With all months of planning that goes into a traditional wedding, you'd think it couldn't go that sour on the day of the event.
Sure, there will be some unexpected challenges and a few snags throughout the day. That's standard for any event ever.
But for the wedding to crash and burn, some glaring oversights must have been at play.
Unfortunately, those sometimes only become obvious once the event has already taken its nose dive.
A Redditor, who has since deleted their account, asked:
"Reddit, what is the WORST wedding ceremony you have attended? Why was it bad?"
Many people decried the weddings that totally stunk due to major logistical oversights. These simply forgot about the basic elements of a good wedding.
Standing Room Only
"There were no tables and chairs. Like none. They had an open bar but no fu**ing chairs. Everyone had to put their drink on the ground and hold their plate to eat. It was fu**ing crazy."
"Everyone just assumed that some sort of terrible thing happened where the tables and chair people didn't bring them but afterwards I asked her (the bride) what happened and she just said 'Oh we would have had to pay extra for that.' "
More of a Fundraiser
"My cousins wedding."
"Cousin and husband live about three hours away from his and her respective families. Everyone gets to the reception and finds out there is no dinner, only hors d'oeuvre. And by that, I mean there was a tray of cold meatballs, cold mozzarella sticks, and two turkeys for around 120 people. Half the guests left for about an hour to go get something to eat."
"Cash bar was crazy expensive, like $6 for a bottle of Miller lite."
"Then, they start selling dances with the bride and groom for $50."
"Sadly, I saw people finding the envelope of cash they were giving as a gift and taking money out."
Got It, No Dry Weddings
"My cousin had a 'dry wedding' (no alcohol) because members in her church crowd were heavily against drinking. Keep in mind that our family enjoys drinking (We have been making our own moonshine for decades)."
"After the food was served, her church friends hauled as**out of there as fast as they could, leaving only my family of alcoholics. The DJ we were tortured by was someone random from her church that had obviously never worked a wedding before. My family lingered around a bit, but left soon after that and the reception was dead by 9pm."
"The people from her church that she had paid to help clean up had left right after the food as well. So by time I was leaving, she was cleaning up with her new husband. I stayed to help because I felt bad and she asked me to, but her wedding was awful. 0/10"
At the Whims of Climate
"I've been to a few outdoor wedding ceremonies in summer here in Queensland, Australia (it's ridiculously hot & humid in summer) without chairs that just go on & on."
"All dressed up in your finest, feet going numn in stupid heels, dripping in sweat for hours is not pleasant. Dear god peoples, keep it short or give us shade and chairs."
Others shared stories of the weddings that went south due to interpersonal drama that exploded right there at the wedding.
Elephant in the Room
"I was at a wedding 2 years ago where the happy couple to be were also best friends with another married couple so naturally made the other couple best man and maid of honour. 3 weeks before the wedding the other couple ended dramatically through him cheating and were going through a nasty divorce by the time the wedding rolled around."
"The whole wedding became centered around the best man and maid of honour and their dismal attempt at looking happy for the new couple. The best man even had his new girlfriend rock up at the reception. Awkward as fu**, but there was definitely a sense of all the guests as to 'omg, what's going to happen next?!?'"
"I was 15, 26 year old cousin's wedding, Indian family. His fiance, also Indian got drunk at reception and made out with the best man in a closet, someone opened the door and pretty much everyone saw them walk out of the closet."
"It was jaw droppingly awkward. He got the marriage annulled."
"My ex-wife's uncle. He was in his fifties, his bride was in her twenties and younger than his daughter of his first marriage. Shotgun ceremony, there was an undercurrent of ill-disguised fury in the wedding venue."
"It all got worse during the wedding party - the top table ate the ENTIRE buffet, leaving nothing for the other guests, so somebody was forced to take a run down to a local takeaway. About 20 minutes into the disco, one set of in-laws trod on the foot of the other set of in-laws, refused to apologise, and both sides came together like a battle scene in Game of Thrones, all to the sound of Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon."
"Blood everywhere, the DJ pulled the plug, and everybody was thrown out of the community centre. It wasn't even 6pm, and guests were still arriving, and the guy sent out for the takeaway food arrived shortly after with arms full of fish and chips and a half-empty car park. Best wedding ever. Vic the groom died this year, because cancer's a fu**er."
