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For good or bad, how do organizations mislead customers and clients?

We know the clich├ęs: we are running a special sale this week, the chef recommends the squid, etc. But what are some other, less obvious professional lies, both malicious and well-intentioned? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Know-it-some on Sep 1, 2016 - 35 answers

Dealing with a compulsive liar...run away or confront?

I met a person that I really enjoy the company of, and feel a very strong connection with. On the other hand, they're a compulsive liar and extremely manipulative. It's gotten to the point where I don't know what is truth and what are lies and having to keep track of it is becoming an obnoxious, draining task that is putting a strain on things. What is my best course of action? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Jun 4, 2016 - 45 answers

Relationship mess. Is walking the only reasonable option?

I really don't know what to do. My partner keeps lying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2016 - 102 answers

Objective perspectives needed!

I'm having an argument with a friend and need to know if she has a valid complaint about me. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2015 - 19 answers

now my kid believes in Santa but we don't want to lie to her

When my daughter was born my partner and I decided not to do the Santa lie but this year (she's five and a half) she is really upset about it all now that she's picking up on other people's beliefs. What do you say about beliefs when it's the rest of the world who did this to your kid? [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Dec 8, 2014 - 54 answers

Secrets, privacy, fibs or lies?

My partner frequently tells small lies. They also keep certain things secret, including behaviors they deem private. This is a lifelong strategy that long precedes me, and in many ways, has nothing to do with me, however, it drives me up the fucking wall. [more inside]
posted by socks-o-neurosis on Sep 15, 2014 - 30 answers

I Didn't Promise You a Rose Garden

Boss told me if I took a course she would increase my pay. She paid for the course on the condition that I would continue to work there for a set amount of time. The agreements we made about the course, how long I would stay after the course, and salary increase were all verbal. I took the course, now she claims she did not say there would be an increase. There are witnesses who agree that she did promise an increase. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Insincerity and the spoken voice.

People often put on a 'funny voice' or accent for emphasis or just in general conversation. This is possibly a reaction to their company but possibly some kind of psychological obfuscation? Does askmetafilter know of any any research into the way people put on funny voices for emphasis when they say things? Accents and intonations etc. Google has not been kind to finding ideas or starting points.
posted by debord on Feb 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Friend of friend tells a blatant lie. What do I do?

A good friend of a good friend is going around telling a very blatant lie. The problem is that the lie is about a petty topic. I am disturbed by the fact that she is telling a blatant lie regardless of the topic, don't understand why she keeps telling it, and really don't enjoy humoring someone who is clearly lying. However I will seem petty if I object to it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2013 - 81 answers

Fake reviews and conflicts of interest?

What are some instances where people got caught praising a business that they worked for or a Scott Adams-like fiasco where the person being praised turned out to be the person posting? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Nov 20, 2013 - 10 answers

What to think of a person promoting their book in a dishonest way?

I caught someone I knew promoting their book in a dishonest way. How to react? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2013 - 40 answers

my employer is fucking me over. what can i do?

Do I have any recourse against my employer, who misled me about the terms of my hire, and can you recommend some resources to quickly find work and make him my ex-employer? I'm in Ontario, I am already a recipient of assistance (because I) do not get enough work to be eligible for unemployment. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jan 17, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I deal with the aftermath of this weird lie?

My husband lied to me in a multi-part, well crafted way, about something stupid. I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable, and I don't know where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 48 answers

Does the US government do background checks on your education when issuing work visas?

I lied on my CV. Does the US government do background checks on your education when issuing work visas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How to stop my ex from breaking my fiance's heart?

My ex-boyfriend is on a path to platonically breaking my fiance's heart similarly to the way he broke mine, possibly because of me. How can I stop this, mitigate it, or support him through it? Is there any way I can give insight from my previous relationship, or is that too weird? [more inside]
posted by corb on Jul 26, 2012 - 26 answers

My girlfriend has been having cyber sex as part of her role playing, which she keeps secret from me. What should I do?

My girlfriend role-plays on a popular RP client. It's one of her big hobbies, but whenever I am around, she refuses to do it. I recently found out why this may be the case and need some advice dealing with it. [more inside]
posted by the milky bar kid on Feb 4, 2012 - 37 answers

Living with yourself after doing a horrible and selfish thing

I need help in moving on with my life after telling a lie. Many lies. That hurt someone very badly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 - 28 answers

My ex-wife has started telling me things after our sons visitation with me that can't be true.

My ex-wife is making up lies to take away my visitation time with my son. Do I need to consult my lawyer right away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

My girlfriend lies about hanging out with her ex

Is it okay for my girlfriend to hang out with her needy ex? Why she would hide their meetings if there's nothing to hide? Am I rational or am I the product of being cheated on several times in the past? [more inside]
posted by dreamsofhorses on Dec 21, 2011 - 42 answers

I feel good and she won't like it.

My psychiatrist diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and some traits of borderline disorder. She prescribed meds that have me bouncing off the walls, even with a mood stabilizer. I feel great but I know she won't like it. [more inside]
posted by buck:fuller on Oct 26, 2011 - 16 answers

If you're going through hell, keep going

How much to tell a potential new love about past infidelity [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Good lies for my suicide scars.

