As the years go on, we start to find out more and more terrible things big corporations have done to their workers, their consumers and the environment.
University of Virginia Law professor Brandon Garrett wrote a book called Too Big to Jail. He told Vox prosecutors haven't been following through with the prosecution, only stopping at fines. As much as the fines have gone up in amounts, they have expressed leniency with corporations in hopes they stop breaking laws.
That hasn't seemed to have happened.
Redditors shared which companies are the most evil of them all.
Redditor outdropp asked:
"What is the world's most evil company and why?"
It's incredible what lengths they will go to for money.
A bad history.
"Chiquita bananas - I'm not sure if they're that evil currently but they have a really bad history of killing protesting workers, starting wars and supporting terrorist organizations."
"Ah yes. United Fruit Company. Who used their connections with the American government to overthrow a government in Guatemala because they cared too much about labour rights. And that's not all they've done. Massacre and bananas go hand in hand."
"Imagine destabilizing an entire country just to secure a f*cking banana crop. Absolute bastards."
"The term 'banana republic' came from their relations with nations like Honduras."
"Was looking for this. Kinda crazy that the clothing brand Banana Republic became so popular despite this morbid allegiance."
"That is bananas."
Poisoning everything and everyone.
"I am a little biased since I just saw Dark Waters but Dupont."
"The montage where they went over every contaminated product still haunts me. I got rid of every teflon pan I had and switched to cast iron after that. Obviously too late, but it's a start.
For those interested, the document on DuPont and Teflon manufacturing is available on YouTube in some countries. It's fairly disturbing however."
"I live 20 minutes away from Parkersburg WV, and you'd be surprised how little people in the area know about DuPont."
"Then the PR campaign is working effectively."
"I came for this. DuPont is the biggest evil company most people haven't heard of. They have their hands on or in everything that's made yet no one know much about them. I'm convinced it's because they have so much money they pay to stay under the radar."
"Also you know, they poisoned our entire planet with C8."
"The entire reason weed was illegal and hemp wasn't popular in the United States is because in WWII they lobbied to get the contract to make all the rope for our navy during the war for cheap using nylon. In turn they wanted to have their competitor, I can't remember the name, put out of business and they made hemp rope that was way strong and cheaper to manufacture. So congress put a HUGE tax on hemp that paved the way for weed to be illegal to smoke and hemp pretty much impossible to grow legally."
The own or operate nearly every brand.
"Nestle - Too many reasons to list."
"I'm thinking now maybe I should avoid Nestlé products but they apparently operate SO MANY different companies it would be nearly impossible to avoid Nestlé. I'd have to make drastic life/diet changes, adjust meal planning, my morning routine, shopping routes, budget for more expensive alternative products, etc. Plus I'd have to take time to research and memorize what companies are Nestlé-owned and make sure the alternative companies aren't equally unethical."
"Like boycotting would take over my life and would likely be viewed as an unhealthy obsession..."
"I checked out r/f*cknestle as one of the folks who replied on here suggested, right in their main page is a picture of all the companies. Just take a screenshot and save the photo to your phone. Instant access and reminder for the companies. That's what I did."
"They also have this linked in the pinned post where you can type a brand and see if it's a Nestle brand. It's not perfect, I searched for Crunch since it's a Nestle Crunch bar and it didn't show, but it's better than nothing."
"Try the app Buycott. It's free and let's you avoid companies you don't like and tells you how others are ethically and whether their product is ethically sourced."
Leaders in the climate crisis.
"Most fast fashion brands. Child labor, wasting horrible amount of water while polluting it, burning or throwing the unsold clothes into the ocean etc."
"I can't help but thinking that all mainstream products in the world are built on top of suffering, and that anything remotely ethical is just extremely expensive and scarce."
"It's completely down to money, end of story."
"Did you know that over 90% of everything you recycle, doesn't actually get recycled? That only 20-30%, depending on where you read, of all cardboard actually gets recycled, as in properly used again?"
"That the cost of buying new cardboard for companies now is CHEAPER than recycling it, or buying recycled cardboard."
"That recycling companies like Biffa sell their recycling by the ton, and were caught mislabeling nappies, sanitary towels and clothes marked as "waste paper" which is cheaper of course."
"Recycling is a BUSINESS, and like all businesses, profits are all that matter."
"We need to wake up to the fact that buying an electric car, replacing your lightbulbs, buying bags for life, eating less meat, it's all a puny drop in the ocean even if you combined everyone doing it. Because 100 companies produce 71% of the world's total pollution."
