I hate liars.
There's the type of lie that I can understand. For example if you are unemployed for the time being but are ashamed to admit it, I can understand if you lie and say "Oh I am in school" or "I am on a little sabbatical".
We had a friend while in school who once said, "O I loved this course so much I am taking it again" - he fooled no one but himself but the lie was excusable as he didn't want to admit to failing the course.
Then there's the selfish liars. These people are ever ready to accept and ask for your help. The moment you need a little favour, however, the lies start coming right and left.
"Oh, I would love to take my car, but my mom needs the car just at this time ..."
"Oh yes, I had the DVD, but just last week my cousin borrowed it. Just last week."
"Oh no, I had that book, but I can't seem to find it now."
Then there's the group who lie for no reason at all. This to me is most perplexing and puzzling. I met someone at a party and she told me she was studying to be a pilot.
OK. Not something I heard everyday, especially from a brown chick, but I can handle female pilots. Then later I learnt from someone else she is studying to be a nurse. And yet another person could swore she said she was going to be a journalist. And then her husband tells us his wife is taking some courses to be a chef.
And what really gets me, is how easily many people lie. And I am not talking white lies. Their imagination as they go from lie to lie is praiseworthy. During our final year in university, a friend once had a book I wanted to borrow, but he was leaving shortly. So I called up this other guy who lived nearby and asked him if he could pick up the book.
"Oh my car is in the garage since yesterday."
"Really?" I tried a shot in the dark. "I could have sworn I saw it in your driveway when I drove by your area this morning."
"Oh yea it was fixed but when they returned it, my mother noticed something that was not correct and we gave it back."
"Oh, you must give me the number of that garage that is open on Sundays I really need one."
"Well its usually not open but the guy specifically drove the car to us."
Sometimes I just string them along for the fun of it, but there's something wrong with a selfish liar. Especially those that selfishly lie to friends.