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Woman complains on Facebook about bad service, restaurant's response goes viral

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A hair stylist from Indianapolis, Indiana is receiving severe backlash after complaining about a woman who she said ruined her New Year's Eve dinner by having a heart attack.

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Holly Jones took to the Facebook page of Kilroy's Bar N' Grill, where she was eating dinner on New Year's Eve, to complain about the staff for telling her that "someone dying was more important than (her and the people with whom she was eating)." According to the post, Jones thought that the woman was an addict suffering from an overdose.

But the woman, in her 70s, was suffering from a heart attack.

Paramedics were called to the restaurant to help the woman. 

Jones wrote this on Facebook: 

"I will never go back to this location for New Year's Eve! After the way we were treated when we spent $700-plus and having our meal ruined by a watching a dead person being wheeled out from an overdose my night has been ruined. Every year we have come to Kilroy's to enjoy New Years Eve and tonight we were screamed at and had the manager walk away from us while were trying to figure out our bill being messed up.

"The manager also told us someone dying was more important than us being there, making us feel like our business didn't matter, but I guess allowing a junkie in the building to overdose on your property is more important than paying customers who are spending a lot of money! Our waitress when we were trying to ask about our bill being messed up also said, 'What do you want me to do, (expletive) pay for your bill for you?' What a great way to talk to a paying customer! I get that working on New Years Eve (is) stressful, but being a complete (expletive) to us all night knowing you get an automatic gratuity is not right!"

After posting her comments on the bar's Facebook page, manager Chris Burton responded, calling her attitude "disgusting."

Here is his response:

"Thanks for reaching out! We love feedback, whether it be positive or negative. I especially like feedback like this so others can see the disgusting people that we have to deal with sometimes.

"First of all, the 'overdosing junkie' that you speak of was a 70-plus-year-old woman who had a heart attack. Thankfully she was finally revived at the hospital and survived. It sounds like you were very concerned about her so I thought you should know. This poor lady, who was celebrating New Year's Eve with her husband and son, had to be placed on the floor of a completely packed bar and have her shirt removed in front of everyone so the paramedics could work on her. But I can completely understand why you think being intoxicated (expletives) that didn't understand your bill should take priority over human life.

"I especially appreciate you making your server (who doesn't curse) cry as well. I'm sure she really enjoyed working on New Year's Eve just to deal with people such as yourself. I personally had to leave a show to take a phone call from an emotional manager telling me someone died at Kilroy's and that other employees were not doing so well dealing with this. (At the time they didn't know that she was going to make it.) So I understand how inconvenient this was to your night.

"But honestly, I'm glad to hear you won't be coming back to Kilroy's because we wouldn't want anyone as coldhearted and nasty as you returning. I appreciate anyone who chooses to spend their money at Kilroy's until they act like you. You can take your money anywhere else after that, and I won't lose a second of sleep over it. Happy New Year!"

Kilroy's Facebook page has been flooded with positive comments, complimenting Burton for sticking up for his staff and his customers.

Jones' employer, Serenity Salon, has received calls for her to be fired. The salon responded in a post: "We take our reputation seriously, and this does not align with our code of conduct or the expectations we have for our staff, booth renters or any members of our team."

Jones claimed that someone hacked her account and that she is not responsible for the rude post. She has deleted her Facebook account.

A GoFundMe page has been started by the heart attack victim's daughter, Tohnna Wymer, to help pay for medical bills.

"She is in critical care ICU at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis," Wymer wrote on the fundraising website. "When she does start to regain consciousness, she will have a long road of recovery. The reason I started this page is to help my parents with medical bills and also to help with any needed therapy she will need. She is a fighter and will fight to the end!"

Serenity Salon has already donated $500 to the page.

Serenity Salon is aware of the most recent negative publicity surrounding one of our Booth Rent Stylist. The posting to...Posted by Serenity Salon on Sunday, January 3, 2016

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4 fun and affordable fall and Halloween craft projects

Fall is here and Halloween is only a few weeks away. I love making art/craft projects with the kids. But I love using or re-purposing what we already have. Here are 4 of my favorite craft projects that fit the bill. 1. As the leaves are turning beautiful colors and soon start to fall. Have the kids collect some leaves and make a leaf project with them.2. I love any project that involves handprints. This is a great keepsake for your home or even pass on to a grandparent as a gift. It is Handprint Fall Trees. I have mine framed and we change it out each year to see how the kids have grown.