A sketchy church.
"I mean Church of Scientology is pretty sketchy."
"There was a period of about 8 months on Reddit back somewhere in 2014-2016 in which former Scientologists were all sharing their experiences on here and then it was like it all of a sudden stopped. It made me wonder if Reddit corporate got pressure from the church."
"I like this reply because Scientology is not a religion or anything similar and should be considered money making COMPANY."
Asbestos in their baby powder.
"Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder."
"Scrolled this far just to find J&J mentioned. It was unbelievable how long they kept this under wraps despite reports from way earlier regarding how carcinogenic their powder was turning out to be. Especially increasing incidence of ovarian cancer in women."
"J&J doesn't have anything on Bayer…"
These corporate entities are literally destroying everything they touch and getting away with it.
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Have you ever saw or met someone who just instantly made your blood run cold? Those sudden moments when your hair stands on end and something in your gut tells you to proceed with caution?
There was one kid in high school that always did that for me, and others around him. I remember one of my first full conversations with him was him explaining how he had learned German so he could read these really gruesome horror stories that involved dismemberment. He frequently spoke about satanism and went way beyond the “normal" teenage spooky-kid persona. There was something dark there.
Later one before we all graduated it turns out he and a bunch of buddies got high and tortured this poor dog to death. They killed it for fun. Although he claimed to regret it later in life he proceeded to do some pretty scary and sadistic things. Anytime he was in the same room I was on edge and turned out it was for good reason.
Redditor belvedere789 wanted to hear the chilling encounters others have had with those who have a truly evil vibe.
“My dad. After a particularly bad fight with my mom where he ended up beating her nearly unconscious, he kidnapped my brother and I when we were toddlers while trying to avoid arrest. Not sure if my mom didn't charge him or what."
“As we were growing up he started to beat my brother and I as well, he would act normal in front of his friends despite hitting us moments before they saw him. When I was 18 he tried to beat my brother who was fighting back and not allowing the beatings to happen now that he was older and bigger, and when my dad started losing the fight he broke a beer bottle against a wall and tried to stab my brother."
“I grabbed the pocket knife I was carrying and told my dad I'd stab him if he came any closer to my brother. My mom finally called the cops and they charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. The police sent him to a mental hospital for a week's evaluation as my family began packing our things so we could move in with another family by the time he was home."
"My entire family called the mental hospital and told them to be extremely careful when evaluating him, he had successfully manipulated people his entire life. My family packed our things and moved in with family he had never met before."
"3 days later the mental hospital released him on good behavior and because he made a few cards to my mom explaining how he was going to be better and how he was sorry. On the way home from the mental hospital he spotted by a hardware store and bought multiple knives, a saw, and some rope. He put them in his backpack on top of his card saying he was sorry and that he was going to be better from now on."
"He came home to an empty house, unexpectedly. He messaged every family member asking us to forgive him and come home so we could talk things out. None of us responded…He used the rope to hang himself, once he realized his plan to murder us had completely failed." -throw-a-way-9002
Always trust your gut folks.
“Worked with this guy who was very outgoing and most would describe him as nice but a little odd. He always made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, and avoided him when I could. A work friend asked why I was rude to him and all I could say is that he gave me the creeps. He had never did anything specific or say weird things, it was just odd vibes. His wife and he killed a little girl they adopted. Beat her to death. Trust your instincts." -bgreen134
Sometimes it is just biological…
“I work in a k-12 school. Met a kindergartener whose eyes were just.....soulless. He wasn't rambunctious like the other kinders...calm and steady but bad things always happened around him. Grade 3 he faked a murder scene in the forest behind the school and would take kids back there to freak them out."
“In grade 10 there were stories of him planning a school shooting. He was expelled and charged. But I believe now the charges are dropped. I have never once felt comfortable with him in the room. He's still a minor now."
“I'm worried about what he will be like as an adult. In all my years I've never met a kid like him. We tried several social interventions on the school level. He was good at always giving the correct answer without any emotional response." -SnooGoats9114
Imagine the type of person that could justify this…
“My old boss. Superficially charming, obsessed by money, evil to the core. Just one tale amongst many: A colleague who had recently become a father was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Being a small, close-knit community in a foreign country we rallied 'round and did as much as we could for the grieving widow."
