Almost everyone has encountered a rude stranger in public. But for the most part, people like to mind their own business. Even if you get annoyed with a stranger, few people have the guts to stand up to them. In these satisfying stories combed from real people posting on Reddit, we get to hear how they were told off in public.
55. This is Why You Don’t Text and Drive
In this story from LukeCool215, he witnessed a driver almost kill a woman with a baby. That alone must have been horrifying and traumatic for the victims. But he made sure that the driver knew what he did was wrong.
“I was driving around in an outlet mall. There was a guy in front of me on his cellphone. He was not paying attention as he ran a red light while a lady with a baby stroller was about 5 feet into the road. She almost had to dive out of the way in order not to get hit. I followed that guy for a good 10 minutes until he parked. Before he even had the chance to put one foot out of the door, I had this guy almost crying. He spent this whole time driving around looking for a good parking spot just to have it backfire. I lit him up in front of dozens of people for almost hitting a baby in a stroller because talking on the phone is much more important.”
“Ten years ago I was out walking my dog, Ed. He was well trained so I would usually let him run free and he always stayed near me. This young dad and his son were standing at this baseball diamond. As Ed runs by, the little kid kicks him hard, but not enough to hurt him. I’m 50 yards back and they haven’t noticed me. Now I see the Dad motioning to his son the ‘proper’ way to kick my dog. So as Ed runs back, the Dad boots him as hard as he can in the gut and bursts out laughing with his kid. Ed yelps.
“At this point, all I can see is red. Before I know it, I am charging like a full-on linebacker. He turns around just in time for me to spear him. Then, I was on top of him. I pull back and crack him right in the jaw. Very hard. When I pulled back to do it again, I remembered the little kid was watching. So, I compose myself enough to say, ‘The only reason you have any teeth left is because I don’t want your son to see. For your sake, don’t let me ever see you again.’ So I get off of him and look at the kid and say, ‘If you ever hurt another animal, I will know and I will find you.’ After that Ed and I had a lovely walk.
Wow, this story is incredibly satisfying. This person has deleted their Reddit account since originally writing the story. But it’s what a lot of us wish we could do to people who litter.
“A few years ago, I was exiting the freeway in a small city in Michigan. While I was waiting at the light, I noticed a 7-11 Slurpee cup thrown out of the driver’s window of a nicer SUV. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a hippie or a tree hugger, but I do appreciate a clean environment to live in. I knew this light lasted a long time, so I put my car in park, got out, and went and picked up the Slurpee cup. The woman glared at me as I dropped the cup into her lap (still had a bit of Red Cherry in there). I just walked back to my car while she was yelling something. Didn’t really care to hear.”
In this story by CircleSmirk, they did what most people would never have the guts to do on an airplane.
“I used to fly a lot for work and had to deal with the typical flying annoyances. But the worst was when a 9-year-old girl began kicking the back of my chair. She was also yelling at the top of her lungs. I turned around, glared at the girl and her mother, and simply asked her to ‘stop’. The girl almost instantly resumed the kicking and yelling. The flight attendant came over and spoke to the mother. Less than a minute later, the kid started again. I undid my seatbelt, turned around, and ripped into the mother. ‘Is this your kid? Then act like a parent and control your daughter. She’s acting like a spoiled little brat. I don’t care how you parent at home. But I’m not going to put up with your daughter kicking my seat and yelling in my ear for 3 hours. If you can’t keep her quiet, you shouldn’t be on a plane.’
“The daughter had a satisfied smirk on her face while her mom was being reamed out. ‘You think this is funny?’ The smirk disappeared. ‘Answer me’. The girl finally answers very quietly… ‘no.’ ‘No. I don’t think it’s funny either. You’re going to sit in your chair quietly, and you’re going to watch TV or read a book. Above all, you are not going to kick my chair or yell for the rest of this flight… Agreed?’ She just nodded back at me. The whole plane gave me a round of applause and the flight attendant gave me free drinks for the rest of the flight. The girl never made a sound for the rest of the flight.”
“I was sitting in an Athletic Training class in college. Behind me sat two girls who had been in the training program for at least a year or so. These girls already knew everything, so they felt like they didn’t need to pay attention. They sat right behind me and talked about everything under the sun. This went on for several class meetings. Until one day, while reviewing for a test, they were being unusually loud. I raised my hand to the professor and said, ‘excuse me’. He motions for me to ask my question, and I turn around and yell quite loudly at these two girls.
“‘I’m so happy that you guys already know this information and don’t really need to be here. But I do, and I really need to hear what he’s saying. So, if you would be so kind as to please shut up, that’d be great.’ I turned back to the prof, and said, ‘I’m sorry, please continue.’ He says something like, oh, no problem thanks, and carries on. Those girls never said another word in class again.” HelloPrettyLady
SirDeezNuts tells a story of a time he stuck up for a homeless man in Philadelphia. “One time, I was at a show in Philly. It was in between bands and everyone was milling around outside the venue. As I was standing talking to some friends, I noticed 5 wannabe rough kids harassing this homeless guy. They’re pushing him around, forcing him to take pictures with them, and talking down to him. Eventually, the guy slumps down on a wall pulling his knees up and starts crying. One of them shoves his camera phone in the dude’s face saying he’s gonna make him famous on YouTube. At this point, I’ve seen and heard enough and I just lost it. I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I remember flipping out on these dudes for about five minutes.
