People Break Down Which Companies That Have A Positive Reputation Today Actually Have A Dark History
When one is using their money to support only companies that support the world, and have always supported the world, you find it is nearly impossible these days. There is no such place that lacks a history of "issues." Well, unless it's a newer company, like from this year.
Many of the old guard are steeped in so much grey area when it comes to morality, that at this point, if the history means that much to you, we all need to grow our own food, darn our own clothes and build are own cars and electronics. It's best to know and start confronting some hard truths. Many of these corporations are begging for a mea culpa.Redditor u/beta_nerd wanted to be aware of what major corporations may not deserve our time and money because of past misdeeds by asking... What's a company that's viewed pretty positively today but has a dark DARK history?
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Dupont is still one of the largest textile companies in the world and "Dark Waters" was a true story.
If you haven't seen it do. It's about how making teflon poisons everything forever.
General Smedley Butler
United Fruit is responsible for the overthrow of nearly every government in Central and South America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
General Smedley Butler, USMC, one of few recipients to earn the Medal of Honor for gallantry twice. Struck down many of these "insurrections" against legally elected governments. He performed his duty admirably and with distinction.
However, after his retirement, he spoke out against his service. Stating, he felt, he and his Marines were nothing more than mercenaries protecting the corporate interests of a few men and law makers, while he was slaughtering thousands of peasants.
Bayer. They paid to test its drugs on unwilling human subjects. These included paying a retainer to SS physician Helmuth Vetter to test Rutenol and other sulfonamide drugs on deliberately infected patients at the Dachau, Auschwitz, and Gusen. They also had prisoners purposefully infected with typhus so that could test anti-typhus drugs. IG Farben also manufactured the cans of Zyklon B gas that were used in Auschwitz's gas chambers. (IG Farben was a massive conglomerate that included Bayer and other major companies such as BASF, Hoechst (Aventis), and AGFA).
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Dole (the fruit company) organized the overthrow of the indigenous government on Hawaii so it could join the USA.
Continental Tires. Stock for Mercedes and other luxury cars. They tested their durability by making WW2 camp prisoners walk in shoes made with their rubber soles upward to 30 miles each day. Many collapsed and died from dehydration and from being malnourished already.
EDIT: the ones administering the quality control test didn't care if the shoes fit the tester. Imagine walking 30 miles in shoes a couple sizes too small.
EDIT 2: the company makes more than just tires, but it's mostly known for its tires. From a New York Times article:
"While supplying the German military with tires, bullet-resistant fuel tanks, gas masks and brakes for battle tanks, Continental and its subsidiaries also produced consumer products like soles for shoes and hot water bottles that helped fulfill the regime's promise to deliver prosperity to the German people."
I was watching those WW2 documentaries and one of the episodes focused on companies that benefitted from the war. A good portion of the episode mentioned Continental (a company who is reconciling with its past and is making positive commendable effort to not hide it) and other companies (I forgot which big company that was mentioned, but it's still not taking any responsibility for abusing war prisoners). Total coincidence that I had replaced all four Continental tires with another set two days prior.
Parker Brothers and the story of Monopoly. Charles Darrow essentially took an open source game originally made by Lizzie Magie and sold it to Parker Brothers, who learned about the original game and bought rights to the patent. They tried to sue Ralph Anspach for making Anti-Monopoly in the 1970s, but the early history of Monopoly worked against Parker Brothers and they eventually had to settle with Anspach.
Charles Darrow and Parker Brothers may have popularized the game, but credit for the game should go to Lizzie Magie.
Computers will kill us all...
IBM sold the Nazis punch card computers to keep track of every person in concentration camps. The computers also kept the trains running on time.
Watson himself traveled to Germany and subsequently increased his investment upon learning just how "lucrative the Hitler regime could be".
IBM claims they can't know what happened with the business during those years due to wartime destruction of records. So I guess one day they woke up with money in the bank, products being rolled out, but no memory or ledger of where or why. Right.
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Not a specific company, but an industry: Hollywood.
During the late 1930s Hollywood put a ban on anti-Nazi propaganda in films since they had a big market in Europe and didn't want to step on toes. The notable exception was Warner Brothers. Jack and Harry Warner family left Germany and came to America. The brothers saw the threat of Facism. They were the first studio to create anti-Hitler content.
