Some things ought not be tried again.
Sure, they made sense the first time. It may have held charm, at least some sense of purpose on the second go around. But eventually, surely, an essential truth became clear: never again.
Reddit is apparently crawling with people carrying around that permanent grudge towards some thing they've done in the past.
Lucky for us, we can learn from their mistakes.
senorllama57 asked, "What is something you will never do again?"
There were, of course, plenty of people who discussed horrible jobs they've held in the past. They may have had little choice at the time, but now that it's all in the past they feel free to share how they really felt.
The Customer Always Seems To Be Wrong
"Work retail. I think every kid fresh out of high school should work a retail job for a year. It builds character." -- ProfessionalTheme415
"How did you get out!?! Lol. It's like a black hole where I work. Everyone that tries to leave comes back." -- threebillion6
"Go to school for a million years to get a PhD" -- I_are_facepalm
"I heard a military friend of mine call it the most fun he'd never want to have again."
"Reminded me of grad school in a sense." -- HitEmWithDatKTrain
A Lot Going On
"Work in a nursing home. The sights, screams and pleas Will haunt me forever." -- M_Lamora
"Honestly working in a nursing home was one of the most weird jobs I ever had. I've never been threatened so many times in my life. I once had a memory care resident ask me if I would help her jump a caregiver."
One After Another
"Work in a call center." -- Evilsmurfkiller
"Sucked the soul right out of me within a year." -- Bandana-mal
"I was at one for 2 and half years and it was not until I left I realized I had work-related depression. I was overeating, not eating, sleep deprived, slept all the time, I had such rage that would come out at times...
"I did not care what happened to me, I left because they were gonna fire me over something dumb because they just fire people for being there long. I left over a year ago, and I have not been this happy to wake up every day in years, my life is so much better now." -- UnusualLight0
Others discussed past struggles they've encountered within the romantic realm. Unfortunately, these lessons came with plenty of emotional struggle.
"Get married. It'll be 19 years this August and my marriage is my marriage. I reserve the right to have a girlfriend at some point if she passes away before I do, but she's the one and only wife, end of story."
"Ignore red flags when talking to someone I want to date. I've done it twice now, and both times sucked" -- YareYareYandere
"Listen to your gut. If something feels off, you're probably not imagining it." -- SurealGod
Don't Forget About You
"Okay first off I'm sorry if this might sound cringe :D . . . That would be hmm become too attached/codependent on a person. Whether it may be of a lover, friend, or just acquaintance."
"Idk if it's coincidence but they either end up gone one day or become total di**s when you least expect it and I'm forced to cut ties."
And some people chose to recall the things they were so certain would be fun and enjoyable, but turned out to be so not.
A Bad Ratio
"I made a super elaborate meal once. It was ... okay. Certainly not worth the effort involved." -- Astramancer_
"Take an hour to make something, only takes 15 minutes to eat. It's bullsh**." -- SurealGod
Hours and Hours
"Times Square on New Years' Eve. It was fun once, never need to do it again." -- AnswerGuy301
"I was going to answer the same thing. It seemed like it would be so much fun but now that I know what it entails — never again" -- hi_its_me
"I have never been and never understood the attraction of waiting for hours and hours in the shivering weather." -- amrodd
Think of Grease Splatters
"Prepare steaks when drunk" -- Kiaulunne
"Not for your reason, but same here. Cooked one at 2am after half a bottle of rum. Quickly ate and passed out after. Woke up around 8am dying for water and realised I left the gas stove on... So glad nothing burned down..." -- schofield101
"I will never get drunk again. Tipsy, buzzed, sure. Thats fine."
