JOIN
OUR EMAIL LIST!

The best way to confront passive aggressive people is often to return the favor. Noisy neighbors? Be loud. Cat sits too far away to be pet? Move over. Passive aggressiveness is like the Cold War of human behavior.

The_Chuckie asked: What's the most passive aggressive thing you have done/ have had done to you?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


Uhh... why?

I got stuck in the middle of roommate spat where my roommates would unplug the internet modem when they left for work. They slept and worked at opposite ends of the day, one really early and the other late. I had a normal day shift so I would wake up in the morning and have to plug in the modem in, and plug it in again when I got off work.

MaybeNotABear

Doing it wrong, I can remote ban MAC addresses on the router from the app or any browser, your roommate should randomly turn access on and off on the other one.

It will probably turn on after your roommate does some troubleshooting, like rebooting or unplugging and plugging back in, and so they will probably do that every time it happens and have no idea it's not actually working.

fizgigtiznalkie

I feel that would be escalating from being passively aggressive to actively aggressive.

bepperb

No active aggression would be hitting them with the modem.

GhostlyDegree

Listen to the animals.

My friends dog hated her new boyfriend. When he would first start staying the night at her house he would take a poop in this guys boots. We have no idea how he could aim his turds right into the boot. Magical really.

OtherwiseDoubtful

My cat did the same thing. The first night my new boyfriend stayed over he got annoyed with her for trying to cuddle (he wanted the bed to ourselves IYKWIM) and told her he was going to eat her if she didn't get out of the bedroom.

Woke up in the morning and she had pissed all over his shoes. Tons of other shoes in the front hall, never did it before or since. She was so angry at him lol.

HeyYoEowin

Shady.

Today in an editorial meeting funnily enough. I'd drafted an article for a magazine I'm contributing to for a client.

One of their directors walked into the meeting and laid his bundle of notes down, carefully split so I could see a print out of my article with the word YAWN scribbled across it on top of one of the piles.

Sinnistrall

Y es! A wesome W ork N amaste!

Be flattered.

SCHMUCKLES_

Middle finger, except with a sandwich.

Ex wife would pick up subs on the way home from work for herself and the kids.

"Oh you wanted one too? I thought you wouldn't be hungry."

lodger238

I see why she is an Ex.

IGuessIllGoFuckMyself

Yeah that's pretty obviously passive aggressive! Even if you weren't hungry, sandwiches keep. Just stick it in the fridge until you're hungry, no problem. And I don't know what your timeframe is, but if she had a cellphone she could obviously have called you to ask if you wanted anything.

OneGoodRib

Walking quietly is free and polite.

One of my neighbors barrels down the stairs in our foyer like a fat kid on Christmas and proceeds to slam the front door so hard I've had pictures fall over. I made an informational poster about how to not be a dick when other people live near you and hung it next to the stairs.

My door is directly next to the front door. Everyone else is considerate.

Boof_Dawg

i lived on the second floor of a 3 floor apartment and one of our upstairs neighbors would seemingly put on her boots right after she got up before getting ready for work and would stomp back and forth for like 45 mins at 6 a.m. We all went up there one day to ask her to please not her boots on until she's ready to leave the house. Whe was super apologetic and assured us she'd stop, but like a week later it continued.

xKittyForeman

Wait for it...

I had a roommate who thought bringing a full sized drum set into a shared house and jamming out for hours in the room next to mine starting at midnight was acceptable behavior. She also ruined some of my plates. Didn't even apologize and just thew them out. When I confronted her about it apparently it was my fault they weren't microwave safe and they were "tacky anyway" She took my clothes out of the washer in the laundry building and left them on the counter because "she had somewhere to be" when I informed her that I also had somewhere to be she said I was less important. But I still finished my laundry first cause I was there first.

So she took a pink marker and cracked the ink tube open and poured it into my clothes in the dryer then denied it. She always hogged the bathroom and would stand outside the door when I showered to try to force me to come out sooner. I took to showering at 3 a.m. just to avoid her. But one day she came to the door at 3 a.m. and was like "you're using all the hot water. You better not be using my body scrub" I had never even touched her body scrub. Until that moment. I opened her scrub, I peed into it. I mixed it all up, and closed the lid and put it back.

amitoughenouss

Cats do this all the time; they are the masters of passive aggressiveness.

Sometimes when I call my cat over so I can pet her she comes to me but sits just inches away from where I can reach her.

CrazyCatLady55461

It's either this or the 'ass in the face' stance. Until you adjust them and softly push them over so they can curl into a cat ball.

zangor

Reading, that embarrassing skill.

I was reading a book on the bus when a stranger sat next to me. "Cool that you're reading that out in the open. It's like you don't care what anyone thinks."

