Just one lie can ruin your reputation

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 August, 2007, 12:00am

It is important to be honest because nobody trusts a liar. If you are not truthful, people will dislike you and you will have fewer friends.

I once told my mother that I was going to study, but I actually went shopping with my friends in Mong Kok.

And I got low marks in my test. After this experience, I promised myself that I would never lie to others.

When you tell a lie, you will be extremely nervous and unable to face others. You could also regret what you said.

Telling lies is evil and being honest is angelic. So quit telling lies immediately.


Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Thanks for your letter, Rita. People who tell lies often don't stop to think about what they're risking - their reputation.

It can take a long time to build up trust with someone, but one lie and that trust is ruined. One lie is all it takes to squash your integrity.

Take British Airways. Yesterday it was announced that the airline had admitted fixing a fuel surcharge price with a rival airline. BA has been fined 121.5 million pounds for the price-fixing, but the incident will cost them more than that. It will cost them their reputation. When I heard that on the news, I decided never to fly BA again, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Kate, Editor