“Our boss contacted her and told her that she would look after the child, who would never want for anything, then tried to buy her. Our boss, rich, childless and in her fifties, turned up at the house with a bag of money and tried to take the poor, fatherless child from its mother and, then, on being rebuffed, refused to help with any costs at all. I have so many others." -leobeer
He started young…
“There was this guy who grew up in the neighbouring street as me, and he was just a really, really bad person. It probably doesn't sound like much now, but when he was about 11 he'd do things like borrow video games, never give them back and then just swear blind he never borrowed them in the first place."
“This sounds minor, but it kind of went from there really - as he got older he'd start to steal money, beat the sh*t out of people for no reason, etc. His ex-girlfriend took out a restraining order on him after they broke up because she was frightened of him."
“The best example I can give of what he was like was when he heard that someone had said something about him that he'd taken offence to. The person who'd done this was in the pub one afternoon with his wife and kids, and this guy walks into the pub, doesn't say a word and just headbutts him in front of his family."
“But at the same time, he could be quite well-spoken and charming when he wanted something from somebody, and it's only recently occurred to me that he's obviously a sociopath. He's now living in a tent and addicted to heroin, and I think it was always going to go that way." -hashtagthoughtbomb
Sounds like the office bully…
“Extreme narcissist, the guy sent emails to me and my boss about my poor work performance while I was sitting at my dying mother's hospital bed. When I returned from that trip a week later he was literally standing in my office with a tape measure. Apparently he took my absence as an opportunity to take my office… permanently. I have a higher job title than this guy to top it off. And no, he didn't get the office.” loucall
A chilling assessment.
“I did a clinical assessment on a sexual sadist who had killed several people and enjoyed hurting people. He had this nervous energy and excitement talking about it that was chilling. He was curious about why he was the way he was, but it didn't bother him. Creepy dude." -justhanginhere
Glad they were safe.
“I was on the subway coming home from work one night; I had an hour and a half commute and one transfer. I noticed a creepy (think Riff Raff from Rocky Horror) guy in my peripherals staring at me, so I made sure to keep my awareness up."
“About 45 minutes later I transferred to my streetcar, a 25 minute ride to go. I hadn't noticed him at all until I was seated - he was sitting four rows behind me. When I went to ding for my stop he started getting up so I quickly decided not to get off and went to the front of the car."
“At the next stop it seemed like he was waiting to see if I was going to get off so I mimicked leaving and thankfully he hopped off. I jumped back inside the car and looked over - as the door was closing he flashed me the creepiest, scariest rumplestiltskin smile I've ever seen in my life and waved. I took that streetcar to the end of the city and called myself a cab." -MoreShoe2
It ended up being the Elizabeth Smart kidnapper…
“I told this story before.. Back in Feb 2003 I was living in San Diego. My son was a toddler at the time and we liked to go to the zoo or other places to check out animals and stuff on Fridays, my day off. That day we were driving around Lakeside, CA where they have a lot of farms with horses and cows, etc."
“As we were driving back that afternoon I pulled up at a stop sign in front of El Capitan High School. In front of me to the right at the corner was a man in flowing robes and long unkempt hair. He looked like a religious prophet of some sort. Typical California. Nothing to see here, right? Then this guy turned to face me and I saw pure f**king evil coming from his eyes."
“I am getting chills writing this right now, all these years later. I can still see it. It's fucking creepy as hell. Anyway. This "guy" was Brian David Mitchell, aka the sick f**k who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart... Crazy deep angry eyes."
“I pulled on passed him, drove home and thought nothing of it until, Elizabeth was rescued a month later in Salt Lake City. Then the story came out that he had her locked up in the hills in the little town of Lakeside, CA." -catjugglinpimp
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Some people are just born bad and rotten to the core. And then they're unleashed onto society, so we get to deal with them.
Stranger danger and red flags are mantras to commit to memory. We have to beware who we allow into our lives.
Danger and evil are abound. It's good to discuss the times we've crossed paths with dangerous people. It can be a warning for others and a way to release the memory.
Redditor trash_coles wanted to hear about the people some of us have encountered that left an uneasy feeling, by asking:
"Who's the most dangerous person you've met and what did they do?"
Everything you're about to read is really for people 17 and over. Not that people below 17 haven't encountered trash but some of these stories can be a little much.
What a piece of work.
"I've got two. It's hard to choose. Guy I went to high school with. Only about 5foot4 but ripped. Sort of your stereotypical Napoleon complex. Obsessed with his ex-girlfriend. Showed up to her house, drove up onto her lawn with his S2000 as she was walking out the house to go to school."
"Jumped out of the car and beat her to an inch of her life. Broke her jaw and then some. At the current time she was dating my friend's brother and he planned on breaking up with her that afternoon. Went to prison since he was 18. Not sure where he is at now."