 

3. If you are looking for some Halloween decorations. Make Canned pumpkins and ghosts out of old soup cans. 4. You can't go Trick or Treating without a pail or bag. How about making your own Halloween or Fall Festival Bucket with a plastic bucket and letting the kids decorate it. I bought plastic buckets at the end of summer clearance for 75% off, so that was a deal. Melissa Cox aka-Frugalissa is a wife and mom to 2 elementary aged children. Her motto is "Frugal does not mean I have to be cheap". She is into natural living, being green and tries to feed her family healthy, wholesome food while still couponing and saving a buck or two. She teaches workshops where she teaches people how to coupon, save money and make their dollars stretch. She is also an advocate for teaching people to give to those in need through couponing. She writes the blog Frugalissa Finds.(Source: Savings.com)

Freebie Corner: Free 1 year subscription to Ladies Home Journal and more

Spring is finally here, hopefully it's getting warmer where you are. There are some really great freebies starting to pop up. If you want to stay bug free while you enjoy the great outdoors, you can get a free mosquito repellant bracelet right now. Need something to read on a lazy day? Snag a free subscription to Ladies Home Journal. And for your cat, use the coupon to get a free can of Friskies or Fancy Feast. We've got 10 freebies for you this week:Freebie #1: Bugslock Mosquito Repellant Bracelet - Offer from 1SaleADay for new customers accounts only. Add the item to your cart and go through the checkout process. No credit card needed and shipping is free too. If you've already created an account with them (creating an account is free), you can't get this freebie.Freebie #2: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup at ShopRite - ShopRite Price Plus club Card number is required. Item will be deducted at checkout in stores. Must be purchased by 4/13/13.Freebie #3: One Year Subscription to Ladies Home Journal - Just fill in the form to get yours. PLEASE NOTE: As with all magazine freebies, near the end of your free subscription you will receive an invoice to renew your subscription. Just write "cancel subscription" on the invoice and mail it back. Freebie #4: Silk Iced Latte - Enter once each day at the top of an hour between 9am - 5pm until March 29, 2013. On their page:"If you are one (1) of the first two hundred (200) people to register for the Promotion each hour between 9 am and 5 pm EST during the Promotion Period, you will receive a coupon for a free half gallon of Silk Iced Latte. Additionally, one winner will be randomly chosen each day during the promotion period, to receive 26 free coupons for a free half gallon of Silk Iced Latte.Freebie #5: Plane Rides for Kids Interested in Aviation - The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 - 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Visit the linked page to find out how to participate.Freebie #6: Can of Friskies or Fancy Feast Cat Food - Print the coupon and get the can of food in stores. You must be a Petco Rewards member to get the freebie. If your not, you can sign up at the store. It's a loyalty card just like the ones you have for grocery stores. The coupon expires 5/31/13.Freebie #7: Sample of SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins - First 100 daily - it's probably best to try around midnight. They're located in California so the giveaway may be on PST. Click the 'Click Here' box on the far left of the page and take the 4 question survey to see if you're one of the 1st 100.Within a couple minutes of answering the questions, you'll receive an email letting you know if you were one of the first 100.Freebie #8: Chicken of the Sea Prize Pack - All club members who successfully get three people to sign up for the Mermaid Club will be sent a Chicken of the Sea prize pack! Offer available until through April 1, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. PT. Become a member. Refer a Friend.Freebie #9: Toms of Maine Wicked Cool Toothpaste Sample - Offer from Target, sometimes the pages take a while to load. Answer "Yes" to the first question so you can qualify to get the freebie.Freebie #10: Movie Ticket & Pop Corn at Movie Tavern - The free membership includes a free pop corn for signing up and a free movie ticket on your birthday. Locations - VA, PA, KY, TX, CO, OH and GA.Jackie lives in Seattle, her blog is Free Hot Samples. Where there are hundreds of freebies and deals up for grabs.(Source: Savings.com)

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Ask Jane: Can I take a tax break for college expenses?

If you’re paying for higher education, the government is actually here to help you. You can write off part of the cost on your tax return. You can take one of three tax breaks, but only two of them are worth your while.

You qualify for the write-offs if you’re paying tuition for yourself, your spouse or a dependent. The school can be public, private, for-profit or online, as long as it’s accredited. The tax breaks apply to the cost of tuition and fees, but not room and board.

READ: Educate yourself on college tax breaks

Here’s a guide.

