The only thing worse than dealing with customers is dealing with inebriated customers.
Customer service is already difficult enough when your customer isn't drunk or high. So what happens when they are?
Reddit user radsadmadz started the conversation by saying:
Confession: Every time someone comes into the sandwich shop I work at looking a little stoney, I always throw some extra bacon on their sandwich just 'cause.
Some others weighed in as well:
Yeah Man, A Cup
I used to work at a bagel bakery that serves sandwiches and soup and stuff (there's like two chains, pick your favorite). A guy came in on 4/20 as high as I've ever seen a person, ordered his food, and walked over to me at the register. Asks for "like, a can of soda, or whatever?"
I say "Sorry man, we only have fountain beverages, but I can get you one of those, if that's cool?"
His eyes open wide and he breaks out into a huge smile "You mean, like in a cup?!"
Never before or since seen somebody get so excited about getting some pop. My man got a large on the house. cbrookman
Keepin' It Heavy
Back in the hard times of being a Five Guys manager, I'd often add a second patty to a burger when I could smell the loud over the cajun fries. SilverBraids
A month or two ago I went into the subway located on my university's campus for some munch time. The guy working there almost immediately could tell I was baked and was greeting me with such a relaxed way about him. It was almost like he was saying "Welcome to Subway, I too enjoy the trees." He asked me if he can surprise me with a sub before I even tell him what I want. I figure what the hell, I'm going to enjoy anything food right now so yeah, let's go for it. This guy ends up hooking me up with a bacon ranch club that has so much extra stuff on it that it should've probably cost around 9-10 bucks. Extra bacon, three different cheeses, extra meat, this guy was fantastic. At the end he leans in and tells me to not mention the extra items when checking out at the register. When I got home the sub was absolutely fantastic, and not just because I had the munchies. My night was made by this fellow ent and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to share it with you folks here. Jujubear1724
This trio comes in one time with the giggles. Asked em how they were doing and when they said good I said "yeah I thought so". They order a crap load of food but only one app. So being understanding I fired an oversized pile of chili cheese fries as fast as I could. Sent it out and watch the skinniest f***er at the table woof them done in a few minutes.
I assumed it was for them to share so I gave them extra -___- VictoryCupcake
This is totally different but a young man who seemed to have eaten a bit too much xanax came into my work. He asked to exchange coins for dollars and it was clear he didn't have much. I work at a donut shop and we were throwing them all out, so I gave a man blacked out on xanax a trash bag full of donuts and a Pepsi. He looks at me eyes bright and smiling and struggles to let out "in Mother Nature mothers feed their kids. You're my mom now" and just walks out. Never seen him again. Nice meeting you Xanny Manny get better. Jonreremy69
We're All In This Together
Heh. I worked in a stoner town (ski town in CO) at AT&T and people would come in blazed AF. More than I couple times I'd have to settle then down by letting them know we were all stoners that just worked a corporate job and everything was cool.
We usually wouldn't try to up sell them because karma. stumblinghunter
I'm the General Manager of a local pizza joint. I always give a little extra to my fellow ents as long as they aren't being stupid :) I usually let them know "hey guys. Hope you all are having a fun time. I gave you all a little extra love in this pizza. Be careful driving!" in a non creepy way haha. tripplenippleguy
A long time ago I used to work in a Deli.
One day we had two ENT bros come in who were way beyond obvious high, almost to the point they shouldn't have been in public.
Anyway they walk around the store a bit, then come to the Deli counter and stare at the menu (which has roughly 10 items total, 15 if you counts drinks and sides.) like they are contemplating the origin of life as we know it. A minute or two passes of them staring at the sign in complete silence and one of them looks at me and says "Is there anything with a lot of meat?".
