I agree. It's so easy to just be honest with the individual and saves time for both parties. Why would someone continue to lie or avoid the situation? You don't have to be blunt or mean. Just be honest.
Blunt is fine. Mean is optional - great if can be avoided, yet at the same time people get increasingly sensitive, what was completely OK to say before now is "offensive" and so on. Honesty should always be there.
Unfortunately not everyone feels the same and like you said are too sensitive.
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