26 Students Share The Most Awkward And Humiliating Thing They've Ever Witnessed In A Classroom.
Classrooms are spaces in which twenty or more adolescents are held together for prolonged periods of time. As a result, embarrassing situations are bound to arise. Here, 26 students share the most awkward and humiliating moment they've ever witnessed in a classroom.
1/26. A really awkward kid keeps asking to use bathroom and is continually refused. Eventually he jumps from his seat, runs, and with every step audibly farts while crapping his pants.
2/26. I once went to my social studies teacher to turn in a paper during lunch. He and the math teacher were making out on his desk...
The math teacher was "Mrs. Not-My-Social-Studies-Teacher's-Last-Name."
3/26. In 8th grade health class, my teacher was demonstrating how to properly strap someone into a stretcher. She was a smoke show. The dude being strapped in popped an erection as she was leaning over him.
This was a class of around 50 immature middle school students all staring at him. He just laid there strapped in unable to move with an awkward boner. He apologized over and over as even our sexy teacher tried not to laugh as she unstrapped him. I still get secondhand embarrassment thinking about it.
4/26. I remember a substitute teacher that we had for a few days when I was in middle school. One day she grabbed a chair from an empty desk to help someone out with their assignment, when suddenly we heard a loud crash. One of the legs on the chair had broken and she was flat on her back. It was hard not to laugh, but what made it even worse is as she was getting up, she ended up farting very loudly. The entire class erupted in a fit of laughter and she had to leave the classroom because she was so embarrassed.
5/26. In the middle of teaching seven and eight-year-olds, a kid comes back in from going to the toilet, sits down and about a minute later shouts, "Oh no! I forgot to wipe!" and asks to go sort himself out.
6/26. We had a classroom that was basically featureless because the school wing was brand new and it was the beginning of the year. No decorations or posters on the walls or anything, just blackboards on both the front and back walls, and a door on the back one. This is important for later.
Anyway, I had a classmate, whom I shall call "O", who often fell asleep in class. He sat in the back row, presumably to facilitate this habit.
Middle of a lecture and we hear a loud snore; O is fast asleep at his desk. After we all chuckle about this, the teacher decides to play a good natured prank. (continued)
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He has us all turn our desks around and starts writing on the blackboard at the back of the room. Since he is now talking from five feet away, presumably O will wake up from the noise, notice he is now at the "head" of the class with everyone facing him, and be embarrassed enough to stay alert from now on.
A couple of minutes pass and sure enough O begins to stir. He opens his eyes, sees the teacher right next to him and all his classmates grinning at him, and panics. I can only assume that in his half awake state he somehow thought he had actually been moved to the front of the (featureless, remember) room. He jumps out of his desk, and I think tried to bolt out of the room, but because he doesn't know what side of the room he's on, he doesn't realize the door is behind him. He runs to the front of the class and for a few seconds is staring at where the door would be, while we all laugh. Eventually he turns around and figures it out, his face turning bright red.
7/26. I was sitting in 6th grade biology, and my stomach started to hurt pretty badly. Thinking I just needed to go to the restroom, I stood up and walked from my rear-row seat to the teacher's desk to request the bathroom pass.
When I got to the bathroom, it turned out I had started my period for the first time, and it had soaked through my yellow sweatpants. It was apparently all over the seat and everyone had seen it.
8/26. A kid in my 8th grade health class asked if his mother would get pregnant if he masturbated in the bathtub.
9/26. I remember one of my middle school teachers had a strict policy where anybody who talked when she turned the lights out got an immediate detention. One time as we were about to leave the classroom my teacher turned the lights off and another kid in my class deemed it a bright idea to sock me in the nuts. I let out the noise that one makes when being punched in the groin and as I lay on the ground, cringing in pain, my teacher gave me detention for 'talking' while the lights were out and 'disrespecting her authority'. The other kid suffered no consequences.
10/26. In 10th grade social studies, we were talking about Imperial Russia, and of course, Rasputin. I interrupted whatever my teacher was saying with, "Hey, I heard that Rasputin had a 12-inch penis." I could tell I said something completely inappropriate and totally weird when she just stared back at me.
My classmates had gone completely silent, too. How was I to cover this up and play it cool? I started to panic. "Y-yeah.. I hear that they keep it in a jar somewhere in a museum." Oh God. WHY.
