Cheating is described as lying, fraud, deception or trickery. It is generally undertaken to gain an unfair advantage for oneself over others. Those who cheat feel they need to do it to come up in life. They do not believe in their inherent potential.
Some children start cheating in school. They cheat in examinations and project work. Either they do not study due to laziness or haven’t understood the lesson properly. But since they do not want to fail, they resort to copying and cheating at examinations. There are many cases of children trying to get at the question papers before the examinations to prepare for only those questions.
In fact this has become a side business for many. They somehow get their hands on the question papers and sell them for a fancy price. This is done in professional courses too. Cheating is resorted to in order not to get caught, but in the end the person does get caught. And cheating in examinations can lead to punishment in the form of being debarred from appearing in similar examinations for a few years.
Cheating happens in various fields as well as areas of one’s life. There is cheating done in sports and in entertainment fields. In sports, the lure of the prize and fame is so strong, sports people resort to doping and other measures. The cricket ball and the baseball are tampered by applying Vaseline. This gives an unfair advantage to the bowling team.
In entertainment, there is cut throat competition, people resort to all sorts of measures to remain in the limelight. If positive means are not enough, then negative methods are resorted to. There is stealing of someone’s story and passing it off as one’s own, etc.
Then there are people who resort to financial cheating. You are promised a large return when you invest a certain amount with them and soon they disappear with your money. Most financial companies who flourished for a few years, turned out to be frauds. There are people who dupe innocent people by promising to double their money.
Some people make it a business to sell products at less prices. They hold exhibitions where for a few thousand rupees, they sell electronic items. Initially some people are benefited by it, or their own people make the show of purchasing such items. Then bulk booking is taken, people give money, and over night this company folds. The proprietor disappears with all the money. Such shows still take place, and many people still are cheated out of their hard earned money.
My son-in-law had purchased a discounted item in a textile shop, but he was billed the full price. He happened to check the bill and was aghast. He immediately called for the manager and wanted clarification. The store tried to gloss over the matter, but he was adamant, so he got his money back. But if he had not checked the bill, he would have been cheated out of his money.
Once in a petrol bunk, I happened to watch the meter running. The attendant did not see me in the car, he felt my husband was paying the bill so was not paying attention. He stopped the pump much before the actual amount, I raised the issue and soon we got our money’s worth. Many petrol bunks provide services like wiping the windshield of the car. While the occupant is so distracted, the fraud happens. It has come to such a stage, you have to be alert, or you can get cheated.
Many restaurants cheat in the bills, they add some items or inflate the prices, especially when they watch you are being careless about paying. If caught, they apologize and give the correct bill. Especially those who pay by credit/debit card and are in large groups, do not normally check the bill. So it pays to be alert, expect to be cheated and be pleasantly surprised when you are not. That is the mantra now!
Many people are cheated by unscrupulous people who make forged documents and sell land and houses belonging to someone else. Stolen cars, bikes, phones are sold to people who never question the antecedents of these people or the goods they purchase. And if the goods turn out to be stolen, these buyers get into trouble.
Cheating can happen in marriages too. Infidelity or extra marital relations are considered to be cheating. Because of such cheating, the relationship can suffer. Some of the extra marital relationships are done on an impulse, but some of the marital cheating is done in a calculated manner. It is done with the express intention of hurting the partner or in the blind belief that he/she will not be pulled up. What ever the reasons, cheating cannot be justified.
Physical infidelity is not the only way of cheating in a marriage. Emotional infidelity is also a form of cheating. When one partner shares everything with someone of the opposite sex, other than the spouse, then emotional infidelity is happening. There need not be any physical breach happening. Some amount of touching can happen, but mostly all the thoughts, feelings and whatever happens in the marriage is confided in the other person, and this amounts to emotional infidelity. The spouse can feel violated and cheated.
In organizations too cheating takes place. The boss can usurp the work of the subordinate and present it as his/her own. And when the organizations do not give the expected amount of increment, or the appraisal is not satisfactory, then the employees feel cheated.
When the employees feel that the company is doing good, there is lot of recruitment happening, new projects are being launched and success is being proclaimed, then the employees expect to share in the gain. But when this does not happen, they feel cheated and the morale goes down.
Sometime or the other in your life you must have felt cheated. Either by the grocery man, vegetable/fruits vendor, when the bus conductor refuses to return small change saying he has run out of change, somebody breaks the queue in front of you and gets away with it, or your efforts in your career are not appreciated, you feel cheated. When someone gains an unfair advantage over you, you feel cheated.
It is not a pleasing feeling. You get frustrated and want redressal. You may even want revenge, depending on the scale of the fraud. Those who cheat, do they suffer from pangs of conscience? Do they wake up and are unable to sleep? Do they fear retribution? Or do they feel they can get away with it, since they have had in the past?
I do not know if cheating is a legal offense. But someday or the other, you will pay for it if you have resorted to cheating. If you cheated in your examinations, you will be left stranded in some other examination where you have no chance of copying. It is better to study for yourself. And if you cheat in a relationship, then you will not be trusted by your partner at all.
Those who cheat and commit fraud in financial matters, will be legally prosecuted. But will the victims get their money back, is a tricky question. Being cheated hits you at your core. You feel you were taken advantage off, made to look like a moron, and that is not a pleasant feeling.