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People Share The Best Examples Of 'It's Expensive To Be Poor'

People Share The Best Examples Of 'It's Expensive To Be Poor'
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It's actually really ridiculously expensive to be poor - an unfortunate truth that a lot of people are learning firsthand this year. There are even some among us who are too poor to be able to afford to work.

We know, it sounds like a complete contradiction; but it's a reality for a shockingly large number of people.

One Reddit user asked:

What's your example of "it's expensive to be poor"?

and yeah ... poverty is complicated.

Fees On Fees On Fees

Overdraft fees. Oh, you ran out of money? We'll just charge you more then!

- VonSnapp

My bank just switched our free checking to an account with a monthly fee. $7.00 a month if your account goes under $10. So if it goes under $10 they basically just help themselves to your remaining balance? It really chaps my behind.

- ComprehensiveSet902

While charging overdraft fees they also want to charge you fees for your debit payments failing - each one. But they failed cause the bank processed them started with the biggest payment instead of the order you spent and each fee lowers your balance till the last one also fails.

- MyPacman

NSF fees too. Juggling bills becomes hazardous. If you guess wrong, or lose track, or have a sudden emergency, or someone cashes a check you thought they'd already done, or an automatic withdrawal (which got me the most frequently). The payment gets refused, which, sure, if the money's not there of course the bill isn't paid. But then the company charges you an NSF fee, and so does the bank, and the bill you already weren't able to pay just got 50-100$ more expensive.

- Mjolinirsbear

The Differences

In the past 10 years, I've gone from borderline poverty to being upper middle class. Here are some of the differences:

- An overdraft/late fee could be as much as 10% of my savings account. Now it's a drop in a bucket, and having white collar job, means I know how to effectively negotiate to have fees waived.

- When you're broke you can only afford cheap products that break easily, Now I buy quality products that are built to last for years.

- Expensive dinners are completely out of the question when you're broke. Now I frequently eat great (And healthy!) meals because my job pays for lunches and dinners.

- When I was broke I had to purchase expensive equipment to learn my craft so that I could get a job. Now I my job pays me to use my equipment.

- Broke people have to pay for an expensive education to get a good job. Many people with good jobs are encouraged to take classes at the expense of the employer.

- People with good paying jobs can be 10 minutes late for work without fear that they will lose their job. If I have a good excuse, like my car breaks down, I can literally not show up for work for the day, get paid, and receive a heartfelt message from colleges offering support.

- Things like expensive booze and other luxury items are something you want when you are poor. When you work a high paying job, these sort of things are frequently gifted to you from bosses/co-workers and sometimes it becomes a hassle of trying to get rid of nice things you don't need (I end up giving away, re-gifting or donating a lot of stuff).

- When you are broke, it's hard to find a good paying job. When you have a good paying job, you are seen as a valuable and you will receive multiple job offers.

A few things that are new to me that I find weird about having money:

- Expensive clothes fall apart so fast, like the fabric will start to dull after a 3rd wash. I had an Old Navy shirt that easily lasted 20 years and never faded.

- Expensive things take up so much time and can be such a hassle to care for. Like fountain pens, nice wooden kitchen utensils, Linen place settings, etc.

- -CoreyJ-



Better shoes last longer before they need to be replaced. But they cost to much for me to afford them, leaving me with sub-par shoes that need to be replaced more often.

It's not easy staying healthy on a tiny budget. I stay fat. Shoes wear out. It's expensive for my body.

- [Reddit]

Definitely true irl. I wear duty boots every shift I work. When I was new I couldn't afford anything other than a cheap pair of $80 boots. My feet froze in the winter, sweated in the summer, and they weren't really waterproof. That first pair lasted me about 10 months, and that was a stretch.

I managed to scrimp and save for a $300 pair of Danners and that pair lasted me nearly a decade, kept my feet warm in the winter, didn't make them sweat much in the summer, and kept my feet dry in standing water up to about 6" deep. When they wore out, I sent them back to Danner to be refurbished about about $120 and have gotten another 7 years and counting out of them.

- Obwyn


Housing. The longer you commit to stay, the lower your monthly price. But poor people don't always know where they'll be in a few months time, especially these days.

- SPP_TheChoiceForMe

Oh man, got a really good look at that recently. Me and my fiancee wanted to move to a new house, and we didn't know how long it would take to sell the old one and find one we liked, so we rented an apartment in the meantime.

They had really flexible leases, with durations from 6-15 months, different prices for the same apartment.

We calculated the cost of breaking the lease at different times together with the cost of each lease, and found that even if we moved at exactly 6 months, it would be cheaper to sign a 15 month lease and pay the penalty than to sign a 6 month lease.

Moving at pretty much any point would be cheapest to sign the 15 month lease and break it (I think at 10 months, it would be very slightly cheaper to have signed a 10 month lease). Funnily enough, we ended up moving after 6 months, but we still made the cheaper choice with the 15 month lease.

- ka36

The Breakdown

car trouble vintage GIFGiphy

Not being able to afford routine car maintenance and then having to shell out thousands when it breaks down

- Grass-Content

Nothing like having to push your car off an intersection because it suddenly died and won't restart, never mind if you were on your way to school, work or similar. It's a great way to lose your job.

- MyPacman

This. THIS! THIS THIS THIS. And having a flat tire every other week because you can't afford new ones. Spending ten bucks a pop to have your old tires patched when a new one (for your cheap little clunker car) costs $85 but you can't afford that because you've spent ten bucks a week for the last six months getting patches.

- Pokey1984


Coin laundry :(

- camriver

I'm feeling this one.

My washing machine went kerplooey two weeks ago. I finally broke down and went to the only laundromat in my rural county.

$4.25 to wash each load, $1.75 to dry each load. I spent twenty bucks doing three loads of laundry.

That's $480 a year to load up my stuff and take it to a communal laundromat, during a pandemic. Holy f*ck I miss my washing machine.

- SuperTurnip

Or to put it another way, and really drive home the "expensive to be poor" aspect, in a year you'll have spent enough money to buy a brand new washing machine, without getting the washing machine.

And that's not counting the time spent there. At home you can multitask while the laundry's going.

- CommodoreBelmont

Can't Afford Health

So I'm in the US and it's "Open Enrollment" I've been looking at health insurance plans for a few weeks now. Here's my best option, as a 36-year-old single white woman with no health problems.

$235 per month (discount because I'm low-income) premium. $85 co-pay for normal doctor's visit. $145 if the doctor treats something in-office. I pay any in-office supplies that were used out of pocket. $13,000 deductible. Insurance pays 40% of hospital visits and overnight stays. Separate $7000 deductible for prescriptions. Zero dental or vision care.

Guys, I make between $800 and $900 per month. That's a quarter of my income as a premium alone. Which would be great, except if I pay the premium, I don't have any money left over for the co-pay, so I literally can't afford to both buy the policy and use it.

When I absolutely have to see a doctor I drive a couple hours to a clinic that offers huge discounts for people who self-pay. They are actually a god-send for things like sinus infections and strep throat. I had pneumonia a couple of years ago and not only did they give me the "self pay discount," making my office visit just $35, but they also found "office samples" of an albuterol inhaler and steroids, meaning all I had to buy was an antibiotic from the walmart $4 list.