11/26. I went to high school in an "open concept" high school, where there are no walls separating the classrooms and all the hallways are made up by lockers. It was open enough to hear the other classrooms and throw stuff over the dividers (much like those that make up cubicle walls of offices).
Skip to last period of the day, Spanish class. Teacher was new, so she was trying to be strict on bathroom privileges. A freshman girl who was too timid to ask needed to go to the bathroom to throw up because she wasn't feeling well. She was sweating, turning green, and shivering. (continued)
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Instead of just running out, she decided to wait it out until it was time to leave. In no time, she got up, in front of the whole class and threw up in the trash can. Then she apologized and ran out continuing to puke all down the hallway where all other students could see from their classrooms.
12/26. I knew a girl who was convinced zebras were like unicorns and didn't exist. She was a freshman in high school. An entire class was spent looking up pictures and videos of zebras online to prove it to her. The teacher and the class tried everything but she just kept saying, "Well there are pictures and videos of dragons online too." And using arguments like that.
Everyone lost all respect for her in that hour. She was too thick-headed to be embarrassed, but everyone there was embarrassed enough for her to make it cringeworthy as hell.
13/26. I was student-teaching in a 5th grade class, and the classroom teacher SCREAMED at one student for doing his homework in class..the student she screamed at has an emotional/behavior disorder and I thought he was going to freak out/cry like he often does. Instead, he looked at her and calmly said, "Well you didn't have to yell at me."
The poor kid was 100% right and 100% humiliated by the teacher.
14/26. In private school, my math teacher made a slight mistake and corrected himself. A girl in our class shouted, "Our parents don't pay you to get it wrong." She got completely humiliated by the teacher, telling her what was and wasn't appropriate to say to a teacher.
15/26. First day of classes freshman year of college, I pick a seat in the middle of the lecture hall. Guy comes in, sits in front of me, whips out his laptop and headphones and watches porn the entire class. In the middle of the lecture hall. At least 40 people behind him.
16/26. Teacher here. I was planning on showing a video clip to my class of high school seniors, but my computer for some reason wasn't displaying the video. So, as my students were trickling in, I noticed one of them had his computer on him. I asked if I could use it really quickly, and he said yes.
At this point, my entire class of 20 or so kids were in. I hooked up his laptop to the projector, and go to download the video from my email. It finished downloading and the computer's video player automatically starts up. (continued)
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Instead of playing the video clip I just downloaded, the entire screen (a monstrosity that took up the entire classroom wall) showed very graphic porn.
I felt like everything was in slo-mo, but one student later told me I jumped to close the laptop with such quick desperation that it was like watching someone leap on top of a grenade. The owner of the laptop turned bright red, but both he and the whole class started laughing.
I think in the end, I was the person who was most embarrassed. The kid even had the courage to say, "Miss Dracling, I know that's not the first time you've seen that before." And then he winked.
17/26. My freshman year of high school, there was a girl in my biology class that never ever talked. No one knew anything about her. Well finals come around and the teacher hands out the tests. This girl takes one look at the test and projectile vomits all over the entire front row. Most excruciatingly awkward thing I've ever seen.
18/26. Called a substitute teacher a prostitute teacher by accident.
19/26. "Ok so just to clarify, everyone in this lecture hall of about 200 students is studying [subject], if not, then you're in the wrong room."
One person stands up and does the walk of shame. Horrible feeling.
20/26. In 9th grade, there was a girl in the class that had brass buttons that went down one side of her blue jeans. One afternoon, she sneezed violently, and every single goddamn button popped off, and they all shot off like bullets in every direction. She was sitting there stunned, with her pants hanging off on one side, and the buttons went on rolling around the floor for about another 30-45 seconds before they all finally settled. The only sound in the room was all the buttons rolling around on the floor, and she ran sobbing from the room trying to hold her pants together. Hard to forget something like that.
21/26. Probably my own sad, sorry situation. I was in 6th grade in the 1980s, when everyone wore sweatpants and they were the coolest thing ever. I didn't have any but found a pair at the bottom of my sister's closet. I'm a guy but I figured gray sweats are gray sweats. I guess I should have checked them out more carefully, especially around the crotch area. Damn it.