Henry Ford helped with the invention of square dancing because " Ford hated jazz; he hated the Charleston. He also really hated Jewish people, and believed that Jewish people invented jazz as part of a nefarious plot to corrupt the masses and take over the world—a theory that might come as a surprise to the black people who actually did invent it." citation
Graham crackers were created to keep people from masturbating.
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H&M is now recognized and beloved as a sustainable, eco-friendly company with great worker rights but they used to be really corrupt and would use underpaid workers in 3rd world countries who worked in horrible and dangerous conditions, they also used to use horrible cheap materials that would cause massive pollution and wouldn't be able to be recycled... oh wait, they still do that, my bad you guys!
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Chiquita. They once funded rebels in a South American country to overthrow the government, in order to have land to build banana plantations. Banana plantations are famously laborious places. If you've ever heard the song "come mister tally man, tally me banana", that's what it is about.
Food lion, which goes by many different names throughout the world, had a scandal in the early nineties where they bleached meat and repackaged it.
There was a case about 20 years ago where an undercover reporter slipped into a Food Lion and filmed what they were doing. What they were doing was pretty bad. Food Lion actually sued the reporter and news organization for trespassing, and kind of unbelievably, they won. This was quite the landmark case in undercover journalism.
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Susan G. Komen. More people volunteer their time and money for it than any other breast cancer charity.
I vaguely recall they kept almost half of the donations for themselves (they called it administration expenses). They've also been labeled with pinkwashing, defined as organizations getting disproportionate publicity for donating very little.
Charity Navigator had rated them one of the worst charities for breast cancer. Bottom ten percent.
Let's not forget Mitsubishi used P.O.W. slave labor during WW2.
Had a great grandpa who was a marine who fought in the pacific theatre, and hated Mitsubishi with a passion. Refused to speak to my dad for 2 weeks after my dad bought a Mitsubishi car. never understood why until my dad handed me a model of a Mitsubishi Zero and then explained to me how he watched a lot of his buddies die due to kamikaze pilots flying Mitsubishi zero's crash into hangers and buildings.
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the fact that the person that made the .zip stole it and got praised for it.
DeBeers diamonds. They've distanced themselves from the blood diamond trade recently by claiming 'conflict-free' mining and starting programs focused on local entrepreneurship, but the scars across Africa remain today. Millions have been killed.
Oats are Out...
Quaker Oats! They fed radioactive oatmeal to autistic and disabled children to study the effects, without informing the children or the parents. This was from the mid 1940's to the mid 1950's.
ETA: There's actually a LOT of sources. The two most prominent places this occurred are Wrentham State School and Fernald School. Basic overview helpfully packaged for anyone who doesn't want to google "quaker oats radioactive" Also, the youtuber Illuminaughtii did a video on this and she lists her own sources in the description.
Microsoft under Bill Gates and Steve Balmer paid staff to sabotage competitor's software. Later on, one of the first instances of this got named "DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run". As an analogy, pretend Microsoft made and sold Michelin tires; it was like they paid people to go in to parking lots and slash your car's tires if you had bought Bridgestone, Goodyear, Yokohama, or Pirelli. It did make Bill Gates one of the richest men in the world, though.
Fraud permeates all parts of our public lives. The food were eat probably isn't as "organic" as we think and the clothes we were are probably hand stitched in more dark sweat shops then we'll ever be able to prove. So a lot of the time we believe what we're sold, how can you not. But don't let that stop you from learning more about where you spend your money and place your beliefs.
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Culture shock is an understatement.
Have you ever gone abroad and seen something just... so out of whack and strange that you couldn't help but fixate on it? Like, yes, other countries are very different than the United States. But different is not the reason that we are so perplexed and somewhat horrified.