I also drive an hour and a half to a Planned Parenthood clinic for my annual exam and things like that. They charge on a "pay what you can" scale. I figure out how to get by, mostly. But if anything big ever goes wrong or I develop a chronic health problem in the future, I'm gonna be so screwed it's not even funny.

I really need an eye exam as my glasses are giving me headaches, which means my prescription has changed again. And forget getting my teeth fixed, which is actually my biggest problem right now. There's no help for things like that. The healthcare situation just sucks.

- Pokey1984

Freebies For The Rich?

An inverse example is all the things rich/well-paid people get for free:

paid vacation days, gym/pool in your building, company cell phone allowance, commute reimbursement, retirement match and investing advice, paid lunches and travel, education opportunities, ability to participate in investment opportunities, references to even more highly paid jobs, etc etc.

- BurtReebus

It is definitely frustrating when I hear about rich celebrities getting giftbags with tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in them. That is just silly.

- AbandonAllHope



Everyone always argues "it's cheaper to eat healthy! Buy X, Y, Z in bulk, check A, B, and C specialty grocery stores, meal prep and freeze for the week, grow your own produce!" But these sorts of solutions really require a base level of wealth to begin with. Not a ton of wealth. If you're lower-middle class but still ending up in the red because you eat out too much, you can probably (probably) use these tips to cut your food budget enough to make a difference. But to do these things you need:

  • to live in a place with easy access to many different places to buy food (conventional groceries, discount groceries, big box stores, farmers markets, ethnic groceries, and bulk retailers)
  • a car, or very, very reliable public transportation and strong arms
  • time to travel to all these places to bargain hunt
  • a kitchen that has all the appliances to cook and store these items, and space for bulk foods in both a pantry and freezer
  • time to prepare these foods daily, or meal prep
  • the money to buy these things up front in bulk
  • the money to pay for a bulk shopping membership up front
  • the space, materials, and time to grow a significant amount of food

  • When you live in a food desert, like many inner cities and rural areas, pick-and-choose grocery shopping is not an option. When you don't have a car or live a very short distance from the store, buying more than an armful of groceries is not an option. When you work multiple jobs to pay rent, spending many hours per week on shipping or food prep isn't an option. When you live in an efficiency apartment, complex cooking and infinite food storage isn't an option. When you don't have a surplus of money this very minute, buying in bulk isn't an option. When you live in an apartment, or a desert, or an urban house with a concrete backyard, or a place that is a snowy tundra 6 months out of the year, growing a garden isn't an option.

    Plus, everyone gives this advice assuming a single adult or a two-adult, no kids household. But not everyone eating dollar menu and ramen noodles is a broke single college kid in a dorm blowing their allowance on beer then crying poverty. Children complicate all of this even further. So people end up buying dollar menu because it's Tuesday, payday is Friday, and they quite literally have $10 to their names to feed themselves and their kids. They could buy apples, but apples won't keep the the hunger pains away.

    - TerribleAttitude


    I used to think that Costco was good for bulk sales

    My son founded a food charity and we started applying for business licenses. Guy mentioned a wholesaler to me.

    My son and I went to the wholesaler and he had 200lb pallets of pork shoulder for pulled pork- which my son needs- for $140! 200 lbs of food, which my son uses to feed like 500 homeless people- for $140.

    Or like 1000 chicken legs in cases for $0.29 per lb. something like $80 for 1000 chicken legs.

    Can you imagine if you were dead broke and spent $80 on 1000 chicken legs- you could eat for 6 months. Working with real food wholesalers is so much crazier than anything I expected.

    It's the set up for all of that - the ability to move pallets, have a huge deep freezer that all has to be there first. You're not going to have that if you're poor.

    I remember there were these cabbages, like $20 for 40 cabbages. A guy was buying like 80 cabbages to make cole slaw for his restaurant. He could spin that into profit and make money.

    I just felt like buying them and giving them to poor families. People have no idea how much more they're really paying than what food actually costs.

    - BaseballCollector

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    Things That Are Killing Dating In The Modern Age

    Reddit user princeflare asked: 'What do you think is the true killer of modern dating?'

    We can all agree that, while it's supposed to be fun, navigating the dating scene is hard.

    But since the world has never before seen the technological tools it has at its disposal now, never before will we have seen how this technology could impact our relationships.

    But it goes much deeper than people sitting in the same room with each other while only engaging with their screens.

    Seeming to be getting fed up with the dating scene, Redditor princeflare asked:

    "What do you think is the true killer of modern dating?"

    No Third Places Left

    "A lot of commenters are saying "dating apps" but I think that misses the mark. The true culprit is the loss of community and, as someone else mentioned, the Third Place. We wouldn't need dating apps if people were still able to meet organically as much as we used to."

    - RedOliphant

    Fear of Being Approached

    "A lot of women nowadays freak out if asked out even organically. A friend and I were at the bar a bit before the pandemic and we were having a good time and started talking with a mixed group near us. Eventually, groups merged and we were all having fun."

    "We ended up having a lot of conversations with two of the girls in that group. One went to the bathroom and the other right after she left was all like, 'You should totally ask out my friend,' and all that."

    "Fast forward through the night, and eventually, we are playing pool, and that girl and I are kinda in the corner by ourselves, so I asked her for her number."

    "She just freaked out, like, 'I gotta get out of here' style freakout."

    "We hung out for like two hours, laughed together multiple times, we're were in public place near people she knows, we had a small bit of physical contact initiated by her, her friend thought I should ask her out, I didn't do it within earshot of everyone to not put her on the spot, etc. I very much can't imagine a scenario where I could make someone more comfortable beforehand."

    "I'm married now to a great woman but when you try off dating apps and it's looking like the stars aligned and you get that response, it's just like, what the h**l is wrong with people."

    - ThatOtherOneReddit

    "Wow, just when you think the signs couldn’t be any clearer, she pulled a complete 180."

    "Glad you ended up finding someone good, though."

    - SleeplessShinigami

    What (True Crime Podcasts) Heck?

    "Is it crazy to link the explosion to true crime content and it largely being consumed by women to their fear of an organic dating scene in the last 20 years?"

    "I’ve heard some crazy stats about women EATING up true crime content which can induce paranoia, I listened to that s**t for a summer and couldn’t look behind myself at night as a 6’2 male, lol (laughing out loud). Terrible and anxiety-causing stuff."

    - Mositesophagus

    "Dude, not at all crazy to link it all together. I actually had to have a small intervention with my ex-girlfriend a couple years ago because all she listened to was podcasts about murder... etc. and she was becoming so insecure and anxious, and it absolutely was changing her personality and sense of safety."

    "We even had a similar talk about following nothing but Instagram models… things like that will completely warp your view of the world."

    - DaUnionBaws

    "Not crazy at all. Studies have shown that watching crime dramas, the news, and true crime type stuff can all lead to unrealistic perceptions on how dangerous the world actually is."

    - DumatRising

    Too Many Options

    "The true killer of modern dating is the paradox of choice, where endless options often lead to indecision and commitment issues."

