We are vulnerable people, those type of lies can be a very good excuse.
I said I was sick because I was supposed to meet my sister after school and I was afraid she’d forget and I’d be stranded. I stayed home from school but didn’t act the part. My mother soon said “Oh, you’re not sick.” That might have been the beginning of my tendency to back out of risk taking.
Im a member of a club which appeals to all the classes. I personally tell people Im from a working class area rather than the middle class area that I come from, so as to avoid being bullied.