"But when I was in front of that toilet for an hour, being so weak I couldn't even sit up, having people constantly come in to check on me, worrying that I might have alcohol poisoning, that is exactly not a fun time"
The Inverse of Brand Loyalty
"Drink Fireball Whiskey." -- WolffePack
"My first time getting absolutely wasted was from Fireball. I ever really drank before, at a friend's house. Neither of us understood the concept that fireball should be taken in small shots. We literally filled up kitchen cups full of fireball. I probably drank 3 or 4. It was so bad that I couldn't even drink fireball for 6 years after that. Just one taste instantly made me want to vomit." -- stooduponce
"A thousand miles in one day on a motorcycle." -- A40
"But it must've been fun." -- ryc4d0
"From L.A. to Seattle it was. From Seattle on to Vancouver it was no fun at all, just determination ;-)" -- A40
"Drink the liquid from a can of black olives."
"0/10 would not recommend"
So take some notes! Or maybe there were some true horrors you went through that this list seems to be lacking.
With so many options for nearly every product on the market, people have exactly zero patience whatsoever when a brand disrespects their time or money.
We hear a lot about brand loyalty. Be it through good customer service, solid products that always deliver, or admirable ethics, some companies manage to find their ideal population of consumers and match their values time and time again.
It's good for people and it's good for business: people feel good about what they buy, and companies keep earning revenue through all those purchases.
But the very opposite occurs as well. Brand disloyalty--or perhaps better called "brand hatred," given how outraged people can be--occurs when a company defies customer ethics or belittles them in some way.
Obviously, that's bad for business. And not just because that one person won't make anymore purchases. But because people appear to enjoy spreading the word about their vendetta against a corporation.
mememachine92 asked, "Redditors, what is your 'Never again' brand?"
Don't Mess With People's Cats
"Meow Mix. Stupid stuff had my cat throwing up red dye EVERYWHERE. I called customer support because I was concerned for my cat, and the lady hung up on me."
"Called again, got a manager, food was refunded and vet bills paid by them."
"F*** Meow Mix."
"Samsung for putting ads in the menu of my TV that I paid for" -- romeo_papa_mike
"I have a Galaxy Note 10+, I paid $1,400 for it and now it's got ads on it. When you open the native weather app there's a massive ad on top."
"Not like a tiny banner at the bottom, nope it's massive f**king ad in your face. For a phone you paid for."
"This is my 4th Galaxy phone and I promised myself I'm never ever buying another Galaxy phone." -- DekeKneePulls
Sometimes It's All About Quality
"La Choy Soy Sauce. How do you f*** up soy sauce? They give that sh** away for free at every Asian restaurant in America."
"I thought soy sauce was soy sauce... like table salt- the brand doesn't matter. It matters."
"Kohl's. I can't stand stores that always seem to have like a 40% off sale where their merchandise still seems overpriced."
"I bought a pair of jeans there that literally disintegrated in the washing machine."
"Walmart. They treat their employees like crap and donate to politicians I despise. My boycott has lasted so long it's a mancott." -- terrierhead
"I so wished I lived in a place where Walmart wasn't the only option!"
"Though I do feel like my local Walmart isn't as 'people of walmarty' as most people complain about." -- smiletorismile
"Urban Outfitters. My wife and I went to Kent State University where the infamous event of 4 protestors of the Vietnam war were shot and killed by the National Guard."
"So about 4 years ago, Urban Outfitters put out a 'vintage KSU shirt' which was a shirt with KSU's logo and fake blood stains on it. I'm all for a good joke but this was just poor taste, not funny, nor did the shirt look 'cool' in any way."
"I never had any of their clothes but we did have some of their other stuff as decorations in the house. My wife was about to buy something else there for the house and we were both like 'wait, no, f*** them.'"
Customer Review: Extreme Pain
"Garnier face/skin products Apparently I'm really allergic to something that only they specifically seem to use in their products."
"I can use anything from the drugstore- except Garnier. Instant chemical burns. It doesn't seem to matter 'what' product it is either. It all melts my skin in a very ugly way."
"Wells Fargo. F*** you Wells Fargo." -- ClarksCatCarl
"I remember seeing a billboard for Wells Fargo like 2016 or 17, saying 'We're recommitting to you,' and I remember thinking that's not a very good slogan. Like what, did they formerly commit to their customers and suddenly stop, LOL?"