A Very Public Scolding
"Bride doesn't show up after 2 hrs of waiting then calls to tell the groom that she changed her mind. Groom starts crying and his mom shouts 'shut the fu** up! I told you to marry Kathy but noooooo Kathy was too fat huh? You just had to chase a model! She couldn't even wipe her a** with those nails much less cook your dinner. Why would Jessica want you? You're broke an you're ugly. Kathy wouldn't have stood you up cause she ugly too. Serves you right' "
"Groom continues to cry while the guests stared in shock."
"Yes people Kathy was there but just like everyone else she was afraid to confront the mom. She did give him a hug afterwards though."
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"Hubby and I went to his ex-wife's latest wedding at the request of their kids. This was her 4th or 5th wedding with her grown children in attendance. Floor length white Cinderella wedding dress with everybody in tuxes. From a woman who lived off disability, welfare, and child support."
"Groom's sister realized bride had been married in this same church before, as she walked through the lobby shortly before the wedding asked, "Come here often?" I nearly wet myself laughing."
"Photographer wasn't pleased about something so my hubby & I ended up in a lot of photos (who doesn't want their exhusband in their wedding pics)."
"We made sure she changed her name and the kids were happy; I think the bride & groom ended up cleaning up the rented reception hall themselves because his family was not cooperating. We came home grateful that we'd just run down to the courthouse."
And some shared stories of the cringe moments. Some of the speeches that happen at weddings are just excruciating.
Leave That Part Out
"As a waitress I've seen a lot at weddings. Amongst my favourite, the best man who got up and started his speech, re-telling all the details of the buck's night. The bride's family had flown in from Africa (unsure of the nation)."
"They were all in traditional dress and we were only serving alcohol to certain tables because of their religious beliefs I guess. The poor bride was hiding her head in her hands while the best man talks about the groom climbing on stage at a strip joint and eating a banana out of the stripper."
"Rule number one of giving speeches at weddings: Never re-tell Buck's night stories."
Candid, At Least
"I attended one last week where the bride said in her vows that she didnt think it would last, and they fought too much but she thought she would like to try marriage. Later on when fireworks went off during their first dance, the fireworks base fell over and set the carpet on fire."
Belittled On the Spot
"I attended a female coworker's wedding. She and the groom were both very young (teenagers) and very religious."
"The father walks the bride down the aisle, and it looks like we're in for a beautiful ceremony. But once they arrive next to the groom, the father proceeds to give the groom a lecture on how he will now be responsible for the spiritual well being of the bride. How he (the father) has been her "spiritual leader" her whole life up to now, but the groom is taking over."
"While giving this speech, the father managed to strike a terrifying figure, one of those, 'You take care of my daughter or I will kill you' types, only the message was 'If my daughter falls off her Christian path and ends up going to hell, I'm coming after you, buddy.' The groom began to sob as he was being lectured, and it could not have been more awkward for the entire congregation."
"We watched the father dress down the groom, speak as if the bride had no control over her own life, and cause the poor boy to spend the rest of his wedding red-eyed and runny-nosed."
Stealing the Show
"Not my story but an old coworker told me about a wedding they went to where the best mans toast turned into him proposing to his girlfriend. I would have killed the see the brides face ."
DIY. Also Racist.
"I'll make this short. Camo vests on the groomsmen. Pause for brides smoke break during ceremony. Half the guests were in jeans or PJ pants. Finally, a make your own ham and cheese sandwich bar."
"Oh yeah and it was at a fairly hillbilly 'golf club' so there was nearly a racially charged fistfight between a young black groomsmen and some old white club members."
Bad From the Get Go
"My best friend's. Bride showed up annihilated, and her family friends kept trying to sneak her weed/booze to 'even her out'. I can't believe he still married her. They will be divorced sometime this week."
Here's hoping you never have to sit through this level of discomfort or awkwardness in all of your future wedding obligations.
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There's nothing some people love more than drama. Not being involved with it, of course, but getting to witness it, and indulge in all the glorious weirdness of it. It's addicting. Don't lie, we all love to hear about it.
Sometimes the tension is too much to handle. Piebalddacshund asked:
What's your greatest, "you can cut the tension in the room with a knife" story
Awkward moments are usually pretty d*mn cringey. Here are some of the wildest stories.
A bad time for twerking.
