People Reveal Their Worst 'This Isn't What I Ordered' Dining Experiences
You go to restaurants to be served, catered to, and taken care of. That's the main reason we all go out, right? Certainly not an inherent laziness or a non-desire to cook. No, that couldn't be it. Sometimes, since we're paying for our food, it creates a false sense of entitlement if everything isn't exactly perfect. As evidenced by the stories below, sometimes it's well-deserved.
Reddit user, u/intro_set3, wanted to hear the horrendous and the horrible when they asked:
What's your "I didn't know someone could mess up my order so bad." dining experience?
Grape Leaf Melt?
I can't think of a time that my order was screwed up but my mom's was.
She ordered grape leaves, and grilled cheese. Two separate things. Instead, they cooked the grape leaves (stuffed with rice and olive oil) inside of the grilled cheese sandwich... guess it became a melt.
She said it was horrible.
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McDonalds by the C gates in O'Hare airport.
Just got off a long flight from Europe, had a short connection that was made even tighter by the fact that my bag took forever to arrive at customs, and the people mover was down so I had to wait in a mile long line to get a goddamn bus from T5 to T1. I had little time to spare and was starving, so I ordered a double quarter pounder meal, no mustard.
Somehow, someone heard this as double quarter pounder, no meat. So I was given a bread, ketchup, mustard, onion and cheese sandwich. If I wanted a quarter pounder without meat, WHY would I order a double quarter pounder and pay more for it?
I did not have time for them to correct it as my flight was about to start boarding and they were running slow, it took them 10 minutes to make this fancy grilled cheese sandwich so I got a refund instead.
A 3-Step Delivery
This was via Uber and honestly I don't blame the poor girl who had to drive it out, three times.
First time she just brought rice, forgot the curry.
Second time she brought it, it was perfect - I think. She dropped it and splashed it across my driveway.
Third time was a charm and came with a free drink 👍
A Joke We Weren't In On
Buffet in Vegas. Waiter takes our drink order, milk for me, oj for the gf and water for the both of us. We get a plate of food and come back to a coke and Sprite. Not really concerned we ask for water and carry on. He brings two grapefruit juices. At this point I am thinking we are on camera and my girlfriend is just trying not to laugh. I asked he waiter if I could have a Milk again, and an oj for my girlfriend.
He smiles, says no problem, milk and oj. He comes back with two chocolate milks and winks at me. I am full out laughing with my girlfriend at this point and we have completely given up on getting what we asked for. I am not sure if he didn't speak English in the slightest, if he was on drugs or if he was just playing a joke on us but he got a decent tip for getting everything wrong. Quite possibly the best meal of the trip
Water =/= Popcorn
Not sure if it qualifies as "dining" but at a movie theater I ordered "two bottles of water"
The person working the concession stand nods and then proceeds to make me a giant bucket of popcorn. At first I thought maybe you just had to move the popcorn around so it didn't burn or something because heat lamps idk I thought maybe he did it because my order was so simple and it would take very little time just to give it a quick toss.
But no, he fills up a giant bucket of popcorn and sets it on the counter and tells me how much it is. Anyway I'm grateful that it isn't too difficult to empty an untouched bucket of popcorn back into the popper
I don't even remember how the movie was, I was so focused on trying to decide if "bottle" rhymes with "popcorn"
How Can You Even Call Yourself That?
McDonalds. Got an Egg McMuffin with... get this... no f-ing egg on it.
A Neg McMuffin.
Doesn't Matter How Bad It Is, You Still Gotta Pay
Place called Eddie Rockets. Myself and my grandmother had just come out of the cinema and went to get some food. We waited 2 hours until we realised that our food wasn't coming, when I told the waitress that the food arrived about two minutes later, literally raw to the point that neither of us ate it for fear of getting sick.
Then they made us pay for it. I was young at the time and my nan is too nice to contest things like that, but lemme tell you, I'd be tempted to call Bord Bia, that place makes people sick like every time they eat there, something's gotta be up
I ordered a double cheeseburger at a roadside diner and the woman gave me a cheeseburger with one piece of meat. I told her the order was wrong and she pointed at the menu on the wall.
"It's not a double cheeseburger. It's a double CHEESE burger."
"One piece of meat and two pieces of cheese."
You're Missing A KEY Ingredient
Ordered a mayo chicken and they forgot the chicken.