At the time we only made a few sandwiches, one of which had 3 types of meat and 2 cheeses. I proceeded to tell the ENT's about the sandwich and they agreed that both of them would be ordering this sandwich. At the time I was probably 23, and an ENT myself so I knew this was my chance to hook some fellows up and I went to town making their sandwiches, Instead of the standard 3 meats and 2 cheeses, i proceeded to make them a 1.3Lbs worth of 5 meats, and 4 cheeses with all the toppings they wanted. We ended up calling the sandwich the "ripped kid special" as a special order item which was just a 2 dollar up-charge (slight loss to the deli) on the standard sandwich, just you had to know how to order it.
I'll never forget the look on their faces as they sat and attempted to eat the entire meals in the deli. I'm not sure they made it home before the coma set in. Xophishox
I went to my job's holiday dinner last week at a really nice restaurant. I had to go to an ugly Christmas sweater party right after. So I leave the spot with my pre-rolled J and smoke it while walking towards the train. I figure I should get a nice bottle of water for the hour long train ride. I walk into a deli, put a water bottle on the counter and then realize...I have no cash on me! So I'm like 'f*ck! I'll be right back' thinking I'm about to have to go to the ATM and get hit with $5 worth of charges. The dude behind the counter was like "take it. you'll pay me back another time." I don't live in that city and I'll never see that guy again, but man he was an angel that day. Thank you store clerk guy! And thank you OP for lookin' out for us! chromebook1
Shh Don't Tell
One time my friend and I were blazing and we went to a pizza place down the street and ordered a medium pepperoni. A while later the guy said our pizza was done, but I saw that it was a large with pepperoni and sausage. I said "That's not our pizza." He was like "You didn't order this?" and then when I confirmed that we had ordered (and paid for) a medium pepperoni, he was like "Hey, just take this one." On the way back we realized that he probably knew we were stoned and wanted to give us a treat. McFagle
I once argued with a guy I had cut off for ten minutes that he was too drunk to stay. The reason? He had ordered one drink, gulped it down, and then puked everything in his belly up onto my bar. He then immediately forgot he had done this, and demanded to know where his drink was, argued with me that I had tossed it when he wasn't looking, and that he hadn't thrown up. I had to be like: "there is literally puke on the lapel of your coat right now. Look down." He was stunned. jane_austentatious
Noping Down The Aisle
I was a bartender, but this wasn't when I was bartending...it was my wedding.
My wife and I decided that we really wanted to have one hell of a party for our wedding and somehow we thought having a 7 hour open bar was a good idea. Here are just a handful of the results of such a bacchanal:
One guy passed out underneath the urinals, One lady passed out in a stall, One guy vomited on his pregnant wife's shoes in the reception hall, Another guy passed out at his table and vomited right in the middle of the reception hall.
It got so bad that my best man went on the DJ's mike and said "People, the bus to the hotel isn't coming back for another 3 hours. Take it easy...and then an hour later his pants were off and he was dancing with my mom in his underwear.
Aftermath story: In the morning, I receive a call from the front desk. The nice fellow asked if I was the bridegroom and wished me many years of happy marriage. He then proceeds to say that the hotel understands that people drink and messes can be made, but this particular room was beyond the pale and asked if he could charge that room a special cleaning fee because he thought there was blood in the room. I said, "If it's that bad, you do whatever you need to do".
My wife asks what the call was about and I tell her. Being of an inquisitive nature she asks, "How bad can it be?" So, she decides to check it out. As soon as she gets off the elevator this odor smacks her in the face. She goes down this long hallway to my friend's room and she is horrified. There is sh*t (yes, feces) everywhere. There was a sea of sh*t on the floor of the bathroom. It looked like he had explosive sh*ts that had nearly covered the bathroom floor save where a circle around the toilet had been unsuccessfully wiped with the bathroom towels. There was a two inch wave that had flowed over the room separator and covered a good portion of the carpeted area of the room. She also mentioned what looked like a hand smear of sh*t on the blanket on the bed like a sh*t murderer had happened. It doesn't seem possible that someone could actually sh*t that much, but apparently it is. RegressToTheMean
I had 2 drunks sitting at the bar, completely hammered. They came in together and were obviously acquaintances but got into a heated disagreement. Suddenly one lurches to his feet and, quite nimbly, grabbed his bar stool and swung up back to hit the other one, like an executioner with a sword. None of us moved because he did it so quick and it looked like it would all be over in an instant but he froze, held his pose for a couple of long seconds, then just toppled over backwards. There was a collective sigh of relief from everyone but the victim who was also passed out face down on the bar. defenestrat0r
Am I Interrupting?
