Ahh, Walmart, a beautiful world full of wonder and magic and... is that lady really taking a poo in the middle of the aisle? Yep. That's a grade A dump. Okay, I'm going to pretend I didn't just witness that.
Thanks to all the awesome Redditors who shared their most bizarre Walmart experiences.
1. I don't work there, but I have a friend who hasn't been in a Wal-Mart in 15 years. He flat out refuses to go in for any reason. He's a pretty down to earth guy (not the type who thinks he's better than anyone else), but he avoids Wal-Mart specifically because of the people who shop there (his reasons usually center around crying babies, aisle cloggers, and the few weird men who sit by the entrance/exit gawking at the college girls).
One day my friend and I were looking for a certain product before leaving town on a trip. We had been to a few stores around town, and I kept telling him, "I know product x is at Wal-Mart, we should just go there". Finally he agrees to visiting big box land, but he will go in the Home Depot next door to look for the product while I go in Wal-Mart.
As soon as I step inside the door, I see a woman on a motorized shopping cart with her 12 year old son standing on the back of it. She is screaming at him saying, "Now you get offa there boy!" or something like that. His retort: "[Shut up] mama, you ain't even handicapped!"
I got the product we needed that day, but now I do my best to avoid Wal-Mart.
2. This was back in the late '90s. I was working at Wal-Mart as my first job as a teenager. I was floated to the garden department one day and there was a guy looking at lawn fertilizer. I walked over and asked if he needs help, he said "Not now, just looking at the different kinds you have." Pretty standard reply from the guy, so I said "Okay, let me know." I walk away, and then swing back about 5 minutes later. Same guy has proceeded to rip open about 10 different kinds of the fertilizer all over the ground and is rolling around in the stuff. He is also taste sampling the stuff. I called my manger because I did not want to deal with it. Security escorted the guy out the store and called an ambulance in case the ingestion of the fertilizer hurt him.
3. I worked at a Wal-Mart for about 2 months. The weirdest thing I saw was a large lady on a scooter run over a child in the candy aisle and then threaten him because he "almost tipped her". Security was called and she demanded to receive her items for free. Eventually we just let her take the stuff because it was only like 5 dollars worth of skittles.
4. Unrelated Wal Mart story here. I own a business in front of a Supercenter. This morning I came in and noticed my dumpster was stuffed full with Wal Mart's garbage. I reviewed my HD cameras and saw their contracted parking lot sweepers throwing over 20 bags of garbage away at 5:15 this morning. I got in the dumpster, pulled all those bags out, and filled 6 Wal Mart carts up. I rolled them right in front of the store. I went back to my office, called the manager and told him that the next time I would call the cops for illegal dumping. Being in front of a Wal Mart sucks sometimes- there's a huge dumped cat colony and the place is a bum magnet. Thanks for reading, just had to get that off my chest.
5. So, a couple years ago I was in between jobs. I needed loot to pay the bills, so I figured that I'd take a job at Walmart until something better came along. I ended up working in the Lawn and Garden section, which is actually fun when you get to play with plants all day long. However, I wasn't aware that Lawn and Garden also does all of the "holiday" set up and placing said product on the floor.
Fast forward to a week before the public school systems were in session. I had a cart full of notebook paper, pencils, trapper keepers, etc., that I was trying to put on the shelves when a sound ripped through my ear drums that was similar to ones that are typically only heard on the Discovery Channel. Several decibals too loud, the best I can describe it is cats being lit on fire by their tails and being chased by rabid wolves. I looked around to figure out just who in the hell was being murdered in the store when I saw him. (Continued)
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There was a kid about 8 years old. This kid was not cute, due mainly to the alligator tears that were rolling down his cheeks, the beet red color of his face, and the sounds coming from his throat hole. It took me a minute to figure out what the hell was going on in my aisle, until I realized that this kid was throwing a fit because his parents wouldn't buy him three different trapper-keepers. Normally, I'd just shrug and say, "typical Saturday in Wal-Mart" but oh no! This little [jerk] realized that his dad wasn't paying attention to him, and was instead focused on the others kids that I'm only assuming share some form of genetic makeup with this whiny beast of burden. This pisses the kid off even more, since he howls with rage, and (here's where it gets wild) KICKS HIS WHAT LOOKED LIKE 8 MONTHS PREGNANT MOTHER IN THE STOMACH!!!
