In Bud, Not Buddy, what is an example of an instance where Bud uses rule number 3?

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In the book Bud, Not Buddy, Bud has some great rules about life and getting by.  What's awesome about his rules is that they are funny most of the time.  In addition to being funny, they are truthful rules.  They aren't random sounding.  Each rule of Buds always reminded me of a familiar situation of my own.  Rule three is no exception.  Rule three deals with lying.  

"No. 3, If you got to tell a lie, Make sure it's simple and easy to remember."

The first time that the rule is introduced, it's not Bud telling the lie.  It's Todd Amos.  He lies about Bud wetting the bed.  It's a simple, straightforward lie that his mom is immediately likely to believe.  The lie works.  

In chapter ten, Bud uses the rule to his advantage.  Bud is trying to get to Grand Rapids, and he is walking along the road side in the dead of night.  A man pulls over and assumes that Bud is a runaway.  He asks Bud where he is from.  Bud lies.  

"I ran away from Grand Rapids, sir." See how perfect the lie was? Maybe this guy would feel sorry for me and put me on a bus to Grand Rapids and I wouldn't have to do any more doggone walking.

Bud's lie is simple and straightforward, because it doesn't involve a lot of details.  It's even partially true.  He is a runaway.  It's also immediately believable, because Grand Rapids isn't that far away from where Bud currently is.  Bud is hoping that the man will believe him and send Bud back "home" to Grand Rapids.  It's not home, but it is where Bud wants to go.