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Boss receives incredibly inept fake doctor’s note, edits and returns it

May 31, 2012 By Abraham

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  1. Andy says:

    No Doctor would or legally could describe why a patient is under his care. The most he would provide would be a standard form stating the dates that he is excused from work.

  2. babs says:

    “he’s should be his”? not sure what you mean. Aside from the problems with the diagnosis, treatment, and spelling, he (the boss) didn’t even point out the most obvious signs of fakery:
    1) It’s either Dr. Robert Boren or Robert Boren, M.D. – not both.
    2) There’s no way a doctor would have typed this himself. He would have either handwritten it, or most likely filled in a form letter (handwritten or printed). This letter is pretending to be more personal than that, but is missing the transcriptionist’s initials on the bottom,i.e. RB/skl

    1. Duende says:

      No it’s corrected from hes to he’s (the forger forgot the apostrophe).
      And no doctor would reveal patient information like this, not even to a boss, it would just confirm that the patient was seen and recommend X days off.

  3. Romeo says:

    To go through all this just for one day!?! At least give yourself a week! plus, how difficult is it to actually get a damn Dr.’s note

  4. T Barber says:

    OMG we once had a employee tell us he had been to the doctors the day before and the doctor told him he a bad case of skeemotosis. This guy really thought that was a sickness, oh god you can’t fix stupid.

  5. Tracy Lucas says:

    Hilarious. Why would the non-matching fonts matter, though? Occasionally companies use a different font on the letterhead/address itself, don’t they? (No?) Not saying it’s good design, but still…

  6. Hello! says:

    I’ve faked notes that are more realistic than this one! No doctor in his right mind would explain anything more than the excuse dates and basic instructions for after returning to work. To go into detail would be a violation of doctor/patient confidentiality.

    1. Well... says:

      Unless the patient requests it. I have written several letters of justification for patients at their request with detailed info. Not necessarily for work. However, they have a legal standing should work fire them w/ a valid medical excuse

  7. Em says:

    The misspellings aren’t the give away, doctors misspell all the time, they have poor grammar, and are too busy to really care about either.

    “That should make it so hes (sic) not spreading germs” is the give away. What an idiot! Who does that?! And for one day too, most employers only require a note after 3 consecutive days of missed work…and if you try the gastroenteritis excuse and your boss still wants you to come in, I’d call corporate and tell them your bum is exploding and your manager still wants you to handle food.

    You wanna fake a doctor’s note, don’t give too much info, doctors don’t describe, they just don’t, this is what has me faxing them 20 times to get 2 full sentences out of them…just confirm the illness, state the date you can return back to work, and sign illegibly. Done.

  8. tschiwi says:

    and: wouldn’t a doc write the last name of “Brad”, too?

    looks like what my mum used to write when I couldn’t participate in sport back at schooldays ;-)

  9. Chris says:

    C’mon, don’t you think you are all being a little hard on the guy? It’s probably REALLY hard to write a cogent forgery when one is hung over. I personally thought he was doing quite well to even include the word “gastroenteritis,” and gave him bonus points for spelling it correctly!

    1. John says:

      People still say lo-rez all the time, or lo-fi for low fidelity, so I’m guessing it was shorthand (for a word that didn’t need shortening, mind you).

  10. Lisa says:

    I’ve gotten some pretty bad doctor’s notes from the doctors. No kidding. I would have questioned them.

  11. Katie says:

    HAHAHAHA I had an employee’s boyfriend bring in a fake note from a gynecologist office- with the employee’s cell phone number as the contact information ON the letterhead!!

    If that wasn’t enough the letter described her “illness” as excessive “manstruel bleeding with raging homones” and was “prescibed pills to “chill” her out” but was excused from work for 1 week (extending over the 4th of July weekend)… all of this AFTER she tried to switch shifts with every single employee because she wanted to get “wasted in San Diego with her sugar daddy” (those were her exact words… I KID YOU NOT!)

    Makes me SO grateful I don’t work at that place anymore!!

    1. Chris says:

      I think it’s spelled correctly; it just looks like (s)he dragged the Sharpie. If you look at the word “letterhead,” it looks like “lefterhead” for that reason. The word “different,” however, looks like it might be missing a few letters.

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