"Sister in law's husband. What a piece of work. Steroids for days. Forced sister-in-law down put a gun to her head and told her to pull the trigger when he lost his crap. He calmed down, she grabbed her two kids in tow and went to the neighbors house who called the cops. Cops showed up and did a standoff when they found out he was a bit of a gun nut."
"At one point he came out of the house and told the cops everything is okay and they can go home. He finally gave up. Turned out he had a previous felony in his 20's (started a high speed chase with the cops) so all the guns he had were purchased illegally."
"Sister in law didn't divorce him or press charges, but the ATF took it upon themselves to make an example of him. He did 8 years in prison for felony gun postilion. Just got out during Covid. They are still together and have a third kid on the way. Fun fact he's got 5 other children out in the world." ~ LeKy411
He gave me the creeps.
"One day at work my coworker's boyfriend showed up with her three kids, and she introduced me to him. He gave me the creeps. A couple of years later, he smothered her kids and strangled her to death, during which she gave partial birth." ~ WoolaTheCalot
"I remember when that happened. My sister's childhood friend was one of the people that found them. It really messed her up for very long time." ~ Pretending2beme
Get in the car!
"I had a sort of similar experience once! I was 16 and had gone out for a run, twisted my ankle, and skinned my knee badly. I was limping home and bloodied, so when this guy stopped and offered me a ride, it seemed like just kindness at first. This was around 7-8 am and this guy was dressed professionally in a nice car, at first I thought it was some dude on his way to work who was trying to be helpful."
"But the rule "never get into a stranger's car" has been so thoroughly drilled into me that I politely refused, and that's when it got weird. He started insisting, and changing his jovial tone to an increasingly aggressive and angry tone. I kept refusing. Before long he started angrily saying "Get in the car! Get in the CAR!" and it was clear that I was in a bad situation."
"I'm not sure what changed his mind, but while I was saying "no!" and backing away, he finally paused and looked at me and just said "ok" and hit the gas, speeding away as fast as possible. That was a weird experience." ~ Kubanochoerus
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A psychopath like that shouldn't get to taste freedom again.
"I grew up with a guy that always seemed like there was something a little off about him. We were in Boy Scouts together for a couple of years, and I remembered him always getting in trouble for small stuff, like saying things he shouldn't (mostly swearing from what I remember) and going off to do his own thing (he once just walked away one night during a retreat without saying anything and made the troop leaders and parents have to search for them for about an hour)."
"He was also prone to getting into fights at school and cutting class and such. Anyway, he was a couple of years older than me and we weren't close in any way, shape, or form, so I all but forgot about him when I moved away in middle school. I didn't think about him again until my mom showed me his mugshot when I was in high school let me read the news article about him."
"He was living in a house with his pregnant girlfriend and some of her family. There were a good number of people in the house, including several kids, so you could imagine how loud and cramped it must've been in there. Anyway, he said was afraid that there wouldn't be enough space for the baby with all of the other people living there, so one day, he took one of the kids (a toddler, mind you) to the pond out back, tossed him in, and walked away."
"He'd also talked it through with one of his girlfriend's cousins or aunts about it, so it was a premeditated decision (side note: she was also arrested and sentenced). The guy apparently had no remorse for what he did, even considering that the kid was part of his girlfriend's family, because he believed that he had to "make room" for his own kid. He got sentenced to life with no parole, and that's well-deserved. A psychopath like that shouldn't get to taste freedom again." ~ Elegant-Narwhal-506
"My cousin. He has been a violent person since we were kids. He only does the bad stuff when he's high on meth, so there is that. in 1998 he shot up a convenience store trying to kill another cousin. His wife at the time was a dispatcher for the local police department."
"He had physically abused her and they were separated at the time. The story was that he resisted arrest (highly likely), but the local officers who were friends of his wife gave him a long, generous beating before he made it to jail. He got 20 years but served only 8. It should have been longer." ~ donedoneitonce
"I don't recall the man's name, but he was the self appointed leader of a local militia in Maryland. This was back in the late 90's, and he claimed to be gearing up himself and others in preparation of Y2K. At first I thought it was all bluster and hot air, after all the man hung out in a Denny's in the middle of the night."
"One night some friends and I elected to go "ghost hunting" and one of my friends invited this guy along (since my friend also hung out in a Denny's in the middle of the night). We decided to stop at this guys house on the way so that he could be "prepared." When we step through the threshold of the house we are instantly greeted with enough firearms to equip a unit of about fifty men, and there were five people sitting around the house cleaning various rifles."