    - Isabella_XS

    "It's amusingly called a frictionless market. There's no cost in continuing to look for the 'perfect' partner, so people skip over the good matches they could build a happy life with."

    "I wanted to add: There seems to be some confusion about what the costs are, and what the side-effects of this scenario are. In a non-frictionless market, there's a cost in time and effort to continue looking."

    "For example, if you're looking for a perfect apple, and you can't find it in your store, you drive to store after store. That costs time, gas, etc., costs that you don't have in online dating, because to continue looking is just another swipe on the dating app. So there's no deterrent to continue looking because to continue looking is 'free.'"

    "The side-effects are around failure to have successful relationships, emotional costs due to frustrated expectations and relationships."

    - CreakyBear

    Lack of Shared Experiences

    "Call me old-fashioned, but it’s the complete lack of mystique, in my opinion. Part of the fun of dating pre-internet was learning about a person and getting to know them through conversation and shared experience."

    "We are more connected than ever before but there is a loneliness epidemic happening. It all seems so cheap and seedy nowadays."

    - Due-Explanation6717

    "I'd add getting to know them by actually talking to them instead of sleuthing around to find stuff about their life."

    - Vivid-Ears

    "Totally agreed. Shared experiences are such a huge factor, and nobody wants to give anyone time anymore."

    - kkc0722

    Level Up: Dating Gamification

    "The gamification of swiping left or right on hundreds of profiles based off of two-second first impressions, typing one-word messages, and then ghosting them or unmatching because you’re bored. Not treating them like actual humans. There’s always a new profile to move onto."

    "I say this as someone who literally met their current spouse on Tinder, but online dating apps are (for the most part) very demoralizing. I couldn’t wait to get off the app and meet up in person to have a real human connection."

    - hobbitybobbit

    "This really rings true to me. I was already with my husband when dating apps took off. I vividly remember watching some friends check their apps and just saying, 'Nope, nope, ew, doesn’t make enough money, too short, nope.' It was all based on their immediate impression of the photo and bio."

    "Then they’d start messaging someone and obsessing over exactly what to say, how quickly to reply, what did the other person mean by that. There was so much analysis and decision-making before they ever met someone in person."

    "I know several couples who met online and have great relationships, so it can work for some people, but I know many more who have struggled with online dating."

    - packofkitens

    "I think this is definitely it. My husband and I met on Tinder, but he doesn't even have social media, and I only use it to post big things like our wedding and literally nothing else. So not avidly. Our first date was like five days after we matched and moving off the app to meeting in person definitely changes the dynamic and trust and should be done as soon as possible."

    "Social media is a killer of interpersonal connections and has created a shallow society."

    - IAmOnTheRunAndGo

    Getting Paid to Date... or... Paying... to Date... Wait, What?

    "If we consider that modern dating is largely just online dating at this point."

    "Then the clearcut killer of modern dating to me is monetization. A decade ago Tinder was AWESOME. It was very easy to match with people, land dates, and participate in hook-up culture if you wanted to. OKCupid was fun and based on personality, lifestyle, and chemistry. Bumble was a decent alternative to Tinder."

    "Then they all I think got bought out by one company and all started to care more about profit than purpose."

    "Bumble, you get like ten likes a day max. Sometimes five. It’s inconsistent."

    "Tinder you have a ton of bots and ads and spam accounts. You have to pay money to access the same features that you got for free before."

    "OkCupid went away with their great formula and went for a swipe feature instead and now it sucks."

    "Hinge could be good but it locks away the most essential, basic filters for finding suitable dates behind a paywall."

    - StayWinning100x

    Work-Life-Dating Balance

    "Work-life balance. People are too tired or too broke to go out and do things. Any spare time and you are just too tired to want to do anything. This is how dating apps took off and led to objectification and judging people in five seconds."

    - AShadowinthedark

    "Yeah. It’s so exhausting to do anything after work. Friday is just recovering Saturday is the day to do everything and Sunday is for preparation for the week. How can you get the time to get to know new people?"

    - beholderost

    "Oh gosh, I thought I was alone in this! The couple of times I have started seeing someone I end up completely overwhelmed because I never get a day to just do nothing. I’m too tired during the week, so would have to cram seeing family, and friends, and going on a date on a weekend. I feel much more relaxed single."

    "I wish I could’ve met someone in school where it seems like it was much easier to see them during the week."

    - OrangeTree81

    The Search for Perfection

    "The fact that, thanks to a steady diet of social media and brain-dead entertainment, everybody seems to think that they deserve a partner that checks all the items in their cartoonishly unrealistic list of requisites while at the same time they, at their best, would have basically f**k all to offer their fantastical ideal partner in return. And odds are they're not at their best anyway, so they have even less than f**k all to offer."

    "And to top it off, everybody seems to think that this imaginary ideal partner should put in all the work and effort in the relationship, including pursuing them before the relationship even starts, while they sit back and do, well, f**k all."

    - Tough_Stretch

    "'You’re not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense, this girl you met isn’t, either. The question is, whether or not you’re perfect for each other...' I think that quote is what people miss."

    - Believeland99

    The Need to Share

    "Social media and dating apps. How on earth is not broadcasting your life a red flag? To me, that is a neon green flag."

    "The last place I would look for love is on an app. Maybe I am old-fashioned... the instant filtering is just plain weird."

    - sporks_and_forks

    Increased Opportunities to Cheat

    "I've been cheated on in every relationship I’ve ever been in because of Instagram and Snapchat, obviously not 'because,' but they make cheating a lot easier and seemingly less 'painful,' which it’s not."

    "I’m sick and tired of this s**t, man. I just want a loyal woman in my life, I’m tired of being f**king hurt. All my friends have been cheated on at least once, some physically and most on social media. Mine all of the above. So tired of it, for real, man."

    "Where the f**k did true, loyal, adorable love go?"

    - Critical-Balance2747

    Knowing Your Worth

    "I would say egos, and people that think they have a high perceived value to the point they feel like others should bend over backwards to be in their presence."

    - halle1111

    "I've been saying this for years. The phrase 'know your worth' is ingrained into everybody nowadays, but nobody is willing to have a frank conversation with themselves about what they are worth."

    - Beneficial-Cucumber

    Too Many Main Characters for One Story

    "Main Character Syndrome."

    - Logical-Wasabi7402

    "I came here to say this, you know, one NPC (Non-Player Character) to another."

    - Tight-Context9426

    One Word: Escapism

    "I mean, life in general. But getting more specific, I'd say escapism. Social media, gaming, drugs and alcohol. It's all a way to escape reality and while it feels good in the moment, it takes you away from the process of growing as a person and growing with another person."

    "It causes resentment, contempt, f**ks with insecurities, and has shifted the point of partnership from PARTNERSHIP to access. We're all traumatized and we're all running from something."

    - ProduceDue7659

    We Just Need a Nap

    "We're tired, boss. Just plain worn out, burnt out, run down tired. Work-life balance is dead, society is mentally draining, and literally everything worth doing costs money. When the h**l are you supposed to meet that person when you get home from work and immediately go to bed so you can be up at 4:30 A.M. to do it again tomorrow?"

