Back in Five Minutes – a lie?




This message on a post-it note was stuck on the office door. What does it really mean?

A few thoughts that went through my mind were:

Five minutes from when?

Why is this person so vague?

How long has this note been on the door?

Why not post the time of your return?

Was this note for the benefit of the reader or the writer?

Was this note posted to be helpful or to provide an excuse?

Does this mean “at least five minutes”?

Does this five-minute promise resemble the same truth (lie) as the statement “just a sec”?

Has this note been there since yesterday – or longer?

What can this person possibly accomplish in five minutes?

Is this person a liar and what other lies has he told?


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