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If you're not married or not in a relationship and someone you're not interested in was constantly hitting on you, would you lie to him/her and say you're married or in a relationship just as a polite way of getting him/her off your back?

2I don't know
1I have something else to say (OTHER).

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8-Jan-18 7:34amCarlHalling
Even relatively kind lies have a habit of backfiring badly. I gave up lying about a quarter of a century ago, even white lies, that are not intrinsically hurtful in intent: but as I see it, the end results can be. So no, I'd try and be honest, although I hate being in a position of hurting people, it's not easy.
8-Jan-18 2:06pmBiggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
It depends on the situation. A lie might work at warding off unwanted attention from a stranger who you are unlikely to meet again. It wouldn't work so well (and could back-fire) if it was a work colleague or acquaintance. The truth is usually the way to go.
9-Jan-18 7:44ambill
It's hard to say because I can't imagine this ever happening to me. But, I think I wouldn't lie in that way. I might say something more like, "I'm just not in interested or capable of being in a relationship right now." and leave off the ("...with you") part.
9-Jan-18 2:17pmEnheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
Probably, as long as it was still an option (i.e., the person didn't already know the truth).
9-Jan-18 8:48pmElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator
I would likely be a little more truthful and tell her I'm not ready for a commitment right now.
(reply to Biggles)
9-Jan-18 8:53pm
ElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator
I agree--especially with the backfiring part. If it was someone you see every day and you lie to them, sooner or later they will find out the truth.
10-Jan-18 9:07pmLindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
No, but I don't even think telling someone you are married is guaranteed to get them to back off.
11-Jan-18 10:34amjen Survey Central Gold Subscriber
I would hope that "Please stop" would be enough. If it wasn't, the person is best avoided.

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