Surprised People Share Times They've Seen A Small Amount Of Power Go To Someone's Head
They say power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It turns out, for some people even the tiniest bit of power can corrupt. There was always that one kid who took his job as the hall monitor a little bit too seriously. Not everyone grows out of that as an adult. One reddit user asked:
The answers gave us several migraines from the amount of times we rolled our eyes. .
My 5 year old won the kindergarten olympics.
He was a complete a**hat for about a week.
At Least She Apologized
A girl I worked with was promoted to assistant manager at pizza shop because she was the only one there that was 18. She went from an okay worker to not doing anything and making my time there a living hell. I eventually quit and was asked to come back after she was fired.
5 years later, I got a random Facebook message from her apologizing for being such an a**hole during that time.
Mad With Power
Probably to my own head. When I was about 8 years old I was asked by my teacher (because I was being well-behaved I assume) to stand by the whiteboard whilst she was talking about something and write the names of people who were talking/acting out on the board. I went mad with power and wrote people's names down who just looked at me funny.
First Night I made one of our Bar-backs into a Bartender he started bossing around other Bar-backs.
Not like asking for help, but like yelling orders at them.
Dude really showed his colors, he didn't last.
When I played Halo 2, I joined a fairly large clan that had some pretty cool people in it. We did a lot together and every once in awhile, they would elect a new forum moderator/officer to run the ranks. One day, they elect this kid who sounded like he was 11 to be new officer. He seemed pretty down to Earth but the very next day, he gets home from school and starts kicking every single person from the clan who just even slightly brushed him the wrong way. It was so bad that the leader, who was on vacation in Hawaii, had to log on a library computer in order to strip all powers from this kid.
The kid's reasoning was that he didn't get picked for a baseball game at school and was angry the rest of the day.
Six Dollar Package
There is this lady at the post office who insists I show multiple forms of ID and looks at me like I'm a criminal everytime I try to mail something... as if the first thing I'd do with a stolen credit card is try to mail a $6 package...
I was real young and got a job detailing cars at a Chevy dealership. The only other dude was like 29 and was telling me, very proudly, how "over qualified" he was for the job we did. Which was washing/cleaning the cars and putting them back on the lot..
Alright so I was a PA (Production Assistant, the lowest of the low on a film set) for a Kelsey Grammer submarine comedy called "Down Periscope". One guy was given the meaningless title of "key PA" and decided he was going to help wrangle background extras for this big exterior shot were working on.
Now everyone, including the extras, KNEW that the camera was probably framed in a medium closeup on the principal actors, who were doing a scene wayyyy down at the end of a dock. Nonetheless Key PA Guy took it upon himself to start blocking out whole entire scenes of these background extras. I'm talking CROWDS of people. YOU GUYS OVER THERE! You're families of the sailors who haven't seen your husbands in 6 months and you RUN from the bus to the fence. BUT YOU GUYS are cadets who get in the way and YOU GUYS are arguing about which car has the right of way. Then ALL YOU KIDS start clapping because you see a BIG DOGGY pulling his owner so fast he TRIPS OVER THE LEASH.
Like second unit on a Michael Bay movie. He had these people doing his made up little scene over and over and over. He'd yell at them, tell them they did it wrong and reset them "Back to One!" to start over. Madness.
I walked by the guy and noticed this was going on and said "You know the camera is pointed the other direction right?" He just laughed and said:
Moderate Moderation Is Best
Honestly...Reddit mods. There is no oversight and they can ban without review...but....you know...within the limits of their subs...and bans only sort of work. Had a picture post taken down once because I "altered" the picture.
I'd rotated it so it would be upright.
Guy in our JROTC program thought since he had a higher "rank" than everyone else, he was essentially a hardened combat veteran. Yelled at people for talking in class, looking at their phones, stupid shit like that.
Lost his position and got suspended because he threw his "ex girlfriend" into a wall at mach speed.
This girl was Special Education, had some kind of disorder with her legs so she couldn't walk without a walker. Everyone (even the teachers) hated him after that.
King Tut And The Towels
I once worked part-time doing inventory - we would go to stores like the Bay, Wholefoods, and literally count everything on the shelves with our fancy dancy machines. This one man was given "leadership" of the home section. Now he wasn't actually given any management power, made the same amount as everyone else, all that. Just literally he was told "ok you and these people are going to the home section, divvy it up however".
He went full power-trip mode. Micro-managing how I counted towels. Patrolling the aisles watching us all. Yelling unnecessarily. From that day on, he was known as King Tut.