What are some good excuses for suicide attempt scars on the inner wrist? Particularly keen to hear plausible explanations that fit with the appearance of the scar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 53 answers

Should I call out a friend on gossip-mongering on the number of sexual partner's I've had?

Should I confront a friend about blabbing the number of sexual partner's I've had? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2011 - 32 answers

Fresh servings of pain on the hour

I've been lied to by someone I love and trusted, and it's causing me chest pains and way too many tears. What can I do to cope or process it healthily and get over it as quickly as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2011 - 27 answers

Help clue me in on what to expect in spending time with a man who has had dom-fem experience but wants to leave that in the past.

A friend of mine has had Dom-Fem experience and wants to leave it in the past. He believes it ruined his marriage of many years (she wasn't into it), but also got addicted to internet sex sites and liaisons. He's asked me out....what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2011 - 21 answers

I Never Said That, What Do You Mean We're At War? My Account Must Have Been Hacked.?

Have there been any high-profile examples where "My account was hacked" was the actual reason for an inflammatory/embarrassing/compromising message, email, or AskMe post, rather than just a lame excuse? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Mar 16, 2011 - 11 answers

I think I saw this exact scenario on As the World Turns once...

How do I deal with a treacherous friend in a way that is ultimately kind? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jan 31, 2011 - 48 answers

Rat out a plagerist?

A grad school friend of mine submitted a short story for a major literary magazine competition and won. It also seems she plagiarized the work. I'm not sure how to handle this or her subsequent behavior. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Jan 28, 2011 - 51 answers

How can people listen in to conversations in a room via a plugged in telephone?

How can people listen in to conversations in a room via a plugged in telephone? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Sep 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Help disabuse me of some historical falsehoods.

What are some false historical "facts" that everyone "knows"? [more inside]
posted by albrecht on Sep 15, 2010 - 63 answers

lies and lying liars

The marketplace of ideas and bad-faith arguments. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Drowning in politics and lies at work

How do I navigate this increasingly complicated and uncomfortable situation at work which involves lying on other people's part, future fibbing on my part, being angry at my bosses, and potentially following them out the door? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2010 - 17 answers

Ungrateful entitled prick with his head in the clouds? Or exploited lab rat with legitimate concerns? You make the call!

I'm having trouble dealing with dissatisfaction with my first post-college job, which makes me feel more than a little over-entitled. My frank impression is that the workplace is in shambles and that I'd been lied to in the interview process; more charitably, I'm wondering if perhaps this particular posting just isn't for me. Given the details, what's the best way for me to go about readjusting my mind for the position, readjusting the position for my mind (i.e. closer to what I was told it would be), or giving up the ghost and going for something different? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Concise critique of Fox News?

Concise explanation of what is wrong with Fox News? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jun 30, 2010 - 31 answers

I think my fear of fake relationships might be stopping me from having real relationships - help?

Why am I so scared that people are trying to trick me/use me? Is this something you really need to be on guard against all the time or is it irrational thinking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 - 23 answers

Stuck in a rut, because of relationship with parents.

In a tough spot with my parents. Trying to find life direction while living at home with two parents that HATE each other to the core. Advice if you've been in a similar situation, please. [more inside]
posted by Dubs on Mar 14, 2010 - 28 answers

My boyfriend won't stop lying and being dishonest with me.

I've got a big problem. My boyfriend won't stop lying and being dishonest with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 - 25 answers

How do I lie to my boss and everone that I work with?

How do I lie to my boss and everyone that I work with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 39 answers

Executive Anthropology

How do you communicate effectively with Executive level people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 - 18 answers

The average human is mortal, Socrates is human, so...

How to calculate the stats for the "Average" US citizen? And does it mean anything? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Aug 26, 2009 - 15 answers

Bait and switch job offer - what to do?

What should I do when the job I agreed to take isn't the one I'm actually doing? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Jul 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Is it really my child?

I don't know if it's really my kid. It's our second and I see myself in our first, emphatically, but the second one, I don't recognize myself in at all. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2009 - 72 answers

Can I be held accountable?

Friend wants me to lie to mortgage company on his behalf. Legal ramifications for me or my company if I were to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Need some help with a lying roommate.

My new roommate (of 2 weeks) lied to me about why the gas was turned off. I'm subletting, and I'm getting out. Do I have any option for recourse? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Nov 14, 2008 - 28 answers

Sea of lies

Please help me become a better person. Tales of shame, guilt and lies follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Is he a cheater?

Is there any way he's not cheating on me? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq on Sep 18, 2008 - 161 answers

Looking for examples of marketing or blurb lies or bait-and-switch on book jackets.

Do you know any books that have blurbs on the back which incorrectly describe the plot of the book? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Aug 29, 2008 - 19 answers

Keep my ill-gotten social perk?

I have a nice title at my work (Director of blah), but I have none of the responsibilities, privileges or authority being a director should entail. Do I move on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2008 - 11 answers

How is margin of error applied to an opinion poll?

When a preference poll has a certain margin of error, what are the minimum/maximum results? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Mar 2, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I make it up to my pal?

I did what I was asking about in this question , and now I've lost one of my friends. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Feb 20, 2008 - 59 answers

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