“What I said was along the lines of how that guy has nothing. You have everything compared to him, yet you are worthless. I told them how disgusting they were, how sad and pathetic they were. The fact they were 5 guys who could probably beat me up didn’t bother me. I knew that there was no threat towards the end of my tirade when they were all staring at the ground, red in the face clearly ashamed of what they did. As my verbal berating ended, I was greeted to applause from a crowd that had formed around me. I helped the old guy up and took him to Wawa and bought him some dinner. He was weeping on the way there, thanking me, saying he never had anyone stick up for him in his entire life and how I came out of nowhere to help him.”
For whatever reason, some customers love to treat retail employees like they’re part of a lower class. This story from BatsDX is totally satisfying, because they put a snobby customer in their place. “I was standing in line at WalMart. An old lady in front of me. Something isn’t ringing up right so the cashier goes to get another one. The old lady turns to me and in the cruelest voice ever says to me, ‘Can you believe the idiots they hire here!? They’ve never hired anyone with half a brain.’
“With absolutely no expression or emotion, I just said, “In that case, it’s a wonder you don’t work here.” She just got angry and turned back to the till and didn’t pitch to me anymore. Felt good.”
Sometimes, people are so consumed with their own lives, they don’t realize that they’re being rude and disturbing others. This is especially true if you’re running a business. It’s hard to remove yourself from work and learn how to relax. In this story by Sidlurker, he had to remind a stranger to stop obsessing about his work, and just enjoy his vacation.
“Was on a band trip in Hawaii, visiting some park (can’t remember which). We were listening to a tour guide while this guy in a tie is constantly jabbering on his phone about business. I say to him, ‘Get off your phone and stop ruining everybody’s, including your family’s, vacation.’ He stuttered something into the phone and quickly put it away. The tour guide kept on talking.”
“A few years ago, my dad was helping me move out of college in New Hampshire. I decided to take him to this famous diner called Red Arrow. While I look like a white girl, my dad is a dark-skinned Hispanic man. We go in and the waitress looks at us incredulously, and says, ‘Wait, you two are together?’ Confused, I responded, ‘Yeah. He’s my dad.’ And she just goes, ‘Yeah, ooookay.’ I’m a little taken aback by her rudeness but brush it off and she seats us. She hesitantly hands my dad the menu and goes, ‘Will you be able to pay for this meal?’
“Dude, it’s a cheesy diner. My dad is a well dressed, clean-cut guy. But he politely responds that yes, of course, we will be able to pay. Towards the end of our meal, my dad politely asks her if they happen to have some extra boxes in the back as he’s moving me out today. She responds, “Oh you’ll have to ask our dishwasher. You’ll get along well, you both speak the same language.” At this point, I’m practically shaking with fury about how obviously rude and racist this woman is. But of course, like the nice guy he is, just thanks her. I asked my dad how he could stand being treated like that. He goes, ‘You can’t control the actions of other people, only how you react to it.’ I should have ripped the staff to their face, but I didn’t want to upset my dad.” – Armermaid
When kids are young, they tend to be very self-absorbed. They care more about themselves and their friends, rather than worrying about their surroundings.In this story from MrZachAtak, he helped an elderly disabled woman get down the street.
“A woman was in a wheelchair on a very busy street. There were about 15 teenagers blocking the sidewalk, acting loud and rude. She was old and didn’t have a very strong voice. I do. I bellowed, ‘Move out of the way NOW.’ You could hear a pin drop. The women thanked me and told me kids today have no respect.”
In this story from a user called 9y, we see how a server had to defend themselves from a rude customer. This story is infuriating, and it shows how often people assume that restaurant staff are uneducated or somehow of a lower class. Or, they’re just looking to bully someone.
“My dad told me a story about when he worked the night shift at a restaurant to get some extra cash in his 30’s. He said one of the servers had been feverishly serving a very cranky woman but had not lost their temper once. At the end of the meal, the lady handed the waiter the check and said, ‘Here’s the bill. I’m not putting any tip on this, because I don’t want to reward you for being uneducated.’ The waiter handed the money back to the woman and replied, ‘Actually ma’am, I’m working here to pay off my student loans and am currently in graduate school. Have a nice night.’”
Sometimes, the best way for people to finally have empathy for the people they’re hurting is to experience that pain themselves. In this story from NerdJournal, he taught kids a lesson for being cruel to animals.
“One time, when I was in grade 12, a bunch of younger kids were throwing rocks at a little bat at the school entrance. So I grabbed a bunch of pebbles and started throwing them at the kids, laughing all crazy-like, saying ‘Look at all the bats! Look at all the bats!’”
A user called Miniskirtninja tells a story of a McDonald’s employee who was having a rough first day on the job. It’s hard to believe that the manager of all people would be so cruel to his new hire.