Like It's No Big Deal<p>The guy that flashed my friends and me in a very nice park in central Europe. </p><p>We were having a picnic. </p><p>He was very polite about it, saying "Excuse me girls, I'm just going to do this in front of you." And then did so.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/pozzledC/" target="_blank">pozzledC</a></p>
Saving A Stranger<p>In the middle of the winter, flying back to Canada, from a Caribbean Island, a middle age man was ready to board the plane with a very thin teenage girl wearing flip flops, shorts and a poncho.</p><p>The girl had a shaved head, the man wouldn't let go of her, she was staring at the floor he entire time, everything looked just odd.</p><p>The flight attendants were doing all sorts of delaying maneuvers. My family and I were late and boarded right after them. Before the flight took off, the police came into the plane and started asking questions, and took the man and girl off the plane. The girl didn't speak any English, Spanish or French.</p><p>I'm convinced that the airline personnel saved a girl being trafficked into Canada.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Mission-Cloud360/" target="_blank">Mission-Cloud360</a></p>
An Eye For An Eye<p>Cyprus in the mid nineties, I was 15 and on holiday with my parents.</p><p>I saw an old Cypriot guy getting beaten within an inch of his life by a young Russian guy, after a row over unpaid rent. As i understood it the Russian was renting an apartment of the victim.</p><p>Police promptly turned up and dragged the Russian guy into the nearest building.</p><p>The Cypriot guy was taken to hospital by ambulance and a short while later the Russian guy was brought out of the building on a stretcher and was also taken to hospital once the police had dealt with him.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/irv81/" target="_blank">irv81</a></p>
Just A Bit Of A Disagreement<p>In a small town in Korea, I saw two guys run out of a restaurant. One of them was holding a 10 inch kitchen knife and shoved it into the other guy's belly. The guy's standing there holding the knife in his gut and an old lady comes out of the restaurant and starts hitting him in the head with her shoe.</p><p>Two other guys jumped on the stabber and held him on the ground. Ambulance came and loaded the stabbee and drove away, cops came and drove the stabber away, restaurant owner came out with a bucket of water and washed the blood off his steps.</p><p>Turned out it was a wedding party and there was a bit of a disagreement.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/standing_lamp/" target="_blank">standing_lamp</a></p>
Dominoes<p>Was in Mexico City for a work assignment. Had just gone to dinner in the Zona Rosa (pink zone). Walking back to the hotel I saw a hit and run. </p><p>A pedestrian was thrown thru the air and flung to the ground. A lot of people witnessed this and an ambulance was called. </p><p>The ambulance came screaming around the corner, going really fast, and hit another pedestrian. Who then was thrown thru the air and flung to the ground. It was awful.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Antique-Eye8029/" target="_blank">Antique-Eye8029</a></p>
Unhelpful Cops<p>I don't know if I qualify as a "tourist", because Barcelona is in my country and not far from my hometown.</p><p>Anyway, me and my sis were walking down the Ramblas in early afternoon, and the place was packed. A group of American teenagers was using an ATM. </p><p>And they were taking precautions, because the area is infamous for its pickpockets, so they were not to blame. But as soon as one girl took the banknotes from the ATM, a kid took them from her hand and raced to the adjacent streets.</p><p>We took the teens to the police precinct, but they weren't very helpful. The first thing they asked is that if we had apprehended the robber. And then we had to insist so they took a record of the incident.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Ramoncin/" target="_blank">Ramoncin</a></p>
In Front Of A CHILD?!<p>Back in 1978 when i was 10, i went to Jamaica with my Mom. One morning after coming out of the British embassy, I saw four baby mongoose in a rain gully about 5 feet deep behind where we were waiting for a bus. </p><p>I thought they were adorable and started feeding them by throwing them biscuits. Some guy saw me doing that, walked over and dropped a large brick on them killing them instantly. I was pretty inconsolable for several hours.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Judge-Giant-snr/" target="_blank">Judge-Giant-snr</a></p>
The Horrors Of The Past<p>I was walking through a forest in central France when I came across a group of old style horse drawn Gypsy caravans in a clearing. </p><p>They were obviously very old and looked like they had just been abandoned. There was a very eerie, unsettling feel to the place so I took a few photos and moved on. </p><p>A couple of days later I was talking to an old guy in the village and he explained that the Gypsies had been dragged from their wagons and murdered by the invading Nazis during WW2. Out of respect the surviving Gypsies in the region just left the caravans where they were.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Johhnymaddog316/" target="_blank">Johhnymaddog316</a></p>
