I live in Western New York, where it is known to snow. To us, a foot of snow is just a day in the park.
We had a worker, who was supposed to be a Crew Trainer. It was the in-between stage of a manager and a crew person. They were supposed to be the role models for the crew people and help us train the crew properly. This worker, whom I will call Dorthy for this story, was a lazy Crew Trainer who sucked. She was a good worker when she wanted to be, which was less than 1 minute out of the whole week. The rest of her shifts were spent moaning about how she didn't want to do work and wanted to go home, or whining about what position we put her in.
One day during winter, Dorthy was scheduled for the overnight shift. She called just as the snow was getting heavy. She claimed that she couldn't make it in for her shift in an hour; that the BIG HUGE snow storm we were getting was preventing her from coming into work. I quickly grabbed my iPod and looked up the weather on NOAA. Total nighttime accumulation of snow predicted: 1 inch. Like I said, we live in a place that is used to snow, not somewhere down south where an inch of snow shuts down the city. We don't even bat an eye at an inch of snow.
She had just called the bus company to see what time her bus was coming. They were still up and running at full capacity. An inch of snow wasn't going to stop them. We told her the buses were running, just as a bus passed by our store.
She tried a whole ton of other excuses why she couldn't get in, all related to this BIG STORM of an inch of snow we were supposed to get. We told her to stuff it and come in, otherwise she would be suspended.
Oh look, she showed up for her shift. The bus she was on was not late or anything. Turns out her Long Distance lover was in town and she was trying to find an excuse to not come in.
Next time Dorthy, try saying you had the flu and was vomiting like crazy instead of saying that the one inch of snow heading our way kept you from coming into work. You became the laughing stock of the store after that.