I used to work for a guy who was seriously not just the worst boss ever, but the worst human being. I'm talking openly racist, abusive, with 'roid rage issues, criminally negligent, a fraud. I could go on but seriously there are legal cases in the works right now, so...
Thing is, it took over a year working there for all of this to come to light. I thought it was strange that the day of my first interview all of the other employees kept asking me if I really needed the job.
Red flag AF, you guys. We couldn't get him fired as he was the owner of the company, but several of us did report him to appropriate boards, etc. It's worth noting that this guy was so bad to work for, that everyone who was in the office has left not just the job, but the entire industry and in two cases moved out of the entire state. Yeah. He sucked that bad.
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I'm not going to lie, I enjoyed reading every single one of these responses from people who managed to do what we couldn't. So if you've ever had a terrible boss who you wanted to get fired - go ahead and dive in. Some of the entries have been edited for language or clarity, but every awful (and awesome) detail is still right here for you to enjoy.
The CEO publicly praised me for completing a task that my boss had struggled with, so my boss retaliated by forwarding all of his tasks to me in an effort to overwhelm me with work. I actually found his job pretty manageable, which the CEO also noticed and fired him, giving me his job and office.
He grabbed the back of my neck and said "If you ever say I'm wrong in front of a customer again I will beat your @ss."
I went to the GM and told him and my supervisor was relieved of his duties about 5 minutes later.
Had a doctor that constantly ignored patients in serious pain. He thought all of them were faking it to get pain killers. After a senior director at Microsoft died from a heart attack in our ER that he refused to do an EKG on, I went to management and told them what I had seen.
It was my supervisor. It got to the point that I had decided to quit. I had my resignation letter in my purse, but decided to let his boss know why I was quitting.
Supervisor would talk about all the people on our team constantly, but only behind their backs. I got so sick of telling him to cut it out. My husband and I happened to work at the same place (different departments) and my Supervisor would make sexual comments about threesomes (ewww), what hotel we should pick for our afternoon delight, sh*t like that. It was so bloody uncomfortable.
Apart from this, he spent most of his supervising time outside smoking. The problem in my mind was that Supervisor was "one of the guys" and I was the only girl.
Turns out I didn't need to worry about that. His boss was disgusted and told his boss - who lost his mind. They started an investigation which took three days. They interviewed staff - who corroborated what I said. They checked the security cameras, saw he was spending most of his work day outside smoking. And was fired.
When he was told he guessed (wasn't hard!) that I was the person who complained and tried to get to me to "apologize that I took it the wrong way." The best feeling was my co workers surrounding me as he was walked out. That was a lovely ending to it all.
Was working maintenance at an ice rink. The rule for anyone who knows how an ice rink works is if the zamboni doors open, you get the f--- off the ice. Some d!ck-head decided to ignore the fact that they were open and that I was standing in the doorway, and decided to rip off one last slap-shot. The puck bounced off the glass and hit me in the head.
I was OK, but reported it to my boss, because we have to fill out an incident report for things like that. The boss asked "Are you OK?" I said I feel OK, then he responded with "Well, we don't really have to report it then do we?" I reminded him of the protocol, but it was clear he didn't want to do it. Since he wouldn't do it, I sent a descriptive email of the incident up to the administration, because I felt there should be some sort of documentation/paper trail in case god-forbid I ended up having a brain hemorrhage or something a few days later.
The boss was fired by my next shift.
Short Term Disability
I was fired because I "abandoned my job" while on short term disability. While on approved leave, they set a date for me to return and never informed me (by their own admission.) When I obviously didn't return to work... I was fired.
The locker I had at work had my work boots in it that the company pays $90 a year towards. However there isn't a pair under $100 available. So you always end up having some come out of your paycheck. At that point they are yours regardless of the company line. My supervisor disagreed and said they were thrown out.
I reported them stolen and explained the entire situation. The HR director responsible for getting me fired was fired.
Phoned him to tell him I won't be at work for the rest of the week as my mum is terminally ill in hospital.