“I bartended in college. The new manager, during the club rockin, at midnight, proceeded to cut off the music and tell 200 drunk college kids about how he was 120 days sober and showed everyone his coin. Then he preached about sobriety and him not having custody of his kids for about 4 minutes before putting Lil John back on so girls can twerk.
No one twerked.”
Now THAT’S awkward.College Graduation GIF by Duke UniversityGiphy
“Graduation day at the college where I work. The commencement speaker, a famous journalist, is giving her inspiring speech, working in little bits of trivia about our school. But something seems off. And as she starts listing our famous graduates, we realize she's Googled the wrong college, and is talking about the hyper-conservative Christian school a thousand miles away that happens to have the same name.
But the speech goes on and on, fifteen minutes more, with more awkward details she looked up on the wrong Wikipedia. And nobody wants to tell her while she's onstage. A murmur goes around, even the graduates' parents have figured it out by now, and several thousand people slowly cringe themselves to death.
To her credit she graciously apologized on her TV show and gave the college a nice promo.”
Yup, she REALLY did something there.
“At my sister's wedding, her "frenemy" showed up wearing a white dress... and to make it KNOWN she came upstairs to her room at the banquet hall before the "big entrance" (classic Italian wedding, you know?). She walked in and all of us bridesmaids and my sister were just slack-jawed. (she had zero reason to come upstairs except to show off her floor length white dress).”
“I just don't understand the mentality here. Is there a single person anywhere who would think ‘wow, she really showed the bride’ rather than ‘that guest in the white dress must be a raging c*nt’? That just makes yourself look bad.”
When family gets involved, that’s when you know sh*t has REALLY gone down.
The husband handled that well.
“Several, it really makes you feel older and make your BP skyrocket.
My cousin (F) came out to our family during a party. In front of her husband of 5 years and their 2 kids. She confessed to seeing another woman behind his back and that they've been together for far longer than she'd been married and she was the true love of her life and the kids names were her idea.
She then introduces her to everyone and as the silence went on and the the color in our faces returned, her husband just stands up and shakes the woman's hand and tells his wife that the papers will be coming along.
Party ended right there and her parents were pissed, they didn't care about her being a lesbian but her cheating was a big problem.
I learned that her lover had been in and out of rehab and is in no condition to support her or the kids.
My cousin had her marriage annulled but she lost custody of her kids, and could not get any settlement. By the end she didn't have a house and was basically homeless.
She's still with her but her kids refused to visit or have anything to do with her. Her girlfriend acts as if she's the one who gave birth to them and sends hateful messages to the father.”
This might win for the most tense.toni collette dinner GIF by A24Giphy
“My dad was an amazing father but once, when I was about five, he was gone all weekend. It was not like him to do this. He was a great dad and we were all crazy about him and so was my mother. Mom was stressed beyond belief.
At the time, she didn't work and he was our sole provider. There were four of us. She was a devout Catholic and Friday night, she lit candles and had all of us kneel and pray for his safety. Saturday morning, she called the police and said he was missing. Sunday morning, they called and asked her to come and identify a body that matched the description she'd given.
She was f*cking rattled when she got back. Some guy who was my dad's height and weight had been murdered. I can only imagine what she felt going into that room and seeing THAT on the slab. She asked to see his arm that had a tattoo and it was the wrong tattoo.
Dad came home Sunday evening with some cock and bull story about being slipped a mickey (old school roofies). You would have needed a jack hammer to cut the silence between them.
My mother always brought his plate to the table first. That night she brought all of our plates first. When she put his down, it was SO HARD, I remember his food being about two inches in the air from his plate. He didn't say anything. She didn't speak to him for a good while. Let's just say it never happened again.”
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This is so sad.
“My mom died due to an overdose and without a will. At the funeral home, my stepdad, grandmother, aunt, brother and I were in the office to plan my mother's funeral.
My aunt and grandmother hated my stepdad. They said he enabled my mother, and didn't take care of her. My stepdad also owed my grandmother money.
My stepdad hated us all. My brother had stolen from him, he thought my grandmother and aunt were over-bearing, and he blamed me for my mother dying because I had cut off contact with her (it was for my own well-being).
My brother was just plain angry at everyone but me. He thought my grandma hadn't supported my mom. He also was in such denial that he thought my stepdad had murdered our mother.
