People Share The Most Over The Top Selfish Act They've Witnessed.

This article is based on the AskReddit question

"What's the most selfish thing you've ever witnessed?"

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1/20. A coworker got pregnant after trying for a couple years. She was several months in, started having weird pains while at work on a Wednesday or Thursday and turns out she was having a miscarriage. Nonetheless, she loses the baby, but returns to work on Monday.

She wasn't working at 100%, so my boss, Pat, (also a female), walks up to my coworker and says My dog is sick, but you don't see me slacking off.


2/20. This happened at least 15 years ago at Six Flags. I was standing in line for a ride, and a teenage boy and his younger sister were in front of me. The girl was hungry and kept asking her brother if they could get something to eat. Eventually we reached a stand that sold frozen lemonade. The boy paid for the lemonade, reached for two spoons, paused, and then put the other spoon back. He did not share the frozen lemonade. The little girl just stood there silently with the saddest look on her face.


3/20. My brother. He, through a mistake, received a free iPod. And this was when they were really blowing up. I offered him $70 for it because this was how much I had saved up so far in order to buy one for my self. Be said no because he could get more online. Fine. About a year later I was saving up for a new digital camera and he offers to sell me his because he got a new one for Christmas. I pay him $200 for it and he mails it to be (we lived in different states at the time). I get it and it won't turn on. I call him. He says yeah it's broken, that's why I got a new one. Wouldn't give me my money back. I don't talk to him much anymore.


4/20. When I was like 11, my mum slipped a disc in her back and she was literally in agony. Anyway, she couldn't get up the stairs but my (incredibly physically strong) dad refused to help her because he'd had 'a long day' so he went for a nap on the sofa while my mum literally had to crawl up the stairs to her bed. It's the only time to this day I've seen her cry. That really stuck with me, and from now on I'll always go out of my way to help someone in pain out (accident or just chronic pain and struggling while out and about) if they want the help, no matter how much it'll inconvenience my day/how tired I am or whatever.


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5/20. I once was involved in a matter where a man committed suicide. A fund was put together by his friends and managed by his sister to raise money for his funeral, burial and some other cash to tide over some debts etc.

His sister took the money, went on holiday and blew it all and when asked about it said, Hes dead, why does he matter?


6/20. After I left my ex, I came to an agreement with him where he would get visitation, but since I had no car or license, he would have to pick them up and bring them home, and I would put gas in his car (I said I would give him gas, not money, because I was not going to give him party money). When he dropped them off, he got so mad that I had a can of gas, rather than money to give him, that he drove off and never saw them again. Honestly, both me and my kids are way better for it, but damn, throwing away kids over 5 dollars is literally the most selfish, most terrible thing I have ever seen someone do.


7/20. My brother using his girlfriend's child's bank account to commit fraud due to his gambling addiction. The kid was no older than 4 at the time, it was intended as an account for grandparents and other family members to put money in over time for him to have at 18. He stole all the money and attempted to get credit with the account.


8/20. These two girls I knew in middle school, their parents were poor. (Actually, it was their mom and her boyfriend.) I went over to their house one day and saw that while the parents had a furnished bedroom, the girls just had mattresses on the floor and all their clothes were just folded on the floor.

In the kitchen there was a pantry that had a scant amount of crappy food that no one like's to eat. But above the stove was the parent's pantry filled with yummy stuff. They were not allowed to watch the boyfriend's TV or play his video games. Also, what little amount of money they had extra, they spent it on pot. It's sad how neglected these girls were.


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9/20. Busy streetcar and a man on crutches comes on. All seats are filled. The man almost falls over twice and noone offers him a seat. I finally made a point of being obnoxious and basically saying "Would someone mind offering this dude a seat please?"

Honestly there were a couple twenty somethings who immediately turned to look in a different direction to pretend they didn't hear me


10/20. When my parents got divorced, my father told the arbitrator that if he gave my mom the money for the bills, she would just waste it and they wouldn't get paid. For some reason her lawyer agreed to the condition and he got to keep a large portion of the alimony/child support so he could pay the house / electric / car / other utilities bills.

He did not. He just kept the money. Six months later, we were kicked out of our house and lost our car. When this was brought up at court, my father decided he should just quit his six figure job at the department of corrections to avoid having to give our family ANY money.

If you think that maybe my mother was really a money grubber or something, it should be noted that she had gotten a serious spinal surgery in her neck only a month before the divorce and was virtually bedridden. With me as a teenager and my brother not even ten years old, I had to take care of everything.


11/20. First thing that comes to mind, a women was in line at Subway and didn't have enough money for both her and her child's sandwich. She chose to pay for her own sandwich and had the worker throw away the child's. The woman simply told the kid he could eat later.


12/20. My niece saw a t-shirt on the back of a box of cereal. One of those send in three proof of purchase situations. She just had to have it. She brought the box to her mom and told her about it. My sister in law ordered it in a large for herself. Straight up told the little girl to stop crying, that you don't get everything you want. I just happened to be the one to go check the mail the day it came in. That shirt went straight in the trash can.


