Ever been in a position where you received a compliment... and didn't know what to say? It happens to the best of us. Not everyone takes compliments well.

But there are compliments and then there are... well, compliments that make you uncomfortable. Let's just say that some things just shouldn't be said. Inappropriate behavior is rampant and people's boundaries are ignored. That's not all the time, mind you, because some of these situations are rather humorous, but it is true much of the time.

People shared their experiences after Redditor Foolbasket asked the online community,

"What's the most uncomfortable compliment you've ever received?"

"I took my cat..."

"I took my cat to the vet and he says 'She has great anal tension!' as we're both struggling to get her temperature taken. To which I said, 'Thanks!'"

"I don't think it was a compliment but I cringe every time I remember it. Mostly because of my idiotic 'Thanks!'"

pupperfysh

If only your cat could accept compliments!

"Coworker looked at my children..."

"Coworker looked at my children, then me and said I must have a really attractive wife."

shoopshoop87

Oh dear... well that's very, very rude.

Ouch.

"I was a 14 year old girl in a basement with a 50+ year old man who told me I look "pretty, young and fresh."

[deleted]

Nooo.

Hopefully you ran far, far away.

"Was told that..."

"'I'd sleep with you if you were a girl.' Was told that on two separate occasions, by someone more senior than me at my last job."

Adub91

Sounds like you left that job – sexual harassment is never okay.

"From the dude..."

"'That's a nice watch.' From the dude at the next urinal. Honestly, it was so funny I've used it myself since just to mess with people."

nuboots

Honestly, I agree. This is a great way to psych someone out.

"Said to me..."

"'I always hoped Sarah would marry you.' Said to me by Sarah's mom. At her wedding to my good friend. Who happened to be standing next to me."

10tpeg

Noooo.

Talk about awkward!

"The first time..."

"The first time my mother in law saw me in a bikini she said, 'I knew my son would end up with a woman like you by the way he breastfed.'"

"It was uncomfortable."

ProductiveFidgeter24

Oh dear... now I feel sorry for your inbox. The creepy messages you must have received...

"It was a drunk text..."

"I want to have sex with your brain's d*ck." It was a drunk text and kind of flattering, but also the weirdest compliment I've been given."

carnivorouspickle

This IS somewhat flattering... but the execution could have been much, much better.

"One customer once told me..."

"One customer once told me I looked 15 and then proceeded to ask for my number while I was ringing up his items. He kept on with this for several days by telling me stuff like how I looked pretty or complimenting my hair. He was well into his 40s."

daymanAhhahahaha

I worked as a cashier years ago and had a customer like this. It was not pretty (and he went through my line more than once).

"This was in high school..."

"This was in high school, but a female friend of mine told me I had nice genes. I was wearing sweats at the time, and was confused because I thought she said jeans."

"She clarified saying she meant my hair and skin color. I awkwardly said thanks and to top it off, she said “One day, I want to adopt a small little Asian girl who looks just like you.”

omfgitsmal

Nooooo.

Why do people say stuff like this?? WHY??

They say that if you don't have anything nice to say, then you probably shouldn't say it at all. But then there are times when you should probably just... not say anything EVER. For the good of mankind.

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