We've all known people who abuse their power. It's often some lower-level peon, the office drone who makes it their business to ruin everyone's day, for example.
More often than not, those who abuse their power don't actually have much––if any. They seem to get off on this. It's absurd, isn't it?
After Redditor G30WOLF asked the online community, "What is the biggest powertrip you've seen from someone with little actual power?" many weighed in with their own experiences, and you know what?
We're almost as frustrated as they were!
"She lectured me..."
So, when I was in a community college, I finally made the big decision to apply to a real university (at the time I didn't understand that I could just transfer as a junior). So, I marched very confidently into the office and told the secretary I needed to see a counselor to get the paperwork going. She lectured me on how irresponsible I was for waiting so long into the semester to put this on her. I sat very patiently in the hallway waiting for 2.5 hours. She kept reminding me how I brought this on myself.
Anyway, the last counselor of the day walked out and I was so excited. I said: "I am going to go to college, I just need a few minutes of your time to get the paperwork going!" And she looked at me, and said, "You don't need to see me for that." She reached into a basket and pulled out a form. "You just need to fill this out and submit it." I was a little confused, but grateful. So, I took the paper and got my backpack and started walking out.
But I remember hearing this counselor march over to the secretary and yell, "HOW LONG HAS THAT STUDENT BEEN SITTING OUT HERE FOR, NANCY."
Anyway, I made it to college just fine. But that was a pretty crappy 2.5 hours, and I don't know why she would have spent all that time berating an 18 year old kid for trying to get paperwork.
"But the biggest power trip..."
I was a waitress at a large cafe. The owner was nice but never around. It was just us wait/kitchen staff and baristas in our teens and early twenties, and the manager - a middle-aged man who earned about 50 cents more an hour.
I can't describe how disliked and incompetent he was. If I had to sum it up in a few sentences, I'd say that we weren't allowed to refer to him by his first or last name - it was 'The Boss' and when he brought his son in once, he had to be called 'The Mini-Boss', which he thought was really funny. My colleague, a teenage girl, once referred to him by his first name and she was yelled at about 'respecting hierarchy'. He resigned after the owner found out the business degree listed on his resume didn't exist, which is a story in itself.
But the biggest power trip was when he used up all the duct tape to tape off a corner of the cafe. There were no extra rooms for an office, so he just made his own office and we weren't allowed to cross the duct tape at anytime - even though it included the supply closet with all the cleaning equipment. Then he made me go out on my lunch break to buy more duct tape, because he had used it all up.
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Once saw Conor Maynard's brother try and get into my local night club for free because he was Conor Maynard's brother... and I'm sure most people on here would have to look who Conor Maynard even is.
"I literally don't get..."
Chicago street parking attendants. Ever see someone thinking they are cops without a badge. This one guy, he had the cut off gloves, Some dollar store badge, cargo pants, utility belt, the works. I literally parked in a 15 minute standing zone to pick up something from my house. This jag off proceeds to write a ticket and I'm telling him it's a standing zone. I literally didn't get in the house as I stood arguing with him. He wrote me 3 tickets. I took a deep breathe, asked for all his information. Took pictures. Went to court and he had the nerve to show up!!! Proceeded to do the same thing to the judge!!! Huge power trip. Judge dismissed the tickets and apologized for wasting my time.
"My birth country's embassy..."
My birth country's embassy refused to renew my passport while I was in the USA, unless I flew to said embassy for a fingerprint (the lady I spoke with on the phone was doing the power tripping), even after I told them I physically cannot travel to the embassy for a while. On top of that, due to similar power trippers being so common in my birth country, red tape and such, my quoted time for renewal was 9 months.
So I applied for a USA citizenship, and got my brand spanking new USA passport within 3 months.
I am so glad I now have legally nothing to do with my birth country.
"She ended the class..."
A substitute teacher in middle school.
She ended the class and everybody stood up and then she screamed something along the lines of "Boys, Where are your manners? It's Ladies first! Sit down and wait" everyone was so stunned so we just sat while the girls walked out and then we left. It was really bizarre because she had been so nice during the class.
No, Karen, IDGAF if your husband is a First Sergeant, I do not stand at parade-rest for you and I sure as hell WILL laugh in your Estee Lauder caked face if you try to "order" me to do something. No rank = no authority.
Like clockwork once a year a Nurse Manager will emerge from her office on the floor, choose a patient and follow the patient on their journey from admission to discharge.