Had two regulars that would come in for Bears games like clockwork. Never missed a game in the two years I worked there. Nice guys married with kids and working as house painters. One looked like Michael Chiklis the other looked like Ned from Groundhog's day. One day they get fall down sloppy and start causing a ruckus. I tell them that they have to clear out and they stumble to the sidewalk. Five minutes later everyone in the bar is gathering around the front window. I look out and these two dudes are making out in the middle of Clark Street. Never saw them again. [deleted]
I work as a bartender at a pretty big live and cooking buffet, but we occasionally throw big parties for a nice extra bit of cash for the company (which we dont see any of) Anyhow, we had a pretty big 16+ party that night and I was bartending with a good friend of mine. It was a fun night, 16 year olds falling all over the place because they had 3-4 beers and such, decent music, pretty laid back night of work usually. While the party is at its peak this guy, probably 17 maybe 16 tries to come up to the bar and strike a conversation with me and my friend. The only thing is, hes quite drunk and has quite some trouble keeping upright. After trying to maintain his balance for a minute or two, he reaches for the bar, which is metal and soaked in beer after having shoved hundreds of beers over it. The guy wants to put his elbow on the bar with his face on his palms, he uses pretty much his full weight smacking down on the bar thinking its safe to lean on and the moment he does, his elbow speeds off to the side and he pretty much faceplants the bar. It seemed he nearly broke his face but he acts like nothing really happend, playing it off cool, orders a beer and leaves. 5 minutes later he comes back and asks for a supervisior to check him out because hes not feeling too well. Turns out he broke his nose in 2 places and his left cheekbone, he must've felt it pretty good the next morning. (I'm from Holland btw, hence the reason 16 year olds can drink beer) Mesypher
Had a guy walk out without paying his tab one night. The credit card he'd used to open the tab turned out to be bunk, so we couldn't do anything about it. Cut to a few weeks later when he and his buddies came back into the bar for drinks. I told him that he'd left a tab open a few weeks before, and he'd have to settle up before I'd serve him anything. He acted put out, but paid the old tab off in cash gave me another credit card to open a new one. He and his friends then set into get wasted and run up another very large tab. During their shenanigans, he thought it would be hilarious to throw his keys at me in an act of defiance. After I'd dodged the hastily thrown and poorly aimed projectile, I held on to the keys behind the bar. Presumably forgetting what he'd done, he and his friends skipped out on their tab again, and although I had pre-authorized the card when he gave it to me, it wouldn't accept the large tab they had run up. Dumb bastard had to come crawling back into the bar when he realized that we still had his keys, and he proceeded to drunkenly beg us to give them back to him. He had to use two or three different cards to pay off the tab before we would give them back to him, all the while he was yelling at us for being dicks. He was subsequently perma-banned from the bar. Im_a_shepherd
Sweet Potato Lie
I had a drunk customer who could not pay her bill run off and call 911 claiming that I had stabbed her. My weapon of choice you ask? A sweet potato french fry. The reaction of the cop (who showed up to look for a blood trail) when I told him that the restaurant had discontinued sweet potato fries months ago was truly priceless. Rock solid alibi. Ruled_by_Kush
Not a bartender but: I was a cashier at an all-night convenience store. This guy walks in, completely plastered, wearing a hoodie with one of those huge front pockets. He goes over to the fridge reeeeeeal suspicious like, and starts no-so-slyly stuffing the pocket with frozen burritos. Meanwhile, I'm watching the whole thing unfold, not even subtly staring at him, but he keeps peaking my way and then looking away and snickering like he's Thomas Crown. Finally, he takes a burrito to the microwave, unwraps, pops it in, starts her up and waits for it to finish. He brings the warmed burrito over to the counter, snickering all the while, and pays for it. I charge him $34.90 for the burrito + the nine other burritos in his pocket. He looks at the register, then back at me, then back to the register, then to me, and says "that'ss an expensive burrito... you're lucky I'm sho hungry". He pays, and leaves.
