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Re: [humanism-174] I Thought This Was a Joke

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 4:06 PM
The easy answer is yes.  Telling a lie in order to gain some benefit (money, sexual favors, employment) can always be construed as fraud and prosecuted or be actionable.  But of course, damages and public humiliation at being deceived keep pe0ple from pursuing any actual course of action (other than the proverbial slap!)
In a message dated 2/6/2013 3:50:52 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [address removed] writes:
Tim's quip about his bruise in a bar was funny, but might raise a similarly sticky question. If simply saying misleading things to gain sexual favors is grounds for fraud prosecution, then are millions of people telling fibs in bars every night about their jobs, status, etc. in order to meet or pick people up similarly liable? Does it matter how big the whoopers are or how far the encounter goes? To what extent is the other person responsible for exercising due skepticism and caution?  I'm just asking--not endorsing any unethical behavior. 

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