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Love can make us all do some stupid and ludicrous things. When we're in the throes of romance, whether it be a perfect relationship or a toxic disaster we all have those moments where we act afool. It's unfortunate when we can place the blame solely on ourselves because of poor judgement. When we look back it can be daunting to see the staggering amount of loss before it even got started just because we weren't thinking.

Redditor u/j__knight638 wanted everyone to fess up to so past deeds that were not some of life's finer moments by asking.... What is the one instance where you f**ked it up with a crush, that you still dwell on to this day?


You tell me....

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I had a crush on this person for several years but never made a move.

One day we ran into one another in a cafe and after saying hi they looked straight into my eyes and said "hey, how come you and I have never gotten together?"

For some reason out of nervousness and surprise I just said "I dunno," grabbed my drink and left. To this day I don't know if they thought it was sarcasm or just gave up thinking it wasn't worth pursuing someone so brusque and oblivious as me. Salt-Pile

Hear no Evil... 

In junior high. Literally the only girl in the class that just acted nicely to people and always smiled, I had a huge crush on her for over a year. Toward the end of our last year in J.H. I passed her in the crowded hall after school, like i had 500 times before, and one of her friends goes "hey x wants to go out with you" and i literally pretended to not hear anything. she starts saying my name to get my attention but my back is turned. I keep acting like I didn't hear anything and walked into the crowd. 15 year old me was dumb enough that day, to fill 10,000 black holes with stupid.

The next year she had moved to a different district and i never saw her again. penny_eater

Shameless..... 

I actually got together with her, she was a bit more grown than me, and i was embarrassed about my Star Wars posters and other child stuff in my room. So i never invited her to my home, and she got that wrong and broke up. She thought i was embarrassed of her and didn't want my parents to get to know her. I regret everything. AlfredTButler

The Way of the Samurai.... 

Age 11. Birthday Party, Summer Crush and Pinata Time. She spun me around and put the blindfold on me. You can guess what happens next.

That Pinata was about to receive a Samurai worthy Strike from Heaven itself. And when the blindfold came off there was blood everywhere. I had struck her on the head. I was honestly traumatized. Nevermind her!

I forgot about it until 20 years later my brother brought it up. In my mind, it was HE who struck her in the head, not me. My mind had developed a reality where it did not accept I had done it and I had to ask other family members to confirm this, to make sure he wasn't just f**king with me. Labamba4you

But it's our history....

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Accidentally sent him a screenshot of our conversation. Every time I think about it I want to die. 69creative_person69

I did this last summer. She was friends with my cousin and we had a great night out. I was talking to my brother about it the next day and he couldn't remember what she looked like (they've met before) and he doesn't have Facebook. So, of course, I sent her a screenshot of her own Facebook profile picture...

I want to jump out my office window just thinking about it. WHAT DID MY ANCESTORS DO TO BRING THIS SHAME UPON THEIR SEED!!! erlydecision

I'm not a tissue... 

Was hanging out in spring and I had a little bit of hay fever. At one point we just stared into each others eye and I sneezed all over her face like there was snot on her. She was grossed out but once I got all my snot off her she laughed about it she did get her revenge a few days later. daibz

Too Soon?

I confessed WAY too early :// I could tell he was into me but I think I got overconfident and confessed too early and weirded him out and he rejected me. We still good friends now tho so it's cool. I have a strict 10 date policy. Don't reveal the murders until the 7th date, don't reveal the lasagna-making elves in your basement till the 8th date, don't reveal the bodies under your floorboards until the 9th date, and only ask him if he wants to join the bodies under the floorboards on the 10th date. denatured_enzyme_

But I was tired! 

My first crush went to prom with me and late that night (or morning) when I was dropping her off, she kept asking if I wanted to go in and watch a movie and that her parents were away for the weekend. I kept telling her it was late but she kept insisting. Anyways I told her it was late and I was tired. I still cringe at that moment. Whenever I'm back home now and my old high school friends and I meet up, they still give me crap for it. frostyaznguy

The Hot Mess.... 

Crush invited himself over, we hit it off and talked for 5 hours straight. He then asked if he could sleep over.

My bedroom was literally so messy that I couldn't have anyone in. I was in the middle of moving a lot of stuff out of my place. Boxes on boxes everywhere, used clothes and random objects all over my bed.

So I said my room was too messy and booked him an Uber home.

I realize how this may have sounded like a fake excuse/that I wasn't interested. Hahaha tamagobb

Turn around bright eyes...

This was in high school. I sat behind him and had the feeling all day long he was gonna ask me out. Plus some of my female classmates told me they heard from their friends of friends of friends that he would in whatever period it was this incident happened in.

Anyway, he turned around when the bell rang and out of nervousness I blurted out "turn back the f**k around." ...and he did. And never turned back around...

I can laugh about it now but at the time, NOBODY asked me out. Not even for prom. He was a well liked guy so others sided with him and called me all sorts of names haha. luck008

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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.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

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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