"A short moment of deliberation and the man settled on a pistol and we went out to a few haunted sites in the Ellicott City area. When we reached the third site, an alleged haunted stretch of train track, we spot flames from a camp fire and hear voices. The majority of us recognize this as people camping by the tracks, and this guy interprets this as a ghost and draws the pistol as though he will somehow kill an ethereal creature."
"If not for my friend I am confident that this guy would have just opened fire on these people, who turned out to be a couple of teenagers, without a second thought. I did not drive that night so I was stuck in the situation, but I never went back to that Denny's and pretty much stopped hanging out with my friend that night as well." ~ Therearenogoodnames9
"My old roommate, S. A tiny little 18 year old girl who was just truly evil. She gave a dog a lick of molly one time just to see what would happen, randomly smashed a glass frame against the wall, took 3 Xanax before driving, etc. Just really reckless and scary crap." ~ meganemk
They were both short, stocky dudes.
"My high school JROTC instructors. The senior instructor served in Vietnam on a LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol) team. He survived three tours; read up on the LRRP's for a clearer picture. I know he was wounded at various points, and he claimed to have been able to aim a M-79 grenade launcher by sound."
"He retired as a colonel and decided to teach JROTC just to pass the time. The lower ranking instructor was likewise a Vietnam veteran. Green Beret, MACV-SOG, and a founding member of Delta Force. This man, and I have no reason to doubt him (the senior instructor vouched for him) was a participant in the failed attempt to rescue the American hostages held by Iran in the early 1980's."
"He was also on the team that captured Manuel Norigea in Panama. He was likewise teaching JROTC just for something to do. They were both short, stocky dudes. Very clean cut, polite, and well educated and well spoken. And without a doubt in my mind, extraordinarily dangerous men. I wouldn't have crossed either of them." ~ Mr_Metrazol
A Bad Rub
"I worked in maintenance at a resort with three different properties. This one guy got hired at one of them and would occasionally come to our property when we needed help. Something about him just rubbed me the wrong way. He was quiet but when he spoke it was usually a sharp or harsh comment and his did something with his eyes when he was talking to you that made you feel like he was angry about something. Anyway, he ended up breaking into someone's house and shooting them in the face with a .357 magnum." ~ BaconReceptacle
"The drunk driver the killed my late-S/O. He had zero remorse. He was more upset about getting time for it." ~ Shes_dead_Jim
"The most memorable moment was when I was 7-9 years old, I don't really remember. We were living in Huntington Beach a relatively safe place in So Cal. I was in the front yard playing on our corner lot. We had hedges around our front yard and I was outside of them near the side yard where the backyard fence began."
"I don't recall what I was doing or why I was on the side of the house, but I remember a VW bus going down the end of the cul-de-sac, slowly. For some reason it caught my attention as it looped around the end of the cul-de-sac and I vaguely watched it. My dad, a policeman had instilled onto us situational awareness. I turned my back onto the bus as I heard it speed up."
"I remember turning around and seeing a man half hanging outside the sliding side door. Immediately I ran. I screamed for help, and luckily my mom had just stepped outside to water the plants. Hose in hand, while hearing me scream she shot the hose in my direction."
"I jumped through the hedges as the man leaning out the car door touched my back. He was clearly trying to get me. The water hose threw him off as I tore my way through the bushes. He fell and scrambled back into the car and sped off. To this day I vividly remember the fear, details, and face of that man. Thanks Mom." ~ rchristokes13
The Guy from the Past
"A former friend of mine. He wasn't dangerous at first but he drifted apart from our group and we found out that meth got the best of him. We started seeing him in the news for car theft, robberies, stabbing people, dealing drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and for shooting at cops. His grandfather used to bail him out a lot. I just hope they stopped and kept him behind bars." ~ den1300
The Bad Guy
"My daughter's boyfriend. He almost strangled her to death. The ER said she was seconds away from dying. 😔 He's been in and out of prison over the past 7 years and every time he gets out he hurts another woman and then he's right back in again. I don't know why his sentence isn't longer. Are they waiting for him to actually kill someone? 😠." ~ kre8ive1
The Blind Spot
"I met a hitman once, was a friend of my mum's. She warned me not to approach him from his blind spots cuz he would instinctively lash out. She preceded to get drunk and do just that as a joke, and he slapped her." ~ Dualmilion
Well, this is enough to give me new nightmares. Be careful out there.