    - Nkechinyerembi

    "This is everything, buddy. I feel this and I don't see my self getting married and for sure not having kids. I don't want to introduce a new life into a decaying world that refuses to fix its older generations' mistakes. This whole attitude of 'I will be dead before it effects me' f**king sucks."

    - pixelsandfilm

    It's totally understandable that each generation, with its own priorities and relationship with technology, will see a shift in how their social lives look.

    All of that being said, it's still surprising how extensive of a reach technology and social media now have in our dating lives, going from people not really knowing how someone looks until seeing their in-person... to hardly ever have the opportunity to see them in-person anyway.

    Stack of lego building blocks
    Photo by Xavi Cabrera on Unsplash

    It's not uncommon for certain products to end up being used for purposes different than their initial intention.

    Cotton swabs, or Q-tips, are the prime example, as nearly all who buy them use them to clean earwax from their ears despite the box expressly warning customers not to.

    Then there are the products made for specific customers but whose clientele proves to be quite different from their initial target market.

    Specifically, things or experiences intended for children but primarily enjoyed by adults, ruining any excitement the young folk may have had about them.

    Redditor opposeThem was curious to hear about all the things magic grown-ups stole away from children, leading them to ask:

    "What was meant for kids but adult consumers hijacked it and ruined it?"

    Who Doesn't Need Something Soft And Cuddly Every Now And Then...


    "People trying to resell these literal stuffies 3x the price online."- sighcommagroan

    Seems Like They Were Looking For The Wrong Kind Of Bears...

    "Build A Bear."

    "As a former employee I don't care if you came in and bought some stuff animals."

    "Hell, there's some cool ones like Pokémon."

    "HOWEVER, just cuz I worked there doesn't mean I have a whole collection myself and watch every show and movie that's partnered with the company."

    "Yes I was an adult man working at a stuffed animal store."

    "Yes I bought a couple Pokémon for myself."

    "'No I don't wanna hear another grown man passionately talk to me about My Little Pony and PLEASE I DON'T WANT TO SEE A CUTIE MARK TATTOO YOU HAVE ON YOUR A** CHEEK EVEN IF THERE'S NO KIDS IN THE STORE CURRENTLY."- That_Guy_Pen

    Fun Can't Be Forced

    "After school hobbies!"

    "Around the age of 47, I decided to pick up guitar again."

    "So I went to a local school and enrolled as an adult."

    "I would see parents harassing their kids and berating them for not being better."

    "I think the majority of them have lost the idea that extracurricular activities are too help your child out of their shell and also to have fun."

    "Not to make them a professional of any sort or the best of the best of the best."- BisquickNinja

    I Mean, They Are Pretty Cute

    "Minions."- aprairiehocompanion

    "I remain baffled as to how and why minions, of all things, became the thing of choice for unfunny boomer memes."- moonbunnychan

    Collect Them All... To Sell Them Later...

    "Every card hobby."

    "It’s literally just about prices now."- lol022

    "Pokémon Cards."

    "Scalpers were so down horrendous they were raiding McDonald's during the pandemic."- Sol-Blackguy

    ash ketchum pokemon GIFGiphy

    Silly Rabbit...

    "Trix."- Dont-ask-me-ever

    "When I was a kid I felt so bad for that rabbit."

    "I still don’t understand the idea behind that marketing campaign."

    "Was it- being greedy and mean is hilarious."

    "Buy our cereal?

    "Just give the bunny some cereal you sadistic little sh*ts."

    "They ran an ad for a little while that was a campaign that allowed you to vote on whether or not the rabbit would get some Trix."

    "I think you had to mail in a box top with your vote or something."

    "I voted 'share' with all of my sensitive little heart."

    “'Greed' won by a landslide."

    "That’s when I first became disillusioned with voting and people in general."- Iamtevya

    You Can Keep The House, But You Can't Take My Babies...

    "Beanie Baby collectors."- bigredthesnorer

    " [A] photo of a divorcing couple dividing their beanie baby collection in court always makes me laugh."

    "So ridiculous that people thought they were like stocks."- Delores_Herbig

    Beanie Babies GIF by HBO MaxGiphy

    Influencer Culture...


    "Parents who film their kid’s lives for likes and subs are sh*tty."- da_predditor

    The Edward Vs. Jacob Fued Will Never End...

    "YA books."

    "I'm an adult that reads them."

    "But the characters are TEENAGERS."

    "People get upset that teenagers act like teenagers, in books targeted at... you guessed it, teenagers."- PumpkinPieIsGreat

    So Much For Love Of The Game...

    "Youth sports."

    "When I was a kid 30 years ago, you’d have a practice or 2 a week plus a game on Saturday."

    "Then if you loved sports, you’d get together with buddies in your ample free time and mess around playing super fun pick up games."

    "Now, many kids are having full weekend tournaments like every weekend."

    "And tons of practices.'

    "They rarely have the free time to just play with their friends for the fun of it."

    'Sure they are better athletes than we were, but are they better off?"- omgphilgalfond

    homer simpson pitcher GIFGiphy

    Can You Say "Re-Sale?"...

    "Pretty much any kids' toy."

    "The scalpers are working harder than ever to f*ck it up."

    "Video games?'


    "Pokémon/whatever is popular cards?"


    "Lego sets?"

    "Check as f*ck."

    "Fuzzy egg furby like critters?"

    "Check check."

    "If scalpers can leech money out of people with it, they'll do it."- chris14020

    Car Salespeople Can Be Ruthless...

    "Hot wheels."- Snow-Dog2121

    "Worst memory I have of comic con."

    "An exhibitor gave a kid what must’ve been an exclusive at their booth."

    "Grown men rushing and crowding the kid pressuring him to sell his toy."

    "His parents moved him away promptly but I imagine he was shaken up by the experience."

    "Went from a cool moment of unexpectedly getting a toy to grown weirdos getting in his face."- Dwike2

    Where To Even Begin?

    "Harry Potter vibrating broomstick."- PursuitTravel

    "I have one found at Goodwill about 11 years ago."

    "I'm a big HP fan, and I was excited to buy it."

    'I realized it turned on, and I was hoping for cool sound effects, I was disappointed it only vibrated."

    "I remember looking it up online just to check out info on it and found out why it was discontinued shortly after its release, thought never occurred to me until then."- Necranissa

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    One has to wonder how the manufacturers or marketing departments feel about these alternative uses?

    Sadly, one can only guess that as long as they are turning a profit, they couldn't care less...

    The stupidity and ignorance of some people can be flat-out flabbergasting. Do they live under a rock? Were they dropped on their head as a child? You’ll be asking these same questions after you read these stories. These are more than simple “push on the pull door” moments, as Redditors in the service industry tell stories of clueless customers who left them puzzled, perplexed and perturbed.

    This Ship Has Sailed

    person sitting front of laptopPhoto by Christin Hume on Unsplash

    This is a conversation I had with one customer trying to buy something online. “Hello, I made an online order and I see that you've charged me the shipping cost twice.” “Hmm, that's weird, let me check. No, I see that it's the right amount, sir.” “You’re wrong, I've made two orders and I've already paid the shipping cost for the first one. I shouldn't have to pay twice.”