My grandma also partially blamed me for my mother's death because of going no contact. My mother had been an addict for years, but apparently I was the reason she overdosed.
I was fuming angry that all of these people blamed me for the actions of someone else and I was being scapegoated again for my mother's actions. I was mad at my mom for not having a will, and for dying when I was 25.
I cannot imagine the tension that funeral director felt in that room, as all these people who detested one another tried to agree on funeral arrangements.”
Friendships can be really fickle, especially when we’re young. Definitely makes for a whole lotta awkwardness.
“Back in highschool, my best friend was dating one of the most popular guys in school (not just our grade, the entire school). So it was a huge deal, and she gained a lot of popularity from it. This meant her getting invited to a lot of parties and I got to tag along to many of them.
During one of these parties, I was sitting with her boyfriend and another mutual friend of ours. I had gotten up to go inside and wash my hands, when I heard muffled sounds coming from the pantry in the kitchen. I went and looked, and my friend was in there hooking up with another dude. It wasn't just any dude either, it was the "weed guy" of our grade who was very awkward and weird.
Word spread around the party about this, and basically everyone knew what was going on but my friend's boyfriend because he had stayed sitting in the same spot for a while and nobody had the balls to tell him what was happening.
Finally after like twenty minutes, my friend comes out with the "snacks" she was getting and sits next to her boyfriend. You could've heard a pin drop as everyone got silent and stared at the two of them.
Worst part of it all, her boyfriend chuckles and says "you were in there for a while, what'd you do, lock yourself in the pantry?"
The tension was practically unbearable. Eventually he found out the truth, not sure how, but they broke up the next day and she basically became ostracized from hanging out with anyone that was even slightly popular. It never really blew over either, she had to transfer schools for the next school year and she deleted her social media accounts for several years."
We’ve all been in this situation.Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Tantrum GIFGiphy
“I had a friend back in middle school that invited me to spend the night at her house. I was there for maybe 1 hour when she asked her mom if we could order pizza and her mom said no. My friend then proceeded to have the absolute worst, over dramatic screaming temper tantrum at her mom and then started screaming at her that I wanted the pizza and they were being rude for not buying it. This carried on for the rest of night and I just sat on her couch beet red waiting for it to end.”
“"When I was in 6th grade or so, I was invited to my friend's birthday sleepover party. She tells me to be there on Friday after school. So I show up with my overnight bag. Nobody else is there yet but I didn't think much of it. I just thought she wanted me to be there early to help set up and hang out. She says nothing. Her parents say nothing. But I could start to feel something was up when her mom takes us to Walmart to get things for the party. I said things like "we're going to have so much fun tonight!" that was met with awkward silent tension. I sat and watched TV with her family for a while and I could feel the whole room just go stagnant.
About an hour after we got back from the store, her mom started making dinner. I asked if I could help her, but that I thought she was going to be ordering pizza for the party. She finally told me that I was an entire day early for the party and that I needed to go home.
Edit: for those who asked, the party was terrible. She invited all the "mean girls" from school. It felt like Jenna's birthday party in 13 Going on 30 fr. I ended up leaving early after they started making tiny baby gay me uncomfortable by daring each other to kiss."
Not the impression you wanna make.
“My ex's family camping trip. Her mom is talking to one of her daughters, and the daughter says something along the lines of "I don't think I've ever seen you actually angry" and my dumb*ss has to chime in, ‘she was pissed at me once when I took your sis to two movies in a row and forgot to give her a heads up that we were gonna be back later’ mom chimes in ‘nope, I was pretty mad at you around thanksgiving a year or so back’.
I immediately grabbed my toast, downed a big ol glass of shut the f*ck up, and dipped out of that conversation. She was referring to when she found out I took her daughters virginity.”
We've all been there, on every end of it. Awkward moments are just a part of being human. Just remember, “this too shall pass". Or something.
Tension passes. Don't forget that
Like most people, I was really awkward when I was younger. Tall, lanky, and didn't quite know how to dress in a way that suited me. Little did I know, there are very simple ways to improve someone's appearance, that a lot of people overlook. If only I had known them in high school.
Here are a few tips that I wish I had known. Reddit user Bestangela asked:
“What is an underrated way of improving your appearance?"
It’s the little things we need to be aware of as we go about our day. Minor fixes can help so much.
Stand up straight, the right way.
