateness or absence, you might want to bear this tweet in mind and think carefully about what you say, or, rather, what emoji you use.