To her credit, this lady didn't whomp this spoiled little monsters [butt] right in the aisle. No, she instead collapsed on the damn floor, and had to be taken away by paramedics. And that little [jerk] took that as a sign that he could have ALL the trapper keepers he originally wanted. I watched this whole thing go down, and as the dad watched his wife get loaded into an ambulance, not one iota of "you're gonna get it later" came from him. Instead, the idiot kid that kicked his mom started crying about being hungry and wanting chicken nuggets, which the dad then took him to get.
This is why I hate people.
6. Saw an old man take a dump on the floor of the bread aisle once.
8. My friend posted about his experiences working at walmart on his facebook:
The following is a compilation of stupid questions I received during my employment at Walmart. Be warned, this list may destroy your faith in humanity.
1. "How Can I Steal My Neighbor's Internet?"
2. "Why are these Tv's So Small?" "....Sir, Those are Computer Monitors."
3. "I want Wireless Internet, And I bought a router, and the damn thing didn't work, what can I do?" "Well, do you have an Internet connection?" "....No, why would I need one? That's what I'm buying the damn router for."
4. "I'm trying to use my neighbors internet, but they have a password block on their connection, what can I do to get around it?"
5. "Do y'all carry batteries for this phone?" "No sir" "Why not?" "That's a camera."
6. "How do you get the security devices off?" "If I told you, That would defeat the purpose of having Security Devices".
7. While I'm putting Games In The Case, "Sir, do you work here?" "No Ma'am, I just stole a nametag, the keys, and decided to loot the case, don't tell"
8. "Where are your STD memory cards?" I busted out laughing right in front of her.
9. Phone Call "Hi, I just bought an Xbox 360, and it's not even coming on, I've pressed all the buttons, and changed the batteries in the controller, I don't know what's wrong" "Just to make sure, did you (Continued)
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did you plug it in?" Silence And then she hung up the phone.
10. "Where are your Wireless adapters?" "They're over here, do you have your own internet, or are you leeching off of someone elses?" "I want to use my neighbor's, How do these work?" "You run the cd, and plug the adapter into your computer" "....I don't have a computer". I was literally speechless.
11. "What Verizon Prepaid cards do ya'll have?" "We have a 20, 30, and a 50 Dollar Card" "How much does the 50 dollar one cost?" "....50 Dollars" "What about the 30?" ".....Really?"
12. "How much is this Tv?" "899 Dollars" "I'll give you 500 for it" "Sir, I can't Haggle with you" "600?" "Sir, I'm not allowed to Haggle" "650?" "I can only sell it for 899" "..700, final offer". I'm sad to say this happened recently.
13. "Do you carry Ipod Touches?" "Yes, We do, We have an 8gb for $195, and a 32gb for $295" "Which one is cheaper?"
14. "The computers have built in internet, right?" "..No".
15. "Do ya'll have Twilight Eclipse yet?" "Ma'm, That's not even in theaters" "Yeah it is, I already saw the trailer on Entertainment Tonight".
16. "Where do I buy minutes for my GPS?".
17. "I bought a memory card for my phone, and it has my music on it, but I can't listen to it on my phone" "I'm not sure sir, maybe it's the wrong format?" "Wait...do you have to turn the phone on to listen to the music?" "Yes sir..." "Oh, My bad".
18. "Where are the Avatar brand Tv's yall had in the paper?" "I'm sorry, what?" "Here, it's right in the ad, I want that Avatar TV, it looks like it's popping out at me" "Ma'm, that's an advertisement for the Movie Avatar, the TV is a Phillips" "No, I want the Avatar Tv".
19. "Yo, my girl was sending me some pics, and my screen went out, and I got so mad that I cracked the screen. Can i exchange it?" "No sir, the crack voided the warranty" "Well i want a new picture phone, I haven't seen my girl naked in days" "Sorry?"
