I’ve never been a good liar and I don’t like lying. I find lately, that most of my lies are of the “tell the person with the clipboard trying to stop me that I’m running late for an appointment” variety (I don’t know, something about clipboard holders just sets my teeth on edge and I find myself increasing my speed).
Sometimes when I run across someone who is able to use things like lying and manipulation to their advantage, a line of my mother’s will run through my head “Do they give lessons?”
Well, today I got a lesson about lying in the aisle of my local Walgreen’s. There I was, innocently looking for a hair conditioner (I totally ran out this morning….curly hair does not do well left unconditioned..tangle city) when I saw a woman talking into a cell phone. To be clear, I saw her in the aisle at Walgreen’s. I say this because the first words out of her mouth were:
“I’m actually driving right now, so I can’t talk long. The office just put you through to my cell because I was out of the office.”
I think I couldn’t help giving her a bemused look at that moment. As their conversation went on, it was clear that the caller was complaining about being issued a warning or fine by their condo association. She was explaining how she understood, but “it’s the rules” “those are the association’s rules” and variations on that.
The whole time she was talking, the Walgreen’s muzak was playing. Fair enough, maybe she had cheesy music playing in her car. And of course, sales people and customers were talking as they went about their business. Maybe that was faint. But then came the loudspeaker announcement “So and so, please go to the photo section.” And it was not a quiet announcement. I was in a different aisle at that point, but I cringed (and laughed) on her behalf.
But, to her credit, she just kept going on about the rules. And a few minutes later she said again. “Could you please do me a favor and call me again and leave a voicemail about this. I’m in the car and it really isn’t safe for me to be talking….greatthanksbye.”
Wow. So, what did I learn? When lying and evidence comes to light that you’re lying….just keep on lying. The old, “no I didn’t eat the chocolate” as you wipe away the chocolate smudges on your face. “Did you actually *see* me eat the chocolate?” “I didn’t think so.” And so what if there’s an audience watching you lie…it’s not like you *know* them.
Clearly, that woman had gotten over any issues with lying ages ago. That woman could give lessons.