Anyway, I was sitting at my desk, chilling in my new-found sweats and my teacher, a giant of a man looks over at me and says, "Borderrat? Are you bleeding?" (continued)
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I looked down and right then I understood all the rumors and innuendo about girls and their periods. I also now understood very clearly why my sister had hidden those sweats. Blood stain big as a roll of duct tape for the world to see. Nervous and flustered, I said: "No, Mr. D, I borrowed these from my sister." The whole class laughed and laughed and laughed.
22/26. In high school I was at the board trying to do a geometry problem. I was bad at math, especially geometry, and the teacher (and the rest of the class) knew this. I was struggling when the rest of the students had returned to their seats. I continued to struggle as the teacher went through thee other problems.
He tried to talk me through it. He was being very kind and patient but I was not getting it. Finally I burst into tears and left the room. Later that day I was called to the Dean's office where the teacher was waiting. He actually apologized and said he wouldn't send me to the board anymore. He tutored me for the rest of the year so I would pass.
23/26. I was in junior high in the 90's. A kid named Jason, who wasn't very popular, had a long rat tail that he was proud to have grown. One kid, Tom, took scissors and cut it off when he sat behind him. Poor Jason looked stunned as he reached back and felt the back of his head. He tried to play it off and stammered, "I don't care, I was gonna cut it soon anyway." He had tears in his eyes and his face was bright red.
24/26. In Spanish class, we would do presentations every so often. One presentation had everyone start with saying, "This is my journal:" or "Esto es mi diario" (dee-ar-ee-oh).
One kid messed up the beginning and said, "Esto es mi diarrhea."
Class erupted, he never lived it down.
25/26. My 4th grade teacher was the worst teacher I've ever had. She wasn't just a bad teacher, she was a bad human being. There was one boy who was kind of "the weird kid," but he was funny and I liked him. One day we were reading about bugs and she called on him to read aloud a section about antennae.
I knew the word antennae, knew how it was pronounced, so when he started reading it was obvious he'd never seen/heard the word before. He pronounced it an-te-nay, and instead of correcting him, our teacher just let him read a full page with this word repeating. I started watching her as he read, and she was smirking and trying to hold back laughter.
When he finished reading, she said, "It's pronounced antennae, by the way," and the whole class, her included, just started laughing uproariously.
He was a good sport and kind of laughed along with them, but I could tell he was really embarrassed.
It's almost 20 years later and that memory is still so vivid to me.
26/26. One time, in science class in middle school, we were doing our end-of-semester presentations. Everyone was presenting their science experiments that we had all spent weeks on and counted for a significant portion of our grade.
One girl got up to present. She was very excited about her breakthrough results. She went on about her hypothesis for several minutes: that light affected the vitamin c levels in different kinds of juices. She launched into detail about her experiment, which involved her testing different types of juices' vitamin C levels over a week or so period, by putting them in the fridge in both clear containers and opaque containers. That way, she explained excitedly, she could test which ones had more light from the fridge affecting their levels.
You know where this is going.
When she finally asked for questions and the silence was deafening, someone finally said, "You know the light goes out when you shut the door, right?"
It was my favorite science class.
Parents Who Cut Off All Contact With Their Adult Children Break Down Why They Did It
All parents want to support their children.
Of course, when they grow up and fly the coop, they can't always help them out of every pickle.
But every so often, when their children find themselves in a bad place or are struggling financially or emotionally, most parents will help their children out without a second thought.
Until that is, their children begin to take advantage of their generosity or find themselves getting into trouble a little too often.
It's situations like these where sadly, the best thing parents can do to help their children, is to cut ties, either temporarily, or in extreme cases, permanently.
"Parents who have gone No Contact with your adult children, what happened?"
"He’s an addict who kept stealing from me."
"I had to draw a line."- Readsumthing
"I went no contact with my daughter."
"She had serious drug and alcohol issues."
"I had to lock up my prescription meds."
"She was also mentally ill but refused to take meds to treat it."
"Nope not gonna take them."
"I finally drew the line when she threw my suitcase at me while visiting her and threatening to kill me."- KrankySilverFox
"Our mentally ill son told us we had to do exactly what he told us to do (and could not push back on his requests or even explain our point of view), or we would never see our grandson."
"It was emotional terrorism."
"We told him those conditions were unacceptable to us, and he went no contact."
"Shortly thereafter, his wife divorced him, won custody, and encouraged us to continue building a relationship with our grandson."
"Today, our son wonders why we will not come to family events (and just 'ignore each other') when he is around."