The next day (about an hour after she passed away) he phoned and asked why I wasn't at work, I just hung up on him so I wouldn't say anything that would get me in trouble.
The next day I sent the area-manager a Whatsapp message explaining what he'd be done and attached a video of him breaking the freezer door while having a tantrum. That door cost the store nearly £5000 in lost stock and the repair costs. He had told the his manager that the door broke on its own. He got fired that day and I got 2 weeks off with full pay.
As A Customer
Not my boss but I helped my friend get her boss fired. He was a general manager, and always grabbing her sides, purposely scheduling her to have shifts alone with him, asking her for nudes, asking her to sleep with him, etc. She reported it so many times to the owner (big boss) and they said they couldn't do anything because they hadn't seen it and had no reports other than her account. In short, she had no "witnesses" and couldn't prove anything, it was her word against his, they were not going to reprimand him.
So I called and complained as a customer about how I witnessed him being creepy to her and how it made me uncomfortable. For the most part true lol, I just don't shop there.
My manager wanted to prove I'm slacking off so he could write me up. So he watched CCTV footages then wrote, printed out and SIGNED a detailed 17 page Word document of what did I do in the past two days. With timestamps (like, 07:59 arriving, 08:01 speaking with co-worker A and B, 08:07 sitting down to my desk, etc.)
He told me that he's not happy with my work ethics and if I won't improve my efficiency, I'm fired.
So I took the papers and showed them to his boss. I told her that I'm not happy with my managers work ethics and his efficiency might be better if he didn't watch 17 hours of CCTV footage to spy on an employee. She was terrified (it would've been a rock solid lawsuit for me - but I love my job) and we had to search for a new manager. Also, my salary was raised.
Showing Up At The House
My boss, John, would show up at my house after work hours to discuss work stuff. When I asked him to stop, he tried to fire me. When at the HR meeting the following day, I explained my story and showed them the video from my door camera.
They literally go "John, we've talked about this" and asked me to leave the meeting. 2 hours later he walks out and announces that he's leaving.
I worked in a call center for a computer manufacturer. Sometimes my manager would take calls when we were short staffed, or just simply overloaded with calls, and anytime he did he was just relentlessly rude to the customers. It was a tech support job, and he often sounded like Roy from the IT crowd if you've ever seen it. He would berate customers that didn't understand computers (and we had a LARGE number of elderly callers that just didn't understand) literally calling them stupid, yelling at them because they couldn't figure out where something was, etc...
Eventually it would get to the point where callers would hang up on him because he was so mean to them. He'd put in his support ticket as "user error" or something along those lines, and continue on to the next call. After a particularly rough couple of weeks due to a botched software roll out, I started getting several calls myself from people saying that they had spoken to a really rude guy, and if they heard his voice they would just hang up.
Any time I got one of these calls and the boss wasn't next to me, I started telling the callers that I would send them a survey linked to the ticket that he had submitted for them and they could report how he treated them. This was actually the policy at the time so I was technically just doing my job.
I went in to work one day and this guy's desk was totally cleaned out and his computer was gone.
I talked to another manager that I was friends with, and she told me that there was a mysterious influx of negative surveys, so HIS boss (the big boss) decided to listen to some of his phone calls to see what was going on. After just a few, he called him in and fired him. He had been at this company for like 15 years, and his seniority was apparently keeping him from getting his calls reviewed, so he just took advantage.
I never told anyone I was the guy sending the surveys.
Just Bob Being Bob
I worked in a cafeteria as a catering coordinator.
They had a manager who would stand up against the wall by the female cashiers and "observe" them...making sure they were doing their job.....no...not staring at their asses at all.
It made them uncomfortable, so they complained to their supervisor. She said - yeah a she..that that was "Just Bob being Bob."
Now this was for a large government funded broadcaster, so I went to HR and told them about it. They senT someone down for 3 days straight to get lunch and "observe" him.
They confronted him with proof and fired him.
Then they brought in the cashier's supervisor and asked if she ignored complaints from staff. She at first denied it, but they had proof; so she was fired at the same time.
