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Liars are not the kind of company we seek to keep.

But bad liars can be entertaining enough to have around long enough to expose them.

My favorite example of this was when a fellow grade school student lied about having seen a movie just so he could be a part of a conversation.

"Oh yeah, I saw that too," he said, as a self-invite.

When asked what parts he liked about the movie, he described all the snippets that were shown in the trailer. He couldn't for the life of him recall specific details about key plot points and consequently told us to screw off.

Plot twist: the pathetic liar trying to fit in was meeeee.

Curious about strangers who had been hoodwinked, Redditor KlingyYT asked:

"What is the most obvious lie you have ever been told?"

The Smashed Omega

"My first watch was an omega and I saved up on high school to get it. One of my good friends back then asked to wear it for 1 period and would give it back at lunch. He begged and begged so as a hs kid I gave in or couldn't keep saying no I guess, weak on me, obviously.

Well, He smashed it (apparently smashed the glass to test it) gave it back and said it was a fake and that's why the glass cracked and said he didn't do it and it just fell apart. A**hole became a medical doctor and is now involved in politics and holds state office. I'm still pissed about the watch he never admitted he broke cuz he was salty and jealous."


 Same Backstory

"When a co-worker told my own story back to me as his own. Twice."


"I had a friend do this once, he was hanging out with a large group of my friends that he hardly knew and my best friend (still my best friend too) just went 'wow it's so crazy you had ver-betim the exact same childhood story that Jason has told us all before, right down to the small town in Kansas where it happened' and the color drained straight out of his face. Didn't say a word to me for like 3 days. Dude turned out to be a pathological liar on many levels, very strange to think how I spent 4 years of high school with someone lying straight to my face constantly and didn't realize it until that moment."


Je Ne Comprends Pas Français

"I speak French, though I'm losing it from lack of use. But one of my college guy friends started dating a girl 'from France.' He was all excited because she could talk to me in her native language and I could help translate. So he brought her to a party at my sorority house and introduced us."

"I greeted her in French with a very simple, 'bonjour, bienvenue, comment ça va' which is just hi, welcome, how are you."

"Blank stare and red face in response. She then said, in what I thought was a kind of strange accent, that she's sorry, she didn't understand me. I looked at the guy and said 'I thought you told me she was French?' Because maybe she was a different nationality and he was confused."

"He looked at her and she just turned and left. He followed then returned a bit later and said he had caught up to her and she started screaming at him in perfect Midwestern accented English that he was a jerk for setting her up to look like a fool."

"He had genuinely been excited that he could introduce her to someone she could talk to so he was blown away by her accusations and then angry that she lied. She apparently felt faking an accent would make her more appealing or something."

"I would see her around on campus after that but she avoided me like the plague. TBH, I felt bad for her, but if you're going to fake it, at least pick a country with a language you can speak."


Solo Artist

"When I was a kid, the internet wasn't a thing so, my friends were whoever happened to live in the neighborhood. One kid was a well-known liar and exaggerator. We were maybe 14 years old at this time."

"This kid could play guitar and was always talking himself up about it and talking about 'his band.' He actually could play, but 'his band' did not exist."

"One day, I called him at his house, from my house. I don't remember what it was about, but a few minutes into the conversation, told me, 'by the way, I'm in Florida with my band', just out of the blue. This was before even pagers were a common thing. I called him. At his house."

"I just said something like , 'uh huh. Ok.' and ended the conversation. I then proceeded to tell all the other kids in the neighborhood."


Going Nowhere Fast

"My friend told me that getting a Peloton changed her life. I looked up her workout stats & she had used it 4 times in 5 months of owning it. Her husband fared a little better with using it 9 times."

"Don't know why this annoyed me so much."


Shopping For Sympathy

"My little girl told everyone in the supermarket that our cat died and she was sad. We don't own a cat."


Please Don't Quit

"We cannot give you a raise right now, but we will compensate you as soon as the budget allows".

"Turns out 'when the budget allows' is 'when you already have another job offer and put in your two weeks notice.'"


Does Not Compute

"As a tax accountant, I'm told lies about how much money people actually made all the time during tax season."

"My favorite was a guy telling me he's broke because he only makes $35,000/year in NYC so my (very reasonable) fee is too much for him. He says this after he asks me if he can deduct the new BMW 5 series he just bought his son all cash."


Oh, Gullible One

"My brother told me I was a dragon and I totally believed him. Man I was a dumb kid, but now I'm a dumb Adult."


Recipe For Disaster

"When my little brother mixed like 50 condiments, including sprinkles, ketchup, cereal n stuff, into a bag of popcorn an ate it telling us it was delicious when his face looked like hed just ate 10 extremely sour warheads at once. He later admitted he just wanted us to eat it but we never did."


Shady Dealer

"I was picking up a sofa from a guy I found on Kijiji and he stopped me right before leaving to see if I wanted to buy a mirror he was also looking to get rid of. I wasn't really interested but my wife seemed keen so we stopped in the hallway to check it out. He said 'It was a gift from my son in law. It's a beautiful mid-century antique. I'll let it go for $75.' He went on about what an amazing mirror it was and even told me 'pick it up and feel how sturdy it is!'. I picked it up (it was really heavy actually) and took a peek at the back and saw a sticker from Value Village with a $30 price tag. I kinda chuckled to myself and asked if he would go any lower than $75. He said 'I really couldn't'. Then I said 'Well, I can see a tag from Value Village on the back here...' We ended up getting the 'mid-century antique' mirror for $15 and me and my wife still laugh about the amazing deal we got on it."


"The Accident"

"My ex told me he was in a car accident, totaled his car, broke a few ribs. (He was trying to get sympathy so i would get back together with him.) Blaming the accident on me, since he was 'Distracted' after the break up."

"He sent me a photo of his car smashed in, i google searched it. First pic of his make/model that was wrecked. He formulated the story after the picture."

"But here's the deal, the wheels didn't match. So i drove by his house that evening, car was fixed and in his driveway. 'Oh yes, i paid the shop extra to get me in today. So i could have my car to come see you if you wanted me to.....'

"HAHAHA bro."


Underwear Thieves

"My son takes every opportunity to get naked. It's a struggle to get him to even wear underpants half the time."

"We found him sat around naked one time and asked him where his pants had gone."

"Bees. Bees came in through the window and stole his pants."

"Lying little sh*t - Everyone knows that's its gnomes who steal underwear."


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