The book was a bestseller, no sex, nothing salacious. Just a normal sci-fi thriller.

brandynburner

Hey, it's cool that you can admit that to the world. It's like you don't care what anyone thinks

Crabbagio

Tell them you feel bad for them and would love to teach them to read.

fuzzychaos

Why be passive? This is illegal.

There is an industrial van that parks badly in front of my house often turning 4 parking spaces into 2 or 3 by parking right in the middle of the island. Then it doesn't move for 3 or 4 weeks at a time. After a couple weeks I start putting the date on sticky notes and attaching them every couple days as I wander by.

littlep2000

Can you call parking enforcement to have it towed? Most cities have a limit of 72 hours even on residential streets before they will tow cars.

Magic8Ballalala

Technically, yea. But it does seem to belong to someone that lives nearby and it isn't being lived in so it isn't making my life largely worse.

Also my city has a long list of crap that falls above this sort of thing to the point where a vehicle needs to look abandoned (flat tire, missing parts, broken window) before they will actually get a move on with towing.

littlep2000littlep2000

Take that for being annoying.

Whenever I'm angry at my sister I go into her computers bios (it doesn't need a password for that) and make her speakers only go to 75%.

argf00

Better off limiting her ram (or setting it higher to bsod all the time). Done that to my work mate who pissed me of once. He was the "top" helpdesk guy. But he was useless. Afaik he never fixed it. My other mate also changed shortcut path on his internet explorer (had to be used for compatibility reasons) to open 10,000 notepads. He was a dick. F*ck you Ian.

Zozorak

It's a laptop so the BIOS is pretty limited. It's amazing Dell even has an option for that. It also has an option for disabling cores but that actually slows down the computer so I feel like a dick when she's complaining that her computer is being really slow, I don't do that anymore.

argf00

Sometimes you can only open yourself up completely with a person you've never met and may never meet again. That is probably because you owe that person nothing. For a brief time you'll share an intimacy without judgement because there is no baggage. And these moments can be life changing and affirming. You never know how a quick smile or hello will change the course of a person's day.

Redditor u/v_rose23 wanted know about the people they've encountered that left a lasting impression though by asking... What's the nicest interaction you've ever had with a stranger?
Keep reading... Show less

Beware of every single flash bulb pointed in your direction. And think not twice, but five times before you post anything of yourself on the internet, especially if it's in a certain "delicate or salacious" nature. This isn't the twentieth century anymore, when you could just burn a poorly thought out polaroid. And of course there seems to be an uptick in everyone just freely exposing themselves to the world... for free. The internet means it all lives forever. Be ready.

Redditor u/BrixtonsFinest2 wanted to hear from everyone out there who has been witness to seeing their online and private lives collide by asking... People who post NSFW content: Has anyone from your real life ever found out? What happened?
Keep reading... Show less
Image by Mandyme27 from Pixabay

It’s weird how much stuff we let slide when we’re kids. Even if you look at the TV shows we watched back then, we had such a high threshold for the bizarre (early 2000’s Nickelodeon, anyone?). So it’s no surprise that some of us straight-up didn’t react when we saw weird crap in person.

Here are a few wild examples of seemingly harmless things we saw as kids that would be horrifying to see now. Brace yourself, this one gets crazy.



Kids and water aren’t a great mix sometimes. It can get real gross, real quick.

Not worth the tranquility.

I've always loved the tranquil feeling of being under water. When I was a kid I would just hold my breath and float around. Sometimes adults would think I was drowning and run up and scoop me out. I don't remember this (it was when I was pretty young) but my parents have told me about it

I used to think it was a funny story... people thinking I was drowning when I was just trying to relax

....until I watched a video explaining child drownings and yeah, the way I acted in water looked exactly like a drowned kid.

I don't think it's funny anymore.

Turboshot49cents

Uhhhhhh.....ew?

Renee Zellweger Water GIF by Working Title Giphy

Flood water. It was fun and games for the kids, and we even splashed around in it, much to the horror of our parents (who immediately scrubbed us down). We didn't understand then, but now, oh wow...sewer, insects, rats, parasites, etc.

MrFantasticallyNerdy

That’s actually hilarious.

My friend and I were walking along the road in about thigh high flood waters. A small boat with two men comes up to us. We were about 9 years old and I think they were National Guard. Anyway, one of the men asks if we remembered exactly where the manholes in the road were. We answered no. He told us that all of the covers had most likely been washed away in the flood but not to worry because it would probably only take them a few days to find our bodies if we were sucked down one of the holes by currents they produced. He spoke in a matter of fact tone and then left.

