I recently had my grill cook call out on a Friday night about an hour and a half before his scheduled shift, he informed me that he thought he picked up a stomach bug from his son, and had been up all night puking. He then kinda paused, waiting for me to suggest or give my blessing that he take the night off. I replied to him: "sorry to hear that", and then inquired as to the purpose of his call. He said that he did not want to leave us high and dry, but that he did not feel like he would be 100% and did not want to work around the food or the staff. I told him that he was the best person to determine whether or not he could work, and that I would trust him to make that decision. He then told me that he was not going to be able to work that shift, and that he was going to a doctor. I told him not to worry about us, we would be OK, and I hope you feel better soon. I also asked him, because he said he was going to see a doctor, to bring a doctors excuse. He showed up the next day with a doctors excuse that was very suspect. It was not from a local hospital, immediate med, or doctors office. It was from doctor on demand, with an address in San Francisco, very little information, and no signature. I called the telephone number and spoke with an operator, who informed me that it is an app and online service that provides video chat consultation with licensed physicians. I am curious if other chefs are getting this kind of call out excuse from their cooks and how they feel about it.