“Standing up straight, or at the very least with some sort of upright gait.”
“This but doing it by strengthening the right muscles. Forcing yourself into a straight standing position can cause just as many postural issues and living hunched over. Source, I was a PTA for a while and now I'm a functional personal trainer.”
Nothing like a good pair of glasses.Glasses Diamondsday GIF by Elton JohnGiphy
“Glasses frames that actually fit your face structure.”
“Or just glasses that are more stylish. Lot of fashion-challenged dudes wear the same style of glasses they've worn since middle school even if they've updated the prescription.”
Like a bonsai tree.
“A lot of guys with beards don't trim them. I cringe at old pictures of myself before I knew how. Treat your beard like a bonsai tree.”
I get noticed a lot because I actually take care of my hair. Oils and regular cleaning for the facial hair, beard brushes, mustache combs are cheap. Oils and balms can be crazy expensive but Google is your friend, just keep a close eye on the fragrances as they can be off putting to others especially if they're super close and quite pretty. Trim once a week is a good guideline, too often and you'll mess it up or thin it out, too long and you'll be back at square one.
For hair, it's not mentioned near enough DO RESEARCH ON THE BEST PRODUCT FOR YOU. How it reacts to the elements, the finish, the feel, there are so many pros and cons to each product. You can style a comb over perfectly and it'll feel horrible to the fingers because the product is unnecessarily stiff for your hair. As well oil-based can and will cause serious acne breakouts if you're prone to sweating, great product for the Fall but not when it's warm or you're active. Sea salt is definitely my favourite for my style as it has almost zero hold and naturally curls my hair for some surfer-bro points. It's all about giving a f***.”
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“Getting a healthy quantity of sleep.”
“Currently reading this at 2:30am thinking I'll try again tomorrow.”
Stay hydrated, and don’t do drugs.gina carano water GIFGiphy
“Drink water. Dehydration can have you looking raggedy af."
“Substance abuse in general takes on a look. Working in the prison system, you can nearly pinpoint those brought in on drug offenses versus the violence offenses merely by how a person's body looks after years of substance abuse."
Bad hair parting = criminal scum.
“The way you part your hair can be a huge game-changer.”
“I remember seeing an old video on this. Some pseudo psychology about how parting it could affect a kid growing into a good citizen vs potential criminal scum. My take away was that I'm gonna be criminal scum just cause I'm left handed.”
When I think of ways to fix my appearance, the first thing I think of is fashion sense. What works best for your body type?
“Putting even just a bit more thought into your daily outfits.
Wearing different things that are mostly flattering, even if it was just adding a bandanna, bracelet, and wearing colors that look good together, can improve self confidence and make you stand out just a smidge more. It gives a more put together look and people will be more willing and likely to notice you. Self expression is attractive.”
You know what they say, “clothes can make the man”.Elliana Walmsley Shopping GIF by Brat TVGiphy
“Buying clothes that fit properly instead of buying the smallest size you can squeeze into.”
“Came here to say this. I am and have pretty much always been fat and always made the common mistake of wearing bigger clothes not realizing it made me look even bigger. At some point, I read somewhere that you should get proper fitting clothes so I tried it (apprehensively) but I was surprised to find I liked how I looked. Works wonders.”
It’s all in the eyes.
“Not gonna lie, a lot of my coworkers started looking a lot better at the start of this pandemic by covering the bottom of their faces. Myself included.”
“Bruh stop. With my mouth, chin, jaw covered I Iook like a goddamn supermodel and some look at me with those hungry eyes. But when I take it off, people are like "Oh..." Swear, couple of month ago I had a coworker that saw me without my mask and she just said "So, that's how you look like! I N T E R E S T I N G!
Reminds me of Bane's ‘No one cared who I was till I put on the mask.’”
It’ll be more comfortable, too.
“Wearing a properly fitted bra. Go for a proper fitting. A lot of women are wearing the wrong size bra.”
“As a long time bra fitter, 90% of the people are wearing a band size at least 2 sizes too big and a cup size 3 or 4 sizes too small.”
I recently was struggling with feeling awkward every time I looked in the mirror. Then I got bangs. And let me tell you, a good haircut frames your face so much better. You just have to find the one that's right for you.
Try implementing these shifts into your life- they'll work wonders.