I was a contractor for a big wireless carrier. I worked in IT along with a team of about 5 other people and our boss. Our boss was kind of a dude-bro, young, loud and liked to joke around a lot. 3 of the people on the team were young women.
We were in a team meeting and the boss was talking about his upcoming destination wedding and was discussing the topless beaches there. I forget the exact context, but he said something along the lines of 'Take your tops off ladies!' and then 'Get your phones out guys!'
He was kidding (I think?) but I could see that the women were super uncomfortable, it was gross and inappropriate, and the joke went on a lot longer than it needed to.
He left that weekend for his wedding. I called HR to complain.
When he got back a couple weeks later, we were having kind of a follow-up meeting with him and the team. His blackberry rings, and he says 'Hey, I need to step out, corporate wants to talk to me.' He sounded worried.
He was back like 4 hours later and says 'I'm no longer your guys' boss on this project.' And I never saw his fat frat boy ass again.
I am a chef.
I came into work on the 1st of January a few years ago after having a few days off. Most of the main items for the menu had gone bad. So I went to the manager and told them I could only serve a few things off of the menu until things were re-ordered. He was cool with it. Later that day we counted the stock to throw away.
The head chef came in at this point and went crazy. He actually the spoiled food back in the fridge to serve. I showed him the green steak, he said it was fine! It was green! Green is not fine! He then texted all the kitchen staff to say I was under disciplinary action, I laughed so hard.
He was sacked the next day. His total food cost waste was 4 grand or something in a 4 month period. I did/didn't get him sacked. I certainly complained - but he mostly did it to himself.
I went to the owners and told them the manager had pinned more than one girl against the wall to try and kiss them. They asked me to find it on the cctv so they can get rid of him - and they actually did.
Police And The Panty Check
I was a police officer for almost 10 years and one night I was talking to the desk sergeant who was a real dick and everyone hated him. In comes one of the patrol guys who has just arrested a couple for "open lewdness" - a polite way of saying he caught them screwing in a park.
The couple is insisting they weren't doing anything wrong, and the patrol guy says "Ma'am, I saw your vagina." She replies "I'm wearing underwear, you can't have seen my vagina!" and they start arguing over whether the woman is wearing underwear or not.
Eventually the woman grabs her skirt like she's about to pull it over her head and says "DO YOU WANT TO SEE MY UNDERWEAR?" and everyone in the room yells "NO!" at her.
The thing is, as a cop it's an almost 100% certainty that every person you arrest is going to make at least a half-assed effort at filing a complaint about the fact that they were unjustly "arrested while minding their own business." Obviously "then they forced me to display my bare vagina" is a future sound bite that nobody wants to be a part of.
So the desk sergeant comes up with the idea that we will do a panty check, but have a female officer do it. Problem is there's no female officer on duty.
So then he comes up with the bright idea to request a random female civilian off the street perform the check...and at this point I stepped up to him and suggested that this was not a good idea. He appreciated my questioning his decision about as much as a dog likes lemons and put me in my place.
So I sat down to see how this unfolded. That's when I realized that from where I'm sitting, I can clearly see up the woman's skirt to her bright yellow panties. The arresting officer couldn't have seen what he claimed. She was right. She was absolutely wearing panties.
Now I know I can shut this whole thing down. I stepped up to the desk sergeant and said "I need to speak to you privately, and quickly" and he yelled at me, saying:
"You need to get the f*ck out of my station and out to your patrol area!"
...so I told him I was on it and went on my way.
The next day I discovered the totally predictable outcome had come to pass. He had, in fact, gotten a random stranger to perform a panty check on the woman. The female stranger confirmed the panties - and she was also deeply morally offended at the indignity the poor woman had been subjected to. Complaints were filed all around with every person present being named...except me; because I'd been ejected from the station house prior to the main event.
We had a new desk sergeant the next day, and I didn't see the old one again for like 2 years. Eventually ran into him doing classroom training. He was super friendly, and missing a stripe of rank. I wondered what he was playing at until I realized he didn't even remember I was there that night, and had no idea that I could have saved him from his misguided course of action, but that I let him burn his own career down because he was an assh*le who didn't deserve to hold rank.
