The things that make people feel powerful can vary widely, but we've all had that moment where we feel that surge of power. For some of us, the power goes to our heads. Others are capable of using it for good (or for awesome).
We all feel that power at some point, but it's what gets us there that Reddit user RedDanubeWaltz wanted to know about when they asked:
And yeah, the answers are sometimes ridiculous, sometimes adorable, and pretty solidly entertaining. Enjoy the power trip, guys!
You know the last night of a music festival when everything's gone a bit weird and a large group of people will follow a random person around the site? I was Festival Jesus for half an hour. It was like Simon Says with 100s of people
Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
I used to volunteer at a rescue center for cats. I quickly became the favorite of the cat army. My army of kittens was the cutest army you will ever see.
The In-Flight Emergency
I'm a RN, and once on a flight another passenger had a health emergency. When they did the "Are there any doctors or nurses or paramedics on board?" Overhead page, it was just me. I had to decide by myself what was going on and how the person was doing, and what I needed to do.
It was a large, close to full flight, and I had to decide if it was safe for us to continue onwards to our destination or if the plane needed to make an emergency stop (we were still like 2 hours away) and potentially make 100+ people miss connecting flights.
I was working in an ICU at the time and frequently was part of our code team/medical emergency team, and at various points was responsible for leading code blues (where a Patient stops breathing or their heart stops beating) until an MD arrived. Part of working in an ICU as a nurse means that sometimes your patients will life or die based off of how well you do your job, but the plane thing felt much harder to me because I was by myself, and because my decisions affected so many other people.
The passenger was fine. They just hadn't had anything to eat or drink for like 18 hours before the flight because they were afraid of getting sick on the plane and had passed out. They were easy to arouse, vitals were okay, etc. I just asked them to have a paramedic crew meet us at the gate at our regular destination, and grab the potentially sick person first to check them out and do their triage before they let the rest of us disembark.
I got a thank you letter in the mail from the airlines with some free miles I could redeem for a short plane trip somewhere, and I think the person was okay; I never heard anything, but my best guess what that they were probably fine after having some food and a few glasses of water.
The Applause Instigator
One time I started clapping after a song at church and then the entire worship center of like 600 people started clapping.
I don't think it counts the way you mean it, but a member of my family won the lottery years ago and he gave me $10k US dollars. Here in a third world country (Uruguay) it was a lot. We bought a house with that.
The Dog Whisperer
I brought treats to the dog park once. I was the dog whisperer for a little bit there.
A Man Of PeaceGiphy
I had a loaf of bread on the beach once. Every little crumb I threw swarmed an army of hundreds of birds to that location. I could have used my powers for evil, but I am a man of peace.
Our college had a closed Facebook group where just our class would post stuff about campus life, etc. There was a guy in my major, George, who posted incessantly in that group. He was the most insufferable person to be near in classes - constantly talking about South Park and gaming apps he liked and begging people to join them.
One day George made a post that said something to the effect of "[Our school] is so messed up because there's more girls than dudes. Fat girls think they're better than everyone else when in real life, no one likes a chubby chick."
Mind you, George is a VERY heavy dude and VERY single.
I responded to the post. I wrote:
"George, posting as a 'chubby chick' myself, don't worry - you're easily heavier than any girl in our class, but the reason no one wants to date you is because you post things like this."
He didn't respond.
The next day I walked into class and George was sitting there, facing the door. I made direct eye contact with him. He looked at me, then promptly at the floor. He didn't talk to anyone in that class for the rest of the semester.
I felt ultrapowerful.
Maintaining no contact with my toxic ex-husband during our divorce. Communicating in any form was the way he would take control back. So silence for me was power. And taking the high road gave me a sort of power in a different way. Having the ability to expose or destroy him but taking the high road by not doing that.
The Crowd Went ... Mild
Standing at the lighting console at a Guns n Roses show my friends were opening up for. The opening band wasn't announced. When the sound guy told me he was ready and kill the lights whenever I felt like it I realized how much power I had in that moment.