The thing that makes me laugh the most is the idea that he woke up the next morning with a hoodie full of melted burritos most likely. EyesWideStupid
I worked at a movie theater where we sold wine and beer. This one lady came in and had apparently pre-gamed too much as well as downing a couple of bottles in the theater. She got the extra bottles from friends because we cut her off a long time before the bottles after she spilled red wine on the floor leaving the counter.
Movie is over and she comes stumbling down the walkway, literally bouncing off the railings and slams a glass of wine into an employees hands, spilling it all over the employee. She then slams herself into the counter and screamed "DO YOU SELL WINE TO GO?!" We told her no and she ran off into the projector room because she 'thought it was the bathroom' and vomited blood red wine everywhere.
Her husband was absolutely mortified, paid for damages from the puke and left.
That was a bad night for a lot of people. Spare3Parts
Oh man, I've got a good one.
I bartend in Chicago, and this last summer the block my bar is on was having a huge street fest. No cars, booze, booths, and corn on the cob everywhere. There were drunks all day.
Cut to late in the night, most of the drunkies have toddled off to bang or barf or whatever most befits them. Our kitchen is closed, and most of the bar is emptying out. One of our cooks went downstairs to change, and came back upstairs with his face completely white, and says "theres somebody passed out in the basement... theres blood and chocolate cake everywhere"
Instantly tell everyone the bars closed and they need to go home, call the cops and ambulance.
Turns out, some drunk goon somehow toddled into our employees only basement, got into one of the freezers and began to go beast mode on a mostly frozen chocolate cake, then bashed his head and bled everywhere then fell asleep. The EMT's made sure he was alright, then wheeled him off in a hannibal lecter style gurney, to keep him upright as he puked all the way out of the restaurant. If the cook hadn't found him, guarantee you he'd be dead.
The follow up to the story? Its a big basement, and one of our servers was storing his vespa down there. When I helped him bring it upstairs, we found chocolate cake all over the handlebars. Drunk bastard tried to RIDE A SCOOTER IN THE BASEMENT. Man I'm glad it needs keys. Waffuly
Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.
Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.
The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:
"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."
Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.
Redditor Lopsided_Confusion57 asked:
"What's the wildest conspiracy theory you fully believe?"
We can't say any of these are true but sometimes it's fun to speculate.
The time traveling cyclist.
"The Australian cyclist Mick Rogers is a time traveler."
"In the 2002 Tour Down Under, Rogers was in a great position in the breakaway and looking to move into the overall race lead but a collision with a motorcycle left his bike out of commission. With the team service car and mechanics way down the road, it looked like Rogers' chances were gone. Then a cycling fan, who just happened to be at that precise point in the road, offered Rogers his bicycle to continue on. The bike also just happened to be the *exact* model of Colnago that Rogers had been riding. It was the correct size, right down to things like the stem and crank lengths. It even had the same pedal system that Rogers was already using, so he could just clip in and be away. He finished that stage and took the race lead, which he held on to all the way to the end for his only career win in his 'home' tour."
"My theory is that in the original timeline, Rogers didn't win the 2002 Tour Down Under. He quit cycling in anger and devoted his life to theoretical physics and solving the problem of time travel just so he could arrange it to leave himself a spare bike where and when he needed it."
"I'm on board for whatever book or screenplay you write."
