DEAR DEIDRE: AFTER an electrician did some rewiring in my house, I noticed that my wife’s jewellery was missing. I suspect he stole it.
I want him to take a lie detector test to eliminate him. Can I make him?
I am 42, my wife is 39, and we have two young children.
My wife keeps some precious jewellery in the bedroom – including a gold bracelet and earrings her grandma gave her – but since he visited, we can’t find them anywhere.
She’s very upset. They have sentimental value.
I’ve reported the theft to the police, but I’m not confident they’ll do anything.
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The electrician denies it. I don’t believe him.
I’ve seen lie detector tests on TV and I think this is the best way to rule him out.
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DEIDRE SAYS: You do not have any evidence that the electrician stole from you, and it’s highly unlikely he would agree to a lie detector test.
More to the point, the tests are not totally reliable, which is why they’re not used in the criminal justice system.
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