Secondhand embarrassment is like siphoning gas from one car to the next. Except instead of gas it's cold sweats and red blushing cheeks, and instead of a car it's your central nervous system.
Also, you want no part of it.
But it happens. Someone in your field of vision--or, even worse, someone you're interacting with directly--is so supremely awkward that you lose control of your own body so that all 206 of your bones can dedicate themselves to cringing.
It happens in a variety of places, for a variety of reasons, and lasts for anywhere from mere seconds to excruciating minutes that feel eternal.
TeachMeTheWayz asked, "What's the story behind a time when you felt secondhand embarrassment?"
Big Day Spray
"Had an interviewer come into our office for an important role, and she warned us that morning that she had been sprayed by a skunk the previous week so she might 'have a teensy bit of the odour lingering.'"
"Well we got in the interview room with her and it wasn't 'teensy.' We were wincing, coughing, and she looks mortified saying 'oh, oh god, it's really that bad? I've taken 100 showers, oh no.'"
"Super awkward interview."
Playing it Cool
"I was out walking my cat at night and sat down on one of the steps in my complex. My other neighbor comes out for a smoke. I smile and say hi. He lives in a building on top of a small hill."
"He asks who's that next to me and I say "my cat." But he didn't hear me. I kept saying it was my cat. She must have been in a shadow."
"He started walking closer to hear me better and he fell, rolled down the hill and his pants fell off.
I pretended like it happens every day."
Peering Over the Wall
"My boss accidentally kissed her work friend's dad on the lips in front of his wife and daughter and I low-key witnessed this unfold over my cubicle wall."
"The work friend had her parents visiting from Europe and was giving them a tour of our office. My boss was trying to do the European cheek-kiss greeting when meeting the dad, but leaned in to the same side by mistake and got his mouth."
"It was awkward as hell, so I pretended I didn't notice to save my boss from further embarrassment."
Break Room Banter
"A girl at work was talking about how her and her girlfriend went out over the weekend. Not explicitly mentioning same sex anything, just what they did."
"Another female coworker of ours literally goes, 'I've never been with a girl, but I let my one friend go down on me once.'"
"I wanted to die..."
Lunch Break Comes Early
"I started my career in a call center that handled calls from extremely wealthy people and their financial advisors. I eventually moved into a training role."
"Part of the job was to sit connected to a trainee's headset and observe the calls, help out, provide post-call feedback, etc."
"Well, one day, this guy is talking to a big client and his adviser. In the middle of a sentence, he lets out the loudest belch ever."
"That was bad enough but instead of apologizing, this knucklehead says, 'Mmmmm, meaty banana!!!'"
"That was his last day there."
That Should Do It
"My friend was giving a 15 minute presentation in 10th grade English class an about 4 minutes into it says, 'Yeah I don't feel like doing this anymore' and sits down."
"The teacher just stared at him agape like she couldn't believe what happened and asked him if he would like to continue. He was really red from embarrassment and flat out refused to go back to his presentation."
"The teacher got livid and started threatening with detentions and was shouting all kinds of insults at this poor shy kid because he didn't listen to her or respect her authority."
"I was embarrassed for the teacher."
"A teacher at my school was in a rope pulling contest as part of a fun school activity."
"It was teachers vs students, performed in front of the rest of the school. Said teacher was extremely strong and essentially won for the teachers despite competing against a lot of male student athletes."
"But he wasn't super well-liked, so when all the teachers were giving celebratory high fives, he was left hanging."
"I worked for an engineering and land surveying company. My aunt was the office manager. We were supposed to go to a company wide 401k meeting."
"One of our summer hires (seasonal work) did not want to attend. I can understand why someone who is only working there for 3 -6 months would not want to go."
"My aunt proceeded to ream this guy out for 20 minutes, ending with 'You just don't give a sh** about this company!' I wanted to crawl under a desk."
Reading the Room
"Kid I knew in high school was a total Sonic kid. Had a hat shaped like Amy's hairstyle that he'd wear and everything."
"One day he was a giving a presentation in History class and was rushing through it. Teacher told him to relax and slow down. Without skipping a beat he says, 'Sorry, I like to go fast.... if you know what I mean." and winks.'"
"Total dead silence as the teacher responded, 'I don't want to know, thanks.'"
