11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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By Kali Coleman, Best Life

People love their little white lies. Late to work? Oh sorry, it was because of traffic! Don't want to attend a night out? Oh no, it seems you can't find a babysitter. Whatever the case may be, people are pretty good at coming up with excuses. However, with quarantine changing everyone's day-to-day lives, there are some fibs that just won't cut it anymore. How were you late to the office because of traffic when you're working from home? And a virtual get-together means no babysitter required. These, and more, are the lies that don't work in quarantine.

1

"I have other plans that night."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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When you have nowhere to go because of quarantine, exactly what other plans do you have that night? While you may be able to squeeze out a few lies about having another virtual meet-up, there's only so far you can stretch it. At some point, you're going to have to do the thing you've been putting off.



2

"I'm buying this to drink with friends."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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The clerk at the counter knows, and you know yourself. You're not bringing that bottle of wine home to drink with friends who can't come over anymore. You're bringing it home to drink alone through quarantine. It's fine!



3

"Sorry for the late reply, I'm just now seeing this!"

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The odds of this fib sticking right now are slim, to say the least. Most people are on their phone every hour of every day, scrolling through various apps to pass the hours. If you reply to someone five hours later with a "I'm just now seeing this," they're going to be suspicious.



4

"I don't have time to cook these days."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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Not only are you stuck indoors around the clock, but you also don't have a lot of dining options but to cook. And even if you order in every night, convincing yourself that it's because you're helping fund local businesses during a hard time, at some point, you're going to run out of leftovers and actually have to turn on the oven.



5

"I won't be able to go because I can't find a babysitter for the kids."

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Unfortunately for you, virtual get-togethers don't necessarily require the need for a babysitter. Your friends, family, or coworkers will be more than happy to include you in their virtual meetup—even with children screaming in the background. So, good luck trying to use the kids to get out of things now!



6

"Sorry, my phone was off because I was at the movies."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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The movie theaters are closed. Nice try! While you may try to convince someone you had your phone off because of a "family movie night" at home, it's not likely they'll fall for it. This is one great lie that's been undermined by quarantine limitations.



7

"I'm never home enough to catch up on that show."

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Let's face it, Netflix and Hulu subscriptions have sky-rocketed during this time. Everyone knows you're binge-watching the days away. But that doesn't mean you want to tune into a show your friend recommended. Instead of making up a lame excuse, just tell them you don't want to watch Tiger King!



8

"I have to go, someone's at the door."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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Everyone is inside. No one is at your door. As much as you may want to hop off a call and relax on your own, you can't rush off the phone by telling someone that you have to go answer someone knocking. There are no repairmen, friendly neighbors, or kids trying to sell Girl Scout cookies.



9

"Sorry, I got held up at the office and can't leave."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine

You got held up… at your home office? Unlikely. You can't go out for a drink at the bar with your coworkers and tell your partner you got "stuck working late at the office" anymore. After all, if you're quarantined with them, they can literally see what you're doing.



10

"I want to pick up a new hobby, but I'm too busy."

11 Lies You Used to Say That Don't Work in Quarantine
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During quarantine, everyone has had to face this lie they've told themselves. Had you convinced yourself you would learn to play the piano if only you had enough free time? Or maybe you told yourself that you would finally start writing that book you wanted to. Yet, with all the extra time in the world, people are still not marking off their never-ending to-do lists.



11

"I can't, I have jury duty."

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Ah, the classic jury duty excuse! People have used this to get out of work, weddings, birthday parties, and more. But, let's be real, no one has jury duty right now. You're going to have to start attending those virtual celebrations and find new excuses to tell your boss.

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