I took a deep breath and killed the lights. The crowd went wild!
As I brought them back up on my friends the crowd went... mild. All in all it was a blast and I would love to do it again.
Fail Us All!
Group project in middle school where I was doing all of the work. I came to a crossroads due to frustration. I could either turn it in and let the other 3 get full credit for my work, or I could fail us all.
I failed us all then made up for it in extra credit.
You Can't Handle The SuitGiphy
When I was a Team 2 trainer at Chuck E Cheese's. Basically I was in charge of showing the new hires the ropes about the basics of the job like working the prize counter, cleaning tables, running orders, and the best part the - darn mouse suit.
If the new hire was pretty chill and actually listened then I would go in the suit and they would just follow me out there; ya know watch and learn. Now, if they were being a little brat and not paying attention...they got to experience the horrors of that suit!!!
Rowdy kids, smelly nasty suit, being out there for 20 hot minutes taking photos and high fives in this monstrosity of apparel. So yeah...made me feel kinda powerful sometimes. Also, a few of the new hires quit after the suit happened. lol.
Get Your Grind On
Fooling around with my now-boyfriend and was grinding on him pretty intensely. In that moment I knew he was mine. So to prove it, I suddenly hopped off of him and laughed at how he begged me to come back and cursed me for leaving.
Until I Say
Crossing guard in elementary school. You will not go to class until I say it's safe!
I was a senior in high school while I was an assistant to one of my favorite teachers in her 6th grade P.E. class.
The kids were being loud and wouldn't listen to the teacher. I had a headache and was getting tired of their shit. I shouted "Hey!". I was an 18 year old guy with a deep voice so this made half the kids jump and they all went completely silent.
I never felt more powerful as I told them to listen.
I once played a concert to over 1,000 people. It amazing what control you have over people just because you have a microphone.
Nothing To Be Alarmed About
My dad and uncle are firefighters, in fact my uncle is the chief of the local firecompany. A perk of this is we can use the smaller field trucks to fill our pool every spring if it's too low. I am not a member, but I was riding along with a senior driver (as in he's old and only drives the rigs) to help fill the truck at a local water tower in a development. A worried older lady comes out and asks me if there is a problem, and quite calm and sternly I said "Ma'am, everything is under control. Nothing to be alarmed about" and she was satisfied. 16 year old me felt pretty powerful in that moment.
The Fire Drill
I worked nights at a tiny college library as a circulation assistant while I myself was in college (not the college I worked at.) One day before she left, my boss told me they were going to have a fire drill that evening and apparently whoever is in the library is the one who has to check all the rooms on that floor of the building and make sure they're clear, make sure the fire doors to both stairwells closed, then radio the head of security that information. As I was usually alone in the evenings, that fell to me.
It was only maybe 4 classrooms, 2 bathrooms, and the library, but I felt a rush of responsibility. I, the lowly circulation assistant, would be the one to ensure the safety of those on the third floor of the 1000 building. I started asking a bunch of stupid questions, like what if there's an individual in a wheelchair and the elevator isn't working because of the fire? "They won't turn the elevators off for a drill, they can use those to go downstairs." Etc. My boss answered all of my overly-worried questions.
I spent the whole night nervous in anticipation, I did NOT want to screw it up by somehow missing the blaring fire alarm. I'm also super non-confrontational so I was anxious about having to chase people out of the library because the students were notorious about not giving a damn and would just keep working or doing whatever rather than responding to the drill.
I knew security would sweep the building afterward to make sure it was empty and I'd be the one on the hook. Finally it happens; the alarm goes off just as the sun is going down. I hop up and grab the walkie talkie, lock the door to the circ desk, and make my rounds. I have to get stern with a girl who refused to leave her table, and I had to help the girl in the tech lab chase everyone off the computers. I check the classrooms, shout into the bathrooms, then finally it's time - I radio the head of security and say, "This is the library, building 300 is clear!" as I'm going downstairs to exit myself.