Being a pawn in a pyramid scheme. You literally just paid for the opportunity to sell crap products and all of a sudden you're a "business owner?"
#bossbabe #workingfromhome #momlife #livingthedream
I used to hang around on a forum for erotica writers, and my God, you'd think the mods were minor deities the way they acted. It was a constant bashing of newbies for daring to ask questions, and being super condescending to anyone who wasn't in their little clique. One of the girls actually managed to get a publishing deal -- a small imprint, but still; it's a big deal when you're a writer -- and the mod banned her for some trumped-up reason which everyone knew was basically _horrific_jealousy.
Newsflash, buddy: we're all self-publishing stories. Let's try and keep some perspective, aight?
I don't hang out in writers' forums anymore.
I used to work front desk at a salon. There was a slightly more experienced position directly above mine, basically the only difference being that they could count the drawer and knew how to get into the safe.
She once "banned" me from taking my purse with me to the bathroom with no reason backing it (when in reality I did that because I'm not a super huge fan of leaving my purse unattended, and, ya know, tampons.).
Well, now I'm a stylist there.
My 6th grade self got chosen for the prestigious roll of classroom clipboard holder. As soon as I was chosen I go to the front of the room with the teacher..pen and clipboard ready to mark down whoever speaks. With my eyes gazing left to right searching for a chatterbox I hear the smallest noise come from Emily in the back. I think "SCREW emily" and announce to the class:
**"That's one!" **
I wrote her name down even though the poor girl probably just had a cough. As soon as this happens, Mr. Weiss takes the clipboard away and tells me to be quiet. My power was gone...I was quiet for the rest of the class.
This is so stupid and it still pisses me off to this day.
So my company ran a contest where the winner got $100. I won. No strings attached - use the $100 bucks to get whatever you want.
The thing I wanted most was new office supplies. A new pair of scissors, a new tape dispenser. Stuff like that. I made a list of items and approached my coworker. She was in charge of our company POs, and if I went through her I could get $120 bucks worth of office supplies for $100. $100 even. Down to the penny. Including shipping. I just needed her to put in the order and I would give her my $100. Done deal.
"No, I don't like the colors." she said simply.
I thought she was joking. Her office supplies were covered in Minion stickers. I think we can comfortably rule out aesthetic appeal as a reasonable denial. Also, it's not her money. It's not for her desk. The rules of the contest said I could buy anything (even alcohol or a VISA gift card) There were no stipulations as to what color stapler I was "allowed" to get. I assumed she told a joke and it just fell flat.
A week goes by. I ask her what the status of my order was.
"No. I'm not going to run that through. I think it's tacky. And I think it's stupid that you won."
She was serious?!
I bet if I ordered fucking Minion s*** she would have approved it in a heartbeat.
Wish I could have a nice revenge story, but I just ended up using my money for groceries instead.
Knitting And Bible Club
I lived in a village for a few months and one of the richer farmer's wives got the job of running the community centre. She put out a big placard with a picture of herself and titled herself CEO as well as on business cards, started wearing business suits and banning people she didn't like the look of. The building was the size of a small apartment and hosted a knitting and bible club for senior citizens.
Years ago, while working at a pizza place, our manager had to leave on a family emergency and left a girl in charge until one of the other shift runners could get there...and he lived about 45 minutes away.
In that 45 minutes, this girl who was left in charge actually called one of her friends and hired her saying she was "the manager" now, wrote me up for "putting too much cheese on a pizza", and actually told one of the drivers he was fired because "she didn't like his attitude". When the shift runner got there to take over, this girl also told him not to worry about it and she "had things under control".
End result...her friend was not hired, my "write up" for using too much cheese was torn up, the "fired" driver (who never left the parking lot) kept his job...and she quit a few days later because we were "unprofessional" and the manager "played favorites".
Used to work with a group of other interns in an office.
For some reason I still don't understand, they decided to promote one of us over the others. Their job was basically just to schedule who was doing what and when. That's it.
Only took two weeks before we found out she was keeping detailed notes on all of our mistakes and taking them to upper management. They promptly told her to calm down and decided to do away with position.
She made a lot of enemies that day. She had ambitions of working at the company and was trying to make us all look bad. I think that one may have backfired on her.