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13/20. Every birthday and Christmas, my siblings and I had the choice between receiving a gift from my parents or having $100 put in our bank account for post secondary school. I loved learning as a child so I did what most children wouldn't have money in the bank. When my father cheated on my Mom, he drained all our bank accounts (including our college savings) prior to leaving.


14/20. I worked at a convenience store and in walked a mother and her young son, I'm guessing he was about 5. She goes gets a soda and comes up to the counter. We have on the counter a tub full of gummy worms at 5 cents each, and the little boy asks him mom if he can have 2. Literally asks for exactly 2, as in 10 cents worth. She proceeds to tell him no that "We can't afford that!" and then buys $10 worth of scratch offs. I gave that little boy 5 gummy worms. No way in hell a kid that comes in and asks him mother nicely if he can have just 2 gummy worms is gonna miss out especially if she then spends $10 on god damn scratch offs.


15/20. This was about five or so years ago. Showed up to a party where there was a lot of drinking. This tiny girl, weighed maybe about 95lbs, is killing a fifth of vodka on her own. She disappears and next thing we know her friend and boyfriend are carrying her downstairs. "Taking her to ER, we think she has alcohol poisoning," they say. They weren't drinking so we figured she was good. Party was obviously finished at that point so we start cleaning up and get ready to leave.

Not even ten minutes later and the friend and the drunk girl's boyfriend walk back in and start drinking together. Said they dropped her off and the ER people told them to leave. Didn't make sense to us but at least girl was at the ER.

Turns out they had pulled up to the ER, pushed her out of the car, and came right back to the party. Luckily they did it right at the ER's shift change. Had it not happened right then who knows how long that poor girl would have been out there alone basically dying.

Later it came out that the friend and boyfriend had planned on getting this girl super drunk so she would have to leave/ pass out so they could hook up.


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16/20. One of my dad's good friends was battling a fairly severe case of pneumonia. He was in a medically induced coma for several weeks. The hospital he was located in was about 90 minutes away from his house.

Whilst in the coma, a Go Fund Me account was created to help his wife pay medical bills, and to help her stay at a hotel close by to the hospital. Several thousand dollars were raised by friends and family of the husband.

The wife proceeded to invite her friends down for an all expenses paid vacation, and basically blew through the entire go fund me proceeds, while neglecting to go to the hospital.

Now he has recovered, but he is still married to his wonderful wife.


17/20. Mom blew threw my entire college fund to 'get back' at my dad for an affair she imagined, didn't find out until first semester when I had $50. Routinely stole money from me and my brother, while also spending every child support check on wine and partying. If something needed to come out of the budget, it was always our food or clothes. She tries to reconcile every few years and thinks I just ignore her for no reason. I plan on waiting for the call that she's dead and not showing up to the funeral.


18/20. Once I worked with a woman who was about to have her first baby. Her water broke on her birthday and she started to go into labor. She said she purposely tried to stop labor and waited until a few days later to go to the hospital because she didn't want to share her birthday with her baby because she said it was "her day".

She ended up having a very bad time delivering because she had waited so long to seek medical help.

Hands down most selfish thing I've ever heard.


19/20. Witnessed my manager tell her crying son he "needs to shut up and stop crying because you aren't going to grandma's for Thanksgiving, we're going shopping because I want a new video game."

He was begging her to go see his family, literally shaking because was was crying so hard. She eventually just walked away from him and left him to cry.


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20/20. Today my mom had a hysterectomy done. She has stage 3 breast cancer (hasn't technically been put in remission by her doctors) and the hysterectomy was the last step in this long and terrible year she's had which has included a double mastectomy, chemo, and reconstruction.

My uncle (moms brother) is going through some things. He struggles with alcohol addiction (doesn't wanna own up to it), lives in my grandmothers house who passed away five years ago (struggles to pay all bills including property taxes so the family is at risk of losing the home), and has recently violated an order of protection that was put on him by his ex (twice).

Nothing is his fault. All of his issues are a result of others incompetence/failures/coldheartedness. Oh and he's a genius.

Today he posted (on Facebook) some shit about my mom having her hysterectomy today and him being disappointed that he couldn't go because he has court (for violating the order of protection). He also posted that she has stage 3 lymphoma. My mom explicitly said that she didn't want anyone posting anything online about her condition. She's a private person and the sole caretaker of my uncle. She feels like she has to take care of him since he threatens suicide all of the time (we have had long talks about enabling, trust me).

I asked him to take it down. He got offended. Told me that if it affects him then it affects everyone. Told me that I was trying to restrict his right to free speech. Oh, the kicker? He said that he wants the judge/DA/whoever to see that he is struggling and that it's this girls fault for putting him through additional hell. He was using my moms condition, which she specifically asked not to be put on blast, as a soapbox.

I stayed cordial, wished him luck, didn't tell my mother, and asked him not to speak with me anymore. This was the conclusion of the essay of selfish things he has done while my mother fights cancer. This is worse than when he said that he wished he had cancer instead of going through the heartbreak of a breakup. He was with this girl for three months.



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