20. "Ey yo, My girlfriend came in, and you sold her the wrong memory card for her phone." "Oh? Let me see the phone....Sir, could you show me where you've been putting the card?" "Yeah, Right here, it won't fit, I've tried all day" "Sir, you've been trying to put the card in the Charger Slot...." "Oh forreal? I'ma give my girl a stinky for that one".
21. "Hey bro, I wanna buy these weighted clothes here" "Ok" "Yeah, I figure if I wear these weighted training clothes, and get as fast with them on as I am usually, I'll be as fast as the flash when I take them off" "Haha...I don't think it works like that" Then to top it off, His Dad: "Yea...h, He's the Brains of the family" we laughed, and he was like "No, I'm Serious".
22. "I bought this damn phone card, and scratched it off with my knife, and there were no numbers to activate it" "Sir, your knife dug so deep, that it took the numbers off the card." "Eff that, I want a manager." The manager came, agreed with me, and (Continued)
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was cussed out by the man, who was... subsequently banned from the store.
23. A guy bought a 42 inch Television. The man: "So, What does the extended warranty cover?" Me: "It covers any defects the TV might have, pretty much anything is covered, as long as you don't Drop it or Punch it". The Man: "Ha, That's just common sense". Later in the day, we received a returned TV, Same Size, Same Brand, from the same guy. A picture of that tv:
24. "hey, where are yall's records at?" "Um, we don't carry records, only cd's" "You're kidding! Since when?" "About 20 years ago."
25. "Hey man, can I buy this verizon phone, no strings attached?" "Yeah, you can, but you'll have to pay the full price" "How much is that?" "It's 264 dollars, before tax" "Ok, can I pay it in Food Stamps?"
26 . little kid: "hey, i want red dead redemption" Me: "sorry, you have to be 17 to buy this" kid: "ok, heres my mom" Me:"mam, this game contains intense violence, intense language, sex, gore and drug use, do you still want to get it for him?" Mother: "i dont see why not"
27. A man comes to the register with a Pile of 5 dollar movies "Ok, your total is 36.50" "Umm...I only have 4 dollars..soo" "..."
28. "I don't want this TV, the box is all taped up" "Uhh, Ma'm, Every TV box is taped up like that" "Why would they tape the box?" "To keep the TV box closed..." "Oh, well I've never seen that done" "Uh huh.."
29. "ey yo, i need you to activate my phone" "im sorry sir, we dont activate prepaid phones. There are step by step instructions how to activate it in the box" "wtf? You sell it but dont activate it? Thats like giving a baby a gun!" "sir, that was the worst comparison ive ever heard. Are you sa...ying we should teach babys to use firearms?"
30. "hey, can you fix my phone? The background has a black line on it, and i didnt notice it until just now." "Sir, i don't see a line. Wait...sir, theres a scratch on your sunglasses..." "...."
31. "i was looking at your tv with the built in dvd players. Where do yall keep the dvd players? In the back?" "sir, they're built in..."
32. "If I choose the 1 hour photo option, how long will it be before I get my pictures back?" "...1 hour"
33. "my camera wont turn on, and I've tried everything." "have you tried different batteries?" "its not the damn batteries" "well I'm going to try new batteries in for good measure." put batteries in, and the camera starts working. After being proved wrong, the man continued to argue that it wasn't the batteries.
34. "Can you help me? I'm trying to find a James Otto CD, and I can't find anything the way ya'll have your cd's organized" "Sir, it's called alphabetical order".
35. "I want to price match this game with target, they have it for 49 dollars" "Ma'm, we can't price match that if it's not in the sales ad" "Well that's bull! yall is walmart, its your policy." Since I was tired of dealing with her, I price matched it. The game at our store was 39 dollars. I changed the price to 49 dollars as she wanted.
8. It's amazing how many people bring their non-service animals into the store. I don't have a problem with dogs and such, but when I see the small dog you are carrying scratch and dander falls onto the vegetables you are looking over, we got a problem.
9. I worked at Wal-Mart in the toy department 10 years ago right out of high school for extra money. The amount of parents who would "drop their children off" in the toy department like I was a baby sitter was out of this world. By the time they had left it would be a disaster area, on more than one occasion I would see them running down an aisle with their arms outstretched just knocking stuff on the floor. When the parents would come back there was no "Hey let's pick all this up", they'd just leave.
