Wednesday, August 15, 2007

On Cheating

While engaging in a friendly game of trivia this week at my favorite drinking hole, things almost got unfriendly. One team got a question about a Scottish Terrier. Instead of admitting they didn't know, the team had one of their members pretend to be passed out while he called a friend up. Unfortunately for him, he was too drunk to hide his cheating. After four teams called him out on it, he claimed that he didn't know calling friends for answers was against the rules, which must have been why he pretended to be passed out.

It doesn't bother me so much that he lied, or even that he attempted to justify it by saying that he wanted to win. These are all secondary sins. The real tragedy is that he cheated in the first place. No one should have to pretend they were unaware of cheating policies because they know it is wrong.

Accepting responsiblity is part of life. Unfortunately, it is not a part that some people take seriously. In the long run, does cheating at trivia matter; probably not. Even so, if someone will take the chance at cheating for something so trivial, almost certainly they'd be tempted by the higher stakes of more serious instances of cheating.

After having their points taken away, the cry babies mumbled threats of bodily harm for a few minutes before trying to begin a chant saying that cheating was for winners.

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