Only problem is... it's building 1000. There is no 300 building. I messed up. I hear someone else on the radio say "Did she say the 300 building?" and someone else replied, "She probably meant the 1000 building." Then I had to stand outside burning with embarrassment that I screwed up until they cleared the building and we could go back.
Once inside, I realized I'd left my keys hooked to my purse and couldn't unlock the door to the circ desk, so I had to hop over the counter using a chair to unlock it from the inside. Also I was supposed to have locked the library after everyone had exited (for drills only) to secure the computers etc. I hadn't done that, obviously, since I didn't have my keys.
Clearly I'm not meant to have any power.
Power and Justification
I had both the power and justification to fire someone once... turns out it's not something enjoyable at all.
Eventually I helped him update his resume and obtain a job elsewhere that would better fit his personality, then I myself applied for a different role where I wouldn't ever have to face that situation again.
When I was doing Rocky Horror we had a big tenth anniversary show. 1000 people showed up to a cinema with only 900 seats! I started handing out rice, but was running out fast.
"I'll only be giving rice to those singing the theme song from Mr Ed" I announced.
A few people started singing "A horse is a horse of course of course"and I handed them rice. More people started singing and I handed them rice. The singing grew and crept and grew. Soon all 1000 people were singing the theme song from Mr Ed.
That day I truly was a god!
Clear Roads, Powerful Cars
Had to deliver cars from one dealership to another. The thing is, we did it after an event that ended at 3am. Clear roads, powerful brand new cars... man we probably left skid marks behind from the gas pedals being hit so hard.
You might say moviegoers who love horror films are sadists.
They derive pleasure from being spooked and terrified, and they somehow love crouching in their seats out of sheer fright watching supernatural entities scaring the daylights out of homeowners or serial killers stalking their prey.
It's all an adrenaline rush.
However, even gore and slasher fans have their limits.
Curious to hear the breaking point of movie fans, Redditor SoundRevolutionary97 asked:
"Whats the scariest movie you ever seen?"
Movies involving the supernatural give most people the heebee jeebees.
"For some reason The Exorcism Of Emily Rose f'ked with me, got anxiety watching it."
Nothing Sweet About This Man
"OK I've scrolled long enough. The original Candyman. Watched it at a sleep over in third grade and I've hated horror movies AND bees all the way through to my late 30s"
Why You Should Never Watch VHS Tapes
"The Ring. I didn't know what I was getting myself into."
The Malevolent Force In Your Home
"Sinister, not just scary, but deeply disturbing too."
Not all scary movies are necessarily categorized as a horror genre.
Apocalyptic War Drama
"Threads. It will f'k your day up."
"It's the scariest film I've seen and it's not technically a horror. Competition is not even close. And I watch a f'k ton of horror."
Inquiring Minds Wanted To Know
"It's a British film depicting a nuclear war, and the aftermath. The segment detailing the nuclear exchanges is terrifying, and then of course all the stuff after... it deals with the future, basically the UK is left with only a few million people living, subsistence type agriculture... people suffering from long term radiation effects, etc."
Why It's Scary
"Absolutely. I still have nightmares decades after I saw it. The Exorcist scared me, sure, but it's not real. Poltergeist was unsettling but fake. Threads can actually happen--it just takes one of the old guys to push the button...."
We are not alone, and to think we are the only intelligent form of life is very very foolish.
As If Tight Spaces Weren't Enough
"I still keep The Descent at the top of my list. I expected it to just be a thriller with the claustrophobia and terror between the group."
"Didn’t expect a creature feature."
"The fourth kind."
"When I saw it I was told it was a true story and I was just dumb enough to believe it at the time. Also I was the type of person to believe in aliens so that certainly made it scarier."
"Honestly, Event Horizon. Put it on in the background thinking it was just a kind of creepy sci fi. It was the sounds that really got to me on that one."
There were the usual suspects.
