By Wayne Cabot

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Excuses have gotten a little more creative than ‘my dog ate my homework,’ but as‘s Jennifer Grasz explained, some are just variations on the original.

On a whole, employees have gotten to work on time more often since the recession began in 2008. But, there are still those times when ‘traffic was bad’ just doesn’t cut it. In those instances, Careerbuilder has compiled a list of the wackiest tardy excuses that have been given to employers.

For example: an employee claimed is car was inhabited by a hive of bees and he couldn’t use the car for two hours until bees left, employee claimed their Karma was not in sync that day and the classic reversal of blame – – employee claimed they weren’t late … the company clock was wrong.

WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot spoke with Grasz about the trend of on-time workers and the most common causes of tardiness.