"He set clear boundaries (no contact), and we still believe in respecting those boundaries until he tells us otherwise."- nielsondc
"My brother basically has no contact with my parents."
"Basically it boils down to him getting divorced and remarried after 20 years and then demanding they never talk to the ex ever again (they got along well) and immediately accept and shower the new wife with love and affection even though the first couple interactions were her telling them how crappy they were as parents and how they didn’t love him."- Hopeful-Translator70
"So, I’ll tell this as a third party."
"My wife’s mother and her sister had a falling out."
"It was a slow burn."
"I’ve been part of the family for close to 25 years now and my wife has told me stories of how her older sister and their mother didn’t get along well."
"Couldn’t tell you who instigated the fights or anything, but my wife told me on many occasions the two of them would get in to shouting matches, objects would get thrown, things like that."
"My mother-in-law, until recent years, could be very difficult to get along with."
"My wife’s sister has a very Alpha, bullheaded personality."
"Not just when dealing with their mother, but you could see it in how she treated her (now ex) husband and their children."
"I’m not certain which straw broke the camels back but their already turbulent relationship was further strained when her sister moved several states away and took the kids with her, virtually never to been seen again."
"It’s been over 10 years since their move and I want to say her sister has come to visit maybe twice?"
"This past Christmas my wife and I went to see her mom and while visiting, her sister was brought up in conversation."
"Her mother said, 'I can tell you, she’ll never step foot in my home again'.”
"But didn’t elaborate."
"I don’t think there was ever anything like drugs or legal troubles involved, only two really dominant, aggressive personalities that clashed virtually every time they met."- Deftallica
Difference In Beliefs
"My wife and I recently made the very painful decision to completely cut all ties with our oldest son because he has become a dangerous believer in that Qanon sh*t."- GlooBloo92
"My grandmother just did this to my aunt. It's because she doesn't approve of her new fiancé."- jdog_014
A Simple Minded Grudge
"My older brother went NC with my dad first."
"Reasons are mostly my brother."
"He's got mental disorders and never went to therapy to fix them."
"Then he went NC with me since my mom enables my brothers toxic behavior."
"Basically sponged off my mom and demanded money from her and my poor mom gave in."
"When my brother had a son, I finally wanted all of us to meet him and reunite (we all live in different states. Bro in Cali, parents in Ohio and Me in Washington)."
"When I paid for everyone tickets to visit me in Washington my brother flipped out since my dad was coming so he went NC on my mom.'
"Again let me emphasize my parents and I have done nothing my brother has very toxic behavior and will hold grudges for million years."
"I truly believe he has undiagnosed autism and he was bullied so badly back in Ohio where we grew up from school he's scorned and blames my parents which isn't their fault."
"Dad pretty much gave up trying and my mom keeps trying especially to see her grandson but my toxic brother keeps us NC."- Wesmom2021
No Reason At All
"My ex went NC with our son."
"He kicked him out of his house when my son turned 18, even though he had medical needs and no job."
"'Dad' called to tell me that he did it, and to strongly recommend that I kick him out, too."
"Not because he had done anything wrong, just because."
"Of course I didn't, because I don't believe children are disposable objects and I couldn't see what he was supposed to learn while living on the streets and eating out of garbage cans."
"They had some sporadic contact after that until his dad remarried and moved out of state."
"Now my ex (thankfully) hasn't called in about 6 years."
"My son still lives we me because he can't work and you can't live off only $1200 in monthly disability payments."
"That man was very toxic and abusive to us and we both have PTSD from living with him."
"Knowing he won't be calling either of us ever again is a huge relief."- Xylorgos
"She was physically violent, lied, threw things at me, stole from me."
"But the final straw was she wanted my lamp and was moving out."
"I said no."
"Came back to lamp gone."
"She screams she didn't take it, how dare I accuse of her something she didn't do and called my mother and sisters to complain how I accused her of stealing."
"They called and harassed me about accusing my daughter of stealing and that I needed to apologize."
"A week later, in the garage, in the far corner under a box was the lamp."
"She admitted she did it and I still needed to apologize because she didn't steal it." - Reddit
Cutting off ties with your children, or any family member might feel like an utterly unfathomable thing to do.
Unfortunately, sometimes the first step toward forgiveness and recovery is letting go.
Have you ever had to cut someone out of your life? Let us know in the comments below.
Everybody loves to be the life of the party.
Right? Or is that just me?