"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original obviously). I saw it as a grown man and screamed like a little girl throughout the whole film."
No Feeding After Midnight
"Gremlins, the end telling me to watch for a Gremlin every time something is malfunctioning had 6 year old me scared sh*tless."
"Hereditary, if you have family issues it will hit close to home."
Personally, one of the scariest films relating to demonic spirits and ghosts was the first Paranormal Activity.
The found-footage format really worked well here. It create such an unsettling atmosphere that relied mostly on aural scares to brilliant effect.
The scene where you see nothing but the couple sleeping on their bed but you hear the slow foot steps that accelerated and led to a slamming door made me sleep with my own bedroom door closed for a couple of weeks after seeing the movie.
It's what you don't see that really keeps you up at night.
In the recent Pride and Prejudice update Fire Island, Dex leads the main character Noah to believe that the stand-offish lawyer Will judges him for having an OnlyFans page.
A site that has become commonly used for amateur and professional porn performers and sex workers to directly profit from erotic and sexual content they upload themselves.
As is the case with their literary counterparts, Darcy and Wickham, Will's apathy towards Dex runs much deeper than his OnlyFans page.
But Will wouldn't be the first person to judge someone for utilizing the site as a means of income.
Several people might also stop their romantic pursuits of those who decide to upload x-rated content as a side (or primary) hustle.
Others, however, might not have a problem with it, and might even join them in their endeavors.
Redditor TickleTip20 was curious to learn whether or not people would be comfortable dating someone with an OnlyFans account, or who works in the sex industry, leading them to ask:
"Would you date a sex worker/does onlyfans? Why or why not?"
No. They Never Stop Promoting Themselves.
"No I would not."
"Had a great night with a girl and once we had done the deed she felt the need to plug her OnlyFans page."
"Made it feel like she spent the night with me as advertisement and wanted me to become a subscriber."- xveritas1x
No. Too Many Safety Risks
"One of my boyfriend’s best friends is seeing a girl who does OF and she recently traveled to make a threesome video with two other people in the scene."
"No protection or anything was used."
"I’d personally be crying and throwing up watching my boyfriend sleep with other women, with no protection, whether it’s his job or not."
"So yeah not for me."
"But I don’t discriminate against that career path."
"You do you."- Halloweenqueen2342
No. They'll Regret It Down The Line
"I would say no."
"People don't usually see the long term affects of that lifestyle until they want to leave it."
"There was an interview with Lana Rhoades, and she says looking back at her videos, it makes her want to throw up."- Sea_Obligation5993
No. You Become A Very Low Priority
"I would not."
"I knew a guy who was all 'nah bro, it's sexy and it's no big deal' when his girlfriend of 2 years started her OnlyFans."
"First came the undivided attention to her phone, texting guys who are sending her money."
"That led to her starting to do collabs with other women, which led to her having sex with other dudes on camera, which led to her pretty much just sidelining her boyfriend whenever she felt like it when she got really intimate with someone she did like 10 videos with."
"She once offered the guy she was dating to be a part of it, but turns out she just wanted him to film her sleep with this dude she liked a lot."
"In the end, my friend didn't even get dumped, he just got straight up forgotten about."
"She just slowly started spending less and less time at their apartment until she was just gone forever."
"Maybe if I was really, really confident and secure with the woman I'm with I'd be willing to talk about it, but there'd be a lot of boundaries and I'd wanna be the other dude on camera w her."- gamesireallylike
No. Not Monogomous.
"Simply because I’m completely monogamous, and I consider sexual exclusivity as part of that."
"For me, sending nude pictures to others during the relationship is cheating."- DickBigler
"I'm more of a 'intimacy is reserved for your S/O only'."- ConThePaladin
"If you’re dating me I’ve gotta be your only fan."- TheLastBoat
No. Bad Past Experiences.
"Used to date an exotic dancer."
"It was painful."