Was just a mayo lettuce bun
Who Hasn't Cried Over Food, Right?
My boyfriend lives about an hour away from me, so I'll drive to his place and visit on the weekends. He and I discovered a pizza-gyro place that closes at 3 am.
I'd gotten to his house at about 9 one night, and we hung out with his roommates for about an hour. We decided to order some food (because who DOESN'T love gyros???) I forget what he ordered but I ordered a normal gyro - lamb, onion, lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. After an hour and a half of waiting, I thought it was odd (estimated time WASN'T an hour) but no biggie, it is delivery after all.
After three hours, I was unhappy to say the least. SO, boyfriend calls and they hem and haw and they said the delivery guy was new to the area. OK, I can be patient (even though the restaurant isn't even too far from the house). We wait another hour.
At this point, I'm getting pretty hangry. All I wanted after a long day of school & work was my late night dinner!!!! We call again & they say the guy will be there soon.
Finally the guy shows up. We thank him, he apologizes, hey it happens...
We open his food. It's cold but ok we can microwave it I guess. I open mine.
Lamb, onions, tomatoes, lettuce (okay, all right so far...), black olives, feta cheese, banana peppers & tzatziki. Any other time I honestly would have just scraped off the stuff I don't like.
- I was just so hungry
- I HATE olives so much (and banana peppers to a lesser extent)
- IT'S NOW THREE IN THE MORNING
so I just start bawling.
My sweet, sweet boyfriend scrapes off the unwanted toppings from my sick, sick gyro as I quietly sob about my 'ruined' dinner. (I realize it wasn't ruined but you know)
Honestly it's still kind of embarrassing because I'm the kind of person who would rather eat the wrong order than say anything to the waiter but I think waiting for several hours for my dinner, just for it to include one of my least favorite food items made me lose it.
I tried calling just to let them know that the order was messed up (not that they would be able to fix it) but they were now closed... as we had to wait, like, a total of 5 hours for our food... Never called them again to complain OR order food. However they closed less than a month later so
A Boba Place Minus The Boba
Yesterday i ordered boba. Lady messed up on my first order, tried to blame me. Then when they made my order again they messed up and i had to point out it was missing the tapioca pearls.
She then replied that they ran out and just stared at me. Mind you, i paid extra for the pearls.. after the long pause i asked for a refund for the pearls at least.. something so simple didn't have to be that difficult
Happy, But For A Different Reason
My dad once got a piece of broken glass in his food at a Ruby Tuesday's.
I remember actually being happy about this as a kid because it meant we wouldn't be coming back, and the crayons at Ruby Tuesday's are TERRIBLE.
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Domino's. I was drunk and hungry so I ordered a large Margherita. It arrived, I opened the box and what I saw did not remotely resemble a pizza.
It was a burnt round of bread with a thin layer of cheese and no sauce. I tried some to see if it tasted better than it looked, but no... not only had they forgotten the sauce, they had also put chopped up anchovies UNDERNEATH THE CHEESE!!!
Does Seem Like More Effort Than What Was Needed
Girlfriend and I ordered a burger and told the server we would split it.
What arrived was two plates, each with half a bun and a small patty, as if they had taken the meat of one patty, divided it and cooked two small burgers instead. So we each had an open face slider on a full size bun half.
Definitely a unique interpretation of splitting a burger. To this day the amount of effort they put in astounds me.
Just A Bro Getting It All Wrong
It was finals week. I rounded up several of my friends for a late-night study break at Denny's.
We get seated pretty quickly, but it was a good 20 minutes before we saw our waiter. No biggie, we all had study materials with us and weren't in a rush.
When our waiter finally showed, he flipped a chair around to our table and sat with us. He didn't say anything, so we asked if he was going to take our orders. His response: "Naw. I'm just chillin."
We smirked at one another and went back to our studies. After a few minutes our waiter got up and said, "I'm gonna go out and smoke this joint and then I'll take your order, alright?"
Who are we to say no to that?
He eventually took our orders. When the food came out the orders were a bit botched, but we figured trying to get them corrected might take a while, and we were entertained enough that we didn't really care...until the bill came. The total for seven meals at Denny's? $350.
We called over our waiter, pointed out the error and waited for him to fix it. After a few minutes of messing with the register he looked at us and said, "sorry guys, I don't know how to fix it."
One of my friends asked to look at it. The waiter obliged. My friend took a few minutes to learn the register, and a few minutes later we were on our way, having paid the correct totals.