Cake Making Theif
Told my bosses at Baskin Robbins to check the security surveillance at a certain time. I saw our assistant manager/cake maker was stealing cash. I honestly hated the guy. Not sorry, Calvin.
My boss texted me a "graphic novel" he was writing about coworkers raping each other. I showed it to the owner. Boss was fired. Pretty weird stuff.
Brand New CadillacGiphy
I worked in management at a call center. The director suddenly withheld all yearly bonuses/raises for management and cut out all overtime. He made reps work through lunch, but bought $5 pizzas and gave everyone 2 slices to eat while taking calls.
Of course he still docked paychecks to reflect a lunch taken. He showed up to work 2 months later in a brand new Cadillac. I called the corporate HR office and let them know everyone's paychecks decreased and he came to work in a brand new f*cking Cadillac.
No one wants war.
Who is going to light the powder keg and set it all off?
Which country will start WW3? Why?
Does anyone really want to start another world war?
They may not have a choice in the matter.
Getting It Out Of The Way Early
"Austrian here, we will do it again probably, I would like to say sorry in advance! Most plausible reason at the moment is because Germans eat schnitzel with sauce on top, then this conflict will spiral out again into WW3."
"Third time's the charm!"
-Some Austrian, probably
Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo
"It'll be a civil war that devolves into a world war, with no one country clearly responsible for this change."
"But we'll blame it all on germany again, right"
Why I Oughtta...
"At this point, there are enough nukes in the world to ensure that a World War would simply result in nuclear annihilation on all sides. Say what you want about authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Kim Jung Un, and Ali Khameni, they are many things; but they're not suicidal. They know that an all out war would just end everyone, including them, so they're not going to. This is why the US and the USSR never went to all out war, despite coming close a few times; the risks were just too great for both sides."
"What could easily happen, however, is another cold war, this time between the US and China. And like in the Cold War, there could be proxy wars fought as a result of it, but it's unlikely that any country will take the insane risks of starting World War 3."
A full-blown world war is a tricky thing to get off the ground, that is if anyone wants it. The leading cause to impending war could come out of nowhere, or somewhere completely unexpected, or perhaps it will never come.
2-Day War Delivery
"Bruh its gunna be Amazon, not a country"
"Jeff Bezos finna be dropping Amazon basics nukes on us"
Can It Even Happen?
"I don't think the world can handle another world war. simply for the sake that we're all so interconnected. every major nation trades with each other and are in bed with each other. I would be a detriment to whatever country starts a war."
"Think about how the global supply chain has been impacted by the pandemic, the world would probably cease to function all together in a major conflict."
"There was a quote I liked, I think it was from Dan Carlin. He said that leading up to WWI Europe had become too economically entwined to go to war with itself, but none of the economists were invited to the war councils. The generals making the decisions didn't understand the situation so they made dumb decisions. The situation is undoubtably more-so interconnected today, the question is, do we have economists making the call on starting wars?"
A Little Humor Before We Get To The Serious Stuff...
"Probably America, I mean they made Wonder Woman 1 & 2, so highly likely they'd make WW3. At least start it. Not sure why someone else would finish it."
"No, they don't know how to count.. They jumped from WW1 to WW84."
Is it in the realm of possibility? Possibly.
After all, people will be people.
Anyone Else Surprised? No?
"America have a surplus of military might, a recent history of starting wars for profit, EVERYTHING is politicised and extreme nationalism and xenophobia are normalised within the populace. I'm going with them."
These All Feel Tangible
"My guesses would be 1) USA vs China over Taiwan or 2) China vs India (a lot on tension there that doesn't get a lot of news attention)"
"India-Pakistan and China-India are hot beds."
"India and Pakistan have been at war numerous times since their inception. 5 'official' wars and 9 minor skirmishes, to be exact. The last conflict ended with a ceasefire in 2003, but the last incident was a series of skirmishes along the Line of Control in Kashmir, from November 2020 to February 2021."
