How to Avoid Getting Caught Doing Things That You Shouldn't

All of us wish we could be that person who gets away with everything; it's really quite a simple process. Remember, though, that this is not foolproof.

Steps

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    Act like you know what you're doing. If you're going to take a school lunch, pretend like you're on the list and take it nonchalantly. A teacher or worker nearby can work to your advantage ("they wouldn't steal right in front of me, so they must not be stealing") If you're in the halls when you're not supposed to be, walk briskly with your shoulders back. If you meet a teacher, look them in the eye, greet them, and keep moving.
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    Practice acting natural. If you're in the situation where you are not otherwise suspicious, rapid movements or such will draw attention to yourself. Similarly, if you are actively being suspected, act with extreme confidence. If you look at your feet or fidget, you're practically admitting your guilt.
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    Don't trust anyone. Make sure that you do not confide in the people who believe what you're doing is wrong. When pressed, they will tell on you for "your own good" or to save their own skin.
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    If you must share your secret, or someone sees you, share your bounty with them. If you’re taking a soda pop from a machine, give it to them. They'll remember it, and will also hesitate to snitch because they have enjoyed the ill-gotten gains. Remember that some people will refuse this offer because they are trying to be honest.
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    Be comfortable with what you are doing, and don't repeat the offence regularly.
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    Never tell a direct lie. Try bending the truth, and putting truth in every lie. Lies are too easy to prove wrong. If you must lie, tell a lie that can only be disproved by yourself. In other words, make it your word against theirs. (See step 3 for the reason why). Also remember that direct lying creates a reputation. - If you get caught lying once, people will always doubt your truthfulness and you will be considered guilty even if the fault isn't yours.

Tips

  • Always have a story planned out.
  • Act casual!
  • Don't look too long in someone's eyes.
  • Have a good reputation with the authorities, be it your boss, teachers or the law, before you attempt anything risky. If you are caught in a compromising situation, your good record will work heavily in your favor.
  • Dress nicely, don't look like a trouble-maker.
  • Don't look sneaky.
  • Be quick and sly.

Warnings

  • If you repeat an offence over and over, it will become routine to you and you won't be as careful. By then, people will be on the lookout.
  • You could get in real trouble.

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Categories: Managing Conflict and Difficult Interactions