People Reveal The Wildest Ways They Ever Found Out Someone Was Cheating On Them
Discovering that your significant other has been unfaithful is never taken lightly.
The only saving grace is when the cheater comes clean and admits their deceit, and it allows for a discussion on whether or not the relationship can move forward.
It's unforgivable if your partner never intended to come clean, and you find out on your own what's really been going on, especially when you've been played the fool the entire time.
Curious to hear from strangers who've been cheated on, Redditor Recent-Gap-9927 asked:
"What was the wildest way you found out you were being cheated on?"
These Redditors didn't see it coming.
Sexual Recap For Unintended Recipient
"She didn’t realise that her iPhone messages were also synchronised to her Mac, which I was using to stream movies on."
"I saw text popping up with her writing to her ex... I just packed up my sh*t and left"– Ok_Insurance_3011
"My ENTIRE friend group knew about it, and I only found out after the one real homie blackmailed her into admitting it."
"And when she did, it was the most insincere sh*t ever. 'It's no big deal, everyone else thinks it's ok!' and stuff like that. Suffice to say, I got my a** outta that relationship AND friendship group real quick."– Samurai294
"He was drunk at his 21st and while joking around with his friends he started listing off all the women he’d slept with in the last year."
"I was standing right there and we’d been dating for two years at that point."– Fraerie
Let's Check Our Phones
"She demanded to read all the messages on my phone, I said no problem but only if I could read the messages on hers."
"She had forgotten to delete a message from a guy saying 'All we ever do is f'k, can't we hang out some time?'"
"There was nothing on my phone."
"My 9 year old son told me that there were strange men in the house when I was away working. She'd been at it for years."
"It's horrible to deal with at the time, but honestly, it's such a relief to be rid of such a toxic mess."– beerdybeer
Hearing about your partner cheating is one thing.
Witnessing it in action is another.
"Date night cancelled day-of. I decided to make it a guys night to see the new marvel movie at the time. As we entered, I saw her sitting it the theatre snuggling up with a guy. Our seats were a few rows back, saw them kiss a couple times. When we all left at the end of the movie they were exiting their aisle as we walked down the stairs. She absolutely froze when she saw me. Blocked her on everything while I’m the in parking lot"– RiddledWithEnigma
The Facebook Post
"I was visiting a dying relative in hospital so could not attend some stupid college party he and his roommate organised. I told him I couldn't go and asked him if he could come over later (after visiting hours in the hospital) because I knew my relative would die soon and I really just needed someone to be there with me. He said he probably wouldn't be able to, as he needed to help his roommate with party preparations, but would come over later if they finish early... Next day I saw pictures of him with his ex in his lap, kissing, uploaded the previous night by his roommate. The roommate even knew we were dating, he was just too drunk to realise he added me as a friend a week earlier on Facebook and I would see the pictures."
Sometimes, a bit of sarcasm helps when recalling an unpleasant memory.
"Her other boyfriend (who I didn’t know existed) and I had a mutual friend who put two and two together and told me. I said I wanted to meet him so he called him over. We talked out some things and then called her together at my suggestion. Good times were had by all -1"– Jonaldson
Return To Sender
He apparently wrote an address wrong and the love letter he wrote was returned to our home."
"It was a great way to come back from vacation."
Beware of where you store your "tasteful nudes."
Open Google Drive
"One of her friends was a photographer and wanted to do 'tasteful nudes' which apparently includes penetration! And multiple days of getting the right shot..."
"We had a shared Google drive, which her friend didn't know we shared."– PumaRevived
Private Photo Session
"Your story reminded me of a past ex."
"Her (female) friend was a photographer and she had a very intimate photo session with her. Not nude, but pretty damn close."
"She had told me about this before hand and I wasn’t really for it. The style of the shoot, was not really my taste (they were trashy imo), but I wasn’t going to stop her."
"She got very upset when I questioned what they were for if they weren’t for her current lover. Turns out they were for her ex who she was seeing on and off for our entire relationship."– pooponacandle
Some people think they're entitled to have their cake and eat it too.
However, if these individuals have an arrangement like an open relationship–where it's mutually beneficial and agreed upon by both participants–good on them for having a healthy and communicative relationship.
But if sneaky individuals engage in clandestine sexual relations, they need to reevaluate their romantic situations.It's not fair for the other person involved who is faithful and trusting.