"Neither is capable of a full-fledged invasion of the other, so it's limited to border disputes. And while Pakistan does have nukes, it would be suicide to use them. There's no incentive for any other countries to get involved."
Going For It
"China making a move on Taiwan or some other land grab in India or other bordering countries."
An Infectious Idea
"India and Pakistan. It will spread to China, then North Korea (or North Korea first) and pull in many others in Asia. This will pull in NATO, either directly or via global partners (Australia)."
This One Makes WAY Too Much Sense
"Twitter. Someone will probably make a typo that everyone takes the wrong way..."
Well, what do you think could happen? Let us know in the comments.
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So let's talk about how a dog owner on Facebook learned her dog's "adorable" behavior was, in fact, furious masturbation.
Readers, if you know anything about me you know I love a good plot twist and I love chonky puppers.
Yesterday, life combined my two great loves in a hilarious and inappropriate way.
I was mindlessly scrolling through my dog groups on Facebook when a video with a few hundred laugh reacts but almost no comments caught my eye.
The still from the video was a pudgy little Frenchie, so obviously I had to read and watch.
The dogs owner shared the video along with a post asking professionals to shed some light on why he does what he does.
Owner-obliviousness as they gushed about how adorable it was made the awkward even better.
The owner explained the Frenchie often makes aggressive eye contact and licks his lips while he "plays air guitar"—which is what the family calls it—and how cute & funny they all find the behavior.
The video was the dog, casually chilling, using his paw to rub the tip of his penis while staring awkwardly at the camera and licking his lips like a pup possessed.
Three hundred and fifteen laugh-reacts—at the time that I saw it—and only three comments:
1. a vet explaining that the behavior showed in the video was the dog masturbating while making direct eye contact
2. the owner giving a simple "thank you" and
3. the admins of the group closing the comments.
So, why am I sharing this with you?
Because Reddit user Drakmamman asked:
"Dog owners of reddit, what the dog doin?"
... and so now you get this whole article just so I had an excuse to tell y'all about a furiously fapping Frenchie, 'cause somebody else needed to know about him.
I cackled for a good 20 minutes imagining the family getting all giddy about their dog "playing air guitar"—making the little air guitar meedly squeedly noises while he played, maybe even playing along thinking they're enjoying a fun little game—but they're really just been giving a hair metal soundtrack to their dogs stroke sesh.
Something tells me now the owner knows what "air guitar" really is, they're not likely to rush and tell Reddit all about how they've been gathering as a family to watch cause it's just so cute.
That's what I'm here for.
Anyway, here's the stuff other people's dogs are up to. It's not fapping—or if it is, the owners aren't telling Reddit.
"Wife just came home with the baby. Dog is acting like she's been abandoned for years running up and down, barking and jumping on everything."
"They'd only been out an hour and I was with her the whole time." - Single_Goose7015
"My dog does this too when my wife comes home. Like what am I, chopped liver?" - jackof47trades
"I feel your pain. My dog started howling mournfully when my partner went back to work last week… I was right there!" - TreatOutside
"Staring at the door waiting for the only human he cares about to come home (obviously not me)" - SnarkyRedhead
"Probably trying to herd the cats."
"He's a border collie mix who's afraid of goats and sheep, but even after six years of living with them he still thinks he can control where the cats go."
"He's a good boy, he's very persistent, but not terribly bright sometimes." - TokesNotHigh
"After 8 years our border collie still herds the cats, and the vacuum." - psychologicaluse28
"Big heart, small brain. I have one of those dogs too. They are the sweetest." - Technobucket
"She has flung herself flat across the bed and is playing dead, quiet except for the occasional pitiful whine. Every now and then she lifts her head up and fixes a desperate look upon me, silently begging for release from her wretched existence."
"She's a bit overdramatic about having to wear a cone. The issue is an abrasion on a toe that she won't stop licking, which is making it worse."
"I've been alternating between bandaging it and having her wear a cone. She's been consistently a drama queen." - halfinboxes
"Staring at me because their dinner time is in one hour and they need to start letting me know that, in an hour, they need to eat...in an hour, so I better not forget...cuz they're hungry, which is why they're staring at me...and it's almost dinner time."