    “Oh, I see! You've made two orders, sure, we can make it one package and only charge you once for the shipping, but can you tell me the order numbers for your orders, because the system shows me that you've only placed one today.” This is where it unraveled.“Yeah, the second one was not placed today.” “When was it placed, sir?”

    “I don't know, like three or four months ago, but still, I've paid for the shipping cost before. Why would I have to pay again?”


    The Price Of Ignorance

    This is a dialogue I had to have with a grown adult. It was a man who was looking to purchase a shirt in our store. He pointed at the price tag on a shirt and said, "Excuse me, what do these numbers represent? I said, "The numbers right after the dollar sign?" He said, "Yes.” "That's the price of the shirt." "Oh, I see! Thank you!" At least he was friendly.


    The Usual Suspects

    During high school, I worked at a grocery store that also offered home delivery. Several times daily, I would have people calling in to ask for “the usual.” It was a fairly small store so we didn't have any systems to keep a history on customers, so we had to ask for their address as well. Half the time they would refuse to give it because "it's in the system."


    Sense Of Entitlement

    I worked at a college and had conversations with helicopter parents that went like this: The parent would ask, “Can you look up the transactions on my child’s account and send them to me?” “Nope.” “Why not?” “Because your child is an adult and we protect their privacy.” Their response was always unsettling. “I’m their parent. They don’t need privacy from me!”

    “That’s between you and your child. The laws protect their privacy from everyone, including their parent.” “I’m their guardian and entitled to this information!” “Without a court order, 18-year-olds (or 22-year-olds for that matter) do not require guardians.” “I’m going to report this to the Dean!” “Please do, as it will let them know I’m doing my job.”


    Novel Expectations

    I had a woman one time use our computers to place a hold on a book that was on the shelf at another library, then come to the desk five minutes later to ask for it. I had to explain to her that the books don't just magically appear from other libraries, they get driven over after the holds get pulled. She seemed genuinely confused that someone wouldn't drive it over right away.


    Idea Doesn’t Mix

    woman wearing brown apronPhoto by Steven Cleghorn on Unsplash

    I worked as a waitress for eight years. I had a patron order a salad with oil and vinegar as the dressing. I brought the salad to the table and asked if anyone needed anything else. Everyone was happy and I went on my way. A couple of minutes later, I got that hand signal “Please get over here” style. I come over and ask how everything is going. That's when I heard the dumbest question of my life.

    No joke, my patron asked me why the oil and vinegar weren’t mixing. I did my best to explain the reason why oil and vinegar hate each other. But she wasn’t having it. She told me she’s had oil and vinegar dressing mix before at other restaurants. I explained that there was likely a bonding agent in the dressing and it was not just oil and vinegar at those other restaurants.

    She just looked at me. I then asked if she wanted a different mixed dressing. She said she would be happy with the dressing she ordered, she just wanted to know why it wasn’t mixing.


    Naughty List

    Here are just a few examples I had to deal with while working at a hardware store customer service desk: If you wish to return an item you must present the item and your receipt. I cannot process a refund if you have neither. No, we do not sell asbestos. No, I cannot order some in for you. When water boils, it does indeed produce "bubbles."

    So if the water is bubbling once it reaches temperature, your kettle is working properly. Zip ties are not simply "disposable handcuffs." They can be used for other purposes and it should not be concerning nor surprising that a hardware store sells them.


    Burst Your Bubble

    My first job at 16 was at Party City. One day, I'm blowing up balloons at the balloon counter and a lady comes up to buy some latex balloons. I asked if she wants us to fill them and she said no, she'd do it at home. Making small talk, I remarked that she must have one of the Party Time helium tanks at home. Her reply made my jaw drop to the floor.

    She said, "No, I blow them up with my mouth. You just put the string on them and they float!" I do the multiple blinks, trying to work out in my head what she's just said. She fully believed she could blow up the balloons with her mouth and the magic was...attaching a string. I tried to give this woman an impromptu chemistry lesson. She insisted. I still think about that magic woman to this day.


    A Cocktail Of Absurdity

    Here are a few favorites as a bartender: A drink is a liquid, and it’s a bad idea to shake it around. Yes, the "This is a smoke-free area" sign also applies to people who are addicted. Yes, the people on the tables around you are inebriated. No, I'm not going to kick them out. Seriously, what were they expecting when entering a bar at 2:00 am?

    You still have to pay for the entire meal even though you only ate half of it, especially if you asked us to pack the other half to take home. No, you're not allowed to test our beverage menu by taking a shot...unless you buy a shot. Exposure doesn’t pay my bills. Your kid is not going to get adult beverages from me, I don't care that it's his birthday.

    No, we're not running a smuggling business in the back, you just watch too many movies. Also, did you believe that I'd tell you if it were the case? No, you can't pay in some weird cryptocurrency here. I don't know you are a "regular." You've been here twice, and one of those times I wasn't even working.


    No Connection

    Clear your schedule, put on a pot of coffee, and make yourself comfortable—I am about to tell you the story of, hands down, the most idiotic customer I have ever seen in 10 years of working retail. A very grumpy high-society woman came to the store saying her brand new 3,000-dollar Microsoft surface bought by her husband was defective because she could not get internet when she was on the move. I quickly realized she was talking about Wi-Fi, so I tried explaining to her how Wi-Fi actually works. Boy, was that a mistake!

    I told her that she could not use her Wi-Fi outside her house, but that she could share her smartphone internet connection. She would have none of it. She said I was lying to her and making fun of her. She even asked to speak to my manager, who then proceeded to tell her the exact same thing, almost to the word. She left screaming.


    Moms Who Need To Change

    a baby laying on a bed with white sheetsPhoto by Pavlina Baudysova on Unsplash

    I’ve had to tell a restaurant customer that you can’t change your baby on an unoccupied table. Would you take a dump on a restaurant's table? No, so why should it be any different for your baby? Poop is poop and that is a health code violation to be around food, not to mention people eating in a restaurant don't want to smell poop while they're eating.

    Lady, that's what the bathroom is for! Why are some parents so disgusting and inconsiderate?


    A Penny For Your Thoughtlessness

    I used to work at Aaron Brothers, and they had a famous buy a frame, get another for a penny sale. People would try to return one frame, which isn’t allowed because then you’re getting one frame for a penny. You have to return both frames. Seeing the blank stare of confusion as I explained that to people was always entertaining.


    Melting Away

    I had to explain that if you order ice cream for four people on a hot summer day, but the four people are still like 30 minutes away, said ice cream is going to melt before the four people get there. And no, that is not my fault.


    Father Knows Best

    Years ago, I worked in student housing at a university and had to explain to a father, for well over an hour, that I could not make sure that his daughter was in her room by 8:00 pm and ensure that she never spoke to boys.


    Diaper Training

    I worked at a CVS in high school. Many weirdos shop at CVS, but the weirdest among them were the ones who bought diapers and then asked me if I knew how to put them on a baby. Maybe it’s just my personal opinion, but if you’re at the point in your life where you have to buy diapers and put them on a baby, you should’ve figured this out from someone other than the teenager at the cash register.