These days, rather than listening to music to calm their spirits or find a moment of peace, many people instead listen to podcasts.
Namely because, even if it was true crime podcasts like "Serial" which really got podcasts on the map, there is a podcast for just about everyone, on just about every subject.
Even if not all of them are quite as prolific as others, as just about anyone can make a podcast, even if they're not entirely qualified to do so.
There are some podcasts, however, which have such devoted fanbases, that they would encourage just about anyone to listen to them, whether or not it's on a subject which interests them.
"What’s a podcast actually worth listening to?"
"Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears!"
"'History of Rome'."
"After the first few episodes where sound produciton isnt, great, its just like 200 epsidoes of incredible story of the rise and fall of the entire Roman empire."
"The dude knows his sh*t."
"Actively will call out his own mistakes during the following episodes when he is wrong (which isn't often)."
"He tells it in way better than any textbook."
"He almost never goes off the rails and talks about irrelevant material."
"And when he does, it's about baseball for like 4 seconds."
"He enjoys the topic and you can tell."- saturnsnephew
"'Well There's Your Problem: A podcast about engineering disasters'."
"I listen to one or two comedy podcasts but none of them make me laugh as hard or as proud sons of Philly and a posh British woman discussing engineering and societal disasters."- CaptValentineEngineering Rotate GIF by AirspeederGiphy
Laughing While Learning
"'No Such Thing as a Fish'."
"Funny while being somewhat educational."- _performer
When You Can't Make Book Club...
"This is kind of new - but check out 'If Books Could Kill'.”
"Two guys discuss and analyze bestselling nonfiction books that could use a good dissection- like 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' and 'The Secret'.”
"Well researched and super funny and interesting."
"Love it."- SourKrautCupcake
Before You Click That Link...
"Darknet Diaries."- simiansamuraiinternet technology GIF by PsyklonGiphy
"'Old Gods of Appalachia' is a good radio drama."
"The way narrator speaks, you can feel the trees grow around you."- PotatoesMcLaughlin
Timely Doesn't Even Begin To Cover It...
"I am obsessed with 'This Podcast Will Kill You'."
"If you like the biology and history of diseases and illnesses, this is it!"
"The presenters are awesome!"- GibberishBanana2022
For History Buffs And Non Alike!
"Hardcore History."- ManNamedGray
"The History of Rome - Mike Duncan."
"The Rest is History."
"Hardcore History."- YallMindIfIJoinLearn Social Studies GIF by Awkward Daytime TVGiphy
Luckily To Be Heard, And Not Seen...
"99% Invisible."- andbosta
Before You Jump To Judgement
"'Behind the Bastards' is fantastic, but will question humanity."- azorianmilk
But Were "Right" To Listen
"I love 'You’re Wrong About'."- ResidentRepulsive·wrong chicken GIF by happydogGiphy
In Case You're Wondering How We Got Here...
"The Anthropocene Reviewed."- Ererr50
The Stories You Thought You Knew
"My all time favorite is 'The Film Reroll'."
"They take the basic premise of a film and play through the story as an RPG, allowing the choices of the players and roll of the dice to drastically change the story."
"Highlights have included starting a civil war in Oz, blowing up the moon in ET, and the GM tricking the players into thinking they were doing an obscure 80's teen sex comedy none of them had ever heard of only to spring Jason on them and reveal it was really Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter."
"Here are a couple clips for a taste:"
"The Cowardly Lion worries about what happened to Dorothy and Scarecrow when the party got split."
"Jafar fails a will roll and falls in love with Aladdin."
"They will sometimes do sequels to their previous re-rolls and those can get epic."
"Their version of the Halloween trilogy is my personal canonical version of that franchise to me."
"Danny Hodges is the greatest ascended NPC protagonist the movies never had."
"Currently they're doing Rogue Two."
"In their version of Rogue One, Andor, Jyn, and K2SO all survived so now their continued story is running parallel to A New Hope."
"I could go on and on about the running jokes, the great humor, the unexpectedly dramatic moments with real pathos, the wonderful personalities and absolutely world class acting and improv that goes into the show."
"I dearly love it and have listened to every episode at least twice, while some of my favorites have become go-to comfort listening and I've lost count of how many times I've re-listened to those."
"But I'll let ya'll discover all of that for yourselves."
"It's a true gem of a show."