A Platitude Of Pleasing<p>You never know where the next blowout is coming from. Any time something needs to be addressed, you might try to bring it up once, gently, if you're feeling brave. If you meet the slightest bit of resistance, or you don't feel like that fight in the first place, you just go "okay dear" instead. You find that you'll put the argument off until next time, and hope that whatever you thought to bring up won't have any consequences, because you'll be hearing about those, too. It sucks, and I'm glad you can speak about it in the past tense.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/TheGreatestAuk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">TheGreatestAuk</a></p>
Wrong Or Right Or Just Not Agreeing?<p>When I started realizing that I was feeling like I was constantly walking on eggshells. I never knew which version of my friend I'd get when we saw each other, or when we hung out. I also just completely stopped disagreeing with them because I didn't want to hear them tell me how wrong I was if we didn't share the same viewpoint.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/WhatArcherWhat/" target="_blank">WhatArcherWhat</a></p>
Being Used<p>My best friend suddenly distanced herself from me. But every now and then she'd call and ask if I wanted to do something, and I was encouraged because I thought it meant that things were still good between us. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that she only called when she wanted to do something that required a ride, since she didn't have a car. The only thing I can say in my defense is that I don't use people that way so I didn't recognize user behavior. You can bet I do now.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Goldeverywhere/" target="_blank">Goldeverywhere</a></p>
Hiding The Receipts<p>I was living with my former best friend and his gf at the time. When I asked for grocery receipts (I trusted him & his ex to buy groceries bc I didn't have a car at the time + our work schedules were different so I couldn't go with them) and they wouldn't provide any. The only reason I became suspicious was bc they started asking for a ridiculous amount of money for my half and the actual amount of food wasn't adding up. Up until that point they never asked for a crazy amount and I was content with our groceries, but I noticed they became extremely greedy. When I then asked to see a banking statement, they wouldn't even provide me with that either.</p><p>At that point I just realized they were finessing me out of extra money and I started buying my own food. I just bit my tongue bc we only had like 2 months left on the lease. They tried to gaslight me and make me seem like the bad guy any chance they had (almost the entire time I lived with them actually). Eventually, I grew apart from him once I moved away and the only reason he hit me back up was bc she cheated on him so he probably didn't have anyone else to turn to (go figure). We don't talk anymore.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/0MG1MW3T/" target="_blank">0MG1MW3T</a></p>
Ah Yes, Good Old DARVO<p>My mother and I have always had a rocky relationship. She's always encouraged me to tell her what's wrong, however, any time I would she'd immediately go "sorry I'm such a terrible mother, I give you everything you want and it's still not good enough! Why don't you just go live with someone you don't hate?" Keep in mind this happens over small things such as "mom, I'd appreciate it if you'd knock before coming into my room. You know how easily I startle and you barging into my room really upsets me"</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/paytonc0510/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">paytonc0510</a></p>
How Do You Do This To Someone<p>8 years into the relationship. As we're sitting down he explains to me that the "first couple years" we were together he only saw me as a place to crash and free rides, but he loved me NOW, and even though I accomplished all the goals HE set for ME so we could get married he said "I never really thought you could do it". Oh and also you got fat, but don't worry we can fix it! It was like a magic veil lifted and I finally saw who he really was. F**k you James.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/DoNotUseOnHumans/" target="_blank">DoNotUseOnHumans</a></p>
Be My Friend And Not Theirs<p>She always managed to make me do things I didn't really want to do but the last straw was when she decided I had to stop being friends with two mates of mine over something stupid that offended her. </p><p>Cut her off over that and she then proceeded to act derisively ("you'll come back"), then badmouthed me and then begged me to take her back. Ten years later I am still friends with those two guys and she's still out of my life.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/FatherTedHackett/" target="_blank">FatherTedHackett</a></p>
Victim Time<p>When literally every time me and my mom talked she played the victim.</p><p>I was trying to help her raise me, ask me about my grades and stuff. For her I just existed, she wasn't responsible at all.</p><p>I grew up watching her play the victim to others, and I was always on her side, cuz she's my mom you know. Also I never really understood what was going on.</p><p>I started getting older and older, and seeing sh*t after sh*t she did. I understood what she did to my father, to my step-dad, to my sister, to her friends.</p><p>Probably I'd be the next one who she would use and throw away.</p><p>I talked to her... and you know the result. The victim. Nothing it's her fault.</p><p>The last time we talked, I was expecting the victim card. When she started speaking, I already knew what was going to happen. I didn't even said a word, I just agreed with her, and the next day I moved out. I'm not wasting my time.</p><p>It was the last day before quarantine, I remember it as if it was yesterday. Friday night: saturday morning I was packing my stuff.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/NotFromHeel/" target="_blank">NotFromHeel</a></p>