"Just one more hour, And they want to make sure I don't forget. Because maybe I will."
"So, they need to remind me. By staring at me. Every day. One hour before dinner." - MotherOfFred
A Little "Light" ExerciseGiphy
"Mine loves light reflected off watches or phones. And loves lasers."
"It's sunny and he sees light on the wall so he is bothering me to use my watch or phone so he can chase the light. I've spent the last hour doing it."
"I even got him a cat laser toy that's automatic for him and he runs himself tired as all hell with it. But he is STILL asking for it."
"Used the laser toy also too, so he is panting dripping tongue and still wants to play more..." - boomgoon
"Last night my dogs chased down and killed a rabbit in the backyard. They are usually so gentle; this was weird and unexpected."
"I watched the whole thing helpless because it was so fast. The rabbit screamed, it was insane."
"Now, I'm watching them sleep on my couch and can't help but think they just murdered someone."
"They are just vicious predators, right here, in my house. On my couch."
"But they snuggly as f*ck. This trips me out." - Atheist_Redditor
A Problematic PrincessGiphy
"We have two chihuahuas. One is a 15 year old (quite appropriately) named Princess and one is a one year old named Charlie."
"Both have their own dog beds on the couch since they are spoiled."
"When Princess is feeling particularly moody or like asserting her dominance, she will drag Charlie's bed into her bed and lay on top of BOTH of them and snarl at him if he comes close to her personal space bubble/bed mountain."
"And when we tell her she can't have both beds and put his bed back to the side, she just glares at us. Lol." - mslm90
"She's currently in her cage resting after her great adventure."
"She managed to get upstairs and grab a hold of one of my shoes. Not just any old shoe, but one of the shoes I am planning to wear this weekend for my wedding."
"After running around, she dropped the shoe to chew on a shirt - at which point she was cornered, and then brought downstairs."
"Pup and shoe are both unharmed and doing well. My nerves, not so much." - still_interesting23
So ... what's YOUR dog been up to lately?
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Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to win the lottery? Having money for the rest of your life, as far as the eye can see, to cover your expenses.
And have you thought about all the things you would buy if you could really afford them? Are they ALL practical things, or are some of them silly?
We always love to fantasize about what life would be like if money were no object. And you are not alone!
Redditor OnlyVillager asked:
"If you won the lottery, what's something 'useless' that you would buy?"
Here were some of those answers.
I Be The Witch Of The Wood
"My teenage daughter disclosed to me the other day that her biggest life goal is to buy a house on an acreage that has a large wooded area."
"She plans to build me a house in the woods, fund whatever ridiculous bullsh*t art installations I want to erect in the woods, then spread rumors in neighboring towns that a witch lives back there."
"She's the best."-OpossumJesusHasRisen
My Kingdom For A Castle
"I'm blowing it all on a castle. No, not one of those fairy tale mansions from the 19th century robber barons called 'castles'.
"A fully loaded, honest-to-god, obsolete, medieval fortress. Two curtain walls, a keep, towers, barbican, portcullis, murderholes, loopholes, machicolations, the works. It'll be a well warmed summer retreat/place to hide out if another plague hits the world."
"I'm buying Au Train island in the Upper Peninsula to be specific. When the feds finally come after billionaires to pay their fair share, I'm running to my island and sealing the gates behind me."
"So I can get my affairs in order and pay my taxes. What were you thinking I was gonna do? Hide from the IRS? They can breach any castle lmao."-DaemonTheRoguePrince
I Wanna Be A Billionaire
- "I want a cold water dispenser on my desk. It has to be connected to the water line, filtered and cooled. Ideally it also has that thing that automatically knows when the container is almost full."
- "My new lifestyle would be to live 4 weeks in a different city, then 1 week at home. In each city, I would stay in a Luxury Airbnb or a five star hotel."
- "I would hire a professional soccer coach. I'm talking someone that trains pro players. I'm Arab and I'm tired of not being good at soccer, just a few months of lessons and I'll be able to participate in pick up games and have fun."