"Some honorable mentions:"
"'Oh No! Ross and Carrie': They examine 'fringe science, spirituality, and claims of the paranormal' and 'show up so you don't have to'."
"They try alternative medicines on themselves, join cults, and investigate all kind of wild claims and report back their first hand experience."
"Yes, they have done Scientology."
"You might be surprised at how far into it they got before they were found out."
"'Monster Talk': a show that looks at Fortean phenomenon from a skeptical perspective."
"Never cynical or simply debunking, they engage with every topic like there could be some merit until they find that there isn't any."
"Good research and even worse puns."
"'In Research Of':"
"A sort of spin off form 'Monster Talk', they watch every episode of the classic Leonard Nimoy series In Search Of and "present some explanations that the producers chose not to present'."
"One of the co-hosts is an Archaeologist, and it can be a hoot to hear him go off on ancient alien and Graham Hancock type sh*t."
"'Another Path:' A D&D 5e Actual Play podcast."
"They had a pretty epic campaign that I'd recommend for fans of 'The Adventure Zone'."
"They recently started a new one with new characters that doesn't require listening to the old one, although the old one is well worth the time."
"Imprinted Echoes: A Numenera actual play podcast."
"Has some neat sci-fi concepts in it and I love the crew playing it."- charlesdexterwardZooey Deschanel Movie GIFGiphy
There is truly nothing more transporting than a good story.
Be it a variation of something familiar, or a deep dive into something you knew nothing about, a good storyteller will have you captured from the minute they uttered their first words.
People Break Down The Best Pop Culture Easter Eggs They've Ever Seen
Easter eggs are those brightly colored festive decorations and treats hidden for the Spring holiday.
Well, yes, but they aren't just that.
According to the dictionary, an Easter egg is also:
- in digital technology, an extra feature, as a message or video, hidden in a software program, video game, DVD, etc., and revealed as by an obscure sequence of keystrokes or commands
- in movies and television, a hidden message, as a cryptic reference, iconic image, or inside joke, that fans are intended to discover in a television show or movie
Redditor akumamatata8080 was referring to those alternate definitions when they asked:
"What was the best 'Easter Egg' you’ve found in any show, movie, video game, etc...?"
Ringu (The Ring)
"Within the DVD menu of 'The Ring' you can watch the cursed video footage."
"The best partwas that it disables the DVD controls, forcing you watch the footage."
"(But I guess you could yank the power or shut off the tv...)"
"Better/worse, if you do watch it then the DVD menu will also play the sound of a ringing phone right after you've finished watching it."
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, ...
"Community. They mention Beetlejuice and on the third time he actually walks by in the background."
"Might i add they say beettlejucie over several seasons. Then yes the third time he can be seen in the background"
"In The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago."
"Murcielago is the Spanish word for bat. He was driving a batmobile the whole time."
"I was young but the original Duke Nukem 3D had a secret where you found the guy from Doom impaled on a spike and Duke quips 'Damn, that’s one doomed space marine' - young me thought that was the most clever thing ever"
"All the YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE messages in hidden areas were great, too."
"I've had a lot of fun finding the little snail that waves to you from every episode of Adventure Time."
Metal Gear Solid 3
"In Metal Gear Solid 3 you can kill a guard in a certain area with vultures, after which a vulture may start eating him - and then you can kill and eat the vulture yourself."
"After this there's a boss fight against The Sorrow who forces you to walk past all the people you've killed throughout the game, one of them being that guard who repeats over and over 'you ate me, ate me, ate me'"
"My favorite one is also in MGS3. If you get captured by The End you are put in a jail cell. If you save and quit the game there and then load it again, a completely different game called Guy Savage will load up. You play it for a few minutes and it eventually stops with Big Boss waking up from his nightmare."
"This happened to me the first time I played it and it confused the hell out of me. I thought I put the wrong disc in the PS2, and then thought 'Wait, no, I just loaded the game... What the hell is this??'"
So Much Monty Python
"Found Holy Hand Grenade from Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Fallout"
"In witcher 3 you come across the entrance to a cave littered with bones and body parts covered in blood."
"And a cute little White bunny outside."
"Wasn't also a holy hand grenade in Worms? I always thought it was a reference to Monty Python as well"
"Yeah, sings "hallelujah" and then a big explosion. Spent so many hours blowing up my friends with that."