Crazy People In Every Country<p>Was in Serbia and my collegue i was there with and i had rented a car to go explore the beautiful country. We followed google maps but end up on a dirt road in some small village like area and and had to make a turn. It was heavily raining and we got the car stuck. </p><p>We couldn't get it unstuck on our own so we wanted to ask for help and as we approached the first nearby house a large dog came running out barking loudly and an elderly looking man came out with a rifle yelling at us in serbian. </p><p>We decided next house was a better bet and they were the kindest people on earth. We told them that we had tried the other house with no luck and they told us we were lucky to be alive.</p><p> Apparently the man had a reputation but they didn't wanna to further into details.</p><p>No more dirt roads for me thanks.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/QuinteX1994/" target="_blank">QuinteX1994</a></p>
The Price Of A Lifetime<p>I was on a business trip, but had a couple days at the end of the trip for myself in New Delhi, India. Somehow, I got to talking with the bartender at my hotel about my hobby of keeping reef aquariums and that I was designing a new system. </p><p>He told me about an entire street in New Delhi where every shop sells nothing but various pumps. Pumps of all kinds and very cheap. (Pumps for reef tanks can push $1000, so I thought I would have a look. Besides, I had been wanting to try out New Delhi's metro system, and there was a metro station right near "Pump Street")</p><p>So I hop on the metro (very nice, actually. Highly recommended) and exit the station on "Pump Street". Sure enough...hundreds of pump stores line one entire side of the street.</p>
It's remarkable when Hollywood stereotypes and plot dynamics are replicated in real life. It's remarkable because it's rare, so when it does happen we lose our cynical outlook of movies as far-fetched flights of fancy.
And one of the classic archetypes is the treatment of popular kids.
No One to Help When it Happened<p>"Middle school when the bell rang to change classes the hallways were a horrific traffic jam. Everyone suffered through trying to get to their lockers and the next class on time."</p><p>"Enter the a**hole popular guy, who thought it was funny to sneak up behind some unsuspecting student who's at his locker and smack the back of the student's head, causing the student to bang his head into his locker."</p><p>"A**hole guy got several warnings to stop, but he didn't. He thought it was so funny."</p><p>"Then one day he picked on the wrong student. A**hole guy got punched square in the face, fell down and lost a tooth. Not a single person, from teacher to student, came to his defense."</p><p>"When A**hole's parents came to the school all upset, everyone told them their son got what he deserved."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnz1abd?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">maruffin</a></p>
1, 2, 3, 4, 5<p>"<strong></strong>He got kicked in the nuts five times in a row by the same kid" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnyisup?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">xXawsomeguyXx</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"JOHNNY CAGE CRACKER" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzbnhn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">HeartAttackMemeGuy</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"HE KEEPS KICKING ME IN THE D*CK! WHY? WHY DOES HE KEEP KICKING ME IN THE D*CK?!" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzjnnn?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Iceman6211</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"I don't believe I've personally ever witnessed something as epic as that sounds , five times??" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzqvto?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Quuaack</a></p>
Immediate Justice<p>"Star quaterback tried to assault his girlfriend..."</p><p>"She was a golden glove boxer."</p><p>"She put him in the hospital for a week."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnzi9t3?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">xxkoloblicinxx</a></p>
The Last Can He Ever Stole<p>"The teacher wouldn't let one guy in my classroom to go to the restroom to pee so he peed in an Arizona can."</p><p>"When the bell rang the guy started heading to the restroom to empty the can and the biggest bully of the school bumped into him, took the can and, of course, sipped it."</p><p>"He soon realized it didn't taste like tea... It was glorious."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnytqoa?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Citys_Bandaid_</a></p>
The Teacher Jerk<p>"My teacher. She loved to use humiliation against me (I was severely depressed at the time and she thought I was a slacker). I'm a little person, and she would get me to turn off the lights for the projector, or to write on the whiteboard, only to feign ignorance and apologise when I struggled to reach."</p><p>"One day she crossed the line, and I went to the deputy head teacher. He decided to reprimand her, during a lesson, in front of her entire class, to give her a taste of humiliation, too."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gny8qol?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Usidore_</a></p>