“I used to work at McDonald’s when I was in high school so I sympathize with teenage fast-food workers. A while ago I was in the local McDonald’s where I used to work. It was apparent that it was the cashier’s first day working there, but he seemed to be doing okay. He entered something wrong though, and asked his manager how to fix it. In response, the manager comes over and starts tearing into him in front of all the customers, calling him ‘A [bleeping] idiot’ and ‘an inbred loser’ and so on.
“After I received my order at the counter, I asked the manager to come over. I told him, ‘Please do not talk to that cashier that way ever again. Just because you are a day shift manager at McDonald’s does not make you a superior human being. It gives you no right to treat others, especially your employees, like dirt.’ After I sat down, the other manager came over and brought me some apple pies and thanked me for standing up to that guy. Apparently he acted like that towards everyone.”
It’s hard to believe that kids would purposely try to hurt an elderly woman. However, sometimes crazy things happen. In this story, we see someone who saved the old lady from a bunch of horrible kids. This Reddit user has since deleted their account, but the story remains.
“I once caught two kids (around 12 years old) throwing a coke can at an old woman from across the street. I got in the way and yelled at them to ‘try it and see what happens’. They stopped in their tracks and tried to deny what they were about to do. Afterward, I felt bad and thought maybe I’d overreacted. Maybe I could have used less threatening language towards two kids. But it’s probably the only way I was gonna get through to them. The old lady was completely oblivious to the whole thing.”
“It wasn’t me, but I was incredibly grateful to the one who stood up to the rude person. I’m a student in a Culinary Arts program. We rotate through stations and run a full-operation sized cafeteria on the university campus. The dessert station requires that you serve a plate in front of the customer.
“I was helping this one woman when another guy (who comes in every day and is the rudest customer I’ve ever dealt with) budged in front of her. He reaches for the woman’s dessert that I’m still plating. She says loudly, ‘Excuse me. That is mine, and she’s not done. You can wait and not be so rude. You are unbelievable.’ He walks away, with an unhappy, childish look on his face. She looked at me and said, ‘Sorry, I can’t stand rude people.’ I couldn’t have been more grateful.” – user has since deleted their original
This mad lad named Bamness tells an epic tale of how he tracked down a thief. “I once chased down a guy who stole a woman’s purse. We wrestled with it and when I got it he tried to fight me. I yelled at him to grow up and get a job. (he was clearly older than me) and walked back inside Starbucks.
“Best part: I walk in, it’s dead silent. Everyone is watching me. The place was packed after some sort of sporting event. I set the woman’s purse on the table near her and check if she’s alright. She says yes, so I walk back to the front of the line where my buddy was and say, ‘I’d like a caramel mocha frappuccino.’ The whole place erupts with applause and the drinks are on the house. My smoothest moment ever.”
“About two weeks ago, I was taking a packed train on my way to work. There was a group of college-age people standing in the middle of the train, close to an old lady holding 3 or 4 bags of stuff. At one stop, one of the people sitting down in the elderly seating section gets up. One of the obnoxious college girls sits down and continues to gab with her friends.
“I look at her and say, ‘That’s not gonna fly.’ She gave me this look like ‘how dare you talk to me’ and didn’t respond. I told her she should give her seat to the elderly woman. Still nothing. So I say loudly that she is a selfish girl and should be ashamed of herself. She gets up, and the old lady sits down and gives me an appreciative smile.” This one was from a user called MrLinderman.
When you go on the subways here in the United States, you wonder just how rude someone has to be to throw their trash all over the ground. In this next story by Mun-Mun, they witnessed it happening and put a stop to it.
“I was in a subway, the type that runs underground. Two teenagers were sitting there eating cupcakes and some other junk they brought onto the train. One of them just throws his garbage on the floor. So I just said, ‘HEY! Pick that up!’ He sheepishly picked it up and gave me that look kids give to teachers when they get caught doing something they know they’re not supposed to do.”
Sometimes, when you’re young, you have no idea that you’re being rude. If your parents never taught you manners, you sometimes need to be told by a stranger, like in this story from bertg.
“As a teenager, I was visiting a fast food place with my friends. When it was my turn to order, I started without even acknowledging the server. He interrupted me with words that still stick with me today: ‘A hello would be nice.’ I was stunned. Ever since, I greet the people that serve me, every single one of them. That man changed my life for the better.”
This next story comes from a user who deleted their account. But they stood up to a mean customer and put them in their place after harassing one of their coworkers.
“I once told off a customer in a retail store for being rude and mean. She was so awful she made one of my staff cry. The general gist of what I said was, ‘Do you feel better about yourself after you make this 17-year-old girl cry? Was it really necessary? Until you learn to treat others with respect I do not want to see you in my store again. Leave before I call security.’
This is a phenomenon I’ve personally witnessed a lot myself. For whatever reason, a lot of kids love to play their music loudly through their cell phone, even though they should know to put their headphones on in a public place. A few times, I’ve even seen kids carry around portable bluetooth speakers so that the music is even louder in public. MachZel08 wasn’t afraid to tell them off.
