Why do we do it? Why do we lie?

If you don't like someone don't say... "I'll call ya."

Everyone thinks that if it's just a little white lie, it's ok.

But lies add up.

It's so much easier, for all of us.

Lying is exhausting. Who can keep track?

Redditor Informal-Amphibian-4 wanted to spit out some actual truths. So they asked:

"What is always or usually a lie when people say it?"

Prices and money. Just tell me how much it is. Don't round down. I'm going to be pissed even if you're a dollar off.

Actually... 10/10

Season 3 GIF by Parks and Recreation Giphy

“'I’ll try it out/l'll look into it.' 9/10 times, they won’t try it out or look into it."


On the Way...

“I’ll be there in five minutes, I just left my place.”


"I remember calling a friend who was late to a party and he said he is walking to the bus stop... only to realise later that I accidentally called his landline number instead of his phone."


"One of my friends growing up got called to work and said he was out of town. Yep, it was a landline. They fired him. It was McDonald's by the way."



"I read the terms and conditions."


"There was a case in the US where the defending company was unable to provide a witness that could verify all the terms and conditions. Even the lawyers who write them, do not read them. Nobody reads them all - nobody."


"People are too lazy to read a short sentence on a door... but sure, they read the fine print on their cell phone contract."


"friendly and human"

“Your call is very important to us…”


Had to deal with an automatic phone system yesterday and it was so uncomfortable. It was clearly a bot. However it was clearly written in an attempt to try and be 'friendly and human' and it fell into the uncanny valley so hard it created an even deeper valley. It was saying stuff like 'in a moment I'll connect you with one of my friends.' creepy as hell."


Money Travels

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"That check went out in today’s mail."


"I sent it a couple days ago, should be there soon if you don’t have it already."


If the check is late, it's late. They're still turning off the power.

No Answer

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"Just about any response to 'how's it going?'"



"When a mistake is made or whatever and the person say 'sorry' then the other person says 'it’s fine' when it’s not fine. They just trying to be nice and not have it be awkward."


"I wish there were a way to distinguish between 'it's OK (because it was OK for you to do that)' and 'it's OK (because I accept your apology).' But 'you've done nothing wrong' and 'I forgive you' both sound really formal, and also I feel like they sound too much like 'I'm judging you.'"



"I'd love to hangout some time."


"I resent this one so much. I had a friend who would repeatedly say this, schedule a time and place to hang, but then not show up. Then she’d get mad at ME for being upset that she wasted my time. We stopped being friends over it."


"I hate this. Leading people on is cruel Why can't you just say nothing?"


talk to me...

"HR: You can feel free to talk to us if you have any questions or concerns."


"Wifey used to leave comments in HRs anonymous box, but since it was a small company hr lady knew everyone and would come answer her directly. So we started messing with her by making progressively more ridiculous suggestions. Lasted a few years and a lot of laughs. And the HR lady got to know my handwriting too!"


Get Out

Go Away GIF Giphy

"Oh don't worry, I won't stay for long."


Humans are nuts. Save yourself the drama. Just be blunt and truthful. Save the energy.

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