"Would not repeat."- n0budd33
No. Simply Not Equiped
"The people that I know that do it have had to compartmentalize what sex means and what's too far in terms of exploiting others, and it's changed them as people."
"The personality traits that have strengthened aren't ones that I value in a partner or to be quite frank even in a friend, so I don't think I'd be able to date one."
"Sex work takes strength and grit, but in my experience that grit has made people I used to enjoy thoroughly abrasive."
"Obviously I know not all people are like that, but that's just my experience." - Reddit
No two people have the same relationship or comfort level when it comes to sex.
So people should always think twice before judging those on OnlyFans.
Nor should anyone enter into a relationship with someone on OnlyFans if it makes them uncomfortable.
As the saying goes, "to each their own."
I know that many of you love the chili from a certain fast-food restaurant that rhymes with "Bendy's," but I'm here to tell you that that stuff is not fresh. Not one bit.
Okay, that statement might not hold true from franchise to franchise, but it's something worth thinking about.
Sorry to burst your bubble: This is a dark secret I've carried inside me for more than a decade.
Keep in mind: It was tasty. Quite. But it did sit out for a while. Didn't stop the customers from eating it though, and they were happy and I was paid for my work and that was that.
But there are other job secrets out there that you might not be aware of.
People shared the deets with us after Redditor You_are_a_dolt asked the online community,
"What’s a trade secret you know from working the industry?"
"I work for a printing company."
"I work for a printing company. The number of jobs that we print that say "printed on recycled paper," and it is just normal paper is astronomical."
This doesn't surprise me one bit. Cutting corners? Just business.
"If you call a call center..."
"If you call a call center of any kind, and the person you're talking to puts you on hold with no hold music, they can hear everything you're saying. I worked in an insurance call center when I was really young. I had so many people accidentally confess to insurance fraud that way."
As they say, "loose lips sink ships." It's quite accurate, especially in this case.
"Vinegar is the best thing to get your cutlery shiny in a restaurant or bar."
This is very true! When I worked in a restaurant, a vinegar solution was the way to go.
"Interned for a plastic surgeon..."
"Interned for a plastic surgeon who is very well known and does work on celebs. They sold their skincare line for hundreds of dollars and touted it as having highly advanced ingredients of the highest quality."
"They bought most of it from a wholesale retailer who stuck their name on the bottle. Website looked sketchy tbh. Also had '24k gold face masks' that were purchased in bundles off of Amazon for cheap."
"These fancy skincare lines are such a scam, don't waste your money."
Good to know! Your wallet will thank you later.
"I worked at an incredibly under stocked..."
"I worked at an incredibly under stocked coffee shop once. If someone asked for whole milk I was told by management to tell them we had it, then serve them 2%. Then one day I served a milk farmer. I've never been called out on my crap as fast as the damn milk man himself."
You never know who you might be dealing with — especially in customer service!
"Phone plans are significantly less..."
"Phone plans are significantly less expensive that what we quote you a lot of the time. TPR wants us to sell you as much literal useless junk as possible that you would not ever agree to paying for, so they make us bundle it in so you don't even think about it. It's pretty shady, but I also got a kid to feed, definitely still searching for better."
Best of luck! It's rough out there. The job market can be cruel.
"When you shop at Walmart..."
"When you shop at Walmart, do you sometimes hear the announcement saying security cameras to zone six, or another number? They play them randomly in the hopes that someone who might be stealing will get paranoid thinking they’re being watched, and will decide not to shoplift."
I used to work in a grocery store that did the same thing. It took me way too long to realize we didn't even have security.
"There's actually no difference..."
"There's actually no difference between a $300 champagne room and a $150 private dance. We're supposed to say it's more private etc, but it's the exact same just with a different price tag."
This doesn't surprise me either. Shady, but it works. Many people fall for it.
"As a freelance photographer..."
"As a freelance photographer, most magazines and newspapers don't pay you for using your photos. They offer you photo credit only. If you ask to be paid, they just get a similar photo from someone else."
