Agitated Parents Reveal The Most Expensive Things Their Kids Have Accidentally Ruined
Let's be honest. We love children. They're cut and small and when you need tiny hands to reach down into the couch to get the remote, they're readily available. However, there's that darker side of children that stressed out parents will happily share to listening ears. Reddit user, r/Emerson2West, found some of the worst stories when they asked:
Parents of Reddit, what is the most expensive thing your child has accidentally ruined?
1. MacBook Puke
Not exactly ruined. I was on a Skype call introducing my dad to his new born granddaughter and she throws up all over the new MacBook Pro.
I cleaned it up and kept it off for a few days. I thought it was fried for sure but it turned on. Backlight was patchy and smelled funny for some time. Renamed it to Mac n Cheese. Surprisingly still works 7 years later. Fangpyre
2. A New Cut
20 years ago my friend's young son was making puzzles and he cut up his father's original Star Wars a New Hope 1977 poster. His father told me he had to shrug it off because his son didn't know any better.
Best punishment served cold - the son is now a young Star Wars fan and he would do anything to own that poster he himself ruined. The_Rowan
3. Wait, So, That's Not Where They Go?
The stereo in our minivan quit working. After a little troubleshooting, we found 25 pennies shoved in the CD slot. virtually_toothless
4. They Need To See The Truth
When she was six months old, she was sitting in my lap playing with some toy. She suddenly got really excited and flailed her arms up. Her fingernail dug deep into my eye.
Three surgeries later, I still can barely see out of that eye, and it's visibly screwed up too (not egregiously, but if you look me in the eye my pupil is clearly more oval than circle).
And needless to say, I won't be telling her about this until she's an adult at the earliest, and even then only if she asks. Euthy
5. How Do We Know It Wasn't Barbie?
When I was a kid, my mother lost her diamond wedding ring. She was devastated. A decade later, while cleaning things up for a garage sale, we found it jammed in the toilet of my Barbie house. sugarcunts
6. Dory Went To That Fish Tank In The Sky
We had a 90g salt water tank with easily upwards of $3k worth of coral, fish... I went to work a night shift and my son unplugged everything for the night my husband didn't notice
Everything was dead in the morning, and the house smelled lovely. Cathyg_99
7. Then They Shouldn't Call It 'Cherry' Wood!
My dad ordered a brand new, beautiful cherry wood kitchen table set. On the day it was delivered, my sister walked up to it and bit the wood. Parents still have the table, table still has little kid bite marks. leaning_tower_of
8. Consider Them Snacks For Later
My grandpa was in the navy and when he took his youngest son (my uncle) onto a ship for a tour, my uncle wandered away for a little bit. They found him dropping Whoppers (the candy, not the burger) into whatever openings he could find. Supposedly, despite the crew working tirelessly to find them all, they'd still hear whoppers rolling around for years to come. QueenSkunky
9. You Can Almost Feel The Pain In Each Word Typed
My Son watched me windex the windows one day while cleaning. When I put the spray bottle down he picked it up and soaked two flat screen tv's down.
It got sprayed so much some seeped in behind the screen and ran down the inside. ????
They still work, but have funny vertical lines that are permanently distorted. almaklages
10. Ships Ahoy!
When I was about 4 or 5 I destroyed our upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I had this little blue bath toy whale, and I had told my mom before that I wanted it to go to the ocean, so one night we were going out to dinner with my aunt and uncle. I go to the bathroom before leaving and put the sink stopper on and my little whale in the sink. When we come home we can hear running water the upstairs bathroom floor which was the downstairs bathroom ceiling had collapsed and there was a waterfall coming from upstairs. Direwolf007
11. Maybe He Was Working On Those Motor Functions?
My brother ripped earrings out of both my mother's ears when he was a baby. He did one, then the other a few days later. I guess the cosmetic surgery to fix it was expensive and insurance didn't cover it. Don't wear big earrings when you're holding a baby, ladies. ryan_503
12. At Least The Parent's Honest About It
Our brand new flat screen TV. He was two and threw his toy truck at it...obliterated.
Never wanted to disown him more than in that moment...Gruppstar3
13. Keep Her Away From The Toaster...
My sister destroyed not one, but two blenders by leaving a spoon in them before turning them on. The explosions were impressive. Gneissisnice
14. Never Buy A TV When You Have Kids
When I was about 5, I had a fascination with magnets and I had quite a few of them and I played with them a lot. I had heard several times from my parents to not put the magnets by the tv and of course, my 5 year old brain registered that as "Definitely put the magnets by the tv". So when they were out of the house I put one on the screen and it became discolored, I thought it was cool and dragged it across the tv some. I quickly found out that the color doesn't come back when you turn the tv on and off
Had to get a new tv and I got in quite a bit of trouble. waynelo4
15. What A Jerk...
My 18 month old shoved my Surface off a table and it shattered on the floor. You know how cats like to knock things off tables just for the hell of it? Just like that. He looked so damn proud of himself, too. DreamsOfSnow
16. Rock Wash
I was washing my van one day 3 years ago and my two year old decided to help wash the other side.....with rocks. Scratched right down to the primer. ThMickXXL
17. That's Not What That's For...
Using a ski pole I scratched the f-word in to the side of my dad's old air-cooled vw pickup. about 12" high letters. I was aghast when I realized what I had done, figured the remedy was to try to scratch the word out. Probably 8 yo at the time, right around the time I thought I would see what would happen if I peed on an electric fence. corn_sugar_isotope
18. Crayons ARE Art
Not a parent but I was on a cruise ship and they have art auctions with free champagne so lots of people just go for the drinks. Anyways this feral family came in all loud and let their kids run free, only one of their kids had crayons and drew on a $15,000 painting. [username deleted]
19. When Trains Are More Important Than Your Life
When I was about 3 or 4 back in 1997, my dad left the house for an afternoon and my mom was busy downstairs. Well my dad had set up a massive, and I mean covering an entire room massive, model train set. Everything was intricately laid out, and the track went on forever. When my dad got back home, I had disassembled it all. I'm not talking pulling the tracks apart, I broke apart every little thing I possibly could. The whole track was in thousands of pieces.
It wasn't the most expensive thing in the world, but god damn did he love that model train set. Tonninc
20. Good Times, Indeed
A microwave - I fried its brain - back in the late 1970's. My parents had saved up for their first fancy new J.C. Penny-branded microwave. I want to recall that it was close to $400, which in 1970's money is a heck of a lot of cash to spend on a small appliance. The delivery person had just set it up on a table and left. Apparently, microwave delivery was a thing back then. All of its accessories were still laid out. At that time, it came with a meat temperature probe because people thought it was a good idea to actually cook real food in a microwave. The probe had a quarter-inch mono plug on one end (think of an electric guitar cord), a wire, and a long five-inch pointy meat-jabby thing on the other end. Being a small child of about five, I opened the door, saw the potential to insert tab A into slot B and went about it. Well, it turns out the meat-jabby part of the probe should not be inserted into the port in the microwave because the whole thing quickly went poof and subsequently was dead. There is some debate if I was holding onto the metal part of the probe when this happened because I could have been dead too.
Good times. BrandonSat
21. Seriously, Kids Are The Worst...
-One son destroyed a video camera when I left it on top of a speaker with the cord connected to the TV and he pulled it down. (my fault)
-My daughter flushed my college ring down a toilet.
-My other son tried out my hammer on the hood of my car
-Put a nail in the floppy drive of my computer. This back when drives were expensive (early 80s). I think it cost me $250 dollars back then. Evolved_1