They will look for things to improve along the way.
On paper this sounds good, great even.
But really what it means is the Nurse Manager finding and then unilaterally implementing new, often unneeded processes. Hell, one year, a healthcare worker could get written up for not smiling while passing someone in the hallway.
Why do the Nurse Managers do this? To prove they are worthy of their job, and they aren't a waste of space and resources. More often than not, they totally are.
"When I worked at..."
When I worked at one of the larger home improvement big box stores, the hierarchy for the management was quite odd. You had one manager. Assistant store managers. Then each department had a supervisor.
The cash and parking lot were lumped into the same department. I worked the parking lot. My supervisors were always really chill. They knew I was just there to get money for college but busted my butt anyways cause that's how I was raised.
The problem was with this bullshit position called "head cashier." Usually occupied by very grouchy 50/60 year old women who'd never been given power before and loved to go off the rails with it.
One summer they got annoyed because I would spot for the forklift drivers when they needed extra help getting large objects. Or to load skids of materials into customers trucks. They got annoyed I did this because I would be occupied doing that instead of sweeping the entire front apron (the entire length of the front of the store).
These head cashiers then went to the manager and got all the parking lot attendants banned from spotting or driving the forklifts. So for an entire summer we all had to load everything by hand, ironically slowing the process down even further.
This lasted until one day my 60 year old lady "head cashier" was forced to load 44 bags of cement into a truck by hand cause I was on break. Each bag weighing roughly 88 pounds. When I returned from break she came up to me and asked me why there isn't an easier way to load cement. I said "There is. Forklifts."
"What makes someone bad in bed?"
WHERE TO BEGIN?!
The list is endless.
Half the time all it takes to be better is a little effort.
RedditorMidoriSpicewanted to hear about the lack of skills some people really need to acquire when it comes to sexy time. They asked:
"What makes someone bad in bed?"
I love sex. But it can be stressful. I've always found connection to be one of the best lessons.
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"Assuming they already know what their partner wants/likes and doesn't communicate or take any instructions."
Take it Slow
"No foreplay and not caring if your partner is enjoying it."
"I had an ex who literally never wanted to do any kind of foreplay. He just wanted basically sex of any kind for him. He said oral on women was gross."
"Proposing mid intercourse."
"Honestly? With the partner I have, I'd think it was pretty hot and romantic lmao. I'd check in after the deed to make sure he was serious but our relationship is already very serious so it wouldn't be a big deal."
Talk to Me
"Not talking or making any noises. We don't have to dirty talk the whole time or even at all but you gotta let me know you're enjoying it at least."
"I think there's some balance between having some small talk, silence, and dirty talk while being in bed with someone. Or maybe that's just been my experience. I don't know--I think there's some fun in trying to carry a side conversation while having sex lol."
"Friction isn’t always a good thing."
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"To this you can add unclipped fingernails."
"And dirty fingernails. Nah, ma'am. I’m betting this is not worth the infection. Thanks."
‘good at sex’
"I have a feeling most men will say 'lack of enthusiasm' and that most women will say 'being selfish about pleasure.'"
"I’m a woman and my first thought was lack of enthusiasm, but my own lack of enthusiasm. The only bad sex I’ve had is when I don’t genuinely want to be there. I’ve had sex with guys who weren’t ‘good at sex’ but still enjoyed it because I was really into them."
"They are convinced they know more about what works for you than you know yourself. Just cause your ex-lover Pat liked technique X doesn't mean everyone does."
"Have experienced this, it sucks. He wouldn’t listen to what I enjoyed, didn’t want me to say ANYTHING even if it hurt or wasn’t working, and would just say something along the lines of 'every other woman I’ve been with liked it.' I’m thinking, all you’ve had are one-night stands, really, so they probably didn’t say anything."
"I’ve had numerous partners and love sex. Crashed and burned with this one and he really crushed my self-esteem and sexual confidence."
"The biggest thing is always going to be selfishness and the inability/refusal to communicate and listen to your partner. I've seriously had a guy yell 'I KNOW HOW TO DO IT!' when I was trying to tell him how I liked whatever he was doing. He then got even more upset when I said 'did you just f**king yell at me? Alright, off, I'm done.'"
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"Lack of variety. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean crazy kinks or positions from the karma sutra, but more when it's really predicable. I has an ex that had this weird routine of positions, it was exactly the same every single f**king time in exactly the same order."