For a student in a degree- or certificate-granting program, attending at least half-time: Use the American Opportunity Credit. It’s good for the first four years of college or other post-secondary education. For each eligible student, you can write off up to 100 percent of the first $2,000 in qualified expenses and 25 percent of the next $2,000. That’s $2,500 per student. Besides tuition and fees, this credit also covers the cost of course-related books and equipment.

If a third party helped you pay the bills — say, a grandparent — you still get the tax credit, as long as the student is your tax dependent.

There’s an income limit. Singles and heads of household get the full credit on adjusted incomes up to $80,000. The size of the credit goes down as income rises, and phases out at $90,000. Married couples filing jointly get the full credit on incomes up to $160,000, phasing out at $180,000.

For a graduate or fifth-year student or student not working toward a degree: Use the Lifetime Learning credit. It’s good even for people taking just one course. You can write off 20 percent of tuition and fees up to $10,000 – for a maximum credit of $2,000. (That’s $2,000 total, no matter how many students in your family are taking these kinds of courses.) The credit also covers the cost of studies undertaken to improve your job skills, at a school that doesn’t offer degrees. The income limits are the same as those for the American Opportunity credit.

READ: Can I deduct my gym membership?

For taxpayers considering the Education Tax Deduction for tuition and fees: Don’t bother. In almost all cases, you’re better off with the American Opportunity credit and you can’t take both, says Mark Luscombe, principal federal tax analyst for CCH, a tax information firm. Here’s an example:

Using the deduction, singles can write off up to $4,000 in tuition and fees, on adjusted incomes up to $65,000, $2,000 on incomes up to $80,000 and nothing over that. Married couples get a $4,000 write-off on incomes up to $130,000, $2,000 on incomes up to $160,000, and nothing over that.

At first glance, this tax deduction looks larger than the tax credit for people with middle incomes. But don’t be fooled by the high, $4,000 dollar amount. A $2,500 American Opportunity credit reduces your tax bill by the full $2,500. A $4,000 deduction in the 15 percent bracket reduces your taxes by just $600.

Don’t forget to take your tax credit! Your school should have sent you a Form 1098-T, reporting how much you paid for qualified tuition and expenses. Use it when filling out your return.

Freebie Corner: Free one night Redbox game rental and more

If your expecting a baby or know someone who is, this is a great week for you. There's going to be an online baby shower next week hosted by Cozy Belly, mOmma, Daddy Scrubs and more. You can grab gift cards, baby bottles, breast feeding essentials and more. Over 7,000 items will be given away. This week's list also includes a free game rental from Redbox. You'll be able to use your free coffee offers while your play your free game. Plus, don't forget to stop at Rita's for a free water ice on the 20th.

 

Freebie #1: Online Baby Shower - mOmma, Cozy Belly, Daddy Scrubs and more! Starts March 18th and will be offered on their Facebook pages. "Like" them to get the form.March 18th 1pm EST - 250 Pediped $10 Gift CardsMarch 18th 8pm EST - 250 Cozy Belly $20 Gift CardsMarch 19th 1pm EST - 250 Lansinoh Breast Feeding Essentials PacksMarch 19th 8pm EST - 1,500 $10 WarmEz Gift CardsMarch 20th 1pm - 100 $25 Daddy Scrubs Gift Cards and 150 $10 Daddy Scrubs Gift CardsMarch 20th 8pm - Born Free Classic 5oz. Bottles (500)March 21st 1pm EST - 1,000 Hyland's Baby Cough SyrupMarch 21st - 8pm EST - 1,000 mOmma TeethersMarch 22nd 1pm EST - 2,000 Ella's Kitchen Snack Packs

Freebie #2Lysol Dual Action Wipes w/Rebate - 1. Original cash register receipt dated between 3/4/13 and 4/1/13 showing purchase of (1) single unit package of Lysol Dual Action Wipes with date and purchase price circled. 2. Original UPC symbol from package. 3. Completed form - (form linked below). Place in a properly stamped envelope and mail postmarked no later than 5/1/13 to the address on the linked page.Freebie #3: One Night Redbox Game Rental - Text NOWPLAY to 727272 on your cell phone to receive a free 1 night game rental code via text. The code expires 5/9/13.Freebie #4: Folgers Fresh Breaks Sample - "Like" their Facebook page to get the form.

Freebie #5: Rita's Italian Ice March 20th - Rita's annual Spring giveaway will be held on Wednesday, March 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at all open Rita's locations.Deal: On March 22nd Sbarros is going to release a coupon for a slice of pizza for a buck! It's not free, but it's close!