"In Fallout 2 I'm pretty sure there's an encounter with the bridgekeeper"
"I always found the Minecraft easter egg in Borderlands 2 pretty cool. They added Creepers as an enemy to fight and they all had a chance to drop special minecraft themed guns and cosmetics. IIRC there was a shotgun that shot the minecraft fire "block" in a 3x3 pattern and a sniper that just shot minecraft arrows."
"Doctor Who: in episode "Face the Raven", there is text on a wall written in Aurebesh, the lettering system from the Star Wars universe. When translated into the Roman alphabet, the text spells "Delorean", the model of car famously used as the time machine in Back to the Future. These two worlds represent time and space, the fundamentals of Doctor Who."
"In the live action version of 'The Jungle Book', Mowgli enters the hall of King Louie and is amazed at the heaps of trinkets the monkeys have been stealing from the man villages. He casually picks up the top item from a heap - a cowbell - looks it over, and puts it back."
"King Louie was voiced by Christopher Walken."
The funny part is that I didn't even notice until my 8 year old son, upon hearing the name of the voice actor, remarked, 'oh, the cowbell guy?'"
"Hotel Guest: (on seeing Nate and Chloe coming out of the ocean) Whoa! What the hell happened to you two?"
"Nathan Drake: Fell out of a car that fell out of a plane."
"Hotel Guest: Huh. You know something like that happened to me once."
"The hotel guest was Nolan North. The voice of Nathan Drake in the Uncharted video game series."
"It’s not exactly the most creative or anything, but I loved the episode of Friends after Courtney Cox and David Arquette got married when she was first credited as Courtney Cox Arquette the rest of the cast was credited as Arquettes as well.
"This is minor, but I remember it making me laugh when I saw it."
"In Drillbit Taylor, when they're interviewing potential bodyguards, Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Full Metal Jacket, and some others) makes an appearance and says that hiring a bodyguard to protect them from a bully was the stupidest thing he's ever heard of. He was in a 1980 movie (that I saw several times as a kid) called My Bodyguard, where he gets hired to protect a kid from a bully."
"I watched the movie in a room full of people born in 1980 and after and felt pretty old laughing at it."
"Just remembered another one: in the game Heretic, which was an FPS put out by id software, it would punish you for trying to use the famous cheat codes from Doom. If you put in the God mode code it would kill you and if you put in the code to get all the weapons it would take all your weapons away. For both it would display a message on the screen taunting you for trying to cheat."
"I’m sure a lot of people know this one but, in Skyrim as you’re making your way through Skuldafn, in one of the fireplaces, you can find a potato with a boiled cream treat and some pieces of charcoal, made to look like PotatOS (GLaDOS in potato form)."
"I'm actually close to going to Skuldafn on my most recent playthrough, so I'll have to look out for that."
"Another Easter Egg that I'm sure is even more well known, but might as well be mentioned for those who still haven't heard... is that at the very top of The Throat of the World, there's a Notched Pickaxe embedded in some rocks that has a unique enchantment that adds +5 to the smithing skill. This is an obvious reference to Minecraft and its creator."
Easter eggs may not be part of the main story of a piece of media, but they can definitely increase audience enjoyment.internet what GIFGiphy
People Describe The Most Expensive Mistakes They've Ever Made
We all make mistakes.
It's an unfortunate part of life.
But some mistakes are worse than others.
Some blunders can be extremely expensive.
Redditor dewan_art asked:
"What is the most expensive mistake you have ever made?"
"Wouldn’t budge from $62,500 for a downtown loft. Owner wanted 65k."
"Unit sold for $275,000 1 year later."
"Same backed out of buying a house for about $400k about 10 years ago, now worth about $3 million."
"For me, grad school. Realized I went for the wrong reasons about half way through the courses and decided that I should keep going so I wouldn't waste any money."
"I had a hard realization a few months after graduating that I could only survive paying my loans back and not thrive. I relocated to the oilfield and have been working a niche job of a niche blue collar job ever since. After working in Temps from -43f to 105 I can finally say that I paid off my loans."
"The old sunk cost fallacy. Seems to be wired into our DNA as a species."
"Getting day drunk with a friend to celebrate me getting a new job, the day before I started the new job. Decided to go for a walk, blacked out when it started raining."
"Woke up in the hospital handcuffed to a bed with a felony charge for assaulting an officer because apparently I fell asleep under a storefront to get out of the rain and kicked the cop who tried to wake me up in the shin, so he did the cop thing and slammed my face into the concrete while he handcuffed me."