A little attention during a bacchanal never hurt anybody.
I love to dance, so I focus on musical requests and lavish moves across the ballroom.
I've seen other people eat fire.
Everybody has a party trick or favor that they like to pull out for a good time.
Redditor bluewings23 wanted to hear about all the eccentric things we do at parties to keep the attention focused on us, so they asked:
"What’s your party trick?"
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"You say hello to the host, go to a corner and play with your phone for a while, then walk out the door when no one is watching and text the the host 'sorry, I have an emergency. Thank you for the invite.' Works like a charm all the time."
"If there are cherries at the function, I typically tell ppl I can tie a cherry stem into a knot, in my mouth, in under 10 seconds. I have won betting money doing this a number of times. And it's as simple as tying a knot in a cherry stem and putting I try in my cheek before ever mentioning that I can do it."
"Then I just swap 'em out and pull the one with the knot out. No one has ever noticed me take the second untied stem out of my mouth."
"I solve a Rubik's cube that I find around the house without anyone noticing, and then I never admit to solving it. Sometimes nobody notices. I'm like a crazy party animal obviously."
"My buddy used to leave an unsolved cube at parties we would go to. He would wait until he saw people messing with it, or around it and would be like 'Oh cool, can I see?' and solve it in like 10 seconds. Obviously he crushed massive amounts of sex."
“Read my friend's mind”
"Me and my friend have a trick we call 'black magic.' I leave the room, and the other partygoers tell my friend an object in the room. I then come back, and state that I can 'read my friends mind' and guess the object they told her. My friend starts listing items in the room, and I answer no until the actual object comes along."
"It usually takes people hours to figure out the trick. They think it’s always the third object, or that it has to do with intonation or a sign of sorts. So we repeat the trick excluding that tell. Makes them go nuts."
"The trick is in the name. The right object is the one mentioned after a black object."
"In college, my party trick was to fill a red Solo cup with vodka and take it as a single shot. Probably killed a bunch of brain cells doing that."
Oof. College party tricks. Yikes. I remember nothing.
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"I am double joined on most of my body, I just say 'autobots roll out' and twist my body in terrifying ways into a small cube."
Pistols at 14
"I got shot in the wrist by a jammed CO2 powered BB pistol at my 14th birthday party. We thought that we had gotten it out or it fell out but it had not and healed over quite quick. Twenty years later I have the power to hang magnets from my wrist that look like magic and set off very sensitive metal detectors!"
"Opening beer bottles and wine bottles without their typical openers. ie using an empty can or lighter to open a beer bottle or banging a bottle of wine off a wall to get the cork out. Or getting out the cork of a wine bottle that’s been pushed completely inside the bottle."
"Useful party tricks are always the best and often needed!"
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"Card tricks. It’s been years and someone still wants to know how I made their card appear."
"I often go to bonfires or scaled down versions where a fire is present. I can hold my hands in the fire for a much longer time than most people due to my job working with molten glass. It’s a fun way to shock people when you reach into the flames and grab a half burnt piece of wood or something like that. I have yet to play chicken with someone but I think it’s a credit to the people I hang out with that they aren’t dumb enough to try"
I gotta try a few of these.
Who am I kidding?
I'm too old.
Do you have any tricks that leave guests astounded? Let us know in the comments!
People Who Have Discovered A Dead Body Break Down Their Immediate Reactions
I hate death.
Mainly because I phobia of it.
So you can only imagine how I feel about dead bodies.
I fast forward over autopsy photos pop up on Dateline NBC.
I can't imagine coming across the dead randomly.
How do you recover?
And if it's a violent end that's just too much.
So who has been in this situation?
Redditor Ntoxide wanted to hear from people who have come across the dead, so they asked:
"People of Reddit who have found dead bodies what was your immediate reaction?"
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"As a nurse aide in a nursing home that happened more than I'd like to remember, and tearing up was always my immediate reaction."
"So when I was about 15 I went to school to take my final exam. I was late due to my bus being in traffic and had to walk through a few streets after getting to my stop, at around midway there this guy crossing the street gets hit by a car going 50 in a school zone (the primary school was to the side of my school). He went over the car and feel on the ground with a crack, car drives away."
"At that point I went to check it out and was already panicking he was still breathing for a while after the crash for about 5 minutes and then he just died. I called 112 and tried to explain the situation as I was hyperventilating. Apparently he had broken his spine and had a lot of internal bleeding, I did not do the exam."