    Doesn’t Have A Hot Clue

    person holding white ceramic mugPhoto by Chad Madden on Unsplash

    I worked at a coffee shop and a woman came in saying that the mug she bought is defective. I ask what is wrong and she goes, “It says it's microwave and dishwasher safe. I put it in the microwave to heat it and it got hot!” I explained that the text on the mug means it can be used in a microwave without breaking...but that anything placed in a microwave will still get hot.

    She maintained, “Well, then it's not safe.”


    Clueless Customer

    As a pharmacist, this is a conversation I’ve had with a customer: “I’d like some OxyContin.” “Okay, sure. Who’s your prescribing physician?” “My what?” “Sorry, who’s the doctor that told you needed OxyContin?” “Oh, there wasn’t one.” “Uh. Okay. you have a prescription?” “No.” “So. You just want some OxyContin?” “Duh. Is there someone smarter than you working?” “Next!”


    Door Jam

    A client bought a car from our dealership and called two days later to say that the back doors were not opening from the inside. I knew exactly what the problem was. I asked him specifically if the child lock was on, but he denied it. He brought the vehicle back to us and one of our salespeople opened the door and deactivated the child lock while getting in.

    He opened the door and the client’s mind was blown that the door was suddenly opening.


    Skin Deep

    We sell organic skincare where I work. A client called saying the seal on her moisturizer she just bought came off too easily and she wanted to return it. I asked her to bring it in so we could exchange it for her. When I checked her product, there was a straight-up finger-shaped hole in the foam seal. When I asked her about it, she said it happened after the fact.

    Sure. I told her I would happily exchange it. She didn't seem thrilled but didn't say anything. At this point, I figured it was a case of buyer's remorse and she wanted a refund but was blaming the seal. So I hand her a fresh product. She takes it out of the box in front of me, saying she just wants to check the seal. She proceeds to pull up on the edges of the seal hard enough until it pops off.

    She stares at me, I stare at her. She tells me, "See, this one is unsealed too." I told her, "Nope, that one was sealed. That’s an acceptable seal so the product should be just fine for you. Enjoy your day!" She didn't come back, but I put notes on her account in case she called the head company to complain about the so-called "seal" problem.


    Forgot Your Password?

    As an IT guy, I once spent 56 minutes on a password reset call with a dude who just could not get it. The new password requirements were simply beyond the limits of his comprehension. Over and over, around and around, we went through the process. I must have reset him half a dozen times. I didn't think it could get worse, but it did.

    Finally, after I had long since made peace with the idea of getting fired for simply hanging up on this dude, he exclaims, "Wait a minute! Is that number supposed to be a lowercase or an uppercase one?”


    Weather Or Not

    brown and black grilled meatPhoto by Fábio Alves on Unsplash

    I worked as a server at a higher-end steakhouse that had a beautiful patio. I was working a lunch shift on a day that was completely overcast, and it looked like it could start pouring rain any minute. Because of this, we didn’t “open up” the patio. The patio always had tables and chairs, but we didn’t open any umbrellas or set any tables.

    A lady came in and asked for a seat on the patio, weird due to the weather but whatever. I walked her out to the patio and set up a table for her, and as I was walking away she asked if she could sit in a sunnier spot. None of the umbrellas were open, and there were no sunny spots because the sun was not out. I just looked at her and told her she could have her pick of any of the tables.

    She looked around and it finally dawned on her that this was not patio weather. Years later, and I’m still not sure if she thought I had some magical weather powers or if she thought if she just wanted it to be sunny strongly enough, it would be.


    Best Before

    My co-worker and I work at a deli. One day, a customer came up to them asking why their meat smelled weird. My co-worker asked, “How long have you had it?” and then the customer said, “A few months, why?” The dude never even knew that expiration dates existed. He said that his ex-wife always prepared food for him and he has never cooked for himself.

    He pointed at various other foods and asked if they had expiration dates too, so my co-worker had to explain that each food had a different lifespan.


    A Cut Above

    A customer in our store cut up a shirt because she couldn’t get it off. She pulled scissors out of her bag and cut up the sleeve and down the side, handed it back to me, and walked off. I called after her and said, “Ma’am, you have to pay for this.” What she said next blew my mind. She said she didn't want it because it was damaged.

    I then explained to her that as she was the one who damaged it, and that we can’t sell it, that she has to pay. She just looked at me and said “Well, can’t you just sew it back up?” No, that’s not how it works, lady. In the end, I contacted security and a store manager and she ended up paying for the shirt, which was $160 (it was a rather pricey brand).


    Closed Minded

    So many times I'll be at work preparing to open before we open, and a customer will walk up and yank on the door without even looking and then stand back in confusion. Then I watch them read the sign that says we're closed and then inspect the sign with our hours that clearly says we don't open for another half hour, and then they start rattling the door and waving at me.

    If I have to open the door and tell them to their faces that we aren't open yet, they usually just say "Oh." What is the thought process? What is going on?


    Please Be Specific

    Back in the late 90s, I was working retail at a dollar store. One fellow came up to me and asked, and I kid you not, "Do you have the thing with the thing that comes out?" I gave him a second to see if he would realize what he had said and provide some detail. After a beat or two, I said, "I'm sorry, sir, you will have to be a bit more specific. What thing are you looking for?"

    He made hand gestures, almost as if he were pulling open a door or something, and said, "You of those things with the thing that comes out." Managing not to lose my temper, I said, "Sir...What does the thing do?" He said, "It makes coffee." I said, "Are you asking if we have coffee makers that have filter baskets that can be pulled completely out?"

    "Yes," he said. I replied, "No, sir, we don't have the thing with the thing that comes out, we only have the thing with the thing that swivels out. Sorry." Later, he came up to me. He held up a box of 35-gallon trash bags. He asked me, "Will these fit in that?" and he pointed at a trash can that was marked, "50 Gallons." I said, "No, sir."

    He asked, "Why not?" I said, "Because that is a fifty-gallon trash can, and those are thirty-five-gallon bags." He looked at me blankly for a moment. I added, "Thirty-five is less than fifty." "Ah," he said, nodding sagely.


    Weak Signals

    person holding smartphonePhoto by Rodion Kutsaiev on Unsplash

    I have had to explain to a shocking number of people that cellular signals can be blocked by structures and garages and that large buildings are well known for blocking cellular signals. I have also had to explain to a shocking number of people that battery life will vary based on usage. It will drain faster while you use it and slower while it's doing nothing.

    And even more surprising is that I have to explain signal performance to people who lived through having to step outside to make a call because there was no signal inside.


    Caught In A Jam

    I used to work in a pancake restaurant. One day I was serving a customer, and he didn't even bother to read the menu. He asked for pancakes with some specific jam. I told him that we do not have that jam on the menu. His answer was eyebrow-raising. He said that I should go to the nearby shop and get some for him because he doesn't want to eat pancakes with anything else.

    Yes, I needed to explain to an adult man that that's not how restaurants work.


    Comical Explanation

    I worked in a coffee-shop/bookstore. We specialized in manga and comic books, and you could either buy them or take a drink and read for as long as you wanted. Like, we didn't have any restrictions; you could read for eight hours by buying a coffee. However, I still had to explain multiple times a day that yes, you must order and pay for a drink if you want to sit and read.