Sixteen Years Of Made Up Lies<p>After 16 years of marriage I realized my now ex was manipulating me. I would work and take care of the house and if I asked him to do something like get a job or clean up he would stage a mental breakdown and make me feel bad for asking him for help. </p><p>He would play up a horrible childhood or PTSD from the military to make me feel like I need to take care of him. Then would play on his computer all day and smoke while I worked. </p><p>Found out that a lot of his horrible childhood stories were made up and that he never made it through basic training in the military. I am happily with someone now but still catch myself cringing when he does things like cook or clean thinking that he is going to yell at me for being lazy. Meanwhile he loves me and is just doing things to take care of me. I'm working on deprogramming myself.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/HolyCelestialCow/" target="_blank">HolyCelestialCow</a></p>
Sometimes It's The Mother-In-Law<p>Took me until after the engagement to realize that my cheating ex fiancee was trying to browbeat me into submission.</p><p>Anywho, I quickly recognized emotional blackmail and manipulation from my MIL after getting married to a different girl years later due to that experience. I called her out on it.</p><p>She... Doesn't like that. But since my wife and sister-in-law and brother-in-law also recognize it they've got my back.</p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/engineertr1gg/" target="_blank">engineertr1gg</a></p>
Regional Laws<p>"Dad, driving past a cemetery: Did you know anyone living in a 3 mile radius of a cemetery isn't allowed to be buried there?"</p><p>"Me: No, I had no idea. How come?"</p><p>"Dad: Yeah, you're not allowed to bury the living"</p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjk1d2k?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TinyLuckDragon</a></p>
For the Face Plant Image<p>"Why do Scuba Divers fall backwards off a boat?"</p><p>"Because if they fell frontwards they'd still be on the boat" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjjv4mt?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">hatsnatcher23</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Just told this one to my bf and he still has his face in his hands" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjka0w7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">sxeoompaloompa</a></p>
A Mammal of Few Words<p>"What did the father buffalo say when his child left for school?"</p><p>"Bison" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjjp257?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">TatooineLight</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"LOL" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjjp9p0?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">BennuH</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Told this to my brother, he laughed his a** off." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjk4cvq?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Type10Civilization</a></p>
Baggage<p>"When I do home improvements I always use my step ladder"</p><p>"I never knew my real ladder" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjjlkab?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">DavosLostFingers</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Whoever took the ladder, please return it or further steps will be taken." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjm2htz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">WaldhornNate</a></p>
Woah Woah Woah, We're in Public<p>"Me: I'm not very hungry, I just want something easy"</p><p>"Server: maybe the chicken strips for $6"</p><p>"Me: maybe it does, but that doesn't help my hunger" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjjuq78?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">mcnoobs_</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"My husband was facepalming for solid 8 minutes after I read that joke to him." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjnee7m?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Madanax</a></p>
Not Wrong<p>"Two dudes were on a boat with a few cigarettes, but they didn't have anything to light them, so they threw one of the cigarettes out of the boat, and the boat became a cigarette lighter." </p><p>-- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjjkeoz?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">OrangeMirrorJuice</a></p>
Watch the News Before Saying This One<p>"Did you hear about the kidnapping at school?"</p><p>"It's okay, they eventually woke up."</p><p>"I cringe every time." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjk0ej7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">unicorndreamz94</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"My 10 year old tried this one a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I had just read news about a missing local girl. 'So I answered that yes I heard about the missing girl' Scared the sh** out of my 10 year old" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjo3ssv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">Aubear11885</a></p>
Got a Million of Em<p>"What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fshhhh."</p><p>"I'm sorry but I'm about to say something tasteless. Water."</p><p>"I got fired from my job at the calendar factory. I took a day off."</p><p>"Unfortunately though, I can't really tell these jokes since I'm not a dad. I'm a faux pa."</p><p> -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjk9igl?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">WholeGrainMustard</a></p>
G-Pa With the Physics Humor<p>"Why does the movie "speed" have no director?"</p><p>"If it had direction, it'd be called velocity!"</p><p>"-my grandpa, earlier today" -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjk4wdo?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">ConceptUpset4681</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"That's better than a regular dad joke. It's a grand dad joke." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjkuc30?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">VaultBoy9</a></p>
A Surprising Amount of Elevator Humor<p>"I have a joke about elevators."</p><p>"It works on so many levels......." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjk1lrv?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">M0ntgomatron</a></p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Did you hear about the corruption at the elevator company?"</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"It went all the way to the top." -- <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/kyz64a/whats_the_best_dad_joke_you_know/gjkyjrp?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" target="_blank">RandomName222222222</a></p>
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