"Was beside my mum's bed when she died. I just somehow knew it was close so I stayed there and waited. After her last breath, I just sat by her for a bit thinking she was now in peace and past the pain and struggle of a body that was progressively shutting down from old age. Called out for the nurse to come in and confirm she was gone."
"My dad, I found on the floor at our old family home a couple of days too late, almost five years later. Called my wife and then the authorities and sat on the front step feeling guilty, a bit lost and finally annoyed. I was angry and frustrated that he always point blank refused to have one of those medical alert pendants and I hadn't been there over the weekend. I'm still dealing with the remnants of that 15 months later."
"Found my mom's body, I was 9, I thought she was sleeping, I understood when my sisters started crying."
"That's wild. My mom died when I was 9 too, Christmas night from breast cancer. My dad just kinda walked in my room and went 'Hey, let's go downstairs.' I was still at the age where I knew she was dead but I didn't fully understand what was happening until the guys with the hearse showed up to take her body. That's a weird age to accept death at."
"I didn't realize he was dead and tried to wake the guy up gently. Honestly, I thought he was passed out drunk or high. I was about to check his pulse when two city workers came along told me not to touch him and called 911. The ambulance came, and I went to work. Never actually thought about it again until I saw this post."
Finding the dead is aways a shock to the body.
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"My first dead body was a sweet old woman. I got a phone call from her husband at 3am. Apparently she went to the living room to watch TV. I went there. Cold and unresponsive. Hugged the guy and held his hand. Called 911. Called the family. Helped out with whatever I could."
"Second one was very sweet as well. I helped someone transition peacefully and comfortably. There was an order to administer morphine every hour. Around 6am his wife told me he passed. Since he was on hospice I got to interact with them. The family was awesome."
"I was watching a movie with my girlfriend, and suddenly heard a loud crash. I used to be trained in first aid and CPR, so I jumped up and walked outside to try to see if there was anything I could do."
"I wasn't the first on the scene, but I was the first to check out if the driver was ok. I noticed that the glass on the windshield was cracked at about head height, and no seat belt was worn, nor were the airbags deployed."
"Nothing felt right, and there was a feeling of dread that I can only describe as 'empty with a side of heavy.'"
"The man was slouched over to his right, appeared to be about late 50s early 60s, and the primary thing I noticed that confused me was that his veins in his arms looked as though he was still flexing. There was nothing I could do, as there was no pulse, no breathing, and a clear traumatic brain injury that even had he been alive, it wouldn't have looked great long term."
'I love you'
"Called 911. I was hysterical. I loved her very much, and I couldn't believe she was dead. It was like a nightmare I couldn't wake up from. I tried my best to stay calm until the cops and paramedics showed up. It was one of the worst days of my life that I still replay in my mind over and over and over again."
"I flash to the disagreements we had and how many times I could have said 'I love you' more and what I could have done in the last 30 years to have changed everything. That's why saying I Love You is so important, and if something happens, call 911."
"I'm much better now, but that was one of my first reactions."
"Sailor, on one of my first patrol’s we found a dead body in the ocean. We called a man overboard and the nerves of trying to figure out who it might have been was so gut-wrenching and surreal. Turned out it was a Japanese man who had been dead for about a week just floating in the Pacific. Never learned more about it, but still think about it time to time."
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"I told the med tech, and then, because she wasn't on home health or hospice, I washed her body and teeth, brushed her hair, changed her brief, and dressed her in some nice clothes."
Saying goodbye to a person and seeing death is never easy.
Do you have any similar experiences? Let us know in the comments below.
Hiring Managers Break Down The Weirdest Things They've Ever Seen In A Job Interview
Most of us have had a few jobs in our lives, and we've learned to be on our best behavior during the job interview.
But sometimes even when we're doing our best, we might make a mistake, like blanking on the answer to a question or spilling coffee on our pants.
There are other people out there, however, with far stranger stories.
Curious, Redditor Muchachi asked:
"People who have interviewed potential new hires, what are some of the weirdest or worst things you've encountered during the interview?"
"A woman handed in her resume in person (this is an important detail for later). She seemed normal enough, looking for a part-time job. She was new to the area and was checking out opportunities. This is a grocery store she was applying to."
"She called me the day before, panicking and asking for directions to our location. It didn't seem like she knew she was talking to us as she was asking for directions to the store. (Now she was here yesterday, dropping off her resume.)"