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telling us what to expect on Black Friday from customers. Examples include being spat on, pulled by the arms, knocked over, shoved, tripped, screamed at, hair pulled, threatened, etc. I went on break and didn't come back. Not worth minimum wage.
10. Not so much "people" but rather another worker. Meet Gary.
Gary is 81 years old, he also fought in the Vietnam. Gary is a little short cute old man however... Gary is absolutely ridiculous.
Let's go through everything Gary told me before I left for school:
The Kennedy's committed the atrocities of 9/11. Yep. The entire gang was in on it, JFK, RFK, Ted, Ed, John.. "Why else do you think JFK and RFK were assassinated?!"
"Agent Orange is for idiots".
Obama gave two statements after Charleston. One to the country and another to his cabinet that said they were going to take all the guns.
Sandy Hook was fake because Joe Biden actually adopted all of the fake victims so we would never seen them again.
He owned a bunch of real estate in California and owned adult video stores... He actively went to porn conventions and said that he was the committee to determine if someone could be a pornstar so that meant he got to have sex with a bunch of girls.
Black people by law can't be police officers. Like, what??
"If you want to WOOO (yeah he said it like Ric Flair) a female, you just gotta ask me for some times" "alright thanks Gary, I have a girlfriend though" "My girlfriend's got a nice butt" "Okay Gary"
Gary wasn't just delusional, Gary also didn't have a filter:
Woman with large breasts walks past him "DID YOU SEE THOSE BOOBIES ON HER?!" She heard him.
"I had sex with my girlfriend last night" "Gary aren't you like 80?" "Viagra"
Gary wasn't just both delusional and obnoxious.. He was defiant. From day 1 to my last day, he had a theory that the boss was out to get him and that the boss always got upset over petty things... He used to say "Eff that Dave!" But our boss didn't get upset over petty things and his name was Bill. I miss weirdo Gary.
11. I worked at Walmart last year as a cashier, and a woman came up to my register with nothing but a pineapple, and a damaged one at that. It was 10pm on a Tuesday, so it was a slow night, and she demanded I give her this pineapple for 25 cents because it was damaged. I didn't see any damage, so I asked he to show me the damage. She promptly ripped the top greens off the pineapple, and said (Continued)
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"See it now?" I called my manager over and he said he can't sell it to her for a discount, and he's sorry, but she can get another one. She cursed, threw the pineapple at me, and walked out mumbling about needing a cigarette. She was a prime example of trailer trash, but damn she threw that pineapple hard.
12. Mother's Day 2013, I was CSMing and handling the day as best as could be expected on a Sunday holiday where the employee's were mostly female mothers. We had 13 call outs and 5 no-call no-shows.
I had 5 poor women to handle the whole Sunday. Lines were long, I knew it, I didn't have anyone in the store coming to help, management couldn't spare anyone. They understaffed on purpose.
So I hear a call over the radio that someone has busted an aerosol can and they needed the one maintenance associate on shift to deal with it. Apparently some jerk teenagers thought it would be funny to "pop" about 5 air freshener spray cans and let them spin and spit eye stinging chemicals.
I'm getting yelled at by a blue-haired old woman about the lines when I get the call that made me regret waking up that day and coming to work. "See that kid in the orange shoes to your left? Stop him" okay, why? "He pooped himself and is tracking feces all over. I'm trying to find his mother on the cameras right now"
Oh great... Now I have a feces covered 5 year old to look after on top of everything...
"Find mom yet?" Yep, she was in the parking lot shooting heroin.
Cops came... I had to mop up feces. Mom went to jail for possession with intent, neglect, and other felonious activities. Kid got cleaned up. I bought him new underwear and pants and socks and I hosed off his shoes. He went with a social worker.
I wanted to quit after that day.
13. I don't work at Walmart; but when I was half way across the country visiting some friends the Walmart in their town had a meth lab bust in the men's restroom.