- "I would also hire singing, guitar and piano instructors. Singing would be the toughest because my voice sucks, but I figure with time I can be good enough to sing a song if I want to reference it. That's how bad I am today."-Reformedjerk
Imagine just not having to think when you click the "purchase" button.
A Nice Siesta
"Maybe not exactly "useless" in the way people are thinking (the way the question is asked makes me think by "useless" they mean "stupid/wasteful" but I'm thinking in terms of things that are fun and only for the purpose of having fun), but do vacations count?"
"If I had that much money all to myself, I would 100% rather have a regular sized house/car and spend the money on experiences instead."
"The idea of having a normal life but knowing that I can just decide to take the day off and go to DisneyLand or treat myself to a fancy dinner whenever the hell I want to is a fantasy I've had since I was literally a little kid."
"I get that those aren't useful things because they're not things I could USE like a car/house/purse/etc, but I'd definitely be happy:)"-StreetIndependence62
"Well this stuff is only useless if there isn't some sort of apocalyptic event that happens in my lifetime."
"That said, I'd go full prepper and bury myself a bunker in the desert with tons of food and water stored away and decked out with solar panels, a garage full of electric cars, and a stash of every sort of modern electronic equipment available in vast quantities."
"So this would be a huge waste of money if there's never an apocalypse. But it would be very valuable to me if there happens to be one."-TimHawks1983
"I have always wanted a talking toilet. I don't even know why at this point. I just saw it on a tv show, don't even remember what, and since that day I have thought 'yes, I want this.'"
"But right now, with my paupers wage, I cannot afford such a thing. I have a lot of serious plans for lottery level money. I would open a shelter for homeless people and start my own dog shelter. As well as my own theme park."
"But I would still get a talking toilet."-MagnificentColossus
Put Your Bird On My Shoulder
"I would get into falconry, vintage guitars from the 50s and 60s, a live in Cook, most of the surfaces that I touch would be marble, and I would save a significant portion of my money to split between investments and gambling on riskier stocks."
"Depending on how much money a private jet would be in the cards as well as a flight license. This is one of my favorite things to daydream about"-freemason777
The best part of all of this is, it doesn't matter that these things are useless.
They bring us joy, and that is what matters.
"Boring" "Flame Thrower"???
"Definitely a boring company flame thrower. And a Barrett M82."
"Probably a supercar too, but not to drive it. I want to light it on fire in a public space as an appeal to consumerism right before I go take a private jet to Nappa Valley to eat at the French Laundry and get hammered on the most expensive bottles of wine I can find."-xdylanxfrommyspace
"There are many things I bought that I regretted it immediately. I love to try new stuff. Especially no-brand or brand that is not famous. My curiosity is very high, that is the problem."
"I wanted to know whether those products are okay for human being. For example, I bought BioAqua face products. The most product I regret is BioAqua aloe vera. After my third use of the product, I actually experience worst allergic in the world."
"My skin had a lot of red patches appeared in just few hours. It was itchy but not painful. Just I keep scratching my skin but I tried my best to control it."
"It took about three - five days to keep it clear with medication and creams. Then after a couple of weeks, I decided to use it again. I got the reaction."
"Thankfully, I still have the medication and the cream. So, I took it immediately. I also did not apply the cream that much compared to previous time."
"I still have the aloe vera bottle in my room. I wanted to throw it but I could not throw it. Yet, I cannot use it and yes, I feel sad when I saw it. So, you can understand how I feel."-nimbledealing53
Hobby Hobby Hobby!
"If I won the lottery - I would open a shop for my favorite hobby. I would manage it like a business, giving a decent wage to several workers allowing them to pursue a degree or whatever and have a job that doesn't suck."
"I'd lose money on running a store. But I'd enjoy it. I'd enjoy sharing my hobby, selling the stuff I love at reasonable prices and giving a few young people a good job in a stress free environment."
"Useless store, great life experience for the people I'd employ."-Dealthagar
Money doesn't solve all of the world's problems or all of a person's problems, even—but it certainly does make life a little easier here and there for those who need it.