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Some people are just plain nasty, that is a sad fact. There is true evil in this world, and we see it on display every single day. It can often make one lose all hope in "humanity."
At my core, I try to believe that most of us have good hearts, that are connected to kind souls. But my beliefs are tested almost hourly.
One of the scariest things is trying to pinpoint whether or not most of these people are just callous and rude or, quite possibly, they simmering sociopaths, destined to be the villain in a Dateline NBC or podcast episode.
Let's compare notes.
Redditor SmokeAndCannon wanted to hear about the people we wish we could've avoided in person and online, by asking:
What's the biggest @sshole post you remember?
My list is too long to even try to narrow down. I'm just going to say that most of our political officials, on all sides, need a muzzle, a sedative, and a new career path. Start there...
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"Oh man I often think about the guy asking if he's an ahole for asking his pregnant wife to wear a diaper at night because she was disturbing his sleep whenever she got up to pee." ~ Morrigans
"I remember a girl in her late teens who thought her older sibling was faking their child's food allergy so she tried to catch her by not telling them about the ingredients before serving them a dish. Someone else had it first and recognized the ingredient and stopped the kid from eating it in time and called her out. She then tried to play it off saying her sibling was a drama queen and she was trying to trap her. Reddit tore into her, of course, since the child could've... well, died." ~ SylancerPrime
"The guy who moved into his younger girlfriend's apartment, and threw away her fancy drinking jars that she loved from their shelf because they bothered him and he wanted her to just drink from normal cups. I think about this entitled jerk a lot. ~ SelfDiagnosedUnicorn
"get over it"
"Girlfriend of a widowed father of two, she moved in to his place. He was still struggling with letting go of his late wife. So the gf in her eternal wisdom decided to throw away all family pictures of his late wife one day when the dad was away because she felt it was time for him to "get over it". He did not get those pictures back, they were legit gone forever. When she posted this on AITA but didn't get the validation she wanted she just doubled-down instead." ~ YoungDiscord
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"The girl who found a lost dog after someones house was destroyed then refused to give it back because they had "bonded." ~ dawsonsmythe
I dare you to try and keep any of my animals. What kind of lunatic does that?
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"The guy who was mad his GWB wouldn't give 10k usd because he provided her with "emotional support" by listening to her rant about her ex a couple of times." ~ Hopelessyhopeful
"The OP deleted it so I can't link. OP was the wife of a man whose first wife died. OP was jealous of wife #1 and destroyed all the photos and knick knacks from the first wife, including deleting all the digital photos. She burned everything physical. Her husband packed up his teenage daughter and left her. It was 3 or so years ago and I still feel rage thinking about that vile OP. I hope her husband divorced her. It's the least she deserved." ~ fluidentity
"OP wasn't the a**hole in this one, but her son was. Basically she found out that her son was using her daughter-in-law as a stay at home maid. They had two kids, I wanna say, and DIL did EVERYTHING - cooking, cleaning, childcare, EVERYTHING. OP gave DIL some money for a girls' weekend and her son forced her to cancel it because he wanted to go out with his friends that weekend, leaving her to watch the children."
"DIL called OP in tears and OP loses it - tells her to drop the kids at her house and go take her weekend. OP takes the kids to her sister's (with DIL's permission) and goes to the bar where her son is and tears him a new one to the point she gets kicked out of the bar. First thing she does after that is call her other two DILs up to make sure her other son's aren't pieces of crap." ~ SpidersMcGee
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"'ll never forget the one guy. He'd just turned 18 and was getting ready for college when his dad walked in, said "your mom cheated on me. I'm not your real dad. I'm not paying for your college. Move out after you graduate high school."
"The dad had known for the son's entire life but didn't say anything until that moment because he thought it was the mom's job to do it. And the kid assumed his family would pay for his college like they did with the others so he didn't save any money or look for scholarships." ~ justking1414
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"The kid that ruined his little brother's signed John Cena poster. The little brother had gotten it signed when he met John Cena during a Make-A-Wish event that was held for him." ~ nsa_k
You'e No Father!
"The husband who missed his child's birth for a sports game, then lied to his parents with a big dramatic sob story about how he'd actually been there and it was so hard and stressful. Then he got mad when his wife called him out on lying. You know you're an a**hole when your own mother tears you a new one for what you did."
