A New 'Sick' Day Excuse: I've Been Shot

March 6, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The tale of Daniel Kuch, at least as told by police, lends a whole new dimension to those who rely on a fake ailment as an excuse to stay home from work.

According to an Associated Press report, police said Kuch, of Pasco, Washington, convinced his friend to shoot him in the shoulder so he wouldn’t have to the report to the office.

When he first spoke with deputies, Kuch told them he’d been the victim of a drive-by shooting while he was out jogging. But detectives later told reporters that Kuch eventually acknowledged he asked his friend to shoot him so he could get some time off work and avoid an upcoming drug test, the Associated Press said.

The friend, Kurtis Johnson, of Burbank, has been arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment. Kuch was booked into the county jail and is expected to be charged with false reporting.

Detectives declined to say where Kuch works, or whether he still has a job.