14. Not a worker, but standing in line one night, a lady seemed to be having a hard time being a parent to her 3-year-old daughter. At one point, the kid asks if she can have a candy bar that was next to the register. The exchange went like this:
"Mommy, can I have a Snickers?"
"I don't give a damn."
(Kid tries to reach up for candy)
"I can't reach it, can you help me?"
"YOU WANT ME TO HELP YOU GET THE CANDY!? YOU NEED TO GET A [FRICKIN] JOB!
15. So last year I worked at a Walmart super center as a cart pusher. You tend to see a lot strange stuff in the parking lot so all of the weird stuff doesn't even get your attention after a while. Part of the cart pusher's job is to bring back the store scooters after people leave them in the parking lot. One day I see an old woman outside the store just sitting on a scooter. This lady must have sat there for a good 2 hours before finally getting up to reveal a gigantic poo stain all over the lower back of her hoodie, running down her pants. This other lady who saw the whole thing comes sprinting up the scooter and sits down on it before I could even clean it. She looked at me and said "I don't care, hun. It was the last one left and my legs are killin' me."
We've all said something stupid, let's not lie to ourselves.
It's okay to say something stupid. It showcases the real person on the inside, that we're all flawed, imperfect, and made of cooky combinations of words that don't necessarily line up to make sense. Sometimes we're nervous in a situation, other times we're just hitting 'Quick Reply' in our brains and what comes out doens't work, but whatever the reason, you for sure are going to remember it, late at night, for the rest of your life.
What is the stupidest thing that ever came out of your mouth?
You may not have to change your home address because of these moments, but you should probably reconsider how many public outings you go to afterwards.
Should Probably Never Shop At That Store Again
"When the cashier said "Have a nice day", and I replied with "No, thanks".
"Background: I wasnt thinking straight that day, and thought they said "Do you want a bag"
That's. How. Twins. Work?
"Her: the twins are 3 years old"
"Me: Both of them?"
"Oh no this unearthed a memory i had buried from kindergarten lmao"
"We had a set of twins in our classroom and once on their birthday party I said "your brother got such a cool party, i hope yours is nice like this too" to one of them and he was like "yeah, this one"
"4 year old me was not a very bright kid"
That's. How. Death. Works...
"Watching the documentary 'The Last Dance' when a Kobe interview pops up -"
"Me: "Wow, they must have filmed this before Kobe died."
"My wife: "Yeah, obviously…."
The cringe comes out of nowhere, and you're not even sure how you were able to ask something so incredibly stupid, but here you are. Lounging in the stupid air.
You Should Have Asked What "Nothing" Tastes Like Next
"In my head I was wondering what one pound of water would look like in terms of volume. What I said out loud however was "How much does a pound of water weigh?"
Keep Up With Me
"A couple of months ago, I got up and drove to work as usual. Later, my girlfriend texted me from home to ask me if she had left her sunglasses in my car. I told her I wasn't sure, but she could grab my spare key and go check."
"In my car."
"Which I had driven to work."
Black Is White, White Is Black
"I don't understand why people place bets on who wins, why not just place bets on who loses?"
"Yeah took me a minute to register what I said..."
And then there's these stories, where the person is probably better off cutting off any human contact henceforth going forward. These are rough to get through, folks.
Should Probably Have A Chat With HR After This
"I was about 4 months into my current job, feeling confident being fresh off the contract-to-hire period, now moved into a coveted full time role. While walking back to my office from the morning kanban I was stopped by my boss, head peeking out of the office:"
"Boss: "Hey TheMediator, do you have a sec?"
"Me: "For you, I've got lots of secs!"
"Boss: wide-eyes, mouth dropped"
"If you're curious why this was incredibly stupid/embarrassing, try saying the phrase "lots of secs" out loud. Preferably, not to your boss though."
You Don't Need College Anymore. Go Home. Bury Your Head In The Sand.
"In my freshman year of college I was dorming next door to a couple cute girls. About a week into the first semester one girl walked from the coed showers to her dorm room in her towel still wet. We were both unlocking our doors to get in our rooms when she looks at me and says…"
"I know I look stunning…(sarcastically)"
"To which I replied, "don't flatter yourself."