"Also, I wouldn't say the biggest as**hole in the grand scheme of AITA, but I feel like Iranian Yogurt Guy deserves a shout-out as one of the most memorable AHs:
Not so Merry
"I'm surprised I haven't seen someone post about the woman who made her mixed race step daughter sit out of their family Christmas pictures because her parents are racist and it might make them uncomfortable." ~ klr8593
"Yeah! She didn't even like her parents anyway and basically the only contact was through Christmas cards! So like just don't send them the card! Or send them the card and make sure to block them on anything. Don't hurt the kid because people you don't even talk to are racist!" ~ Pokabrows
That's Just Morbid
"The one where a pregnant woman posted about her partner and his family were pretty much planning for her to die in childbirth. I don't know if there was ever an update from her but it was quite worrying." ~ Alisaurusrex82
"I remember that one. Wasn't that because the husband's mom died in child birth and the FIL had taken on both parental roles and wanted his son to do the same? Like I totally understand having a contingency plan since childbirth is dangerous but holy crap, it was like they wanted her to die." ~ AlexGarrido
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"The one with the guy whose daughter was super depressed, he got her therapy and she made some improvements, but then asked if he'd be the ahole if he canceled her therapy 'because she likes it' and her grades hadn't yet improved." ~ FoxesStoleMyGloves
A "her" thing?
"The woman whose boyfriend (husband?) declined to pay for any medical care or baby costs while she was pregnant with his child because they kept their finances separate and that was a "her" thing. If I recall correctly, she was making barely minimum wage while he made six figures and he told her to go to a food bank." ~ maddallena
"The guy who blamed his recently diagnosed with cancer wife for not having kids earlier. To top it off he was so disgusted and disappointed with her that he went a booked a hotel room for himself just after she had gotten diagnosed, leaving her with her family." ~ art_mor_
"The woman who stole her dying son's wish (make a wish foundation) to get a vacations instead of letting the kid meet his favorite band because that way she would "remember for the rest of her life because raising a kid with cancer was so stressful." ~ franska5
"I used to do some work with MAW when I was a corporate travel agent, and this kind of behavior was not rare. No, Karen, I don't believe your 7-year-old son gives a crap about staying in a resort that has the best spa facilities." ~ dynamiterolll
"The one where a piece of crap dad got his daughter scratch cards for her birthday and when she actually won a lot of money from the card, he just confiscated the money for himself. That was the post that made me realize that sub just wasn't good for my health. I already have high blood pressure. And, to my credit, I've never gone back." ~ I_Consume_Shampoo
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"The woman who 'borrowed the ambience' of a poorer little girl's birthday party to give her child a Nintendo switch right before the other girl opened her presents because she didn't like the other mom. I still shake my head thinking about it." ~ gimmetheloot2p2
That little kid is a psycho in training. Those parents need to sleep with BOTH eyes open. I hope John Cena sent another poster.
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Generally speaking, doing the right thing is something that is in everyone's best interest. They appear to be a good person, people like them, and they are rewarded for the good behavior.
But sometimes, people do things that are just evil. It can be because of a lack of empathy, a psychological disorder, or because they are asserting their power in an unequal dynamic.
Whatever the case may be, people from Ask Reddit shared the times they witnessed someone acting in pure evil.
Redditor SkiddyBopBeep asked:
"When have you witnessed pure evil?"
Unnerving little girl.
"When I was a teenager I used to volunteer in the preschool at church. One week I was helping with the 2- year-olds. We had a new girl come in. Tiny and adorable. By the end of Sunday school class all the other kids were terrified of her. With absolutely no expression on her face, and totally silent, she had attempted to strangle a little boy, bit another hard enough to draw blood, smacked a girl across the face, poured her drink out on another, and pinched and kicked me and the other volunteer repeatedly."
"Not to mention dumping her snack on the floor while staring me in the eye, throwing toys in the garbage, and attempting to pull the microwave off the counter. I've dealt with difficult children before, but her total lack of emotion was very unnerving."
"I always remembered this chilling article from a while ago."
"I read a book in high school called The Bad Seed. It featured a young girl who was very much like the little girl described above. It really messed with my head for a bit."
"I'm assuming the family was told she couldn't be there any more?"
"The main teacher told her mom about the biting. Her mom picked her up, patted her back, and said, "Oh, sweetie, you know not to bite. No no." I was like 15, so I didn't get involved."
"I saw a man beating what was apparently his 3 year old granddaughter with basically a tree branch. He was an elderly guy, had to have been 70 or so. This was in the middle of the city, god knows where he even got that thing. This was in Buffalo, New York."