"Wait, so if Rogers motivation to find ways for time travelling was losing 2002 race, and if he won, then Rogers never found time travelling and our time line is forever devoid of genius like Rogers who would have found time travelling and attended Hawkins party."
"Yep, exactly. Our timeline is stuck with boring old Mick Rogers, 2002 TDU winner and 3x World Time Trial Champion while some other, much cooler, party timeline gets Mick Rogers, the second coming of Einstein. He probably even cures Covid for them."
The best money making stunt.
"Information is leaked from a studio about an upcoming project that p*sses off the fan base. The studio will then change things to keep the fans happy. The conspiracy is the original leak was just a lie to drum up free publicity for the project."
"This made me think of the Sonic movie. No way in hell were they going to make Sonic look that bad. Put out a fake trailer with him lookin all scary, everyone is talking about it. Wala. Take a bit to say you're fixing his look, put out a new trailer. You just drummed up tons of publicity since people are now following the story."
"I have mixed thoughts to that one."
"I mean 'No way in hell were they going to make him look like that.' Buddy have you seen the cash-grab BS that Hollywood has pulled off before? Hell, when was there a movie based off a game that wasn't exactly as bad as that Sonic looked?"
"I will admit that they may have done that as a publicity stunt, but I also admit that they could have thought it looked fine."
"Have you seen … CATS?"
"100% of the population believes that Putin has had people killed for political reasons but only a very small percentage of Americans believe that American politicians would ever do so."
"I mean, there's a reason the joke/saying is, 'The highest award a journalist can receive is being assassinated by the CIA.' There's probably been a handful who may've found out one too many things on the elites, and then had an accident before they could publish their findings."
"Ohhhh boy then south american journalists in the 60s-80s have been awarded way too much."
"MLK was literally murdered by the government."
"Lots of Black Panthers were too."
'"As part of the larger COINTELPRO operation, the FBI was determined to prevent any improvement in the effectiveness of the BPP leadership. The FBI orchestrated an armed raid with the Chicago police and State Attorney on Hampton's Chicago apartment.'"
"Quote from the Wikipedia article on Fred Hampton."
Conspiracies for the conspiracies to cover up the conspiracies.
"The CIA creates conspiracy theories to provide cover for the real conspiracies."
"It's actually kind of scary how smug anti-conspiracy discourse is used to derail actual conversations. A moment that chipped my faith in humanity just a little was when I was arguing with some people about Guatemala in 1954 and people denied my version of events happened 'because it's a conspiracy.'"
"Like no the parties involved admitted to it."
"If you don't know what I'm talking about and are from the USA you should have a google. But, basically the USA destroyed a democracy because it made a corporation sad."
"What's worse is when people will talk about how corrupt insert what politicians they don't like are, but then when you mention something that is actually confirmed to have happened, they pull the conspiracy theory card and act as if the idea people in power don't want to secure further power for themselves."
"We have been conditioned to think like that from since we started school though (I guess that's my submission for this ask post)."
"I think I remember reading about some CIA agents AMA. Someone asked him the question, 'What's the point of area 51?' The answer was, 'To keep your attention away from area 50 and 52.'"
"Obviously not an exact quote, but the idea of it has always stuck with me."
Extinct animals not actually being extinct for preservation.
"I think it is entirely plausible that the Thylacine still exists in the depths of the Australian mainland and the government knows it."
"It wouldn't be that crazy for misguided scientists to have moved or released a few in the late 1800s. Once the animal went extinct, they certainly couldn't reveal the existence of the mainland population lest poachers and local farmers destroy it. They also may have realized how significant the liability was for releasing large predators into farmland."
"Folks have found hair and scat samples that may be from the animal, but the university lab results always come back and say they are nonsense. That's probably the truth, but I wouldn't be entirely surprised if the government was strong-arming them into reporting BS results. TBH if I was a conservation scientist it wouldn't take much convincing for me to fake a negative test."
Robert 'Curt' Borton Jr.
"I believe in a LOT of really boring conspiracies. Stuff like. 'This person was about to expose corporate/government corruption, and then died suspiciously.'"
