Carolina told me about her college roommate, Alice, who lied to her and to her own mother. Alice told Carolina a sob story that Alice’s mother had cancer and she needed to borrow $5,500 from Carolina just for 2 weeks until she got her student loan funds. Carolina did not have a lot of spare cash, but she thought it was justifiable to give her roommate a short-term loan for such an important cause.
But Alice lied. She never repaid the $5,500 to Carolina, never paid any rent, and her mother didn’t even have cancer.
She lied to her mother too
Alice also convinced her own mother to cash in $60,000 in her savings account that was set aside for tuition for the prestigious college that she and Carolina attended and presumably for grad school in the future.
Instead, Alice used the money to get plastic surgery for herself.
Alice’s mother ended up filing for bankruptcy.
We can safely assume that it was not the first time that Alice had duped a friend, her mother, and other people into giving her cash.
Carolina ruminated when she talked with me, “Gee, now that I think about it, I should have given you Alice’s mother’s contact info so you could talk to her for your blog.”
When people lie to friends or family about money, there’s always a story.
Has anyone lied to you about money? What happened?
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