"Had to pay thousands of dollars in attorney's and other legal fees to get the charges dismissed, went to my first day at my new job with a cut-up face that I had to figure out how to explain, and now I'm stuck at that job because despite it being dismissed, the charge still shows up on background checks so nobody else will hire me, and I can't get it taken off my record until it's been 8 years because it's a charge for a violent offense against a police officer."
"Yeah, I don't drink anymore."
"Trusting a moving company...cost me $1000, was a straight-up scam. The grand was my down-payment on a contract that accounted for all my stuff. A guy from a different company showed up and wanted a new contract with an extra ridiculous charge for my gun safe, and when I turned basically a random person away BECAUSE I HAD NO REASON TO BELIEVE WHO HE WAS, the first guy stopped answering calls, claimed I turned away service, and kept my down-payment on those grounds. Their company said "yep" and my bank couldn't get the money back on a fraud claim. I fully believe that if I'd let the 2nd guy take my stuff, they'd have extorted me for thousands of extra dollars."
"Mitch from Roadrunner Movers in Florida is a giant piece of sh*t, and I hope he loses an equivalent to what he's stolen from people."
"In my first real move after residency the company tried to hold my stuff hostage for double the money. Luckily most of the stuff we had was crap and I told them to keep it and I’d see them in court. They miraculously were able to cover the 'overweight fees'"
Not A Glitch
"I was around 8 when I thought I discovered a cheat/glitch that gave me unlimited gold in a mobile game. Turns out I was just buying the gold with money.. I costed my family $800 that day."
"Not paying my car insurance on time. Then proceeding to slide through an icy intersection and hit another car. No one got hurt, just my wallet. Almost $7000"
"Was troubleshooting an windshield de-icing test set used for F/A18's and had made an error in my set up. The error caused me to fry a non-procurable circuit card; leading to the entire test set, which was around $180k, to have to be replaced."
"Made a calculation error at work during my first few months there which led to the firm undercharging ~$130k on a project...how I wasn't fired/written up I'll never know"
Should Have Gotten The Insurance
"Didn't get insurance on a Polaris Razor. Side by side off roading vehicle. Had it less than 3 weeks and someone stole it from my driveway Christmas night. Had taken out a loan for 5 years.... Making the payment every month hurt knowing I didn't have it anymore."
"Only took it out once. 14k for the trailer and vehicle. Still hurts a decade later."
"Signed onto a mortgage with my ex when I was 21 because he 'just needed a little signature, it’s not a big deal!' Spoiler alert….. it was a very big deal."
$13 Million Wrench Drop
"Not me thank God, but a new hire I fired his first day out of training for 3 safety violations. The last involved dropping a wrench from 100 feet up on a work platform onto the left OMS pod of Atlantis. 13 million in damages and inspection/launch countdown time lost. Xrays, borescopes, replaced the cracked tiles, etc."
Gotta Turn The Freezer Back On
"At my old job, I forgot to turn back on the freezer after cleaning it (I got pulled mid clean to go do something else) so I didn’t notice. Neither did my three managers."
"Over $10,000 in frozen product lost 🤷🏻♀️ but that place was the worst place I’ve worked so f**k Freddys Frozen Custard"
"Freddy's defrosted custard"
"I transferred $500k to the wrong vendor."
"I practically had a heart attack, but the 'wrong' vendor was another huge one so it was more like we paid an invoice a day early. Also, my boss was more in a 'everyone makes mistakes mood' and not her usual 'I'll yell at you for 30 minutes over a one penny error' mood."
"I destroyed a $250,000 laser by shorting the capacitor bank (charged 50,000 V) to the control electronics (5 V)."
"Flash of white light, instant smell of ozone and burnt plastic, a bunch of smoke, and that was that."
"I shorted 65vdc to the 5v bus one time but only did about $8k in damage. That was an awkward phone call to make."
Not Buying Bitcoin
"My cousin works in finance and has been interested in investing since he was like 10 years old."
"When we were both fresh out of college (2009) I asked him what he thought about investing a bit of some money I had come into in bitcoin, which was $1 per coin at the time."
"He talked me out of what would potentially been over $100,000,000 in profit, assuming I had cashed out at the peak. I still rib him about it."
Mistakes happen, that's a fact of life, but let's all hope none of ours end up being the expensive kind.