advice The Top Things to Do (Or Not) When You're Caught in a Lie  

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Did you get caught telling an innocent white lie or a big fat whopper? Why'd ya do it? It's too late now, so check out this list of things to do (or maybe not do) when you're caught in a corner or need to pull your foot out of your mouth and admit your mistake. We all have our reasons for lying at times, but the best thing to do if you're busted, which let's face it, you probably will be, is apologize and explain yourself. Hopefully your friend, family member, boss, or lover will show you mercy and forgive you. 

Let this list help you out of your own web of lies! Some of these items are things you should do when you're caught in a lie and some of them are... maybe less helpful. If you have to ask which ones are which, good luck to you! Although, maybe the government really did make you do it!

Next time you feel the urge to stretch the truth, twist it, or just plainly disregard it, remember that it can be hard to keep track of all your lies and if you do get caught, it takes a long time to rebuild trust. The best way to avoid getting caught lying is to tell the truth instead.
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Apologize


Apologize is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Things to Do (Or Not) When You're Caught in a Lie
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Sometimes you just gotta suck it up and say you're sorry.
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Probably Just Fess Up


Probably Just Fess Up is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Things to Do (Or Not) When You're Caught in a Lie
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Okay, fine. You got me! Just fess up! It's best to tell the truth. 
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Explain Your Reasoning


Explain Your Reasoning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Things to Do (Or Not) When You're Caught in a Lie
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"You're gonna laugh so hard when I tell you this BUT the reason I told this iddy-biddy white lie was..."
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Change the Subject


Change the Subject is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Things to Do (Or Not) When You're Caught in a Lie
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Hey, cool shirt, err... Look, a UFO!