Anyone have a person who is one upping you?

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  1. MedWheeler

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    We had a new medic come work here, and he was partnered with me one shift. When I mentioned I had previously worked in law enforcement, he quickly came up with the "fact" that he had done time as a deputy in upstate New York. Taking it further, he told me of an incident in which he, while off duty, had entered a convenience store and interrupted an armed robbery. When the robber failed to comply with his orders, he told me he "shot him dead right there, right between the eyes!", while tapping that spot on his own forehead. My response was to chuckle a little bit, say something like, "oh, okay. I guess that's what you'd do in a situation like that." and roll my eyes a bit. I don't know if he thought I believed him. In this digital age, it was easy to find out there is no record of any law officer in NY (or anywhere else that I could find) with his last name ever shooting anyone. I couldn't even find evidence that there had ever been a NY deputy with his full name.

    Other guys I work with began to relate similar encounters with him, including at least one who said he was told about the shooting, also.

    That guy lasted with us less than a year, moving to a rural EMS agency mid-state somewhere..
     
  2. chicharrones

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    The lower receiver may be AR based, but the upper receiver appears to be a bolt action rifle. :alien:
     
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  3. chicharrones

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    I'm pretty lucky. I don't have to hang around any person suffering from mythomania*. :)

    *Thanks to Wisco for introducing me to a word I've never heard of until today.
     
  4. Shaq

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    I find such people rather amusing & I feel sorry for them at the same time. They probably have low self esteem & that's how they try to raise it up. I had a co-worker like that; no matter what we were talking about - he'd chime in about how he did it...."When I raced boats....when I played professional football..." He was so focused on impressing people, he didn't realize how stupid he sounded.

    Here's a celebrity with the same problem: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Dennehy

    Dennehy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959, serving active duty on Okinawa[7] until 1963. In numerous interviews, Dennehy has claimed to be a Vietnam veteran who served a 5-year tour in Vietnam and recounted harrowing tales of his combat there,[7] but according to the book Stolen Valor, Dennehy never served in Vietnam at all and never saw active combat.[8] The author of Stolen Valor wrote to Dennehy regarding the discrepancy, but received no reply from the actor, although Dennehy later admitted in an interview that he had lied about his service and apologized for it.[8]

    You'd think a successful, wealthy movie star wouldn't need to do this, but I guess it matters more what you think you are than what you actually are.
     
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    "Dunning-Kruger" they think they Know more than they actually do...
     
  6. Walkalong

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    :rofl:
     
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    That's definitely one of the responses. ;) :D
     
  8. Speedo66

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    Shaq said "You'd think a successful, wealthy movie star wouldn't need to do this, but I guess it matters more what you think you are than what you actually are."

    I remember a certain presidential candidate who alleged they had come under fire leaving a plane in a third world country, until the accompanying press denied it. But I guess lying comes naturally to most politicians, just part of the job.
     
  9. gunlaw

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    I know three guys like that
     
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    You think that's bad? There's this one guy I know... :D

    Seriously, just roll with it. Some people are comedians on purpose, others without realizing it.
     
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    Speaking of mythomania, I have a brother-in-law who never says anything that's true. Literally everything is a fabrication for no more reason than just running his mouth...it's more common than people think.

    I'm not a psychologist, but I remember the military being full of absolute nutcases and I can only imagine what happens to an already broken mind with further military-trauma. I'm lucky(?) I can use the VA for free, but I can't handle the absurdity of some of things other people say while I'm there.

    What to say to them? I was raised to be polite, but after so many people mistaking politeness for instant friendship, I just matter of factly tell them I don't care and walk away. The bad feeling of being rude is relieved quickly by knowing I averted a total meltdown in public had I continued to listen.
     
  12. gunlaw

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    Dang ya beat me to it.
     
  13. MJD

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    ....accompanied by a smile and a "bless their heart" when relaying the story later on!
     
  14. boom boom

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    FWIW, I say bless your little heart. or You don't say!!!
     
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    Guys like that really irritate guys like me that really can do it all.
     
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    we used to have a guy here who claimed he was in the navy reserve. seal captain. he was maybe 33 or so. also claimed to have a degree in engineering from the naval academy. he had a couple fake samurai swords on a cheesy plastic display on a shelf in his office. the japanese navy gave them to him, but he couldn't talk about why.

    one time he was gone for a while and when he came back I asked where he went. he said he had to take his sniper team down to central america and that he had spent most of the time he was gone in a tree. but he couldn't say any more about it.

    another time he showed me a 45 pistol he used to keep in his vehicle. said it was issued to him by the seals. said they were going to issue him a new one soon and I could have the one he had, except for the barrel. the barrel was registered to him as a seal so he had to keep the barrel. sadly, he left the company before the seals issued him a new 45 so I never got the 45 caliber gift he promised me.
     
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    As my little buddy used to say, "Yeow, yeow. That's what it was."
     
  18. chicharrones

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    I had a high school friend that had a SEAL workout VHS tape back in the day. That tape transformed him, both physically (good) and mentally (not so good). He wore SEAL shirts in public and when people asked him if he was a SEAL, he just led them along with their own questions and answers.

    He never served in any branch of the military.

    I haven't seen him in many years and I'm glad of it. Stolen Valor indeed.
     
  19. Alte Schule

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    It's unfortunate but what you say is true. During active duty, and this was 47 years ago, I met several soldiers with low self esteem who thought over the top embellishment of their personal and military lives somehow gained them respect when just the opposite was true. And you are so right about the VA. I was at the big VA hospital not to far from here and sat next to this guy in the waiting room. For ten minutes he told me about his multiple combat jumps in the "Nam" and other BS. The whole time his medical record was on the table between us and I could clearly see his name and date of birth. 1959. That would have made him a 13 or 14 year old warrior in 1973. I swear something like this happens almost every time I go there. I do like talking with the Iraq & Afghanistan vets. Usually no BS with them for some reason.
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    Just agree, people like that cannot get by without the attention. Just consider it an entertaining fictional story. Get him started with a good story you know he'll be compelled to top.
     
  21. MarkDido

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    "Well bless your heart" works too.
     
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    Sometimes whenever I encounter another veteran with whom I'm not familiar with, they tend to make their MOS sound like the most important job that ever existed, and was in the same realm of Special Forces and Navy Seals. Granted, all jobs in the military have a purpose, and serve an important role in the effectiveness of the mission, but by golly, radio operator on a plane is not the same as being a ranger.

    There's nothing wrong with being proud of your service, but to go out of your way to embellish it with ridiculous claims does a Disservice to yourself.
     
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    Tune them out. People who act important need to.
     
  24. MutinousDoug

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    My next door neighbor and my daughter's boyfriend seem to be afflicted by this condition. They run their mouth to keep the conversation going. I probably contribute to their condition by being a crappy conversationalist; If I have nothing to contribute to a conversation, I'm happy to let fools jabber. I might raise my eyebrow a little. My wife won't put up with me when I do it to her but these guys are oblivious.

    I've heard Southern girls say: " Well, bless your heart." too. That's pretty harsh. lol
     
  25. CapnMac

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    And they all shoot Glocks?

    Or SIGS?
    :rofl:
     
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