Have you taken credit for something you didn't do?

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
October 5, 2008 11:58am CST
I don't think I have. Unless it was that time I just said it was my fault so everyone could just stop defending themselves and move on. When other people commend me for leading a project, I always say "so-and-so helped me out with this one". I don't take all of the credit, I think everyone involved should be recognized as well. If people think I did something and someone else did it, I would immediately point them to the right person. Maybe next time, I will just take it all to myself. So have you?
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@glords (2614)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I can't think of a time where I took credit for someone's work. However I did cheat on a test once in high school because I was too lazy to study. i took the answers off the teachers desk, which in someway seems more fair than taking it from another student. At least I didn't steal work, I only stole answers. I still feel guilty about that. Later in my life I returned to that school as a teacher instead of a student. I tried to search out my math teacher to confess, but he had passed away. I guess I'll just have to live with the guilt forever. Darn that math test!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Hello glords. It seems like you've learned your lesson and regretted what you did years after the fact. So I think it's time to move on. You've felt guilty long enough, I think. I would be more worried if you went back to your math teacher (bless his soul) and not even try to confess. Take care!
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@glords (2614)
• United States
6 Oct 08
If I'm forgiven by a Saint I think that should count for something. Thanks for you words, they are appreciated.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I don't think you need my forgiveness or even want it, glords. I'm no saint, really.
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Yes. There was someone in an online community (which will go unnamed for the time being) who was harassing women and trying to get their personal information and someone finally reported him and he went around telling a lot of people that I did it. I got threatening and hateful e-mails from him, too, making false accusations. So I guess by not saying, "No that wasn't me" I did take credit for what somebody else did, but I don't think anybody wanted credit for it. They just wanted him to stop. I didn't tell anybody a lie, but neither did I say it wasn't me. Anybody that would have believed that of me in the first place wouldn't believe if I said it wasn't me, so I figured let them think what they want. That way, too, the people who actually did report him would not be getting harassed over it, unless he just sent threats to everyone around whom he had misbehaved. In that case, an awful lot of women must have gotten threats.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Why are there people like that guy? He has the nerve to threaten you and harass you and it never occurred to him why he was being reported. Some people like to play like they've been wronged but it was them who started it all. Sigh! I hope you no longer get emails from him. Take care, drannhh.
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Of course I just blocked them. But it is so true in life that the people who yell the loudest that they have been wronged are usually involved in improper or even criminal behavior.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Amen!
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@iman3004 (123)
6 Oct 08
well...i have never take credit for something that i didnt do, coz i believe i will take the responsibility in the near future..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
This is another good point, thanks iman!
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• United States
6 Oct 08
I've never taken credit that someone else deserved, such as for a good deed; but I've probably taken credit for something bad someone did so that they wouldn't have to suffer through an unfit punishment. For example, my mom would always spank my brother in the event that he misbehaved, but she would never spank me under any circumstance. So I'd probably taken blame for his acts at some point throughout our lives.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Hello gamechief, welcome to myLot. Your brother must be grateful to you for all those times you've taken the blame so your mom wouldn't hurt him. I wonder why he gets spanked and you don't. Thanks for sharing.
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@emarie (5447)
• United States
6 Oct 08
same here, i wouldn't have taken credit, but taken fault most of the time. even when it wasn't me. i'd rather go down that path then taken credit for someone else's work. i always try to include everyone who has helped me when i can. i guess its like a karma thing, i don't want any so i try not to do any.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Karma is right! Thanks emarie.
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• Philippines
6 Oct 08
Hi Anne, hope you're doing fine now. I never remember taking credit for something others have done. I have always been an individual player at work, not that I don't like being in a team, I do, so it's kinda easy for me to see if I'm due for credits or not or if I'm deserving or not. I love team sports however, I love playing basketball and volleyball. As a sports-buff, I've always known that all 4 one and one 4 all works. One's failure is the team's failure; thus, one's triumph is also the team's triumph. However, if someone in the team really deserves the spotlight, I am always contented to be in the background and applaud for him/her, he/she deserves it anyway.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I'm doing fine, miss maple! It was just a thought in my head. I used to play volleyball for our school but we rarely won. Ahaha. The losing sucked but the memories of the team were always fun! Thanks, thanks, thanks.
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@hellcowboy (7378)
• United States
6 Oct 08
It is not right to take credit for something that someone else has done and I do not think I have ever done that,or at least not intentionally because I do not like it when people take credit for something I have done,but I have taken the blame for something that I did not do before to keep someone else from getting yelled at or to get people to stop arguing and make noise when it needs to just be dropped,and I agree with you,whenever someone helps me I always make sure they get the credit they deserve for doing so.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Why is it always like that? Most of us don't want to take all the glory but are willing to take the fall? Thanks Cowboy!
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@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hi anne, Yes, I feel somewhat uncomfortable when someone commends me for doing something even when I do deserve the credit. I do the same thing as you. I will automatically say that so and so did something too. I don't know if it's just the fact that I find it hard to take a compliment and I don't know why I should or I don't feel that I deserve it. I think it must be a low self esteem flashback. I wish I would get over it already! I just get uncomfortable when someone outwardly tries to give me credit for something even when I deserve it!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
You have a very good point there, Opal26. Why do we not take all the credit to ourselves? Like you, I do feel a bit uncomfortable if I'm the only one being singled out for such credit/commendation. Let's get over this low self-esteem. Maybe those who commend us see something in us that we don't see.
• United States
7 Oct 08
Usually I go to great lengths to give credit where credit is due, but there is one area where I often do not, and that is when I am quoting something that was said by a psychic while channeling non-physical entities. People generally have a hard time with that and I like to make it easier on them by leaving out the source. I just say "I read it somewhere" or something like that.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yes, zig, I think a lot of people would have a hard time believing you if you tell them your source.
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• United States
7 Oct 08
Hehehe, my point exactly.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Oct 08
6 Oct 08
I never got the credit for something i do with great intrest so how should i expect of getting a credit of something which i dont do..........
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I hope you get credit for whatever it is that needs and deserves to be credited for, richamani. Take care!
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
6 Oct 08
You think it could be that easy to take the credit when you do not deserve it ? I'm quite sure you will find it very difficult. My concience would not let me do it. Passing the credit on to people who deserve it comes very easily and naturally to me.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
Some people have no problem taking credit for somebody else's work. Some of them even go to the point of claiming someone else's work as theirs just to get ahead. It's good to know that you, alokn, is not one of these people.
• India
6 Oct 08
I like to give credit to the people who work with me. There are a lot of people who ride on the shoulders of others to get faster progression, but they someday get stuck somewhere. It is better to be down to earth and truthful. Give credit where it is due.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I like what you're saying, mercuryman. I'd rather be truthful and share the recognition. Besides, the truth always comes out, even if it takes a while sometimes.
@JoyfulOne (6241)
• United States
5 Oct 08
I don't believe I've ever done that. I know I wouldn't because I've had people do that to me. I've had my artwork duplicated and this guy said it was his own! Another person claimed he did this glass etching memorial thing that I did. Both times somebody else corrected them to set the record straight. It's not fair when people try and do that. I'm with you, if somebody helped me do something, I give them a credible mention for having helped with it so that others know they helped, and that person knows I appreciated it. I have on occasion blamed myself for something that really wasn't my fault, just to end an argument over something stupid.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
5 Oct 08
Hello JoyfulOne... Thank you for responding. Sadly, we are used to people taking credit for something they have nothing to do with that I can't say I'm surprised that those two men claimed your own as theirs. It's good that you didn't have to correct them, that somebody else did. I am curious as to what happened afterwards to them. Take care!
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