Top 10 Most Creative Reasons for FAILED Drug Tests [2016]

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For employers, drug and alcohol testing is an important part of employment process both before and after hire.

Ninety-two percent of the respondents surveyed in HireRight’s 2016 Annual Employment Screening Benchmark Report indicated that their organization uses urine testing as their preferred method.

Only five percent of companies said they have a medical marijuana policy in place.

While employers may feel that passing a drug and alcohol test is a serious, necessary and vital part of on-boarding a candidate, some candidates feel otherwise.

And, according to respondents, candidates who fail the tests may offer creative excuses for not passing.

Here are a few creative excuses relayed to us:

1. “I was at a party over the weekend – can I retest later?”

2. “I didn’t know the brownies I ate were laced with pot!”

3. “I took some elephant tranquilizers. I didn’t know they would show up.”

4. “It must have been the tea that my wife gave me last night.”

5. “My dentist gave me cocaine for my sore tooth.”

6. “It must have been the donuts that kid gave me on the bus on the way to orientation.”

7. “I was at my girlfriend’s best friend’s house and she gave me a cup of coffee. Because she does not like me, she laced it with Meth; that is why I failed.”

8. The applicant said he had been eating poppy seed muffins. . . however, he tested positive for marijuana.

9. “My hair dresser is a cocaine addict. My hair must have absorbed it from her hands.”

10. “From fumes while making soap.”

While these responses may bring a smile to your face, drug and alcohol testing is a serious matter as employees who abuse drugs and alcohol can affect both productivity and workplace safety.

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Sabrina Lu

Sabrina Lu is a professional writer based in the Orange County area with a degree in Writing from San Francisco State University. Although technical writing was the focus in her studies, Sabrina also enjoys creative writing and the various forms of expression. She values strong opinions and is always interested in learning about different perspectives. Her free time is usually filled with sandy beaches, fluffy animals, fusion foods, and the latest beauty trends.

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