"She called to say she was going to be late, because she forgot about an appointment."
"She called to reschedule the interview for the same time and day as the interview. She seemed to think it was a different day."
"She called asking which bus to take to the interview."
"She called to reschedule again."
"She showed up four hours early, wearing two different shoes."
"Each time she called she sounded more and more drunk. It was sad. She clearly needed help."
About Those Random Drug Tests...
"I used to be the hiring manager for a store in a mall. Our back room was pretty tiny, so we did interviews in the food court. Usually, it was pretty empty when it wasn't around lunch or dinner time so it wasn't hard to find a table that was far enough away from everyone else."
"I was midway through interviewing someone when I saw a girl I didn't recognize walking towards us."
"She came over, sat down with us, put a little white pill on the table, and said, 'Take this pill' to the guy I was interviewing."
"Then she asked if I wanted one without actually saying what it was."
"When I said no, she started asking how I knew her friend. I told her I worked at a store and was interviewing him for a job, and she just said, 'Oh cool,' and just continued to sit there."
"It took a few minutes for the guy to get it through to her that we weren't friends who met during an interview but that this was the interview that she had crashed. Once she finally got it, she picked up the pill, got up, and wandered away."
One-Way Ticket to Amazon
"Interviewing for student workers at a College Bookstore. So we got a pretty wild variety of characters, but none like Lorenzo."
"This dude comes walking into the interview in some tattered cargo shorts, a dirty White Tee, some flappy broken sandals, long mangy hair, and a scraggly beard. But the best part was the gourd. He had a good-sized gourd hanging from a hemp necklace around his neck that he was using for a water bottle."
"Now the Assistant Director and I both have a pretty solid sense of humor, and we know this interview is going to be special."
"We began asking him all the usual questions. Why do you want to work here? What were your favorite past jobs? All of which he answered really well, far beyond our expectations."
"At the end, we always had a fun question in there as well. We asked Lorenzo if he could go anywhere right now, where would he go."
"He passionately said, 'AMAZON! I would go to the AMAZON!' and got up and started dancing around the office. 'I'd go do a rain dance in the rain forest! Man, I wanna go so bad!' And then he pounded the gourd."
"Best interview ever."
"Sadly, our Executive Director flat out NO'd Lorenzo. The AD and I were tragically disappointed. We really wanted to give him the job, just to see what happened. He became a bit of a campus legend, and we really did regret not being part of his journey."
"Rumor has it that after graduation, he boarded a plane to South America and was never heard from again. Dance on, buddy! Dance on!"
"Crying. She explained that she just cries sometimes for no real reason and I accepted her explanation."
"She was a good hire. I would swing by her office and sometimes she would be in there crying and working away."
"She was a graphic designer, this was at a design firm, and she was referred by someone I trust...12 years on, she has three kids and is doing good."
No Wrong Answers... Apparently
"I wasn't on this panel, but an older man being interviewed responded to two of his questions with 'That's a stupid question' and 'You tell me, you work here.' Needless to say, he didn't get the job."
"Another man bought lunch at the time of his interview and then complained he was being disturbed when someone went to call him through."
"I have so many."
"One of my favorites was an early morning interview at a large job fair the company I had just been hired to was hosting at our local convention center. This candidate has been there the night before and completed her application and some assessments and was asked to come back in the morning to interview."
"She was DRUNK y’all. Not hungover. Hiccuping, slurring, stinking drunk. She tried to hug me rather than shake my hand."
"It was another woman and I doing the interview. She asked the candidate why she had left her last job and she said, 'Well, it’s like this, ya see. . . Me and my old man, we was getting a divorce (hiccup)... So then I started sleeping with a whole bunch of guys at the office. Then me and my old man? We got back together, and now I’m not allowed to work there no more.'"
Date For Hire
"I worked in HR (Human Resources) for a long time. I was usually the first person new hires went through for admin jobs."
"I interviewed one guy who was creepy beyond words, winking at me, biting his lip."
"At the end, he said, 'Well, I’m pretty sure I blew this interview, but would you hire me for a date?' I told him he has 30 seconds to leave before security was called."
Waiting Room Drama
"While waiting for her interview, I had a lady get into an argument on the phone with her roommate about leaving her sex toys in the dishwasher."