"But if you want to go for a more intense one, Robert Borton, who I just learnt about, takes the cake. tl;dr guy disappears in Vietnam and really strange sh*T happens to his family."
"This guy, Robert 'Curt' Borton Jr. turns 19 in 1965, he goes to fight in Vietnam. He lands in 1966 and vanishes 19 days into his deployment alongside 3 other soldiers."
"In 1976, two guys approach his dad and claimed to work for the Department of Defense. They asked him to sign a letter that would change his sons status from 'Missing in action' to 'Killed in action' and he refused. Arguing the military would not confront people in public to sign documents. However, in the following weeks he was approached again by these two guys in public places and eventually signed it out of fear. He later received money for doing so."
"His sister then claims that every time they've seen Curt's official files, the entries keep changing, and his sister claims her phone was being wiretapped. A cousin believes that everyone was being watched, claiming that he was followed to work several times and that two men would follow him from his home to his company and then back. After this went on for a month, he decided to confront them, but they denied following him. After that, for about a month, he was not followed."
"The family is convinced Curt was part of a secret government operation that brought him from Vietnam into the United States. Diane believes that he has tried to contact her and other family members on multiple occasions. She claims that she has talked to a man who is a "secret returnee" and that they are allowed to come back to the United States, as long as they do not contact their families. She believes that this was done because the U.S. government had already claimed that all of the living POWs had been brought home; since they were still left behind, they could not become known to the public."
We may never fully know if any of these are true. Given the track record and history of most governments in the world, maybe some of these aren't so far fetched.
Only you can decide what you believe or not.
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I hate ghosts, even if it's Casper. My life is already stressful enough. I don't need to creeped out by spirits from the beyond. Shouldn't they be resting and basking in the glow of the great beyond instead of menacing the rest of us?
The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.
Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.
Redditor u/Murky-Increase4705 wanted to hear about all the times we've faced some hauntings that left us shook, by asking:
Reddit, what are your creepy encounters with something that you are convinced was paranormal?
I can't definitively say I've come face to face with the spirits. But I have had some unsettling feelings in the dark. Shadows are just shadows sometimes, but who can be sure.
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"I was helping my dad clean my grandma's house after she passed and I went in and was trying to find a song in my phone and before I could I heard a cough plain as day come from down the hallway where her room was. She died of lung and throat cancer it was pretty crazy."
"When I was 5 I remember getting home from my grandpa's birthday party. For context my mom was pregnant with my brother at the time, so my parents had already bought his crib. I woke up in the middle of the night to find a women in a white dress and long black hair standing over my brother's crib. I managed to wake up my dad so he could take me to the bathroom. When I got back it was still there. It was only until morning when it disappeared. Every now and then I see a glance of what I assume is that thing running past the backyard."
"My best friend and his wife had moved to a new apartment. I came over to visit a few times, and each time I'd see the motion of a cat in my peripheral vision. Not the image of a cat, but a sense of how a cat moves. Anyway, one day I finally cracked some joke about the ghost cat in the place and his wife was instantly saying "See! See! I told you we had a ghost cat!"
"I worked graveyard shift in a dementia ward for 4 years and it was anything but quiet. I was working with a nurse one night when we both heard a resident say "excuse me." We looked around and no-one was there. I checked on the resident in question and she was fast asleep in her own room. Many of us also experienced someone whistling in the ward late at night and one nurse even managed to catch a video of it happening. It was unnerving to say the least."
"I once saw someone short walk by me in my house. They walked into the laundry room which only has one way in. I walked into it behind them and they where gone. I thought it was my little brother but I went to his room and he was asleep. I still have no clue what that was."
Now was everyone here positive they were sober? Just asking. Those are certainly spooky moments. I'd like some video footage please. Continue...
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"I was up at 3am when I was maybe 7 or 8. I looked out the window and saw a woman in a white dress run across my yard. I could see through her. She was transparent like the reflections on the window."