    There was a good library where you could go to read for free, but we were a business and needed to make money. I've had people insulting me because of this.


    Making A Case

    I worked at an electronics store, and some lady came in to buy a charging case for her iPhone. The case has a battery that can charge your phone a couple of times. Well, she was asking what the cable inside the box was for, which was a micro USB cable. I explained that it's to charge the battery in the case. She didn't understand.

    I explained that the case has a battery in it and that you need to charge up that battery. Then, your phone goes in the case and if your phone battery is low and you are out and about, you can turn on the case and it'll recharge your phone. It has enough battery capacity to charge your phone usually once. There was a long pause as I anticipated what she would say next.

    She goes, "Wait so you have to charge up the case?" I say, "Yeah." She responds "Oh well, that's stupid.” So I ask, "What's stupid about that?" She says, "Well that's stupid that you have to charge it, you shouldn't need to do that." So I say: "Ma'am, if the manufacturer figured out the global solution for unlimited electricity I don't think they'd be selling phone cases."

    She gave me a super-angry expression, you know the one where she thinks she's still right and stormed off.


    A Server’s Regret

    I’ll always regret that I made my manager do this because I honestly didn’t know what to do. An old woman came in, she didn’t look too old, probably in her early 70s, and she comes in with her daughter and grandkids. I seat them at the only open section with the only waitress who is on at the moment. That waitress happens to be Black.

    After I seat them with her a few minutes later, the old lady comes up to me and asks for a non-Black waitress. As a teen, I had no clue what to do and just got my manager. Now I wish I told her how awful she was.


    Smoke Signals

    white toilet paper roll on brown wooden tablePhoto by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

    I had to explain to a customer that toilet paper rolls shouldn't be returned to a store because it was not a decent thing to do. Oh, but it got grosser. She had used them all. I also had to explain to this same woman that the disabled staff member who couldn't talk didn't intend to scare or offend her by making noises at her and smiling.


    Key Conspiracy

    I live in France. Here we use AZERTY keyboards instead of QWERTY. That's just how it is and it's been like that for decades. I had to explain to some foreign dude that no, unfortunately, we did not have any QWERTY keyboards in stock, but he could order one online and that no, it wasn't a conspiracy. He started shouting in the store that this was an attack on human rights and brainwashing.


    That’s A Stretch

    I had to explain to an adult woman that the rubber bands that were accidentally left on her lobster's claws were indeed not edible. I had assured her that they were safe for the food, you just couldn’t eat them. Not a minute later, I was called back after she attempted to eat said bands. Her teenage child just stared at her like she had three heads.


    Future Karen?

    I worked furniture retail over 20 years ago before we had a name for "Karen," but they certainly existed. I had to explain, slowly like I was talking to a child, to a grown woman that she could not return her glass-top patio table that she left out all winter. The glass top was smashed, swept up, and put into a box that was now in front of me.

    She couldn't fathom why I was saying no. She had kids with her watching this behavior. Future Karens.


    On Thin Ice

    I teach kids to ice skate. Parents are asked out of the rink once the kids are ready. A parent of a two-year-old insists that they cannot leave their child alone. I explained that the coaches are here to help and look after the child, but the parent just kept repeating, “I will not be leaving him, he is unable to walk.”

    Come on! Why do you sign up your two-year-old for skating if your child is unable to walk on normal land, let alone with skates on? I didn’t think I’d have to have this conversation with an adult. Multiple times.


    Loonies, No Greenbacks

    waving Canada flagPhoto by sebastiaan stam on Unsplash

    That this is Canada and we do not take US cash in exchange for goods at our store, despite being a US-based multinational brand. I never thought someone would scream so hard and so close to my face that my hair blew back. It was a surprising exchange that I still think about 15 years later. Ma'am, we are a different country entirely.


    “Don’t Throw A Fit”

    That when I tell you we are out of stock, it means there is zero inventory. There isn’t some magical special inventory we keep for special customers who complain and dance around the subject. No matter how much you try to weasel it out of me, we don’t have it! So tired of having to explain to adults, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.


    Bad Vibes

    While I worked at Wal-Mart, a middle-aged couple danced around me in the aisle I was stocking for a good five minutes before the guy just straight-up asked me where he could find the batteries for his vibrator. His wife was hiding around the corner. I calmly asked, well what kind of batteries does it take? He looked at me with shame and told me he didn't know.

    I then asked if they had brought the vibrator with them so we could take the batteries out to see. For my sake, they hadn't brought it in with them. I suggested they go home and open it and find out what kind it needed. I also suggested maybe a hearing aid battery or watch battery because I had never used a vibrator before and didn't know what they needed.

    They went away yelling at each other for not opening it up to see what it needed.


    Mean Business

    Too many times I need to explain the basics of business to grown adults. For example, to process a return, you need either the receipt or the physical product with you. Realistically, you should have both. If it’s just the receipt, you could have just kept the “defective” item. If it’s just the item, you could have stolen it or bought an identical thing at a cheaper retailer.

    Most stores are fairly lenient with this because they don’t want trouble, and most customers are at least 60% honest. You can’t just go up to a register and say, “I bought some produce here and they went bad too fast. I don’t know what they’re called or how much I paid, I want a refund.” Beyond that, people think that the absolute basics of a business are a “scam” when they first start figuring out that what we charge for items is more than what we pay the farmer or factory or artist.

    When customers at stores or restaurants “do the math” themselves, they are constantly thinking things like, “I can make this dish for $5 at home if I also use my existing pantry staples, why is it $22 at the fancy gastropub?” or “I can get yarn at JoAnn’s for $7, why does this sweater cost $40?” They usually come to the extremely wrong conclusion “You just want to make money!”

    Yeah, we do. In addition to the 900 other things that create higher costs for consumer goods other than raw materials, yes, businesses want to make a profit. And it’s impossible to explain that to an infuriated customer in a polite way. Once a customer starts saying that “big businesses only want to make money,” the only way to answer their questions is both involved and extremely condescending. Turns out the response is not to answer their concerns at all.


    Taking The Temperature

    I never thought anybody would need to be told “Yes, the ice cream cake, made only of ice cream, has to be kept in the freezer. No, the refrigerator won’t suffice. It will melt.” This has happened many times over the years.


    When Pigs, And Buffalo, Fly

    fried chicken and with green vegetablesPhoto by Alexander Kovacs on Unsplash

    No madam, the buffalo wings are not real buffalo.


    In A Puddle

    A customer once stood in a puddle that was outside our store and asked me what I was going to do about it. I had to explain to him that I do not control the weather and I can’t make it stop raining or get rid of the puddle.


    Top Three

    Here are my top three retail experiences: 1) Yes, the can of Crisco has a picture of crispy fried chicken on it. No, the can does not contain crispy fried chicken. 2) No, birth control pills are not 100% effective. This was explained to a woman quite near her delivery. And 3) No, we don't have fans that only blow cold air. I'm sure I could come up with lots more, but these are the first three that come to mind.