Jackie lives in Seattle, her blog is Free Hot Samples . Where there are hundreds of freebies and deals up for grabs.

(Source: Savings.com)

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Freebie Corner: Free Clark + Kensington paint at Ace Hardware

If you have some spots on your walls that need to be touched up, grab a free quart of paint next weekend! The offer isn't live yet but keep watching Ace Hardware's Facebook page for updates. Marlboro is offering a free dart set, but you have to be 21 to snag this freebie. You can also grab a couple of hair care freebies this week. First you can go to JCP Dry Bar Xpress to get a complimentary touch up and some free samples or just order two Miss Jessie's samples by mail. Stella Artois has free chalices again, this time you can get your name engraved on them. You have to purchase a Stella Artois product to get a code or request a free code by mail to claim the freebie. If you have a Starbucks card, register it online and get a $5.00 credit added to your card - that's a free coffee! There's also going to be free monthly health screenings at CVS stores throughout the county until Ocober. Check the calendar of events to find a location and screenings near you.

 

Freebie #1: Free Quart of Clark+Kensington Paint March 9th - Coupon not available yet, but will be offered on their Facebook page. When available, print the coupon and claim your paint in-stores on March 9th. Coupon valid on flat enamel only.Freebie #2: Free Set of Darts from Marlboro - You must be 21 to claim this offer. Log in or register with Marlboro and click on "My Marlboro" on the right for the drop down menu. Then click on "Offers" in the drop down menu. The offer for the darts should be there. If you haven't signed up with Marlboro yet, you should! They offer great freebies from time to time. They will ask you a lot of personal information when signing up, this is to make sure you are 21 or older. I've been a member of their site for a couple years and never had any problems.Freebie #3: Complimentary Touch Up & Free Redkin or Pureology Sample - Stop by the JCP Dry Bar Xpress and get a free touch up and Free Redken Outshine or Pureology Silk Bodifier minis. You can see the offer on the bottom right linked page. No expiration date is given, call your local JCP for more info. Store Locator.

Freebie #4: Two Miss Jessie's Hair Care Samples - Choose the freebie you want and add it to your cart. You'll be taken to the check-out page, but click on the "free samples" tab at the top of the page to choose another free sample. After you picked your two free samples, go to check-out.You'll be asked for a phone number - I entered my area code then 999-9999.You'll be asked for a credit card number - Choose Mastercard and enter 16 zeros.You'll be asked for an Expiration date - Choose any expiration date.You'll be asked for a security code - Enter 3 zeros.Mine went through with no problem using the information above.

Freebie #5: Stella Artois Engraved Chalice with Code - Grab specially marked Stella Artois packages for a promotion code or request a code by mail without making a purchase.Here's the instructions for requesting a free code:Hand print your first and last name, complete mailing address (no PO Boxes), and age on a 3x5 index card or piece of paper and place your request into an outer- mailing envelope with proper postage affixed and mail it to:

Stella Artois Custom Engraved Chalice Code RequestPO Box 753256El Paso, TX 88575-3256

One request per person and your request must be received by March 15, 2013. The free chalice is available until March 31, 2013 or while supplies last.

Jackie lives in Seattle, her blog is >Free Hot Samples. Where there are hundreds of freebies and deals up for grabs.(Source: Savings.com)

 

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Q&A: What tax records should I be keeping in my 20s?

When you’re young, living at home, and all you have at tax time is a single W2, filing your taxes is pretty simple.  In fact you canfile your federal return online for free at IRS.gov. Most states have a free file online option as well.

But as you get older, your financial life gets a bit more complicated, and so might your taxes. Here are some things to remember throughout the year that will help you make the most of the available deductions.

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If you’re still in college and your parents are claiming you, do them a favor and keep your book receipts. They may be able to claim them as part of the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Paying down student loans after graduation isn’t fun, but you may be able to deduct the interest paid on them. This can be easily overlooked because many times your Form 1098 is not mailed to you but posted electronically (I know, I forgot my daughter’s last year!).

The tax code allows for some miscellaneous itemized deductions that include unreimbursed employee expenses. That means that if you pay union dues for your job or have to purchase supplies, you may be able to deduct them. The catch is you first need to be itemizing deductions instead of taking the standard deduction, which you may not be unless you own a home.