Hopefully the 21st century sees all of us buying things with our millions of dollars.
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One of the most freeing realizations I've had was when I understood that not everyone was going to like me.
That's just the way it is for all of us, and I learned that it would be unfair for me to dedicate so much time worrying about what others might think.
It changed my life—improved it, I'd say.
That, combined with my willingness to take responsibility for my own actions, was crucial to my self-development.
Whether it's an epiphany or experience, there are many things that can happen and can successfully shift your perspective.
People shared their stories after Redditor drewyourstory asked the online community:
"What life event or experience changed your perspective?"
"From this, I learned..."
"Nearly died of a post-surgical hypoxic brain injury, followed by a variety of problems subsequently."
"From this, I learned that mortality is a fragile thing in a random, amoral universe."
It truly is. We really have no say in it either.
We really do not have control.
"Once you get your own place..."
"Once you finally get your own place, you appreciate and feel gratitude for things that you used to take for granted."
"It's helped me maintain..."
"My husband died after a sudden short illness. My life is divided by that point in time."
"There is before and after, I'm a different person now nearly 12 years later but I'm okay with that. It's helped me maintain a good perspective dealing with my current partner's stroke."
"He's doing ok but will never have the mobility he once had. Just taking one day at a time."
Sorry for your loss.
Silver linings exist... even in tragedy.
"I can put up with..."
"My spouse developed a chronic pain illness. She spent months in debilitating pain and there wasn't a goddamn thing I could do to help."
"When we finally got a diagnosis, she was able to start on some medications that improved her quality of life to near where it had been."
"Suddenly little problems just didn't seem important anymore. I can put up with a whole hell of a lot more than I ever thought possible because at least my partner's not in burning pain constantly anymore."
Thankfully, your partner is healthier, and the experience undoubtedly made you a stronger person!
"I had both hips replaced..."
"I had both hips replaced at 25 and will owe money for the rest of my life."
"My debt to income ratio keeps me from normal things like owning a house. I don't sweat missing a bill now and then anymore."
Society really should not allow this to happen.
"I think every single human..."
"I think every single human has experienced the feeling of post-traumatic guilt caused by something they've done in the past."
"For example, in elementary school, I had a best friend whose family was struggling financially. One day, he brings coins (pennies and nickels only) for his school lunch that day."
"I, for some stupid reason, smacked the change out of his hand as he took the change out to count how much he had."
"I got yelled at by the principal, who was walking behind me, and got suspended. Ever since that day, I have never ever made fun of someone's financial stability, given people money (especially the homeless), and never smacked anything out of anyone's hands."
"That moment changed my perspective on how the treatment towards others comes back to bite you."
"Holding my eight year old brother as he died from extreme medical incompetence then being stuck with his body for twenty minutes as a ventilator made his corpse breathe and a fault in the heart monitor didn't trigger the alarm to bring help and the nurses ignored the call light because they were 'busy with another patient'."
"I cared about people before then. I can switch that off and on at will now."
"Being from Canada..."
"Being from Canada, we're pretty sheltered here, so traveling to other parts of the world and seeing how poor some communities are really made me realize how lucky we are and how good we have it."
Many people in the Western world would learn a hell of a lot if they were humbled by the way others around the world live.
"I love him..."
"Having a child with autism. He is the most loving, kind, intelligent young man."
"I love him more than anything in the world, but I have to consider everyday events that others take for granted. There are things that will be overly stressful for him, and without any glaring differences, people are often not understanding."
"Family gatherings, grocery store visits, haircuts, the dentist, everything is planned."
"The world can be a noisy, chaotic, inconsistent place which are all things he really hates, but he meets every challenge head-on and I couldn't be prouder to call him my son."
"Have you ever just stood..."
"Have you ever just stood and looked at a dead person? The first dead person I ever saw was my father... I've seen probably more than my share after that too."
"Looking at someone with their lights permanently turned off changes something in you."
No one is immune from life's tragedies or trials and tribulations.
How do you handle them, though? That's the real test.
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