"So, my work place is haunted. I was having a really crap day, and as a cleaner, it's normal that me and my co worker will be the only ones left at night. So I was standing on the second floor, leaning on the banister for the stair case, when I heard this male voice say in my ear "you alright?" Clear as day. I turned around so fast and nobody was there and it scared the hell out of me."
"I remember as a young kid I usually use to sit in my bed and watch tv with my room door open while the adjacent guest bedroom next to mine would always have the door shut. I always remember seeing that door fully open and close by itself multiple times a day very slowly and gently. Never really bothered me much now that I think about it… but there were other creepier experiences I had in the same house that made me feel uncomfortable like I was being watched."
"I went to the Betsy Ross House as a really little kid in the early 90s. Normal house but I was confused why the tour guide never talked about the woman on the chair crying at the edge of the bed in Betsy Ross's bedroom. So I asked about it. No one else saw the woman at the edge of the bed. I figured it was just a wax museum since there was a wax statue of a man in uniform rolling bullets in the basement."
"Years later, I was looking at haunted Philadelphia tours to go on with a friend and the Betsy Ross House was on it. I was like "woah! I was there!" and looked into it some more. Turns out there is a woman at the end of the bed crying and a uniformed man in the basement that people have reported seeing. There is no way that 8 year old me would have known about either of these things."
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"I had this hello kitty Balloon In my bed room, it had a string and weight on it. So it was late, I had the lights on just Sitting on my bed. The Balloon turns, faces my door, slowly floats into my hallway and turns and floats into my sister's room. To this day I am scared of balloons."
They are among us and they like Hello Kitty. I'm probably rattling the paranormal cages and they'll come for me next, but I'm ready. I feel like this thread has prepared me.
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The past year brought about much anxiety and it's been a challenge to find the light in what has felt like perpetual darkness.
"What gives you genuine happiness?"
Food brings people together, and that combination brings much happiness for these Redditors.
"Plenty of my favorite food eaten together with fam."
"Harvesting fruits/veggies from plants which I grew myself and then gifting the harvest to others. I love to grow blueberries and hope I will have lots next year."
Compliments To The Chef
"Seeing people enjoy food that I cooked, especially seeing my fiancee smile while she eats my from-scratch chocolate chip cookies."
The Little Things
"It's difficult to tell the difference between genuine happiness and enough distraction. Food, like video games or playing the piano, makes me joyful while I'm eating it. I believe that the things that make me truly happy are the ones that happen infrequently, if at all, and are beyond of my control, such as being complimented or receiving physical contact."
Being alone with our thoughts can be comforting.
Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
"Being outside with no people around. Live in a city and I get up super early and just walk around before everyone else is out. Best part of my day."
In Between Consciousness
"I think it may be the only time I am ever genuinely happy when I am in that state of going to sleep where I think, but at the same time I am neither asleep nor awake. It feels like I am entirely detached from the physical world; free of fear, and pain."
"Don't try heroin."
"I've noticed that some things can make you so happy that they make you happy before (anticipation) and after (reminiscing) you've done them."
Being with loved ones, both humans and pets, can be the very definition of happiness.
"Weekend mornings sitting on the couch curled up with my husband and cat, both of us reading a book. It feels like quality time even though we aren't talking. Just a lot of peace."
"Your comment made me imagine a cat sitting on a couch, reading a book, wearing reading glasses and that made me really happy."
Hide And Seek
"Watching my cat get stuck somewhere stupid, then yelling for help. The best place so far was in a cabinet over the stove."
Our Inner Comedian
"When I manage to make my friends day by making them laugh. I honestly get so happy when they are happy."
What Brings Joy To Others
"I really love to hear about other people's hobbies/passions/interests. It never fails to make me smile."
"Equally, my hobbies/passions/interests make me happy."
I'm a kid at heart.
So it's not surprising that going to a Disney park as an adult brings out the inner kid in me.