As an adult, I have zero doubt those two men had a good laugh as they looked back and watched us nope out of that water like two roadrunners in a cartoon.

Edit: It was Fish and Game Wardens. The NG didn't come until later.

Daykri3

Not to mention the crazy injuries that kids somehow are constantly surrounded by.

Had a jogger get hit by a car outside my house once when I was about eight or nine. My nephew came running inside yelling at my parents and my sister to call the ambulance because he was bleeding pretty badly.

I could even see him from our playrooms window and I wondered what he was doing lying on the grass. Turns out he was bleeding out pretty badly, deliriously yelling at my parents when they tried to help.

Eventually, an ambulance came and picked him up, but my parents always told me he made it out okay. The day after, in the spot he was found someone had put a lily in the grass in a vase.

It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out he died from the hit and run.

SixthUnderminer

How sharp were they, though?

A kid f*cking sharpened his fingers with an automatic pencil sharpener at grade 2. Everyone didn't know what was going on until the teacher started freaking out.

NubbishWood

I just remembered I tried to stick my finger into electric pencil sharpeners as a kid and disliked how my fingers were too big to fit in it. What the hell was I thinking?

BSPlanes

Rock climbing can definitely be dangerous.

scared george costanza GIF by HULU Giphy

We did climbing in PE (sixth to eight grade). Like rock climbing and we had to do our own harness and stuff. PE teacher (supposedly) checked it after we were done to make sure it was done right. One day my neighbor broke an arm and leg because she wasn't properly strapped and fell.

This was at an international American school in Egypt around year 2000, for all those wondering what type of school does rock climbing.

Ashleywalz90

Kids are, in fact, made of elastic.

We used to jump of our roof. First time hurt a little, but after a few times you learnt how to land.

Did it regularly and would try various items as 'parachutes' to see if it slows you down any.

I look at that height now and wonder how the hell we never broke anything - kids bones are more elastic I guess.

Reapr

​It’s amazing what adults can get away with right under kids’ noses.

A casual hit-and-run.

car japan GIF Giphy

My babysitter was running late to take me to piano lessons and rear ended an old man at a stoplight. She told me that he must not have noticed because he didn't get out of his car. I thought nothing of it, and she drove away and took me to my piano lesson.

I forgot about it, and it didn't click until I remembered the incident years later that I had been unknowingly involved in a hit and run.

Idontknowwhattoput22

Big yikes.

Not so much something I saw - but when I was 5 or 6 I was at a family wedding, and there was this really friendly adult guy (who I didn't know) who told me he was really worried about his nice new car in the parking lot and how he wanted to check on the car but didn't want to leave the wedding.

He asked if I could go check on it and he would pay me $5 just to go see if his car was "okay" being that age $5 was a crazy amount of money so I couldn't believe my luck.

On the way to the parking lot, my mom intercepted me and was absolutely horrified, I remember not understanding why, like trying to tell her no she had it wrong he was nice and paying me! And as an adult now I'm like that's so messed up and I wonder how close a call that could have been.

DeclanAF

Go grandma!

Until the age of 12 my grandma had custody of me. I used to sleep with her and she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized she did it dads friends wouldn't be able to do anything to me.

Dad was a drug addict and drunk and when he was out of prison he had all kinds of people in and out of the house. You would never know what would be missing the next day - often my Nintendo :(

She did everything she could to protect me from God knows who/what and I had zero clue!

Edit: Damn this blew up while I was sleeping!! Thank you so much to everyone for the support :)

Im adding extra details to help understand the situation.

My grandmother was born in 1914, had a third grade education and was a housewife her entire life. She was already 71 when I was born! My grandpa died when I was 4 and it was just her and I. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom house in a terrible neighborhood. It was paid off and that's all she could afford. She lived off of the social security death benefits from my grandpa and food banks. She couldn't just "leave" and go anywhere else.

Also, for those suggesting she should have called the cops - cops don't do anything if you say "I'm scared these guys will do something bad" cops have to wait till something bad happens.

She did her very best and raised my right! Now my father is back in prison (shocker) and is pissed at me for not letting the past be in the past and welcoming him with open arms. Meanwhile I'm a 2x college graduate with a great job, my own house and recently married! She definitely did something right. Unfortunately she died when I was 12. Id give anything to be able to tell her how grateful I am to her for doing everything right.

LostLadyA


We see some scary stuff as kids. No wonder most of us are so messed up years later. Often these things don’t even register as something terrible- a lot of times, the things we witnessed were just a part of life.

The best we can do is to take our trauma, and learn from it, so we don’t pass it down to our own children. Because kids don’t deserve it- they deserve to have happy childhoods and not think about the horrors of the world.