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"People who've hosted or been to parties that have gone horribly wrong, what happened and why?" –– This was today's burning question from Redditor alfie_ukcreeper, who reminded us how even the most innocent events can go from zero to 60 in a few seconds flat... and for all the wrong reasons.

Think of the last party you went to that went off the rails. You probably wouldn't want to repeat that, right? Now imagine something worse!


"In high school..."

In high school there was this house party where the house was completely empty. No furniture, nothing on the walls, and the fridge and cabinets were all chained shut.

Word spread that the house was vacant, and it didn't actually belong to anyone, so people started trashing the place.

People were putting out cigarettes on the carpet, writing on the walls, just complete disregard for who might be responsible for everything.

It turned out one of the kids actually lived there, and he had moved everything into the bedrooms as a precaution. His genius idea ended up working against him. I never knew who the kid was, or even met him for that matter. This was just the story I heard a few days later.

TheSkinnyVinny

"She invited..."

My sister's 11th birthday party.

She invited all the kids in her class for a typical house birthday party. My parents had their hands full with kids running all over the house. While they were inside trying to kick hide and seek kids out of their bedroom, One boy had confessed his love to one of the girls. She rejected him, so his reaction was to threaten to hang himself. Our swing set outside used to have a tire swing, but the tire was gone leaving only the rope.


My parents heard frantic screeching and girls sprinting through the house crying. They looked out in the back yard and this boy had the rope tied around his neck and he was standing on the swing set. They ran outside and took the rope off his neck and called his parents.

My Dad then had to drive down the road looking for all the freak out kids that just booked it straight outta the house. They called all the parents to come pick up their kids early.

DickyBurd

"Dad worked security..."

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Dad worked security for several college apartment complexes years ago. Apparently someone thought it would be a great idea to have a house party in one of these apartments. They ended up having so many people in the apartment that the floor collapsed. Few people were injured and several people were out of a home for quite some time. My dad got a call the next day from his company wanting him to work the building to keep people out of the area.

CylonsInAPoliceBox

"A couple of friends..."

A couple of friends in high school organized a party in a small house that one guy's parents had on their lot and rented out for events. We had had a lame meetup a few days before where almost nobody showed up so in order for this to not happen again everyone was told to just bring everyone along. So people brought friends who brought friends who brought friends and suddenly we were surrounded by a whole lot of people nobody knew and chaos broke out. Some of these seemed like rather unpleasant people so we locked the building and told people to get in in an organized manner or leave. So people started spraying the building, stealing stuff, breaking a window, breaking in through a kitchen window and stepping on the stove damaging it as well, clogging toilets, ...

We had to call the police to kick them out but everyone bailed before they came. So we filed reports for the happenings, smoked one, slept for a few hours and then spent the morning cleaning up the mess and trying to scrape the graffiti from the walls with little success... there was a kid's birthday party scheduled to take place in the house right that day....

happyprocrastination

"Luckily..."

Friend's house party where they accidentally served an underage neighbor, who got so wasted he fell backwards off a balcony onto the sidewalk and knocked himself out. Ambulance and police called. All the people at the party helped hide the booze, started eating to sober up, etc. We were laying out playing cards when the cops showed up to question everyone. (Holiday party, took a LONG time for the police to show up. The paramedics already had him backboarded and loaded onto the ambulance when they finally rolled up.)

Luckily, the injured neighbor's roommate showed up about that time and admitted his roommate had come home from work already drinking and they'd gotten in an argument over it, so he'd told him to GTFU for the night. The cops didn't fine my friend over it on the assumption neighbor was already drunk when he saw the party and walked in.

TBF, we'd all talked to the dude at some point and he was pretty out of it right from the jump, and none of us had any idea he was only 19. He looked a lot older. But still, I have never sobered up as fast as I did that night.

geminiloveca

"There were only 4 bottles..."

They were only 4 bottles of alcohol for 40 people, the mother of the house discovered that we were drinking and started yelling at her daughter in front of all of us, one girl puked the floor after drinking pure vodka, all the people went to their houses at three o'clock and my best friend got drunk and tried to kiss me. Pretty good birthday party for me.

Lowkiclasi_1423

"My couch..."

My couch was set on fire and thrown off the second floor deck.

TheTrueHapHazard

"Hosted a massive high school party..."

Hosted a massive high school party after a huge win for our school's football team just in the instance that it started to rain.

Needless to say, my house was loaded with people. Went downstairs to checkout the crowd down there...

Well, what do stupid high school students do when they can't find a beer opener?... Find something that will open it

That thing happened to be my family's kitchen Marble counter top. People were taking their bottles and prying off the lids on the edge of the counter.

CHIPPING OFF PIECES IN THE PROGRESS... needless to say, my dad was fucking angry when they came home the next day.

I was grounded for a long ass time and I had to pay for the replacement from my grocery-boy salary.

NextGenCanadian

"There was more..."

New years party at a friend's place that I was helping co-host. Here's some highlights.

  • Someone got stuck in the bathroom. Had to have an elaborate heist scene with funneling him tools to unscrew the burglar bars over the window to escape.
  • Someone took a crap in the bathroom. Sounds fine. They missed the toilet. Was in the middle of the room. Didn't have proper tools to clean it. Ended up scooping it up with a pad some girl has left on the window sill.
  • Had to break up a fight with people literally smashing furniture over each other.
  • Watched a beautiful scene where a guy tried to go down a spiral staircase with a stone balustrade, but was so wasted he fell into, and through it, taking down the (rather old) pillars and going into the bush next to them. Some girl saw it happen, leaned over to give him a hand out. He grabbed her hand, she saw who it was, said ew, and straight dropped his butt back in the bush and walked off.
  • Had my voice box broken/cracked in a freak trampoline accident.

There was more, but this was a while ago. Mostly a fun evening anyway.

M_SunChilde

"Bunch of drunk people..."

Bunch of drunk people trying to see who could pee the farthest of the balcony. Next door neighbor opened the window as they tried to figure out why it was raining and got hit.

someguy92614

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
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