History Repeating Itself
"I was interviewing someone who casually mentioned that one of their dogs had died after being left in the car during her work day. She then went on to ask if we have a place where she could keep her dogs at work."
"We do not, to which she replied that that’s ok, they could stay in the car."
"We were hiring for a dog trainer position."
"I had a 24-year-old, college graduate, come into the interview with her father. I had multiple interviewees, so when I called her name and they both stood up, I told him it wasn't a group interview and he'd be in when his name was called."
"He looked at me and said, 'I'm her father. I'll be sitting in on her interview.'"
"I looked at both of them and said that wasn't happening, and he was not welcome to join us in the interview room unless he was an applicant on my list."
"He literally took her by the hand and walked her out. That was eight years ago or so, and I still think about that poor woman. I was 25 at the time and couldn't imagine that being my life."
"The one that stands out the most to me was hiring for a new computer tech. Was a nice guy, and seemed to know the basics but was clearly new to the field. When I asked if he had any questions for me his first one was, 'What is the process for transferring to a new position? I'm only applying here because there aren't any openings in accounting.'"
"Umm, yeah, dude... Tell me right away you don't really want that job and don't intend to stay at it. I just looked at him blankly for about 15 or 20 seconds and I think it dawned on him what he just did."
"The interview basically ended there and I thanked him for his time and said I wouldn't be calling. I hope he learned from that."
Not a Team Player
"I was interviewing a graduating senior for an entry-level designer position, a position that would have required her to work closely with a writing partner and less directly with an entire team."
"I asked her how she approached working in teams and she said, 'Oh, I hate working in teams. Every time I do, everyone ends up ganging up on me, so I want to work alone here.'"
"Might as well have just ended the interview then and there because that's not and never will be how advertising works."
"I pointed out her portfolio and asked her how she'd created those pieces. Hadn't she worked with a writer on the headlines or the body copy?"
"She said no, her professor let her do everything herself because she'd told him she 'refused to work with anyone.'"
" I can't remember what school she went to, but they did her a massive disservice by letting her think that was normal."
At Least They're Honest
"Not an interview, but yesterday I received a resume that said, 'I really think it's time for businesses and companies to change the way they hire everyone. I have been out of work for over four years already and it's getting ridiculous. I may have not grown up in [redacted] but I am more than qualified for all the jobs I applied for.'"
Gotta Keep Up the Gym Habit
"Not majorly weird but always stood out to me:"
"I was on the interview panel with the owner and project manager as I was in charge of training new hires."
"A guy came in wearing skinny jeans and skater trainers. Already, I know the owner is annoyed because he's a stickler for the dress code (shirt, trousers, shoes) in the office."
"His CV said he's already experienced in what we do so we asked him some basic questions about the work he's done and he gave some vague answers that didn't really explain anything or indicate any real experience."
"Partway through the interview, the owner said that I'd be training him should he be successful, and he very obviously sneered and rolled his eyes."
"At the end of the interview when asked if he had any questions, he said he likes going to the gym so he'd like two lunch breaks because of the amount of food he needs to eat and also to actually get to the gym. The owner says we can discuss that if he's successful."
"The project manager and I didn't want him but the owner said we should invite him back for the second stage competency test and asked if I could contact him because he noticed the eye-rolling."
"The owner also made a comment about him being scruffy and told me to make sure he comes dressed for work."
"I invited him back and told him exactly the sort of thing he was expected to wear."
"He turned up a week later wearing the exact same stuff from his interview. It was clear during the (quite simple) competency test that he'd barely done this type of work before, if at all."
"He also turned up with two large tubs of pasta for the competency test and stopped partway through to eat one of them despite only being there for two hours (which was supposed to be an upper limit)."
"I asked him at the end if he had any questions and he asked what other responsibilities I had because I obviously wouldn't need to spend much time training him. I sidestepped that and he repeated the question about two lunch breaks."
"The owner phoned him the next day to tell him he wasn't successful and he offered his services on a freelance basis for both work and training, even sending a follow-up email offering the same thing a few days later."
The Beginnings of a Parasocial Relationship
"I interviewed this lady who seemed okay, but we didn't hire her. Then she kept emailing me, asking questions about the job (after she knew we hired someone else), and then she emailed me asking to meet up and 'hang out.'"
While we may have made some mistakes in our interviews, these deeply cringe-worthy accounts are bound to make us feel better about the slip-ups we may have experienced.