Having grown up in Southern California, I get nostalgic about all my trips to Disneyland with my family and friends.
Eventually, I got a job there in entertainment, where I've made lifelong friends and grew as a performer.
My glee quadruples when I bring friends who've never been to a Disney park before and I see the excitement on their faces.
And what brings me pure joy is hearing from these first-time visitors that, after a long day of running around for 12+ hours, they tell me they had the "best day ever."
Walt, you did a good thing.
A lot of talk going on about women's bodies, isn't there?
Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.
One of the main talking points against these bans and laws being placed on women's bodies is the idea that it would never happen to a man. "If men could get pregnant, there'd be free abortions tomorrow," is a slogan thrown around quite a bit online. Is that true?
Let's ask them.
Men of Reddit, would you take a male contraceptive pill if it was readily available? Why/Why not?
Genuinely, you might find yourself surprised at how many men are willing and ready to do their part in controlling what goes on during contraception.
Click, Click...No Boom.
"Yes. Makes more sense to unload the gun than shoot at a bulletproof vest."
"Without a doubt. I hate the idea of a vasectomy...nervous about the procedure. But I'd 100% take a male contraceptive pill"
Both Parties Are Making A Choice
"Yes. I world prefer both genders have birth control and that both are actively using it to give the best possible chance of no accidental pregnancies."
What Have Women Been Going Through?
"Honestly I would because I hate the fact how it f-cks with my girlfriend's body. And I rather deal with it than her"
"Absolutely ruins my day when I think about what a hormonal disaster the implant has been for her. It doesn't even bother her that much, but why should she have to deal with any of it at all? Saving up for a vasectomy so it can all just be done with."
Some men are not for a male contraceptive.
Hear them out.
"Think I'd probably still rely on rubbers. Shooting a load without one and relying on it being blanks... I'd be too paranoid about it"
"Rubbers will still help against things OTHER than pregnancy too - so, wearing them is still a good idea"
Wait, What Day Of The Week Is It?
"Oh yes 100%. The only reason I'd be hesitant is i'm very likely to forget"
"Yeah my ex couldn't even remember to buy condoms so not sure I would trust him with a pill. I also wouldn't trust myself with it either, hence the condoms :D"
What's It Doing To Me?
"If it had the same side-effect as the female one and affected my mood or my libido? F-ck no."
"Not all methods have that effect on women. There are literally hundreds of contraception, it's finding the best one for your body."
"I imagine that if men were taking contraception there would be triple the research into making sure you guys were A-OK"
It's All In The Conversation
"Personally, I wouldn't take it. The pill messes with your hormones and that's why I don't expect a woman to take it and also, that's why I don't want to take it."
"If she does, because she wants to - ok. If she doesn't, because she doesn't want to - ok, too."
"If I happen to hook up with someone, I'll wear a condom, because pregnancy isn't the only thing to prevent."
"If I am in a relationship and my gf tells me that she doesn't want to take the pill (anymore), I don't have any right to argue with her and that's why I'll wear a condom."
"I don't care if it "doesn't feel so good" - for me, the best thing about sex is the shared intimacy."
However, really, it's the man in all of us that wouldn't mind shouldering some responsibility in the child-baring years of our lives. Cheers to that.
So Long As It's A Unity Effort
"Yes, I have this theory that every man's phone alarm would go off at the same time at the bar, and we would raise our bc pill in the air to cheers all taking it at the same time"
Why Make Them Do Something You're Not Willing To Do?
"Abso-f-cking-lutely YES a million times yes!!!"
"Straight away, it would be a d*ck move if I expected my girlfriend to take stuff if I'm not willing to"
...Is That Pun Or...?
"Yes! My wife has been carrying the burden of birth control for 11 years now. Lots of pain, discomfort and other effects over the years, its time men can share the load."
We won't know what the future brings. Science at this point makes it feel like anything is possible, so in the next century? Who can say?
Be ready, men. It's our turn, next.
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