Even so, you can only deduct the amount that exceeds 2 percent of your adjusted gross income. Some states like Pennsylvania allow a deduction for those unreimbursed expenses without regard to a floor or itemization though. You’ll need to save receipts, and your last paystub of the year should show your union dues paid. Teachers currently can deduct up to $250 of supplies purchased (without reimbursement) even if they don’t itemize.

Becoming a homeowner usually gives you enough tax deductions to exceed the standard deduction and start using a Schedule A for itemized deductions. For that form, you’ll need to have your mortgage statement from your bank showing interest paid and your real estate taxes. If you pay them yourself, be sure to have a receipt from your tax collector showing how much you paid. 

In the year you buy your home, you may find some additional deductions hidden in your settlement statement, or HUD-1. Look specifically for real estate taxes you reimbursed the seller for at closing. Note though that in your first year of a homeowner you may not yet have accumulated enough interest and taxes to jump the standard deduction hurdle.

READ: Three financial habits to develop in your 20s

Itemizing your taxes also allows you to deduct charitable contributions — as long as you have a receipt (a cancelled check will do for single gifts less than $250). Cash donations won’t stand up to IRS scrutiny unless you have a receipt. Don’t forget to deduct any state taxes you paid in that tax year for a prior year’s balance due.

Looking for or changing jobs can help you at tax time too. In that miscellaneous itemized deductions category, you can add in costs for job hunting, including resume services. Did you move to change jobs? If your new workplace is more than 50 miles from your old home than your old job was from your old home; or if you did not have a previous job, more than 50 miles from your old home you may be able to deduct moving expenses.

You must also work full time for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months following your move. Keep track of the miles you drove, save receipts for any rental truck, storage fees, hotels, but no meals.

Keeping good records and saving receipts is work that pays a nice dividend with tax savings.

Freebie Corner: Free appetizers at T.G.I. Friday's with app download

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Easter is right around the corner, so dress the kids up in their Sunday's best and head out to Sears. They're offering a free 8x10 photo with no session fee! It would make a nice gift for grandparents or to keep for yourself. Everyone likes to make a donation every now and then, so how about donating for FREE! Slim Jim will send their product to our troops and all you have to do is write a note of encouragement. My favorite freebie of this week is the four record coasters, but you have to be 21 to claim it. There are a couple other freebies listed too. Get your free stuff now!

 

Freebie #1: 8x10 Fresh Effects Photo at Sears - Coupon expires March 10th. Valid for one photo with enhancements and no session fee. Appointments required.Freebie #2: Set of 4 Record Coasters - Offer from Black & Mild, you must be 21 to claim this freebie. Register or log in. Click on "My Black and Mild" on the right of the page once logged in, and scroll down under your personal info to see the offer. You must be 21 to enter their site. Ends 4/30/13 or while supplies last.Freebie #3: "Just Married" Sign from Progressive - Fill in the form to get your personalized "Just Married" sign - Flo not included.

Freebie #4 - Nescafe Memento Sample - New offer from Walmart is open to eveyone, even if you've received this freebie before! Watch the short video (15 seconds) and when it's over click the "Get Sample" on the video screen.Freebie #5: Donate for Free - Slim Jim's For Our Troops - Okay, so this freebie isn't for you, but you can send a note with a Slim Jim to our military members. Write a message of encouragement to the troops and Slim Jim will send them a Slim Jim along with your note. Up to 1,000,000 will be sent!Freebie #6: Free Appetizer with TGI Friday's App - "Right now, get a free appetizer just for downloading our mobile app. It's loaded with features for Give Me More Stripes members, plus My Friday's Tab that lets you pay from your phone. And our appetizers are, well, just plain loaded. Get both today."

Jackie lives in Seattle, her blog is Free Hot Samples . Where there are hundreds of freebies and deals up for grabs.

(Source: Savings.com)

 

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Freebie Corner: Free yogurt and topping at Yogurtland