"I had to slid a note under her door explaining I was tongue tied as she was beautiful and I meant to say "don't be hard on yourself, you look great." (Or something to that nature). We became good friends."
It's In The Descriptor?
"Chatting to a homeless guy on the street and he told me he was feeling unwell. I told him he should be at home, resting."
"It's been 20 years and the memory of it still brings me out in a cold sweat."
Oh Good Lord...
"Asked my friend how his mom was doing at his moms funeral."
"Jesus Christ this is the worst one on this thread. What was his response?"
"He looked at me and then the casket and kind of smirked. I awkwardly started to try and explain and just said "I'm an idiot. You know I love you. Talk to you in a bit." He makes fun of me now and I can't stop laughing. It's a positive painful memory."
Own up to your mistakes. You'll garner more respect by acknowledging the awkward things you say, however, it's perfectly fine to laugh about it in the moment. That's probably the easiest way to escape the deep, deep shame.
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The advice "fake it til you make it," though often said with at least a hint of sarcasm, does carry quite a bit of wisdom.
By simply putting one foot in front of the other, weathering the chaos of not knowing what's happening as you learn as fast as possible, we can find ourselves further than we expected.
Once we're there, reaping the fruits of all our "faking," we somehow begin to take on a new identity in people's eyes They assume we've always been in control and known what was going on. They defer to us for advice.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. So we keep on faking it.
Redditor espectro11 asked:
"What's your 'I don't know, I didn't think I'd get this far' moment?"
Many Redditors discussed their experiences navigating the intimidating environment of job applications, interviews, and offers.
Oh Right, Getting Paid
"I gave my resume to fancy private school (I'm a teacher, but new to the field) and I didn't expect a call back. But they called me today to ask my expected salary and I said 'I don't know what the average is. Let me Google it.' "
"Ya girl was not prepared."
"When I went for a walk-in interview looking like crap and they hired me on the spot. I get they were hiring for a new store, but they up and said 'if you want the job it's yours, when can you start?' "
"Deada** didn't think I'd make it that far."
Outside the Box
"Years ago I was applying to a bunch of copywriting jobs and feeling frustrated because I wasnt hearing back from any of the places I was applying to."
"It was especially frustrating because I was putting in all this time on cover letters and I felt like nobody was even reading them, so I said, 'Fu** it, I'm gonna write one that is more me.' I thought it was a dumb idea and never imagined that it would work, but somehow it did."
"I applied with this cover letter and the subject line "Copywriter: Will Work for Beer" to a job that I was very underqualified for. It managed to catch the eye of the headhunter for the ad agency and was enough to get me an interview. Shortly after that I was hired and ended up working there for a few years, but I remember thinking on my first day, 'I can't believe that actually worked.' "
Just Not the Right Fit
"An interview at Google. The 20 years younger than me was describing the peer review system."
"I responded with 'Jesus, that sounds awful.' "
"I did not get the job."
Others also shared experiences that centered on their working lives. But these stories weren't about being hired or interviewed.
These were accounts of long-developing success stories that they never would have predicted.
A Winding Road
"My entire legal career"
"I have four degrees and a 10 year career in commerical litigation. I just wrapped up a $200mil trusts lawsuit."
"I started at uni doing theatre and stand up comedy. I have no fu**ing idea where I turned to get here."
"Started at a very small company doing sales straight out of college. I went about messaging big corporate players (who obviously would never do business with us since our size) and was laughed at by my new colleagues for even trying."
"2 weeks later My boss was asking me what we (a team of 6) should say on the conference call with Toshiba Buyers."
Putting Fires Out
"Me at work. I feel like every issue that comes up has me unprepared. But I am always praised for my good work."
"So, I assume I have imposter syndrome and keep doing what I am doing."
So next time you find yourself ruling a possibility out completely, maybe take just a few seconds to imagine it actually occurred and prepare.
You just never know.
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I'm going to be perfectly honest––I'm a city boy. I'm not a huge fan of hiking or camping. I happen to be a huge fan of running water. Have you heard of it? It's great. Highly recommended.
