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Sometimes the things people get offended by really stun me. You’d think some of people are simply out looking for trouble. And for what? Are their lives really so joyless that they need to get their kicks out of annoying people with their imaginary problems? Unfortunately, not everyone is as laid back as we’d like. Do we feel sorry for them? What do we do?

After Redditor Judesa69 asked the online community, “What is the most inoffensive thing that someone got offended by?” people shared stories about some of the people they’ve run into.


“I once got written up...”

I once got written up because a eavesdropping co-worker overheard me talking about my drug use. I'm an insulin dependent diabetic and I was giving another co-worker advice to pass on to her recently diagnosed father.

II_confused

“When I was a kid...”

When I was a kid, a neighbor reported my mother to the authorities because she saw a pack of single-use insulin syringes in the medicine cabinet.

MustacheSmokeScreen

“I told my friend...”

I told my friend that her hair looked cute and she turned toward me and snapped, "So it doesn't look cute all the other days?!"

YouKnowHowIBe

“I used to work...”

I used to work at a clothing store. We had a buy one, get one free sale. An old lady was pissed at me because she didn't understand she had to have 2 items in order to get one free.

Melted

“A woman once...”

A woman once got really, seriously angry with me for pronouncing the 'h' in Amherst.

Headcasenahalf

“Someone found out...”

Someone found out that I'm on the autistic spectrum and was deeply offended that I was not needing basically 24/7 care and supervision like Rain Man. Some days, the greatest challenge of the autism spectrum is condescension.

WARPMIND

“I’ve known people who got angry...”

Back before caller ID was popular, people got a fair bit of wrong numbers.

I've known people who got angry and verbally abused the wrong number caller when the mistake was made clear. I never made sense to me why this was. To be fair, some people would claim 'wrong number' in order to divine some information or for other reasons. But, come on.

AudibleNod

“A substitute teacher...”

A substitute teacher once tried to suspend a Pakistani kid's friends because she thought they were bullying him by calling him a stereotypical name. It was his real, actual, legal name.

Kokodrop

“I told a guy...”

I told a guy I didn't think we would work out because I couldn't match his activity level. When I reminded him I sometimes use a wheelchair he got SUPER offended and actually called me a cripple. I'm just glad he showed his true colors from the beginning so I didn't waste more than a couple weeks on him.

My disability isn't something that should offend anyone.

NerdyLife

“My friend almost got into a fight...”

My friend almost got into a fight because some guy refused to believe that kielbasa is the same as Polish sausage.

Saltnsugar

"I was sitting there reading a book..."

I was sitting there reading a book while a couple of short classmates next to me were trying to get something from a high shelf. I got yelled at by my teacher for not helping them.

So doing nothing was offensive. Great.

supman10100

"Years after I got out of college..."

Years after I got out of college, my younger sister said she was offended that I didn't Snapchat her while I was in school. I had to remind her that Snapchat wasn't invented until a few years after I graduated.

mrfastfinger

"When I was 15..."

When I was 15 I told my mom maybe she would want a better job (she worked in the streets) because we never had any money, we were eating garbage, she was unhappy, etc. I said "I think we'd be better off if you had an stable job, one that you'd like, to have some security" in the softest way I could.

Long story short, I have anxiety now.

r_sugarPlum

"My teacher got mad..."

My teacher got mad that I wore a black shirt to class. She said I looked like a "punk" and I needed to dress more "lady-like."

BisexualSnail

"I casually asked someone..."

I casually asked someone what the tattoo on his arm was, and he got offended and said something along the lines of, "This is a very personal tattoo, I can't believe you just asked that." And didn't give me a response, then stopped talking to me.

ElleLena

"So I moved to a new town..."

So I moved to a new town and worked extra as a mailman. The neighborhood I had my route in were it's own suburb/town about two generations ago, but urban sprawl is a thing so here we are.

One day I got told off by an old lady because someone had written the name of the metropolitan city in the address of her mail instead of the name of their town/neighborhood. The next day I was furiously corrected when I didn't use the proper preposition when referring to the neighborhood.

I don't know if it translates all the way, but it's like being told off because you said someone lived in Manhattan instead of on Manhattan.

hypedstoic

"I had people trying to argue..."

I once got banned from a multitude of subreddits and a moderate amount of hate mail for stating that women are people and people are imperfect. I had people trying to argue that both of those statements were untrue or misleading.

TheNaziSpacePope

"She didn't talk to me..."

Once I simply asked my friend, "Hey you have a little piece of hair sticking up, do you want to borrow my hairbrush before class?"

She didn't talk to me for the rest of the day and was apparently talking trash about me to my other friends.

Top-Indication8416

"I literally brought in a donut..."

I literally brought in a donut for myself and my teacher got offended because it didnt have chocolate sprinkles on it.

bayleefzacki

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