Also if you have a unique photo or video, always go non-exclusive and sell it to everyone. You get way more that way than just selling to one as an exclusive.
"Automotive Industry. Never buy the first year of any new model car."
Hell, I could have told you that one! No point, it's a trap!
All of these will make you think twice when interacting with employees of any kind or the next time you call a company.
But don't worry — you're bound to have plenty of secrets of your own. Wield that power responsibly.
Have some info of your own? Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments below!
There are many cases where a company or product promises good quality or intentions.
But that isn't always the case as some companies fail to deliver and they make off with your hard-earned cash.
In an instantly gratifying world, consumers are quick to go after the things they want with the click of a button as long as they have the funds.
But they should keep a close eye on where their money is going toward.
Strangers online shared what brands to stay away from when Redditor ToastedLeaf- asked:
"What brand can go f'k off?"
They may appear to have good intentions, but of course, that's all they show you.
Putting On A Good Face
"National/international charities that give back minimally to the communities they pretend to serve."
"From charity watch. Top compensation:"
"Name & Title Charity Viviane Tabar, M.D. Chairman Attending Neurosurgery Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $4,869,769 12/31/2020 Note: Includes $3,350,000 bonus & incentive compensation. Robert W. Stone President/CEO City of Hope & Affiliates $3,827,671"
Pack Of Thieves
"F'k Autism Speaks, my school decorated the halls for World Autism Day and encouraged us to talk about it in classes as kind of a break from work, and I mistakenly outed myself as autistic to everyone during one of those conversations."
"Later my teacher put on a whole PowerPoint drawing heavily from Autism Speaks and everyone proceeded to speak to me like a f'king ape for the remainder of my time there."
"They don’t respect us, don’t want to help us, and in fact seem to believe if we didn’t exist then things would be much better. They’re a disgusting pack of thieves and they absolutely do not speak for me"
"And all other pyramid schemes that sell themselves as self-employment. F'k off with a sandpaper condom, and that does double for the folks that started as victims and then rope in others to save themselves."
"They may call themselves 'Xfinity' but I know they a**es are Comcast. F'k Comcast."
Scammers, all of them.
"Ticketmaster. Surprised i haven't seen it. You'll try and cross shop tickets just to realize they always redirect you to Ticketmaster where you're gonna pay a huge amount in convenience fees. Buying 2 tickets you're pretty much paying for 3."
"Anyone who makes college textbooks for outrageous prices."
"Oh god i need to buy a math textbook for my class that started 2 weeks ago n it's about $117.50 usd dollars 😭 i refuse to buy it esp since at the end of class my professor allows us to take pictures of his book so we can do the homework."
Stay Out Of Touch With Them
"AT&T can f'k off once for each random a** incremental charge."
No Kinda Life Is...
"Herbalife. Specifically those Herbalife 'Nutrition' Drink shops."
Beware of the products you purchase. There apparently is corruption in these companies.
"DeBeers. One of the main exploiters of West Africa in recent memory, a near monopoly on diamonds jacking up prices, insists that you must buy your loved one a real diamond from them and not a cheaper synthetic one in order to prove that love."
"SheIn. Art theft, lead in children’s clothes, undoubtedly slave labor in there somewhere. The $1 fast food meal of clothing."
"PG&E. They have f'ked over so many Northern Californians between faulty equipment starting fires to working with Gavin Newsom to make the consumer pay for their damages. They suck so much John Oliver made a Last Week Tonight about them. Breweries in NorCal even started making beer called PG&E Sucks."
Hidden charges are nothing revelatory.
Service charges in addition to delivery fees when you have food delivered to your home courtesy of the various apps made to make a consumer's life easier is all well and good.
But as one previously mentioned, what Ticketmaster charges with their not-so-hidden fees is basically highway robbery.
It's a shame that while live performances are re-emerging from the effects of the global pandemic, it comes at an exorbitant cost to patrons trying to regain a normal sense of life.