    Sob Story

    In a couple of different lines of business, I've had women start to give me the "I'm a single mom" sob story. I have the perfect response. I say enthusiastically "I am, too!" and you can see the wind go right out of their sails. Yeah, I'm not going to cut them a deal out of pity.


    Tough To Swallow

    I once picked up my prescription for an anti-emetic and the pharmacist gave me suppositories. My prescription was for pills. The pharmacist insisted that's what my doctor ordered. I pointed to the label that specified to take one by mouth every four hours as needed. She still insisted she was correct and my doctor intended for me to swallow a suppository every four hours.


    Any Port In A Storm

    man in brown jacket beside carPhoto by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

    Customer: "The package carrier says they delayed my package due to a hurricane! I paid for overnight shipping! Your company is trash." Me: “Sir, we didn't delay your package. The carrier is a different company. And there is a literal hurricane over the distribution center.”


    A Pain In The Rear

    As a pharmacist, I had to explain to a man that you need to take the suppositories out of their foil packaging before you use them. He complained that they didn't work and were uncomfortable. I bet they were.


    No Book Smarts

    No, the library does not stock every book in existence.


    “What the…?”

    I worked at the airport and someone wanted to go through TSA with a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola. I calmly explained that liquids weren’t allowed through security. The man gave the most genuine chuckle I’ve ever heard, and revealed the bizarre truth. He said, “This isn’t Coca-Cola! It’s gasoline!” My coworker beat me to a reaction when he very loudly exclaimed, “What the HECK?”


    Life Is A Box Of Chocolates

    This conversation ended with a customer throwing a large bag of Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion potato chips at my head. It was a woman who came into the store looking to buy a box of chocolates. But there was one huge problem. She didn’t have any money. So this customer proposed that she take the chocolates now and come back later to pay when she had money.

    “Do you expect me to go all the way home and bring back the money?” she asked. I said, “Yes, because other than that it’s called shoplifting and we will call security.” “But I need these,” she pleaded. I just said no. That’s when the chips started flying.


    There are some great mysteries in this world that will most likely never be solved in our lifetime.

    What happens after we die? Who really built Stonehenge? Are there other lifeforms in outer space?

    The fact that these not only will, but as of now, CAN never be solved is what fascinates us most.

    There are other unsolved mysteries, however, which we view with far more sadness than we do fascination.

    Owing to the fact that these mysteries could have, or even still can, be solved but for whatever reason, remain unsolved.

    Redditor Shafiq09 was curious to hear the most disturbing and unsettling unsolved mysteries that may never be solved, leading them to ask:

    "What is the most unsettling unsolved mystery that you're aware of?"

    Missing Accomplice

    "This guy broke into a house, killed the single mom, mom's friend, the son, the family dog, and kidnapped the teenage daughter."

    "Dismembered the bodies and hid them."

    "The girl didn't need to testify in his trial (he pled guilty), but read a letter during his sentencing saying that she knows he had help disposing of the bodies of her family because while she was still tied up in their house, she heard him making phone calls and heard at least one other person show up."

    "She heard this person(s) talking, walking around and helping him with the bodies."

    "Local pd & prosectutor just wanted a quick & easy trial and conviction, so they swept a lot of details under the rug & the girl's claim in court that this guy had help was very quickly forgotten."- ZormkidFrobozz

    9 Mysterious Years...

    "The disappearance (and short-lived reappearance) of Johnny Gosch."

    "He disappeared one day while delivering newspapers."

    "Police did very little to try to solve the crime."

    "Nine years later his mother reports that Johnny showed up on her doorstep and explains that he had been held in slavery for the last 9 years."

    "Authorities basically say she's making it up and have done no investigating."- in-a-microbus


    "Someone keep sh*tting in the holes at the local golf course."

    "Been going on for the last twenty years bastard has never been caught."- Odd_Associate8272

    Never Came Home

    "Old neighbours of ours had their 18-year-old daughter disappear."

    "She left work one evening and never made it home."

    "No body was ever found either."

    "I heard the police have a suspect but not enough evidence to do anything more."- AmigaBob

    Long Day At The Beach

    "The Beamont children, three young siblings that disappeared in 1966 from Glenelg Beach."- homlessoverland

    In The Middle Of The Night...

    "Another one is of the Springfield three."

    "A woman, her daughter and daughter's friend went missing from their home in the middle of the night with no signs of struggle or major evidence left behind."

    "It's been so long since it happened so the chances of this case ever being solved is meager."- epilogueteen

    So many Questions...

    "One night my husband and I woke up hearing a woman screaming, 'Help me!' "

    "He rushed to the window (we’re on the second floor) and saw a car drive past with a woman in a dress hanging on the hood."

    "The car sped through the intersection by our place and careened off with her screaming on it."

    "We called the police and told them which way it was going and then jumped on our bicycles and rode around the neighborhood to see if she’d fallen off."

    "Never found her."

    "Never found any news of her."

    "I’ve always wondered what happened to her."

    "That was over a decade ago."- 2manybirds23

    Mysteries of Biology...

    "At what point did the brain realize its own consciousness?"

    "I find it fascinating."- KinOuttaHer

    Paying For Religious Freedom...

    "How Scientology still has tax-free status in the USA."- sqoo-5900

    And, For That Matter, What Made Them Start?

    "Why did the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper stop killing?"

    "They were never caught. They could have kept at it."

    "So what made them stop?"- AggressiveOkra

    Twinkle Twinkle

    "I can't remember exactly what star it was, but there was a star deep in space that astrophysicists saw as relatively unremarkable."

    "Just another star they were monitoring."

    "Anyway, one day, all was normal, it was in the correct position."

    "The next day, they were monitoring all the stars, and this one star had just disappeared."


    "No one could figure out why. It could have been that it went supernova, but if it had, they would have seen the residue and the massive explosion, plus all the gaseous residue."

    "So it can't have gone bang."

    "They also hypothesized that maybe a civilisation had constructed a Dyson sphere (a large construction made to harvest all of a stars potential energy), but if so, it would have been more than likely that we would have seen the star slowly disappear, the light fading as the civilization constructed the Dyson sphere."

    "Now, of course, according to the Kardashev scale, there could well be a civilization so advanced that they could have just constructed the entire sphere in a matter of seconds, but we'll never know."

    "On that subject, that same civilization could have just absorbed the star instantly to use its power."

    "They thought that maybe, other extrasolar objects were just blocking its view somehow, so they continued to monitor its location."

    "It never came back."

    "Somewhere, out there, a star just miraculously disappeared without a trace."

    "And we will never know how or why."

    "That's what's so disturbing to me."

    "We have such amazing technology to monitor objects millions of light years away, yet we cannot figure out why a star just disappeared without a trace."

    "And we may never know."- TheoCross3

    No Justice For Their Families

    "I have three I'm very invested in."

    "One, who murdered Joseph Zarelli (aka the Philadelphia boy formerly known as the 'Boy in the Box')."

    "Two, what happened to missing Oklahoma teenagers Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible and who murdered the rest of the Freeman family."

    "And three, who murdered the Short family of Henry County, Virginia."- arcana07

    The truth behind these mysteries is out there somewhere.

    Whether anyone will find it, however, is also a mystery that may never be solved.