“A kid on the crowded NYC subway was blasting music out of his phone. I said, ‘Do you have headphones? Great, USE THEM.’ His buddy nodded in agreement.”
Tampering with the mail is actually a Federal crime. Who knows if this girl made an honest mistake believing that a mailbox was a trash can. But this Reddit user named CarolineObviously took it upon herself to get a teenager in trouble.
“Once I was walking outside of the mall and saw some young teenage girl throw a milkshake into one of those big blue mailboxes. I told her to freeze and grabbed mall security, who quickly summoned the cops. Not sure what the girl was charged with, but I’d never seen someone do something so blatantly rude and illegal. Who knows what got ruined in that mailbox because that girl was too lazy to find a proper trash can!”
In this next story from MollyBerry, she told off some drunk men who were going to a bachelor party in Las Vegas. I feel like this scenario must happen more often than we’d ever imagine.
“This bachelor party was on a late night flight to Vegas. They were loud, belligerent, and obnoxiously drunk. And I was in a twisted panty kind of mood so I ‘kindly’ let them know that there were 150 other people on the plane. I was 12 rows back and was forced to raise my voice a little… And the message was applauded by the rest of the passengers. We all slept happily ever after.
“When I was in high school, one of the lunch ladies was deaf. She was always the one to cash the students out in the most awesome lunch line. Well, once I heard some dude saying how he pretends to not understand her. He was basically mocking her, and bragging about how he doesn’t pay what he owes, etc. I got so mad that I just went off on him, telling him what a horrible person he was, and how I hope he loses one of his senses so he could see what it was like. It may not seem like much, but I think I got my point across to him because I didn’t hear him talk about her anymore.
“She was super nice too and was really pleased when my school started offering Sign Language courses. The students could finally communicate with her. The look on her face when I started signing with her the first time almost made me cry. I could tell she was super happy people were trying to actually talk to her, and not just pretend she wasn’t there.”
This is a very sad story from a Redditor called justsmurfythanx. A cruel man got a new puppy, and was clearly abusing it early on in its life. “One summer night several years ago, my friends and I were walking around town, just goofing off. As we were about to turn a corner, we heard a guy yelling and then what sounded like a puppy yelping. We turned the corner and saw that our assumption was correct. This guy had a puppy (no more than 10 pounds) on a leash and was yanking him around because the dog wouldn’t poop on command (we could hear him telling the dog that). He was abusing the poor thing.
“So I said, ‘Yank that dog one more time and see what happens.’ He looked me dead in the eye and yanked the dog so hard that I thought he would break its neck. We spent the next 3 minutes handing him the beating of his life and left him on the sidewalk. My friend still has the dog. I know what we did was fundamentally wrong. But sometimes in life, you have to choose the lesser of two evils.”
A Reddit user called TomDWilliams seems to have zero issues with telling people off in public. “I’m ashamed to admit it but this is a habit of mine: whenever I see anyone drop litter, or who is acting in an incredibly rude manner, I tell them off. Too many entitled people out there who think they can just do whatever they want. Just last week, I was at the supermarket and there was a woman who had about 3 items on the belt, speaking away on her phone. When a little old lady went over to put her stuff on the belt, the woman on the phone said, ‘What are you doing? This is my space, I’m just waiting for my husband to come with the rest of our stuff.’
“This got me cross enough as it was, but then up strolls this jerk with a cart that was almost overflowing with stuff. I just couldn’t hold my tongue. Turns out this woman had been hogging space on the belt, making everyone else wait in line while she told her husband what to get over the phone! I mean what are you doing?! So I told her that she and her husband could go to the back of the long line they were causing. They both got all upset and I demanded to see the manager. The cashier called the manager and I explained how vile and selfish they had been. To his credit, the manager told me I was right. He sent the people to the back and comped the old lady’s groceries to apologize for her inconvenience. She only had about 4 items anyway.”
Sometimes, new parents are desperate to get out of the house. When their kids are being loud, they almost forget that not everyone has the ability to zone them out. In this story from Dalek_999, he put a rude father in his place for not getting his toddler under control. “Went to see the Wolverine movie in a really big theater. About halfway up the rows of seats, it had an aisle that cut across horizontally from one side of the theater to the other. Some dumb father was there with a toddler, and he let the kid run back and forth across the aisle, squealing the whole time.
“I put up with the kid’s squealing for about 30 minutes, and then finally went down to the father and said, ‘Do you realize the entire movie theater can hear your child, and that it’s ruining the movie for the rest of us? Please make him be quiet.’ The father stared at me in complete shock, as if the concept had never crossed his mind. He left immediately with his kid. Several people around me thanked me as I sat down.”
This story is incredibly frustrating on multiple levels. Personally, I noticed that a lot of entitled, spoiled men tend to drop their trash around women. This is because they were raised by a mother who always picked up after them. It’s one thing to do this to your wife or girlfriend. But doing this to a complete stranger is a whole other level of narcissism. The original storyteller from Reddit has deleted her account, but I can 100% see this happening in real life.