This week you can grab a sample of Downy, a free Gillette Venus or Embrace razor with a Costco card and a few other freebies. Keep in mind that most freebies come with a coupon and it's usually a higher value coupon than you can get from the Sunday's papers.  If you live near a Yogurtland, stop in on the 4th and get yourself a tasty freebie. Are you a JustForU member? If you are, get a 64oz bottle of soda for free by checking the app.If you're in the NJ or NY area, stop into an American Apparel store to get a free pair of gloves. Just make sure you bring your print out to get them. For your kids, there's a free building clinic on the 9th. You'll want to register early because the classes fill up fast!Freebie #1: Downy Infusions Sample - Offer from P&G. Click on "Request a Sample". P&G allows one order request per household address per quarter. Ordering periods are generally between January 1 and March 31, April 1 and June 30, July 1 and September 30, and October 1 and December 31. Sample and coupon selections change throughout the year. If you ordered a previous sample(s) this quarter from P&G you may not be able to get this offer.Freebie #2: Frozen Yogurt & Topping - Offer at Yogurtland. On February 4th from 4pm - 7pm stop in and get a free yogurt and topping! Freebie #3: Gillette Venus or Spa Breeze Razor - Get a free razor from Costco! Membership number required to get the freebie.Freebie #4: 64oz Bottle of Soda - Offer for Safeway and affiliate stores. If you're a member of theSafeway JustForUcheck in the "Coupon Center" under the "Beverage" category to see if you've been offered the free 64oz. bottle of soda! Choice of 7Up Ten, Sunkist Ten, Ginger Ale Ten or A&W Ten (Ten meaning 10 calories). Expires 2/5/13. Offer is most likely available for their affiliate stores too.Freebie #5: Pair of Winter Gloves: For NY & NJ American Apparel stores. Print the linked page to get a free pair of gloves. Must be redeemed by February 6th. Offer available while supplies last, no purchase necessary. Participating store locations are also on linked page.Freebie #6: Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic - Saturday, February 9th at 10am: Wheel of Love "Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe's and they can build this Wheel of Love!" Classes and supplies are both free. Register for all classes in advance online. Space is limited and fill up quickly.Jackie lives in Seattle, her blog is Free Hot Samples. Where there are hundreds of freebies and deals up for grabs.(Source: Savings.com)

What to do when you have to call in sick

The U.S. Center For Disease Control reports heavy flu activity around the country, with 29 pediatric deaths attributed to what doctors are calling a"severe" flu season.

For workers who begin experiencing flu symptoms, the CDC advises staying home and not contaminating their colleagues.

That seems like sound advice, but way too many employees are reluctant to call in sick, even when down and out with a flu or cold. According to a 2012 study by business retailer Staples, about 80% of workers show up at the office even if they are sick. Additionally, 66% say they go to work even though they have an illness that's contagious.

READ: Five trends redefining the workplace in 2013

That's not all. A report from Bloomberg says that the rate of sick day usage by U.S. employees is approximately 50% less than in 2006. That's likely due to the economic downturn, as workers believe they can't afford to take a sick day, lest they look like they're shirking on the job.

That begs the question for U.S. employees: If you do catch a bad flu and can't go to work, what's the best way to"call in sick" and ensure your work is done while you're recuperating?

Peter Handel, chief executive at Dale Carnegie Training, a New York City-based international business services outfit, offers up a"to do" list:

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Be realistic. An employee should call in sick when their illness is still contagious and their productivity will decline significantly due to their illness."If an employee knows the quality of their work will be negatively affected due to their illness, it is best for all parties involved to call in sick," Handel says.

Cut yourself some slack. Staffers often feel like they're so vital the office can't survive without them. That's a mistake."We encourage employees to take care of themselves when needed in order to ensure they continually perform their best," he says.

Rouse yourself on a"temporary" basis. Client meetings and high-profile calls scheduled far in advance are often legitimate reasons for employees to try to get into the office even if they are feeling under the weather. If it's impossible to reschedule, employees can offer to call in from home to not miss an important meeting.

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Get ahead of the problem. Employees should make the decision to call in sick as early as possible - even the night before if possible, Handel advises.

  • First, notify your immediate supervisors and managers via email and phone. This ensures the message is received in a timely fashion.
  • Be in contact with the people you work with and communicate your list of urgent to-dos to them."If there is anything that needs immediate attention while you are out, your proactive communication will allow for speedy delegation and completion," Handel says.
  • Remember that it is the responsibility of the sick employee to ensure that all daily responsibilities and tasks are completed."It is not the manager's responsibility to delegate tasks, nor is it a colleague's responsibility to figure it out in a sick employee's absence," he adds.

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  • Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching things such as elevator buttons, printer buttons, refrigerator handles, telephones and widely used computers.
  • Wipe down your desk space with anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Get plenty of sleep during the winter months. Being well-rested is a great defense to avoiding getting sick.
  • Use hand sanitizer, or if you are really concerned, get a flu shot and make sure you consult your doctor.

Handel says calling in sick the right way lets you take care of business at the office while you're taking care of yourself at home.

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