Most Helpful Guy
Depends on the context.
If a woman ever asks her SO if she looks fat, the answer better be some variation of "of course not babe", even if it is a white lie. I don't think this would qualify the man as a liar because he's telling the lie so that the woman can feel better about herself.
So in some circumstances, telling white lies doesn't qualify someone as a liar.
This could be a general rule to follow. If a lie is told to benefit the person telling it, they are doing it for selfish reasons. Therefore they would be a liar.
If they're doing it to benefit someone else, I would say that they are not a liar.
That being said, your boyfriend lying about being in a cab, in his mind who do you think that he believes he was benefiting by doing that?
Did he do it for his own benefit?
Did he do it for your benefit?
Or, did he do it for his parents benefit?
Most Helpful Girl
White lies to insignificant people is ok. Like pulling a sicky at work. You dont lie to people you love/respect. It'd make me wonder what lies he'd be capable of telling you. I find that people pleasers are the worst liars as they find it easier to lie than to disappoint. He needs to be upfront as lying hurts more than disappointment.