“I was pulling weeds from the outside of my fence on the sidewalk. There was a big paper lawn bag next to me and I was almost done with the whole yard. This guy comes walking down the street opening a package of cigarettes and drops the cellophane wrapper on the ground in front of my house. I lost my cool, and yelled at the guy, ‘Hey, I might be pulling weeds but I’m not cleaning for you. I’m trying to make my house look nice.’ So he came back, picked up the wrapper and put it in the lawn bag.”
“At this bar in a small town I had never been to, a guy was being super inappropriate to a cute girl and making her very uncomfortable. I can’t stand people that do that. No woman should have to listen to that. It also makes all men look worse. Anyways, I’m a very passive, non-violent guy, but I’m 6’6″ with a pretty solid build. So I guess I can be intimidating. I stood right in front of him and told him that he was way out of line and if he kept it up there were going to be problems. We stared each other down for a couple of seconds and he left the bar. Several people thanked me and the bartender gave me a free beverage.”
The original person who posted this story on Reddit has deleted his account. But if you’re out there reading this, thank you. There need to be more men like you in the world.
Here is yet another story from Aknutty where someone feels incredibly self-entitled. Remember, people it doesn’t matter if you are in a hurry. Everyone else is, too. “I was at the airport check-in line. It was a long line and I had some old ladies behind me with a lot of bags. When the line moved up, I would help them move up their bags so there was a slight gap between me and the rest of the line. This 40-something year old business guy comes in just as the gap opens up and takes my spot. I politely informed him that he just skipped me and that the end of the line was a few people back. He turns around and yells in my face, ‘I have a flight I have to catch!’ I was so flabbergasted I couldn’t respond, so he turned back around.
“Seething with anger, I reach down, unzip his bag and then kick it and all its contents off to the side. He just turns around and looks at me like he is going to kill me. I say in a calm voice, ‘I’m younger, bigger, stronger, and I don’t care if I get on this flight or not. Do what you gotta do.’ He gets red then proceeds to pick up his stuff and get back in line. The rest of the line applauded me. My greatest moment.”
“A few years ago my friends and I were playing ultimate frisbee at the YMCA. Behind it, there is a stereotypical bad trailer park. Well, after a round was over, I noticed these kids. They have a small, thin puppy with them. I can hear them yelling and threatening the dog. I hear one of the kids say that he’s going to beat it with a branch he found on the edge of the field. Before I get over there, he has the branch in hand and is trying to lure the puppy closer. I yell at them and startle the boy. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ He tries to tell me it’s his dog and he can do what he wants with it. Oh no.
“‘Anything you do to that dog, I will do to you. You want to swing at him, I will knock the stuffing out of you. Think I’m joking? I dare you to pick that branch up again.’ He got so scared. Didn’t have to say much other than that. The group of kids gulped hard and disappeared. I sat out the next round, playing with the puppy. When the match was over, we took him to the animal shelter. Pretty sure he was adopted. Didn’t see him when I went back a couple of weeks later.”
This story from Mur216 is so rude and crazy, it’s almost hard to believe. A woman demanded a refund for her stay in a hotel, just because it snowed that night. But another customer stood up for them.
“I was working at the front desk at a hotel and was dealing with a rude guest. She was upset because it was snowing outside and the snow had ruined her trip. This lady demanded that her room be completely refunded. I was trying to figure out a way to politely say ‘buzz off’. But the gentleman behind her interrupted saying, ‘Are you serious, lady? Quit wasting this guy’s time with your frivolous complaint. He can’t control the weather.’”
A woman named StephJ explains how she gets a small act of revenge by embarrassing the men who catcall her while she’s jogging or riding her bike.
“When guys catcall or honk at me from their cars while I’m running/cycling/walking/skating, I do so enjoy getting next to them while they are stopped at a red light. Then I start asking them what I was doing incorrectly to have them honk at me. Was I in the road? Going too slow? What can I do to make THEIR problem go away? Why else would they be distracting me while my unprotected body is so close to traffic? I’ve only gotten to do it twice so far, and I fully intend to continue this practice with future offenders. Don’t catcall the ladies, gentlemen. We don’t like it.”
Nurses are on the front lines, and they have to deal with the public every day. They need to give medical attention to everyone, regardless of who they are. So in this next story, we see a moment where a father abused his lesbian daughter. This Reddit user has deleted their account, but we still love and appreciate them for saving this young girl from her abusive father.
“As a nurse, I’ve had to scold my fair share of people. A 17-year-old girl was in ICU for some burns. And while I was cleaning her wounds the father said to her, ‘You know you had this coming right? The next time I see you with that girlfriend of yours you’ll be worse off.’ Naturally, I lost my cool…I told him off in every way imaginable, using the words “monster”, “get out”, and “restraining order”. Security was called. The man punched me. An ex-marine buddy of mine opened a can of whoop. The man was arrested, the girl was relieved from his custody, I got a bloody nose, but it was a good day.”
“I had to yell at a lady in a theater. She had two young children with her. After the lights went down and the movie was starting, the kids were still running around like little maniacs. All I said was, ‘Shhh.’ She screams at me, ‘They’re children!’ I yelled back something along the lines of, ‘We all paid to see this movie. Yes, they’re children. You are the parent. Shut them up or get out!’
