I was chatting with a person when he resorted to malicious gossip against a common friend. The person he was talking about appeared at the door. The guy instantly changed his tune and said: “I was all praise for you just now.” He had the audacity to ask me, “Did I not?” I ran to the rest room looking for a way to escape telling a lie.
He looked shocked, but laughed instantly. Asked for the reason, he replied, “I would have wasted another 20 days praising this stupid king. Also, whatever I said about him was a lie. So it is OK I go
Hank Ketcham rightly said: Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it, don't swallow it.