Sex. Let's be better at it.
Do you have similar experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below.
Love is so elusive these days isn't it?
Who knows what anyone is looking for in the relationship department anymore.
It's all too exhausting.
But people we keep trying.
RedditorProblemNice5257wanted to hear why so many people are still on the hunt for that perfect one. They asked:
"Why are you single right now?"
I'm single because I've given up. And I'm good. For now.
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"I put absolutely no effort into meeting someone."
"Same! Also it's extremely difficult when you feel so at peace being by yourself. The fact that I have to find someone whose presence outweighs my level of comfort being alone seems impossible."
"Hard to meet people when you are a hermit."
"Yeah, I describe myself as a shut-in, lol. I leave my apartment to work, I leave my apartment to buy food, and occasionally I’ll bring out the trash, otherwise I just watch Hulu, play online chess, surf Reddit."
"Same. I've spent months trying to find an apartment I can afford without a roommate and finally settled on a small studio apartment for $1100 a month because I'd rather living in a tiny space and be left the hell alone than share a much nicer place even with a good friend."
"I have too many unsolved issues, i can't in good conscience bring someone else into them."
"Idk your issues but everyone's got some crap. Not sure how unique yours are but everyone's got some crap. It's good to share some of your struggles with other people. Just don't open with it haha."
"Issues unresolved or not, (in my case) only makes it worse when you feel like you could open up to them, and they just take those to use it against yourself afterwards."
"I hardly go out and expose myself to people. I'm uncomfortable with the notion of myself being in a relationship at this point. Also, I'm very dry in terms of personality."
"I spent a year entirely isolated due to covid and now I can't handle physical contact. It makes me really uncomfortable and a hug is enough to make my body shut down. I'm hopeless."
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"Supply chain issue."
"Best answer here."
That's funny. But it feels oddly true.
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"I'm attracted to many, and unattractive to all."
"Last relationship was so toxic, I've sworn off dating, at least for awhile. I haven't had this much free time in ages. It's nice."
"Edit: Hey, it's really great hearing from so many people with similar experiences. Like many of you, I've been taking it in stride and focusing on bettering myself, both physically and mentally. It's done wonders for my health and I feel a whole lot better. I wish y'all the very best. Stay excellent, my friends."
"I'm 35yr old single father to a 5yr old and I work nights. It's hard to find free time to meet someone, especially in my area. If I do have free time to myself, I like staying home and ordering a pizza while drinking some beers and playing video games. I pretty much faced the fact that I will probably be alone for the rest of my life."
"I was in an 8 year relationship (married for two) to my high school sweetheart. Exactly this same time last year, we got divorced because I found out he was cheating on me with my best friend. The best friend I had known LONGER than him and was friends with since fourth grade."
"She was living with us to try to get back on her feet. Yeah lol. So I lost my best friend and the man I had been with for 8 years within the same night. So I moved to another state, got an apartment by myself, and am now single and divorced all by 26. Not really looking unless the right person comes along."
"It’s pretty happy and peaceful now that they’re both out of my life though honestly. You realize people’s toxicity and flaws the most once you get space away from them."
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"Because my relationships end before they even begin."
"This is my story right here."
Alright. Now that we've laid out all the excuses, let's get to matching with some people.
There is no bigger mystery than what happens to us after we die.
But even those who don't practice an organized religion tend to believe that there is a Heaven, a happy joyful place where our souls will remain for eternity.
No two people share the same idea of what heaven would be like, but everyone who believes in it probably has an idea of the first thing they'd do after entering the pearly gates.
Redditor WeDidItGuyz was curious to hear what would be top on everyone's list upon entering the afterlife, leading them to ask:
"If heaven exists, what’s the first thing you’d do?"
Overcome with joy
"In all reality?"
"Probably cry for about 30 minutes because the biggest existential fear at the very core my humanity has now been lifted."
"If Heaven exists, like 50% of the awesomeness is just the very fact that it exists."heaven gate GIF by South Park Giphy
A re-match long in the making
"Ask my childhood friend Kevon for a race."
"He used to beat me handily when were younger (9-13) and he’d always brag."
"When I got older and faster I moved away so I was never able to race him again."
"We arranged for a race but he was shot multiple times and bound to a wheelchair until he passed a few years ago."
