Ever get the feeling people don’t like it when you tell the truth? Has lying become so normal that we either consciously or subconsciously scold people for telling the truth?
I was recently in the grocery store buying vegetables. I got a couple of organic peppers and then went to the front of the store to check out. The lady checking me out rang up my peppers at the conventional price. I said, “excuse me ma’am but those are organic.”
She looked at me and said “Oh”. Out loud I mused, “And now my price triples.” And she replied, “Yeah, why did you say something? I was ringing them up as usual. I could have saved you some money.” I said, “Well, I was just being honest.” She replied, “Oh..well…um…thank you.”
I wasn’t expecting to be thanked for being honest, but I was surprised that honesty was met with distain. Apparently lying is encouraged at work and justified. According to one business week article, people lie at work to get the job done. There is also a CBSnews article that suggests lying at work is permissible under certain conditions. I don’t want to be the moral police, but what does a person do when their boss encourages them not to be completely honest? I don’t mean like a Bernie Madoff or Lance Armstrong lie, but a little white lie.
In our comment challenge today, I want to ask your opinion.
Has lying become so normal that we either consciously or subconsciously scold people for telling the truth?
Are truth-tellers rightly criticized for being “naive”?
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