This story came from rational_discussion. I wonder how it ended. Did the mother leave? Or was it just a sassy comeback?
A Reddit user named Vicrally got so angry at people taking during a movie, that she spoiled the ending for them. If you haven’t seen The Hunger Games, don’t even read this next story. “I went to see The Hunger Games. I chose the 4 o’clock show because I thought it would be more empty. It wasn’t. A teenage couple sits behind me talking loudly. Thirty minutes into the movie, they still haven’t stopped talking. So I turn around to look them dead in the face and ask them: ‘Hey guys, did you read the books?’
“The girl just looked at me wild-eyed and bewildered and replied with: ‘Ummmm… noo.’ I looked that little jerk in her face and said: “Well I did, so if you two don’t shut up I’m going to tell you what happens and ruin the movie for you.’… That bought me 10 minutes of silence. Then they started talking again, so I turn around and said, ‘Hey! Do you see that little girl Rue’? She dies.’ Silence the rest of the movie.”
Unfortunately, Americans have a reputation overseas of being rude and entitled. Sure, we’re also seen as very friendly. But sometimes, one negative experience like this can change how foreigners see us. Heyyrachie tells a story of when she went on vacation, and her and her mom had to put some fellow Americans in their place. “When I was fifteen, my mom and I were riding a water taxi around Venice. Two American girls were also riding with us. They were being very loud and yelling at an elderly gentleman who was apparently ‘in the way of their luggage’ (they had five enormous bags each) and continued complaining, saying that the locals were so rude to them and they hated it there.
My mom and I were so embarrassed (we’re American also), so she turned around and said: ‘Maybe if you weren’t so rude, people would be nicer to you.’ They started up again, so I put my two cents in and said, ‘Just shut up.’ My mom laughed and they got even angrier. It was fun.”
I really wish the original poster, UnicornMayo finished this story. This person was so rude, I want to hear what they had to say to the rude person: “I was at the gym sometime after new years and heard a girl say to her friend something along the lines of, “God! Why are there so many fat people here?” I lost my cool.
As someone who has struggled with my weight my whole life, this story hits home. So many people are afraid to even start the journey to losing weight, because they are afraid of judgement from other people. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re going to have people thinking bad things about you at the gym. You need to do what you need to do in order to lose weight. So if this strikes a cord with you too, please don’t let idiots like this bother you.”
“So, I went to Subway yesterday to get one of those delicious $5 foot longs. Upon arrival, I saw three girls, probably about 17 to 18 years old. The first two order and the server asks the last girl what toppings she wants. She’s on her phone so she doesn’t answer. So the server asks her again — not being impatient or rude, just asking. The girl snapped, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the PHONE here? God, you are so RUDE. Just wait until I’m done.’
“I was so offended and embarrassed for the server, so I couldn’t help but say something to her: ‘That was extremely rude. You came here to get a sub so don’t yell at her for providing the service you asked for. Just get off your phone, order your toppings and stop acting like a child.’ She looked at me with contempt and anger, but I think I intimidated her so she didn’t say anything back to me. The server looked at me, smiled, and mouthed the words thank you.” This story came from Grummlinds.
This story from Magellan2253 is yet another tale of parents who don’t know how to watch after their kids and make sure they behave properly in public. “I used to work in the toy department of a retail store. The Leap Frog ‘laptop’ had just come out and they were REALLY expensive. So I am straightening shelves and notice a kid just wailing away on one of these laptops — mom is nowhere to be found. I approach the kid and ask him nicely, ‘Is that how you play with your toys at home?’ The kid gave me a sheepish ‘no’ and placed it back on the shelf.”
“I was feeling pretty good about myself at that point, when the kid’s mother comes out of nowhere and very rudely tells me that I have ‘no right’ to speak to her child that way. Then, I calmly looked his mother in the eye and said, ‘Ma’am, your son was about to break a $150 toy. Our store has a you-break-it, you-buy-it policy. If you would like me to give it back to him so he can continue hitting it, I would be happy to ring you up at my register for the damages.’ She then proceeded to give me an ‘go rot in a hole’ look, grabbed her son, and stalked off.”
Everyone knows that you aren’t supposed to park in a handicap spot, unless you have the proper tags. If you get caught by the police, it’s a $200 fine. But people still continue to do it all the time, because it’s the closest spot to the door. They don’t seem to care that these spots are there for a reason, and it’s inconveniencing others. A user named JimmyTheJet tells a story on behalf of his dad.
“My dad was driving around with his terminally ill friend. They needed to go to a pharmacy, and seeing as how my dad’s friend gets short of breath easily they were hoping for a handicap spot. Unfortunately, none were vacant so they had to park farther away. As they were walking up to the store, a squat muscular man came walking out of the pharmacy and started to open up the door of his Ford F-150 parked in a handicap spot that he clearly didn’t need to be in (nor did he have a sticker). My Dad’s friend called out to him as he was getting in, ‘Excuse me?’
‘Is your handicap physical or mental?’
The guy’s face went white as a ghost and he quickly got into his truck and pulled away.”
