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Fast fingers come in handy if you're an avid texter. Just make sure you proofread for typos before hitting "send."


One misplaced letter can change the entire meaning of what you have to say to someone to either hilarious effect or majorly offensive.

In some scenarios, however, typos are forgivable. Because nobody likes receiving messages conveying bad news.

Curious to hear about the experience of strangers on the internet, Redditor Marccccci asked:

"What's the most disturbing text message you got?"

Downer

Some people would rather be bombarded with notifications than reading these unsettling texts.

Grim Announcement

"'Are you a friend of...?' 'Yeah why?' 'He passed away.' This message came from the account of that friend, so I thought I was getting pranked. It still feels so unreal, losing a friend you met online. I only met him in person once, but I drove 10 hours out to the service anyways, I'd known him online for 5 years. He was only a few years over 20. I'll miss that man."

its_ya_boi_big_ghoul

Worst False Alarm Ever

"Emergency Alert."

"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

"Would have got to be the worst one, surely?"

heisdeadjim_au

Possibly Dreadful News

"My mom: 'please call me'"

"Me every time: oh god, dad is dead.:

ihatereddit1221

One Of Two Things

"Yes! My dad does this."

"Please call me ASAP."

"That means either someone died, or he needs help with his router."

SeizureAugustus

Kindly Declined

"Probably when my abusive ex contacted me YEARS after me cutting him off, acting all friendly and asking if I'd like to get coffee and 'talk' sometime. He was very emotionally abusive, manipulative, and a gun nut so no thank you. I told him in no uncertain terms to lose my number then blocked him."

a-most-peculiar-girl

Off-Limits For Texting

"My mom texted 'dad had a heart attack,' and then her and no one else in the family would answer their phones. I live across the country. I was flipping out crying and repeatedly trying to get ahold of someone. Not until half an hour later was I told it was actually my grandpa who had heart problems, it was a minor attack, and he was fine. I went off on my mom and told her never to text something like that again. She got mad at ME. Throughout my life she's texted disturbing sh*t like that. To everyone ever- deaths and health problems and accidents etc are NEVER something to text about."

IceCreamDream10

Red Flags

"Hey Reaction Mammoth! My name is John, I saw you on tinder a while ago, but my account got banned shortly after so I never found out if we matched! Your dog is so cute too,, is that a mastiff?? I screenshotted your pictures because you are so hot!! I showed them to a coworker to see if he knew you, turns out he does! And he lives in the same building as you! He gave me your room number, and assured me he would let me in the building tonight. So don't be frightened when a rando is knocking on your door. Btw, im dtf if you are. See you later!"

Reaction_Mammoth

Typos

This is a reminder that even spellcheck can gets things wrong.

Only you, the sender, knows the context of the message you write.

Bad Typo

"Friend texted a colleague 'I locked the keys in the office.' Only, predictive text changed 'keys' to 'Jews'."

Own-Bridge4210

Oops

"I mass texted a bunch of friends and family about hurricane evacuation and autocorrect changed it to ejaculation. That was a fun day."

wired89

One Disturbing And One Devastating

"'I did suck him, so I may have gotten herpes' Sent to me by my dad followed by 'that wasn't meant for you'

"A second not disturbing but devastating was 'Grandma just went into Hospice. If you want to say goodbye you need to fly out tomorrow.' Got that text on a Tuesday, flew out Wednesday, Grandma died on Friday morning."

Capt_RRye

Bizarre Threats

Whether it's a prank call or egregious sarcasm, nobody likes receiving these.

Creepy

"One night just as I was drifting off to sleep, my phone buzzed with the message, 'We're watching,' from an unknown number."

"I just replied, 'Prepare for boredom.'"

selftypohater

The Sarcastic Threat

"If you're not home in 20 minutes I'll gut your cats and hang them from the ceiling."

From my husband. While I was in the hospital."

AliceMorgon

Wrong Number

"I got a message in the middle of the night from an unknown number telling me to stop sleeping with their husband, albeit in somewhat stronger language. I'm pretty certain it wasn't meant for me as I wasn't sleeping with anyone's husband. I replied saying I didn't think the message was meant for me and never heard anything more."

nxtec

Suspicious Confession

"A text from my best friend saying 'I think I killed him'. We had been at the bar for a few hours beforehand and I'd just gotten into bed when I got the text. I tried calling but he never answered. I ended up driving to his house and he was asleep in bed. He swore that he never sent the text and it didn't show up on his phone either."

wawawadotcom

Sorry, Wrong Number

"It was me who accidentally sent the creepy message. A friend asked me to send him a screenshot of an article we were talking about but I only realised a few days later that I typed his number incorrectly. So some poor stranger got a screenshot of a news article titled (translated from another language):"

"'How two depressed people apparently decided to become serial killers' with the article preview reading 'Because they became a couple, two patients had to leave the psych hospital. While watching horror movies they apparently decided to become serial killers - and murdered a woman."'

"I would have been horrified to receive that from an unknown number without any context."

well_actuallE

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