"Then I heard about this massive scandal where they got caught screwing over their own customers, and it made a lot more sense. How badly do you have to screw up where even your advertisements are saying 'We promise we won't fuck you anymore?'" -- Black-Thirteen
Dime a Dozen
"Morphe makeup, such awful quality, got it as a gift and felt bad for the person who spent their money to buy it for me" -- sparklingYoongi
"Agreed, the eye shadow was tragic. I'm heading back to established name brand make up. Too much crappy makeup being pushed out by the make up influencer market and it isn't stacking up."
"No matter how much they push all their buzz words about how their products are better, they aren't." -- CybReader
Cheap in All Regards
"Frontier airlines. I don't care what the name of the cute animal on the side of the plane is."
"I'm not gonna overpay to sit on your bent metal cafeteria tray for 5 hours next to an addict while getting cussed out by your flight attendant."
"Bank of America. Almost lost out on buying my home due to the incompetence of their mortgage department." -- jllauser
"Their mortgage department also had a major hand in collapsing the world economy in 2008." -- TrineonX
"It's not incompetence, it's profiteering. We had always paid our mortgage in person at our local bank. 2 days before it was due, on the 1st of the month."
"BOA bought 'em - nope, now you have to mail it in. AND we're going to sit on it for two weeks so that you get a late charge each month." -- seeteethree
"Ashley Home Furniture. The furniture is cheap quality and cost way more money than it should."
"The customer service is complete sh** to. One of my moms friends sat in a chair outside the store to tell people not to be stuff from there."
"The company is that bad"
Convenient for Who?
"Ticketmaster should be much higher up. I know pretty much all concerts and plays are canceled due to COVID-19 but seriously f*** those guys" -- vicemagnet
"That dang service/convenience fee just because you bought online and have them sent to your email." -- I_Got_A_Big_Ol_Taz
"They have a serious monopoly. I remember in the 90s everyone protested them and stuff and then they just went back to doing the same exorbitant knock up sh**" -- runaway766
Some Boozey Sauce
"Postmates. They refused to give me my order because I didn't have ID, because the order contained alcohol. Fair enough, right?"
"Except the 'alcohol' was cocktail sauce. As in ketchup with horseradish in it."
"As in NOT F***ING ALCOHOL."
A Fabulous Scam
"They put a super sneaky agreement when checking out which automatically enrolls you to their 'VIP' programme where you pay $60 a month for NOTHING as far as I see it."
"I didn't realise that I had set up this agreement until a few months later, at which point I had paid Fabletics about $300 which I couldn't get back."
Noooooo Not the Puppies
"Hartz brand anything for pets. Flea medicine almost killed my cat and made him sick for 8+ months straight."
"Found out there's an entire victim's organization because Hartz brand stuff has killed so many peoples pets. Especially dogs. Don't do it. Just.... just buy the more expensive stuff and do your research first."
They Had One Job
"Durex. I now have twins." -- MeMakeWords
"Fo sure. I was born, too." -- callmebeets
"Durex suck pretty bad. Had to take plan B a couple times before we decided to just be done with that brand. Funny enough it was the Trojan brand that did us in. Currently 8 months pregnant due to a broken Trojan condom 😒" -- jebzz12
"I'm never doing that again," they said, after drinking too much Moonshine and waking up on top of a garage. Some things you only need to do once.
-Schino- asked Redditors that have learned their lesson: What are some of your "Well, I'm never doing that again" moments?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
Being a consumer can be a stressful situation. It's always fun to shop and splurge on yourself with treats now and again. But the treats half the time can turn out to be lemon. And not the fresh citrus kind. You never know if a certain product is overhyped or if that used item maybe just a little more used than you hoping for. One of the most frustrating parts of shopping is having to cause a scene in the return line. Those people are always a trip.
Redditor u/nachtstiel wanted consumers to share... What is something that you are NEVER F**KING BUYING AGAIN?
We've all had a "never again" moment after doing something stupid - like falling asleep at the wheel or taking too many caffeine pills. How well do we learn, though? Is there ever just one instance of "I'm never doing this again?"
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.