Subtle Payback<p>"He copied my exams for English, Math, and Science in our junior year."</p><p>"Except he didn't know that I purposely put the wrong answers for 80% of the questions and then redid the exam after he turned his in."</p><p>"He failed all three classes miserably and when he confronted me to see if I failed too, I just shrugged and said we must have had different versions of the exam."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gny674v?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">-InterstellarVoyage-</a></p>
Watching Her Squirm<p>"A popular girl bullied me all through middle school, then in high school she sat next to me the day we were given one of those "read the directions" tests. </p><p>"She was not so wise as to read the directions. </p><p>"I got to sit there for ten sweet, sweet minutes watching her panic more and more over the ridiculous tasks the test asked of her."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnynbzq?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">an_ineffable_plan</a></p>
Flip Flop<p>"Star athlete picked on the fat kids in gym. Fast forward a couple decades. He's fat and bald. Saw him using a Wal-Mart scooter recently, buying crap food."</p><p>"One of the kids he picked on got in shape, stayed that way and became a top tier endurance athlete. So sweet."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnybb6x?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">SnoringDogsAndCats</a></p>
The Other Side of the Peak<p>"Never bullied me but apparently was a giant a**hole to everybody. Star football running back, had multiple scholarships to Division I. Then he broke his leg and all the offers evaporated."</p><p>"Went to a DIII school. Had a couple kids, got divorced, then posted all of his old scholarships to Facebook at age 40. Really sad to see."</p><p>"Literally argued with every single person on the reunion Facebook group, everyone told him how much they always hated him."</p><p>"He's now literally insane, posts 30-40 times a day on Facebook of foreign Instagram models with long diatribes about love and life translated into 10 different languages. Posts nearly-nude shots of himself also, most hyping himself up."</p><p>"A dark spiral."</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gnz4b4e?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">powabiatch</a></p>
Nothing Lasts Forever<p>"He was the most attractive boy in the school. Girls would literally fight to be his girlfriend."</p><p>"Then like Prince William, his free trial of hair and premium face expired and he got downgraded. Basically went from a PS5 to Mr Game and Watch over the course of 5 years"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ln0tbd/how_did_the_popular_asshole_of_your_school_get/gny3zlb?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Fullblackhabit</a></p>
Sometimes you can only open yourself up completely with a person you've never met and may never meet again. That is probably because you owe that person nothing. For a brief time you'll share an intimacy without judgement because there is no baggage. And these moments can be life changing and affirming. You never know how a quick smile or hello will change the course of a person's day.Redditor u/v_rose23 wanted know about the people they've encountered that left a lasting impression though by asking... What's the nicest interaction you've ever had with a stranger?
A Grand Family<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDU5OC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNzY2MzczNn0.aHhYF9fLkI0j1F09IYLrTyThPb7RTunEMWzOgdaK3aM/img.gif?width=980" id="5b0e6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a1c394d26cf82c4f7438f99f0eacc152" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="270" />Dance Dancing GIF by The WigglesGiphy<p>When I was a kid me and my family travelled around Ireland for a bit. When it came time to get the ferry back to England, our van broke down and we missed it. There wouldn't be another ferry for two weeks.</p><p>The Irish family whose house we broke down outside of took all six of us in for two weeks and never asked for anything in return. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/gocq2l7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Douglasqqq</a></p>
"I've had a rough few days"<p>i was staying in a homeless shelter and i'd just cut my abusive mother out my life. i felt like absolute crap and decided to sit in Mcdonald's for a few hours just to kill time. i'm sitting there and this wee girl (maybe about 5) comes up to me and asks me why i look so sad. i don't want to bum this kid out so i just say "i've had a rough few days" she says to me "wait there, i wanna ask my mum something" so she runs back up to me a moment later and hands me a balloon. i'm a bit confused and try to say "thanks but it's your balloon, I don't wanna take that away from you" but she's absolutely certain this balloon will make me happy. </p>
Hours in the Rain...<p>I spent 10 hours total in Ireland once and in that time I got rained on for three hours and wind destroyed my umbrella, had a splitting headache and nearly pissed my pants, saved an old guy's seat in the top tower of the St. James' Gate Brewery and he ended up giving my wife and I free tickets for a bus tour, came with us and became our tour guide for the day. Brian, you were awesome.</p><p>Ireland seems great for these moments but I hear stories like this from all over the world and it makes me feel so much better about things. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/godqvvg?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mechapoitier</a></p>
