Buzz on the WebThe Funniest Lateness Excuses from RWC Users! You Should Definitely Check Them Out!

Excuses for being late from RWC writersI realize that some of you might object to this post. Let me reassure you that these are selected from long deactivated accounts at

As you might infer, the main reason they are no longer active writers is their tardiness. Saying that they were endlessly creative in offering these excuses hardly captures it. There are literally hundreds of similar messages. I am actually considering creating a Hall of Fame for these folks, if management approves. Of course, I am joking.

These are listed in numerical order, so, if you want to, you can leave your vote for one or more of them in the comment area. Let us know which ones you liked most, and I will inform you folks which one is the “winner” – just for laughs! :)

These all come directly from the text of the messages, with minimal editing for readability, and an occasional comment.

1. “…I left my keys in the car and I closed it. I can’t open the apartment – so I can’t access my Mac. My BF has spare keys to my car! I will have to wait for him. He lives on the other side of the town, so it might take couple of hours for him to get here…I’m sorry, I’m really, really sorry.

P.S. You know I could have asked my neighbor to break in to my apartment. He’s a big guy, and probably can smash the door to pieces. But you do realize that I will have to pay for the door to be repaired. And that’s not worth it…” – One actually feels sorry for her.

2. “I’m stuck on a tree, and there’s water all around. It’s hard to reply right now. And sorry for not responding to the phone call – hands were busy” – This was a text from one of the former writers. We tried to find out what happened, but didn’t get a reply: he was deactivated some time later.

3. I got this story from one of the Support reps: They called a writer, and he said that his laptop was struck by lightning and that he can’t work with us anymore, because he was not able to complete the order because of that. Furthermore, he said he had no money for another laptop, or any other kind of a computer. He actually tried to register later on (in 2 days) using a different identity. However, we request phone numbers, and when the QA rep was making a verification call she recognized his voice. Talk about a “master of disguise” :)

4. “I had to leave my house because it had to be cleaned by an extermination unit – we had some sort of bugs in our walls. I forgot to take my laptop and the exterminator told me that I can’t take it, because some of the chemicals used form residue and that could be potentially harmful for me! Sorry, but I have to stay healthy – I have another part time job and I can’t risk both.”

5. “I had a personal issue that prevented me from completing the order on time” – This looks pretty ‘legit’, if the correspondent had added any explanation. This fellow, however, had around 10-15 orders. On 10 of those, he was late, and every time he was late – the excuse was the same! Literally! He didn’t even change any words or provide any further detail or reason. He just kept telling us that the matter was really personal and he couldn’t really tell us about it.

I’m definitely going to go back and ‘mine’ the other deactivated profiles for more good stuff like this. It took me a fair amount of time researching the profiles in order to extract these examples, so it might actually be a while before I am able to publish more. I promise it will be worth the wait!

For now, please, feel free to cast your vote for the “best” excuse or the funniest, from among those listed above. It’s interesting to find out your opinion.


  • Simon
    November 16th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    It is funny indeed how some of those deactivated writers could give lame excuses.

    I was also deactivated recently on the basis of customer dissatisfaction on assignments submitted. After evaluating my performance personally, I came into agreement with the action taken by QA team at RWC. Sincerely speaking, even if I were among the QA team, I would have taken the same action as part of maintaining the quality standard.

    I suppose I need to be keener in future by cross checking my work thoroughly before submitting should I work with any freelance writing community.

    I take the blame fully and would like to thank RWC as a whole for a wonderful working experience with them. I will miss you guys. I only wish I could join RWC once again….it is a great and rewarding Freelance Writing Company.

    Finally, I liked the professional and humane nature of the entire team at RWC. Keep up the good work!!

  • November 17th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Thank you Simon, sorry to hear that you were deactivated. It is good that you understand why the QA had to act that way. As for another registration, you can try in a couple of months, but I can’t promise that your application will be accepted. Also, maybe, there is going to be a chance to register once again soon, just follow the news on the blog:)
    Have a great day!

  • Simon
    November 17th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Thank you too Alex for the good work. You get us fully updated on the progress at RWC. Enjoy your day and keep it up!

  • Regina
    December 3rd, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Working for RWC sure sounds very competitive and worthwhile. I was a writer before for our school and I can safely say that I am also a good technical writer in my previous jobs specially when it comes to ISO documents. How I wish I could join your group, but as of the moment I don’t have my own laptop or desktop, I’m afraid it will be a cause of delay if I have to wait for my turn before I could complete my job. Hopefully, I could still join you guys in the future.

  • December 3rd, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yeah, sure. We’ll always be here for you:) So as soon as you have a chance – register with the project:)

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