Story Telling

Otis Orchards, Washington
June 20, 2016 9:27pm CST
Have you ever known someone who told so many stories that you couldn’t believe a word that came out of their mouth? At my last job I worked with a man like this. When he first came to work he told everyone he was a millionaire and didn’t really need to work. He told me he owned three businesses. I knew it was all bull. First of all, if he owned three businesses he would be too busy to work there. Second, when the company announced there would be layoffs he became very nervous and kept asking me if I thought he would get laid off. If he was a millionaire and owned three businesses why would he be worried about being laid off? It turned out he didn’t get layoff. One day he brought up the subject of old cars that had wood siding. He was looking down at his work when he said to me, “I used to have a woody.” Just then the our female boss walked up. I couldn’t help laughing. Our boss threw her hands in the air and said, “I don’t want to hear this!” She stomped off. He yelled, “It’s a car. It’s a car.” She kept yelling back, “I don’t want to hear it.” The thing was every time he claimed he had this or that he could never prove it. The woodies burned up in his mother’s garage in Utah. Every time he said he owned this or that something had happened to it. He said his wife had cancer, was abducted by aliens and taken up in a spaceship where they cured her. However, he said his wife died of cancer. One day he told me and a couple of other workers he was mad and was going to quit. Later that day I asked if he went in and put in his notice. He said, “I just say stuff to see how people will react.” That pretty much told me he made a lot of stuff up. I could never figure out why people make things up. Especially when the truth would be better. I’ve been told it’s because the person wants everyone to think he is important. Do you know or have you known a person like this?
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@much2say (40138)
• United States
21 Jun 16
We used to have a friend who did that. I say "used to". He never really worked until his 30s . . . and then somewhere down the line in the corporate world he felt like he had to be a roll player to keep his job. This meant playing games with various people (saying all kinds of bull) and then he started doing this with us. Hubby had known him for a long time . . . and the guy would tell all kinds of stories of what he owned or what he did, or the women he had been with (which we knew was absolutely NOT true). But it's like he had to make up stories in order for him to seem better than he actually was . . . it's sad a man his age felt like he had to act like that in order to gain acceptance from society.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
21 Jun 16
It is sad that people think they have to make up stories. I've known a couple of people like this but I think the guy in this post was the worse.
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@much2say (40138)
• United States
23 Jun 16
@RichardMeister I don't understand why people feel the need to make up stuff - especially the outlandish stuff when people are just going to know or find out that it's not true. It's as if they're trying to make up for some unsatisfactory truth in their lives - a lie sounds a whole lot better (to them).
@paigea (22484)
• Canada
22 Jun 16
I did have a co-worker like that. It was very annoying to me, but I was able to mostly avoid him.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
22 Jun 16
I couldn't avoid this guy because we worked together until he was transferred to a different department.
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@JudyEv (134826)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jun 16
No, thank goodness. I don't think I'd be able to put up with someone who told such huge stories all the time.
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
21 Jun 16
Since it was at work I had to put up with this guy.
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@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
21 Jun 16
..was abducted by aliens and taken up in a spaceship.. that got me Yes, so many of them i couldn't count.
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@sallypup (28507)
• Moses Lake, Washington
21 Jun 16
I've known a couple of folks like this. The Donald also comes to mind.
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@allen0187 (33914)
• Philippines
21 Jun 16
I've seen my share of people who act like this. I just move on and I do not mind them. I have better things to do with my time than waste it on people telling tall tales.
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