â€œI slipped on syrup and hurt my back.â€ A myriad of thoughts come to mine when hearing this excuse. Andrea Walker, a pension specialist, recalls the day her co-worker phoned in with this outrageous story. She thought, syrup? Really? How? Where? â€œIt just didnâ€™t add up. Everyone in the office couldnâ€™t stop laughing,â€ Walker says.