Rock, paper, Scissor<p>I was searching for a parking space in the city where parking spaces are rare.</p><p>Just as I found one and set my blinker another guy coming from the other direction set his too.</p><p>We looked at each other undecided for a moment, then I signaled a rock paper scissor game through my front window. He immediately understood and we played one round. He won the game so I still had no parking space, but the interaction made my day! </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/goch2dr?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">JACKTheHECK</a></p>
When in Walmart...<p>I walked down the toaster aisle at Wal Mart a couple of summers ago and an elderly woman was trying to make a selection. She stopped me and asked me my opinion. Until then, I hadn't noticed that there were so many choices in toasters available nowadays. We discussed the various merits of each toaster and hit upon the type that also toasted bagels as her son's family visited throughout the year and they enjoyed bagels for breakfast and she would love to provide that for them.<span></span></p>
Going Home<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDYwMi9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjMwNTcwNn0.3ESMS1o4XWeU6GLItmvo4yHAY4-fpJcchi_GIiIesv8/img.gif?width=980" id="64459" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1ffff378a0fbade33f3307bc7492e1bb" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="400" data-height="200" />Tom Hanks Hello GIFGiphy<p>I was in Denver's International Airport and me and my dad were on standby the entire day.</p><p>First flight home we tried was early 4am. Then we tried four more throughout the day. As an 7 year old little boy, i remember feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and just exhausted because i wanted to go home so badly. My dad bought food at one of the restaurants in the airport to cheer me up but i remember crying and bawling to my dad saying "i just want to go home."<span></span></p>
Take my Handiwork...<p>On weekdays when I did my daily practice, a lady I didn't know would sit in a pew knitting afghans.</p><p>She'd listen to the organ music and knit, sometimes for 2-3 hours at a time.</p><p>One day, she came up to the organ console in the church's choir loft and introduced herself, showing me her finished afghan - a truly beautiful piece of handiwork.</p><p>She said, "I knit this for you as a gift in appreciation for your music. I look forward to hearing you practice each day."</p><p>When I look at that afghan now, I still see her sweet face, smile, and genuine kindness. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/gocof5o?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Back2Bach</a></p>
the lovely soul<p>15 years ago, I was on my first solo travel trip and I was walking along the pavement of this quiet residential area in Bangkok and it started raining heavily and this man with an umbrella who must have been walking behind me was suddenly at my side and we shared his umbrella for a few blocks and neither of us said anything because we didn't speak each other's languages and then when we parted ways we both smiled at each other and I remember thinking that this man's lovely, kind soul was visible both in his actions and his smile. </p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/lpo7ht/whats_the_nicest_interaction_youve_ever_had_with/gocrc3t?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">kartoffelly</a></p>
The Rear End<p>I rear-ended a woman on my way home from work once. I was in the middle of a heated conversation with my passenger, came upon a line of cars at a red light, slammed on my brakes but just couldn't stop in time. The whole thing was my fault, nothing but stupidity and negligence. No serious damage but I hit her hard enough to make her car rock forward.</p>
Good Luck Friend<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTY3NDU3Ni9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3NjY0NDY5NH0.MUFILNbUaFgggXs3Lltqlb0bJKere_0z8HyxlpZbUOM/img.gif?width=980" id="810b2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="80f89579d5668b465f9f335f0502873d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="480" data-height="267" />Mel B Good Luck GIF by America's Got TalentGiphy<p>I took a motorcycle taxi in Bali. Haggled with the guy who wanted a bit more money than I thought the trip was worth. Jumped on the back of the bike and chatted as we rode along. </p>
Beware of every single flash bulb pointed in your direction. And think not twice, but five times before you post anything of yourself on the internet, especially if it's in a certain "delicate or salacious" nature. This isn't the twentieth century anymore, when you could just burn a poorly thought out polaroid. And of course there seems to be an uptick in everyone just freely exposing themselves to the world... for free. The internet means it all lives forever. Be ready.Redditor u/BrixtonsFinest2 wanted to hear from everyone out there who has been witness to seeing their online and private lives collide by asking... People who post NSFW content: Has anyone from your real life ever found out? What happened?