"I wanna race him both in our prime."- Abethegreat1
Reunite with loved ones
"Find my husband, give him a huge hug and never let go again."
"Live our forever together."
"I f*cking love him and miss him so much."- jessdfrench
"Embrace my sweet wife and tell her how proud I am of the kids."- RifleShower
"Try to find my brother."
"Man, I miss him."
"He died in 2020 at age 34."- grummlinds1
"Give my mum and dad a big hug."- goonerjack007Miss U GIF by GIPHY Studios OriginalsGiphy
Achieve the "firsts" we never got to do
"Find my son and have a beer with him."
"Something we never got to do in real life."- tanukis_parachute
Hone new skills
"Try to play Smoke on the water on my harp."- Ashtar-the-Squid
The joy of doing nothing
"Rest."- BanzaikoowaidCare Free Black Girls GIF by AuroraDrawsGiphy
Live on without pain
"Enjoy my healthy back without pain."- Knackbein_
Who knows what's in store for us after our lives come to an end.
But living with the idea that something wonderful awaits when our time has come is all people need to continue to live their lives to the fullest, and treat others with the respect and kindness they deserve.
"Fun facts" generally refers to a tidbit of information about a specific topic which the general public might not have otherwise known about.
But the first word in that term can be misleading.
Indeed, some "fun facts" reveal information that isn't remotely "fun" in the slightes.
Redditor Alternative_kachocho was curious to hear some "fun facts" which were anything but fun, leading them to ask:
What's a 'fun fact' that isn’t fun at all?"
Ironically, something you likely don't think about...
"Your brain blocks you from feeling your organs moving around inside you."- Aydengeist06
Try watching Finding Nemonow...
"Only one in a thousand sea turtles born actually make it to adulthood."- Sebs_123
Shocking new light on an age old classic
"In the books, Stuart Little was never explicitly called a mouse."
"He's pretty much described as a deformed mouse-esque person born form human parents."- Red_Beard47stuart little mouse GIF by VIASAT3Giphy
Nature running it's course...
"There's a bird that feeds its younger offspring to the eldest."- Teacup_Cult
I have no allergies... yet
"Speaking from personal experience here, but your body can randomly decide to become allergic to damn near everything edible at any time."
"Not very fun."- smallemochick
Those poor, innocent creatures.
"In some regions of Australia, 90 percent of koalas have chlamydia, which poses a threat to the species' extinction unless a vaccine is created or widespread koala culling takes place."- tiffanyjcrusekoalas kiss GIFGiphy
They'd still be here if they weren't so delicious...
"The giant tortoise was so delicious, it caused not only itself to be hunted to extinction, but also the dodo."
"Giant tortoise meat was supposedly better tasting than chicken."
"It's fat tasted better spread on bread than butter."
"Also, it was the perfect food for sailors at the time, as their bladders stored 1 litre of purified water, and they could survive without food in hibernation for almost a whole year in the hull of a ship."
"Not to mention, because they evolved without humans, they were easy to hunt."
"You could tie one to your back, and roll another to the ship and they would just let you."
"It was so delicious, they went unrecorded for a long time because expeditions to bring living samples of wildlife to Europe kept eating them on the way."
"Conversely, the dodo, while as easily captured by sailors, tasted awful."
"It was completely unpalatable."
"HOWEVER, one day, someone discovered if you cooked dodo meat in the more delicious tortoise fat, it tasted just like chicken."
"So now, sailors were hunting a few tortoises at a time for their fat and water, storing them, and then hunting dodos on the daily."
"Overhunting, plus the introduction of rats to the environment (because sailors) which would eat eggs, led go the population to decline at a rate they could not breed to keep up, leading to both animals going extinct."- Kyhan
Don't forget the nose plugs
"Antarctica smells like penguin poop."
"Antarctica is a desert, it is too cold for bacteria to live."
"Nothing there to clean up penguin droppings."
"If you are close enough to see penguins, you will also smell them."- gummby8
Makes those long lines so worth it...
"The TSA missed 96% of contraband during an inspection in 2015."- omegasix321All Falls Down Tsa GIF by Kanye WestGiphy
"The person who had the first facial transplant had her face chewed up by her Labrador dog while asleep due to sleeping pill overdose." - User Deleted
It's hard not to read some of these "fun facts" and wonder if there should be an alternative term for the facts which aren't fun.
Oh yeah, probably not....