This very relatable story comes from FreedomWeasel. “I went off on someone who pushed their shopping cart toward the little corrals, but it ended up hitting a parked car. They didn’t bother to look or put the cart away properly.”
“I also went off on someone who slammed their car door into the parked car next to them (several times) because “they parked too close”. The lady doing the door slamming was parked over the line, the vandalized car was dead center of the spot. I took down her license plate number, went into the store, and found the owner of the other car to let them know.”
A user named ChromeDeagle gave a rude parent a wakeup call that she deserved. “Some kid was in a restaurant where my mum and I were trying to have a quiet lunch. This kid starts to throw crayons at my mum, literally from the next table. The kid’s mother was too busy talking on her phone to care. I tried glaring, but she couldn’t care less.”
“In the end, I walked up to her to confront her and she actually gave me the ‘1-minute finger.’ That was it. I picked up all the crayons on the floor, on the table and from in front of the kid, dumped them on her lap and sat back down. She was so shocked she just left. The manager of the restaurant gave us a free meal. Apparently, that particular woman was known for just letting her kid run a riot.”
KamiiKoNeko came up with a very…Creative way to show a kid that he was being a spoiled brat. “One time, I was at the NY State Fair and there was a kid just being totally rotten to his parents walking behind me, cursing them out etc. He was like 10. I had to fart so bad it hurt, so I just let it go pretty much directly in his face, and he walked right into it. You could hear him audibly gag, and then he shut up. I considered him biologically scolded.”
“I was at Panera Bread around the holidays a few years ago. It was the busiest shopping season. The place is close to some shopping malls, so it was extremely busy. This older couple ordered coffee, and the lady behind the counter gave them a to-go cup, saying, ‘I’m sorry, we ran out of clean mugs. The dishwasher is running now, but I didn’t want to make you wait.’
“The lady became furious and started screaming about bad service. She actually yelled, ‘I need a HERE cup, not a to-go cup!’ The poor girl behind the counter kept apologizing and saying they would be done in a minute but the lady just kept nagging. Meanwhile, another employee came up to take my order. So I ordered my drink and said as loud as I could, ‘And a to-go cup is FINE with me. Unlike some people, I understand the drink will taste the same!’ The old lady freaked about how rude I was while I waited for my drink. Then the manager came out and gave me a free loaf of their holiday bread ‘for being so patient.’ Old people left, still angry.” BaconBabe456
Going to festivals can be fun, but it’s awful when you need to use the bathroom. In this story from MillerZep, he almost fought someone when they tried to cut the line for the bathroom. “I was standing in line for the only public restroom at the park on St. Patrick’s Day. There were lots of people around drinking and such, so there was a long line for this bathroom.
“Dude tries to cut in line, offering to pay the next person 20 bucks to cut in front. I had already been waiting for a while and had to go like crazy. Told the dude he has to pay all of us. He tries to say this doesn’t concern me, but I get in his face about it. His friends pull him away. Don’t mess with me when I have to pee.”
It’s hard to believe that someone would be this psycho, and yet I believe it. A Reddit user named MissJinxed tells the story of when she was learning how to drive in an empty parking lot. “When I was first learning to drive, my mom had me out with her in a huge empty parking lot near the mall to practice. There were stop signs scattered about between the aisles. Well, I’m going on my merry way when out of nowhere a van appears behind me and just tailgates me as I’m driving through the lot at the speed limit. My mom told me to just keep driving and ignore him, but when I stopped at the next stop sign, he blared his horn at me.
“This sets my mom off, and she throws her finger out the window as I drive on. When I turned down another aisle of the EMPTY parking lot and he turned to follow me, she told me to stop the car. The guy comes up beside us, some bitter old guy, and tells her she shouldn’t be flipping him off because that’s not ladylike. She completely explodes at the guy in colorful words I had never before heard come from her mouth. He keeps trying to argue, but she destroys him. Every time we bring it up now, she just goes, ‘I was protecting my baby.’”
This Reddit user’s account has been deleted. But this is a terrible story. You should always be respectful of the dead at their funeral, even if they weren’t a nice person. “My grandma died and I had to attend the funeral. I don’t really know my extended family very well. We were walking towards the graveyard. As I was walking in front of the line, I heard this lady talking. My grandma wasn’t really the kindest person you’d meet, but still, show some respect. As I started to pay attention to what she was saying, I heard the lady mentioning stuff like: ‘So there’s going to be a mall there,’ and, ‘Do you see her? She is the ex-wife of that rotten son they have.’
“Naturally, I started to get angry since that’s not how you talk about people. I noticed that a lot of folks got really irritated by this woman. And as soon as I grabbed my brother’s arm and nearly broke it from anger, I knew I had to say something. So I turned around and told the lady (nearly 70) off in the kindest possible words. I said, ‘Lady, if you can’t shut up right now, you need to [bleep] off and find another funeral to attend. It’s not all about the free cake here.’ Might be a little rude to talk like that to an old lady but geez! Don’t talk like that while you’re about to bury someone.”