Hard to Get
"I was watching my buddy talk to his crush, he got a little 'excited' during their flirtatious conversation and when she was leaving and went to hug him goodbye he declined bc he didn't want to poke her with his wood."
"She was hurt and confused while he was pained. I loved every second."
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There is only one thing worse than finding yourself in an intimidating social setting and feeling horrified to speak. It's being called out for not speaking.
For shy people, that nightmare scenario is the end of the world.
The chatter of voices, confident body language, and comfortable laughter all taunts from every direction. Meanwhile, internal and silent, a furious inner monologue is being strung together.
The panicked, anxious thoughts are bad enough. But eventually, the collide with reality. Something happens and all eyes--or at least a few--are on you.
The moment makes the inner monologue feel like a quaint, safe memory.
yaman007 asked, "Hey shy people what is your worst experience?"
The Old Bait and Switch
"Going to a crowded party with one friend who really wanted to drag you along but then disappears." -- KynanArroyo
"Where my damn panic button." -- Manish_B_reddit
"Yeah at that point I would just disappear and leave them there" -- xbungalo
Hide and Seek for One
"I wouldn't say this is my worst experience, but it's amusing to me."
"I was setting up a network in a small satellite office and was still working when the last other person left."
"It was nighttime and they didn't see me or know I was still there so the turned out all the office lights as they left. I left them off because I enjoy working in the dark and do it often."
"After like an hour another worker came back into the office to do something or another and rather than have to say hi I opted to hide under the desk I was at in an open office as a ~35 year old man."
"I'm not sure why I did that, but luckily they didn't notice me and left again after about 15 minutes."
"Putting a year's worth of confidence into a job interview, just to be the quiet one after you get the job."
"The anxiety dude..." -- DiiiCA
"It's always frustrating as hell. Your first few weeks while getting comfortable with everyone you just keep asking yourself 'if I could interview so well, why the hell is it taking so long to be able to talk with my coworkers?'" -- srentiln
How Not to Network
"While going to college I interned for the state's largest business development corporation. In a meeting with c-suite executives the top dog was just making friendly conversation before we got started and asked me what classes I was taking."
"To set the picture, I am just the peon note-taker and would never expect anyone to even notice that I was there, let alone put me on the spot with a long table of successful professionals staring at me."
"I blacked out. Zero brain function. I mumbled a few inaudible grunts and umms before having no choice but to admit that I couldn't remember."
"Oh my dog, I wanted to die. The looks of confusion and the awkward century that it took to switch topics amongst themselves still haunts me before bed."
Interrogation on the Dance Floor
"Went to a party. Guy I've never met walks up to me, shakes my hand, and says 'hello, what's your name? Where were you born? Where will you die? What's in between?' Not letting go of my hand the whole time."
"I completely locked up, had no idea what to say."
Aaaaaand Tonight is Horrible
"My outgoing mother announcing to everyone how shy I am." -- CarllraK
"Got one better. My outgoing mother announcing to everyone that I must be cold as she dead stares at my chest."
"She did this during my teenage years. As a shy, anxiety ridden teenage girl, holy f***." -- KnifexCalledxLust
"I am a bit shy when first meeting people so after getting to know me, I often hear 'When I first met you, I thought you were such a bi***.' Cool." -- iLoveMLEz
"I get told that I seem intimidating which I always find bizarre." -- ceassg
"Man I get that ALL the time. I have a major resting bitch face for a guy. I'm often told I look very mad or on a mission until people get to know me." -- justkw97
"I was in elementary and took a bus home each day. I missed my stop and I was so terribly shy and quiet the bus driver didn't hear me."
"He went on to pick up high school students and didn't notice I was still on the bus."
"The high school students were so sweet and kind. They alerted the bus driver and he took me home. My mom was freaking out by the time I got home!"
Secret Work Identities
"I never corrected my boss when she mixed up my name on the first day. I had already introduced myself to some people by my real name, the other half of people my boss introduced me to, called me another."
"I felt too shy to correct her in front of the group. It just led to more awkward conversations, as the two names were completely different."
The WORST Year for That
"Starts college -> doesn't make friends -> lockdown -> sh** is f***ed." -- Eme0000
"I'm 3 years into out of state college with no friends there. Wrecks my mental state every time I go back."
"The worst part is when you finally gather the courage to try to talk to people about something you know they're interested in and they only give 1 word answers back." -- mytokhondria
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