"Immediately got involved, and I and some bystanders got the cops and they carted the guy away. He was going on and on about how many times he'd been arrested before, almost bragging. The girl had such sadness in her eyes that it never left me, and when I approached the guy to make him stop, the little girl actually ran up to him and was hugging his leg. She must have been so used to abuse at that point that she didn't recognize how evil this person was..."
"The look in her eyes was heartbreaking. I had gone to that city alone randomly to check it out and see what it had to offer, and that was the FIRST THING I saw upon leaving my car. It broke me and I just spent the whole night at the hotel, then just randomly walking the streets."
"Damn there are some really cruel people out there. I live in Buffalo and am studying to help abused and mentally ill children. Thank you for stepping in, most people just turn a blind eye to sh*t like that."
"Yeah that'll do it, especially kids. Saw the same with some guy beating the sh*t out of his gf after he nearly ran over her head with his car because she jumped out of their moving car. He stop and went after her. He was twice her weight easily, I ran up and got between him and her (be careful when doing this always keep an eye on the victim, they can turn on you) now he had someone bigger than him to deal with, kept on threating me - I said go ahead hit me, wish he would have there was cameras all over. Escorted her into the building and handed her off to security there."
CW: Sexual Assault.
"My ex-best friend sexually assaulted his half-sister and convinced all of us he was innocent. He got 3 months weekends in prison, but the evidence was pretty much nonexistent and we all believed that his mom (who already had no contact, she was crazy) basically put her daughter up to it to get back at him for forcing himself back into her life."
"A few years later his other sister committed suicide at 14 years old. We cried with him. We went to her funeral. He put the necklace he never took off over her heart as she lied in the open casket."
"A few weeks later it came out in her diary that she killed herself because she saw how furious we all were at the people who convicted him, and didn't think she would be believed either."
"I will never understand why that monster decided to put a token in her casket. I realized she is gone and I don't believe there is anything past death, but I still find it very hard to deal with the fact that she will never escape him. The necklace of her assaulter and ultimately her killer will lay over her heart forever."
"I don't really like dwelling on this too much because I still carry a lot of regret for supporting him during his first trial."
"Whenever someone tells you something awful about a person you think is great, don't dismiss it out of hand. Plenty of monsters hide their actions behind closed doors. You never fully know anybody."
Kids who like to hurt animals.
"There's a family down the way from me.... the 13 yo girl likes to stomp chicks to death. I'm scared for her entering society."
"I used to live next to the sea when I was a kid. There was this one kid down the road who loved to attack nesting seagulls, grab their eggs and smash them in the car park then stomp on the bodies. Pure future serial killer."
"Unfortunately I can't remember what his name was but I'd love to look him up and see where he ended up."
"The older brother of one of my friends killed my sister's pet rat when we were kids. Then he tried to play it off like he hadn't and gave it to his sister so that she would take the blame. I remember her walking up to me and my mom with Sparky in her hands, laying on his back completely motionless saying, 'I think there's something wrong with Sparky.' Her brother had snapped his neck by shaking him to death (while laughing... I remember him laughing)."
"He was always weird, but he wasn't really welcome at our house after that. My mom ran into his mother a few years ago and found out that 1) he had recently gotten a girl pregnant, 2) His mother never fully trusted him after he killed our pet, and 3) She was terrified of what could happen to that baby."
All for a spot at a concert.
"I want to preface this with the warning that this is obviously a huge, huge outlier and that's exactly why it's so horrible."
"But I was once at a concert (pre-COVID) where obviously people just sorta push their way to the front. This girl and her group get near the front but there's a couple in front of them."
"The girl tries to push her way in front of them but they're literally leaning on the crowd divider between the crowd and the stage so there's really no way to squeeze in front of them. So the girl starts screaming at the guy to give her some space or she'll make him."
"The guy's partner tries to calm things down and squeeze the two of them together a bit, but clearly not enough to create a whole extra space for this girl and her group."
"So the girl starts screaming bloody murder calling for the security guards that are patrolling behind the crowd divider and the stage, telling them that the guy tried to stick his hands up her skirt. The couple called BS. A couple of us standing nearby called BS. But the security guards still kicked the guy (and his partner) out."
"And the speed with which the girl went from crying to giddily taking their spot, not just okay but clearly proud of what she'd done. Evil."
"Things like this make me ashamed of humanity sometimes. Poor guy."
It is terrifying to think that there are people in this world doing harm as heinous as what was shared. It's easy to think that the whole world is evil when we read things like this.
There's definitely evil in the world, but not enough to outweigh the good.
If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/