Small businesses struggle to stay afloat, especially in small towns. It’s shocking to hear this story from LilyMe about a man who thought it was okay to try a “free sample” at a farmer’s market, when it’s clearly stealing.
“I used to live in a really small town in CA and would shop at a local vegetable/produce market. It was operated by a young couple, but the town was so small it must have been a struggle to keep things afloat. I watched this guy eat his way around the store. After he went back for his 30th grape, I just couldn’t stand it anymore. So I spoke up, asking him why he thought it was okay to steal food. He got really mad, and said it was his right to sample. I pointed out it’s not a buffet. The owners had to purchase the produce and so should he. Another person joined in. He dropped $2 and left in shame.”
This story from Pzer0 is honestly infuriating, and I’m so glad they said something. We all have to follow the rules of the road. There are no exceptions. “I live in Portland and was downtown with my girlfriend. We parked on the street, and were waiting for a sushi restaurant to open. When we parked, we got out and paid for our parking meter, as you should. Then, an SUV drove up. Instead of paying for parking, the SUV stopped in the lane right in front of a coffee shop, and put her hazard lights on. The passenger jumped out and ran inside. Light turns from red to green, she’s still sitting there.
“After three cycles of the light and watching as a car swerved around her and almost hit a bicyclist, it was too much. I got out and crossed the street, knocked on her window and said, ‘You’ve sat here through three cycles of the light, in a lane of active traffic, with your hazards on while your friend is in there getting coffee. You need to move your car, NOW.’ She looked at me like she couldn’t believe that anyone would have the audacity to call out her selfish behavior. It was like she believed she had some right to block out the entire lane of traffic. She moved her car though, so I count it a success.”
“I was riding my horse along a bridle path and a man shouted at me saying, ‘Horses aren’t allowed to come along here.’ He then started to grab at my reins, making my horse jump and rear. I’ve never whacked a person so hard with my whip before or since.”
This story from AdTaylor is awful. It’s one thing to try to tell someone the rules, and it’s another to physically assault a woman just because she is riding her horse.
When you work with the public, you run into all kinds of people. This story from JessicaAlynn1490 is a true retail horror story: “I work at Kohl’s. One night, a girl and her boyfriend were applying for a store credit card. She had forgotten her ID in the car, which we require in order to apply for the charge. So she politely asked her boyfriend to go to the car to get it, which he does. Meanwhile, at my register, I am ringing out a family with three young children. Her boyfriend storms back into the store yelling at his girlfriend, ’Your ID isn’t in the car. You’re such a slob, I am so sick of you,’ etc.
“The girl was horrified, though it looked like she was used to such lashings. The family looked at me bewildered. So I finished checking them out as fast as I could so they could leave. The guy is still screaming at his girlfriend. My manager was nowhere in sight, so I walked up to him and told him that he was a terrible human being for treating someone like that. He could either leave the store, or I was going to call the police. It was probably the angriest I have ever been at someone I didn’t know.”
People have real issues with the express lane. Sometimes, people go overboard by bringing an entire cart full of stuff, which is bad. However, if someone has just a few items over the limit, it’s not a big deal. Apparently, YatPay felt the need to lecture a stranger over the rules.
“I was once in the “10 items or less” lane and the woman ahead of me had at least 20 items. I was in a rush and this kind of thing drives me crazy, so I said, “Excuse me, this is the 10 items or less lane, and you clearly have more than 10 items.” She looked kind of surprised and changed lanes, which was great. Afterward, I felt like a jerk though, so it was kind of a wash.”
“My buddy and I were at a movie, and these dudes were talking about how they had just got out of basic training in the Marines. They were bashing the movie and laughing, making rude comments etc. Well, my buddy tells them to pipe down. They flip him off — though they do quiet down. After the movie, we are at the front of the pack right behind the 6 or 7 guys being rude. My buddy says, ‘How you were behaving in the theater was really rude to everyone around you.’ The loudest guy whips out his military I.D. and says, ‘Yeah, well I’m a marine and I fight for your freedom.’
“My buddy, who just happens to be an officer, whips his I.D. out and says, ‘I’m a marine officer. Just because you have the honor of wearing a uniform doesn’t give you the right to be a piece of trash.’ Then he made them stand at attention right at the door of the movie theater and apologize to every patron exiting.”
This story was from JayHoe03. Wow, that was satisfying as heck!
“I’m a student, and I was on a long journey on the London underground from the bottom of the Northern line to the top about a year ago. I packed some quality reading: World War Hulk. Comics at their best. After 30 minutes or so, a proper rich toff steps aboard. He had what I could only assume was a nice tailored suit, shiny shoes, impeccable hair, even a pocket watch. Dude had style but had a prude air around him.
“Anyhow, he sits next to me and I just hunker down and keep reading my stories. After a stop or two, he looks down at the comic and then to me. ‘Aren’t you a bit old to be reading comic books?’ He sneered, literally peering down his nose at me. After a momentary pause, I responded, ‘Aren’t you a bit rich to be on the tube?’ And to my delight, a small Chinese woman opposite me burst out into laughter. He promptly got off at the next station. Not much, but it made me feel like a boss.” TheFungineer