Dr Mumbo

The Chaser’s guide to chucking a sickie

Dr Mumbo knows Fridays aren’t what they used to be in adland – so many of you now have to actually return to work after long lunches, and some of you don’t even get the long lunches anymore.

Given the current state of affairs, why not just take the whole day off?

Radio Chaser on Triple M has already encouraged almost 100,000 people to “register” to chuck a sickie on Friday, which Dr Mumbo can’t help but note falls – very conveniently – the morning after the Mumbrella Awards.

The comedy group has declared Friday National Sickie Day, for reasons, that well, let them explain….

“We are calling on all able-bodies Australians to join an important public health initiative, pledge their support and chuck a sickie,” said Charles First, the executive director of National Sickie Day.

“Who knows, there might be a new strain of Ebola that is symptomless until it’s too late. We just don’t know. So it’s best if everyone stays at home next Friday – just in case they’re sick.”

Dr Mumbo will admit he doesn’t quite know the purpose of the campaign, but lauds the group’s use of stock images to support its efforts.

“We’ve partnered with some of the best-looking fake medical health professionals”, says The Chaser

On a more serious note, Firth added: “With the casualisation of the workforce, tonnes of Australians don’t get sickies anymore – even though they’re proven to be important and safer for everyone. We want to raise awareness that sickies are good and should exist for everyone.”


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