I've also, on a more humorous note, watched far too many horror films over the years and don't particularly like idea of running off into the woods only to piss off some demon that was perfectly fine until I arrived. I also have immense respect for our friendly neighborhood serial killers and demonstrate this regularly by staying out of their territory.
Those who love the great outdoors had plenty to share after Redditor Your_Normal_Loser asked the online community, "
Hikers of Reddit, what is the weirdest or creepiest thing you've come across while hiking?"
"The only reason..."
"When we were exploring the Australian Outback as university students, my friend and I found an old, tightly wrapped plastic bag with five or six damaged wallets along shrubbery at the base of a cliff.
The only reason we opened it up was because we were so remote - hundreds of kilometres from any town or tourist attraction - that it was strange to see garbage out there. All the cards were in female names and birthdates placed them in their late teens to early 20s. Some lived in the Northern Territory but one was in Sydney and another from Queensland. At the time we figured rock climbers must have stored their valuables in the bag and then lost track of it. I'll never forget the strange look the police officer gave us when we handed them in."
You see... this is why I wouldn't go mess around in the Australian Outback.
I also may or may not have watched Wolf Creek one too many times.
"A recliner on a small hill with a hole dug out in the middle and water bottles all over the place."
"A trashed campsite..."
"A trashed campsite complete with the tent cut open...
...do you report these things, or what?"
Or maybe not... you might want to turn back.
"The walls were completely plastered..."
"I was walking in a thick forest and came across an opening. In the center there was a shack made of lumber, with a bench built into it that was slightly leaned back.
The walls were completely plastered in porn."
Well... that's one way to get off.
"The man stopped talking..."
"I was backpacking with a few friends. A few days in the middle of nowhere, a man approached our camp as we were cooking dinner to say hi. We talked about our routes for a few minutes. Out of nowhere, he told us that he had had a vasectomy in his 30s after his 2nd child. Then somehow his wife had gotten pregnant with his 3rd child. He didn't believe this was possible, so he demanded a DNA test to see if he was actually the father. He was. Still, he explained that he had his doubts and thought that his wife must have fixed the DNA test.
My friends and I were in our 20s and had no idea why this guy was telling us this. We all just nodded and smiled.
The man stopped talking and then just walked away into the night."
"I stepped in..."
"I stepped in and fell over a cow carcass on a night hike. It was a bright moonlit night but I didn't see it in the shadows. Thankfully it was mostly dry."
"We still have no idea..."
"I was in the woods with three friends at night. A friend's house was nearby and I was getting hungry so I went inside to find some food. Another friend came inside with me. Two friends were still outside.
Later on, one of the two who outside came in and sees the indoor friend on the couch next to me. They panic and immediately run back outside.
I poke my head out the door asking what's going on, only to hear them yell as loudly as they can, "THAT'S NOT KEVIN"
Everyone comes inside and calms down a bit, and the story comes out. They thought the friend who was indoors with me (Kevin) had been outside with them this entire time. Why? Because in the darkness of the woods they saw a silhouette about the same height walking alongside them silently, then at some point it ran away and they were chasing it thinking Kevin was running off for some reason. The reason my friend yelled, "That's not Kevin" was to stop the last outdoor friend from chasing whoever was out there deeper into the woods.
We still have no idea who that was or why they didn't even speak."
This story sent a chill running down my spine.
Who was that?!
Perhaps figuring it out would be even scarier.
"Went hiking with my dad..."
"Went hiking with my dad one day over a ridge. A girl from the group in front of us tripped and slid down one side and was just able to hold on to the tiniest branch from the only tree around. Had she slid down all the way she certainly would be dead or massively injured!"
"I was trying to make my way across..."
"I was hiking in Washington sometime in December. I was trying to make my way across a river but the bridge was out. I was walking along the shore looking for a shallow spot but couldn't find one. I saw some footprints leading down the bank, my thought was that someone was trying to do what I was doing and decided to track the prints to see if they crossed. It was not easy but I followed the prints for about a mile. As I approached what looked like a crossing I heard a loud BANG like a stick hitting a tree. I froze for a few seconds and heard no other noises. I just slowly back up keeping my eyes on the other side of the river. Could not shake the feeling that I was being watched. Got the hell out of there quick as I could."
