It's not lying, really. It's making people comfortable.
One thing I've learned is that many Nicaraguans often will try to figure a person out and tell them what will make them comfortable.
I don't meet that many people now who are anti-FSLN; I imagine the word's out that I was pumping fists in the air when the parades went by. I met some before I did that. It's probably how people who've been through a civil war best live with each other, and then that's extended to other things.
The other thing I figured out this morning when paying this August's rent was that the first rent of C$1600 was probably pro-rated since I didn't move in on the first of the month. Gringo paranoia can be infectious. People who think they have to tell a vendor why they're not buying at the higher price underestimate both the intelligence and the desperation of most street vendors. Gringos can bargain, can decide that they won't pay an even slightly higher price than what Nicaraguans pay, but getting angry about that, as I've seen one person get here, is foolish. Lecturing a street vendor is simply meanness. Bantering, not a problem. "Yo no soy gringa rico, por favor," with a smile. The homeless woman is going to pay even less than an average Nicaraguan and the gringo is never going to get that price, either.
Sometimes, I think us expats are like two-legged kudzu with money for leaves.