There are few feelings creepier than the feeling of being watched. It makes you feel like you've been violated in some way.
Thankfully you got out of there!
"I thought it was a magical, beautiful moment..."
"I was hiking with some friends, and I saw a cluster of butterflies on the ground. I thought it was a magical, beautiful moment until I realized they were congregating on a pool of blood. It turns out that someone had been hiking on the bluffs above earlier that day, and had fallen off and died."
Sooo... still want to go hiking or camping? None of this changed your mind? None of it?
It was nice knowing you. I'll stick with my running water.
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Time is of the essence. And time is not definable. Those are lessons we learn as we get older; as times passes and fluctuates in front of us.
Time is always fleeting yet always catches up to us. I find myself shocked when I wake up on certain days and realize I'm a particular age of my parent that sticks out for me.
Like, how did that happen? I guess I should just be thankful I'm still here to witness it all.
Redditor u/TW1103 wanted to discuss the meaning... of time and all of its affects by asking:
What fact really puts the scale of time into an insane perspective?
Ok, who is watching the clock? Those seconds aren't going to count themselves. The only way to understand time is to be its witness. Although that can get depressing. Let's focus on the light and cool.
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"If you are an 80-year-old American, you have lived through approximately 1/3 of our nation's entire history."
"The 80s were 40 years ago."
"This is what messes me up because I was born in 82 and graduated high school in 2000 so for some reason my brain is stuck on the 80's being twenty years ago. The 70's thirty years ago etc etc. I have to stop and realize sometimes that my concept of how long ago things happened is way off."
Time goes by...
"We observe that light travels at 186,000 miles a second, but given the vast size of the observable universe, that's a snail's pace. But from the point of view of a particle of light, time doesn't even exist."
"Time slows down as you approach the speed of light, and theoretically stops completely when you reach the speed of light."
Years Gone By...
"MLK Jr. and Anne Frank were born in the same year."
"Betty White was born in 1922. Automatically pre-sliced packaged bread loaves became commercially available in 1928. Betty White is six years older than sliced bread."
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"The queen and Marilyn Monroe would've been the same age."
I swear Liz is going to outlive dirt. Wait, I believe she already has. Well she won't be alone, she'll have Betty White. At least she better have Betty. Time is nothing without Queen Betty.
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"Happy Days was a TV show made in the 1970s-80s about teenagers in the 1950s. Similarly, That 70s Show was made in the 90s-00s about teenagers in the 70s. If a similar show were to be made today, it would be about teenagers in the 2000s."
"If a T-Rex imagined a creature as ancient as the T-Rex is to us, it would be a Stegosaurus. If that Stegosaurus imagined a creature as ancient as the Stegosaurus is to us, it would be a Crocodile. If that Crocodile imagined a creature as ancient as that Crocodile is to us, it would be a Shark."
On the Clock
"On a twenty four hour clock the amount of time that humans have been on the earth would total around five seconds."
"How about this one: If Homo Habilus first appeared at midnight, 24 hours ago, that means the first Homo Sapiens appeared at 9:25 PM, or about 2 and a half hours ago. The first human civilization, in lower Mesopotamia, appeared at 11:57 PM, or about 3 minutes ago."
"The Western Roman Empire fell at 11:59 PM, or 1 minute ago. Everything that has happened since - the Crusades, the Plague, the discovery of the New World, the world wars, all of it - has happened in the last minute of human existence."
And that's just OUR Sun...
"The span of our lives are so insignificantly small that our Sun will last another 5 billion years. That's 9 zeros people. Our eldest live to around 100 in the best places. That's 50,000,000 (50 million) times longer than any person can reasonably expect to live. And that's just OUR Sun. The universe as a whole has probably existed for magnitudes longer than that already and will continue to exist until the end of time as we know it."
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"We know what a good storyteller Shakespeare was but there were Greek playwrights who wrote shows nearly 2,000 years earlier that are pretty good, too."
I hate time. Only because I'm petty and irritated of the amount I squandered. That's neither here nor there though. Time marches on and continues to amaze. I'll keep watching.
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