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Every once in awhile, somebody comes along, enters your life, and catapults themselves to that awful, unique position at the top of your list of the worst people you have ever met.

Sometimes, the person's blindingly terrible behavior and overall essence is actually impressive. We ask ourselves, "how could a person like this actually exist on purpose?"


Alas, they do. And you have to deal with them. Or, if your lucky, you can carve out some distance.

Redditors shared descriptions of the worst people they've ever had the misfortune to meet. Some have escaped the relationship. Some are are still stuck in the clutches.

LoneStar202 asked, "Who is the worst person you have ever met?"

Some chose to talk about the acquaintances they simply couldn't help but encounter. External circumstances beyond their control made the stars align in the worst way possible.

Keeping the Peace

"There was this guy who used to come into the McDonald's where I did security overnight (yes, that's a job), and he was the biggest ahole I've ever met in my life."

"Ginger, 5'6 or so, named Colby, had a perpetual scowl on his face, looked for any reason to start a fight with anyone. He and his friend would come in when it's super busy, not order, and then yell at the staff that he paid and wasn't given a receipt in the hopes that they'd give him free food rather than deal with him."

"I kicked him out for six months on two separate occasions for coming in drunk and throwing things, drinking beer in the restaurant, starting fights, you name it. Only got in my face once and I never had to fight him, but I'm much bigger than him and the law is on my side."

"Not that I would necessarily have won. I'm big and strong, but I have no idea how to fight and he did. I called his bluffs because I was pretty sure he wouldn't attack me and he didn't."

"Funny, I just realized I've finally forgotten his last name. Not that I'd mention it. He might be less of a @ss now and he's no longer my business."

-- Shippo-chan

You Know 'Em

"I work with a real life, archetypal, Karen. She's two-faced, mean, anti-vax, and just generally the whole nine. The first interaction I ever had with her she had to make fun of me behind my back for being a dude with earrings."

"Recently kicked up a stink by making an 'anonymous' email address and emailing our HR department saying people were discriminating against folks not getting the covid vaccine.

"Luckily she's burned too many bridges for anyone to really take her crazy anymore but man is she frustrating to deal with."

-- sexykafkadream

A Black Hole of Bad Energy

"My old manager at a bar I used to work."

"Not only was he a constant one-upper over the most mundane of topics, he was a complete creeper when it came to the ladies that worked there. He also seemed to have a disdain for anyone achieving more than working at a bar for their entire lives."

"One of our gals came in absolutely ecstatic that she was admitted to an Ivy League school and the fat boozer manager took that as an opportunity to tell everyone that higher education is a scam and not worth the price (never mind that she got a full ride, he just wanted to be a prick)."

"So in addition to being a self-centered loser, he insisted on bringing everyone else down as well."

-- LeftHandPillar

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Others discussed the family members that, for obvious reasons, they were forced to put up with for years and years. But even family isn't enough to keep a person like that around.

Marrying Into It

"It sounds cliche, but my ex-MIL. What made her the worst is that she was a covert POS."

"We always lived about 1k miles from them, so I didn't pick up on it for far, far too long, but goddamn, I've never met anyone with as much unacknowledged hate and cruelty in their heart."

-- sh**sammiches

A Thing of the Past

"My father. Cheater, never paid child support, verbally abusive to my mother, sister and I. Just all around bad dude."

"Haven't talked to him in about 15 years and am 100% ok with that."

-- itsdjc

So Many Problems

"My brother. He's like a cross between Kramer (Seinfeld, 'my newest thing' and mannerisms) and Frank from Its Always Sunny (illegal activity and completely illogical 'logic')."

"He's ripped me off for thousands of dollars (getting close to 5 figures). Constantly stealing anything he can, but claims 'borrowed' if caught with it. Been to jail 3 times and is currently on house arrest after over a year of probation violations. "

"The epitome of 'easier to say sorry than ask permission' (but the apologies are hollow) and 'what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine.' No consideration for anyone or anything. Manages to break virtually anything he touches. Hasn't had a job in over 1.5 years, but has been trying to fraudulently collect unemployment."

"Constantly thinks everyone is out to get him and people are stalking the camper he lives in (has security cameras that he watches frequently and often 'patrols' the area). Tries to break into locked doors and safe, and pulls the 'why don't you believe/trust me' line."

"I'm just scratching the surface here. He'd use your clippers/razor to shave his family jewels and not clean up the mess (something he's done multiple times)."

-- ChuckoRuckus

Finally, there were the stories of classmates. Whether it was high school, college, or even graduate school, there were enough people there all in one place that one or two rotten people were never far away.

Crash Landing

"Guy from my high school was a wannabe thug. He ended up going to juvi junior year. After a year of juvi. He became a true criminal. Broke into people's homes. Stole from stores and got heavy into drugs."

"Then he eventually died after robbing the wrong store at gunpoint. The owner came out the back and shot him with a shotgun."

-- TheLightningCount1

Wait for the Twist

"My gf's college classmate. Narcistic. Thought of himself as very important so he came into the church where we were graduating, on his HORSE. He damaged a 1000 or something-year-old church floor in Leiden. He thinks he didn't do anything wrong."

"And the weird thing is, we were graduating LAW SCHOOL"

-- helga_von_schnitzel

Ride Like Lightning, Crash Like Thunder

"I had a classmate who wanted to become a stock broker and a millionaire. He said more than once, with absolute pride, 'When I'm rich I wont donate a single penny to the poor!' I asked him why and he said 'I have my own problems, and the poor being poor is not one of them.' "

"He opened his own business when he was 23 and was pretty successful, but suddenly a fire burned the place down while he was in it and he suffered from third degree burns all over his body."

"He later confessed setting the fire himself and was found guilty on insurance fraud. He's only 24 now and his professional life is basically over."

-- Sadlycoris

A Sudden Shift

"A teacher I once had. Didn't know me. Never spoke to me much."

"One day just randomly snapped at me. Yelling at me telling me that I had no future, that all the awards I got were to go to waste, that I the article I published which I spent hours working on and submitted didn't matter. That even though I was 14 and had many great achievements, I would end up just like that said teacher."

"Worst person I have ever encountered. Did collateral damage to my life as now I am a high school student with no more ambition. Wanna be a journalist? Wanna be a writer? A lawyer? Not anymore buddy."

-- IAMNOTTHATDUMB

Wrong Line of Work

"My first class teacher Mrs. Kummer (Translated to Mrs. Sorrow, I live in Germany). She laughed whenever someone cried or was angry. One time she said a name similar to mine and I misunderstood her and started reading."

"As punishment she screamed at me, put me in another class and I had to sit in the teachers office in my break and copy a long text. My parents told me she used to be evil back in the day when they were in her class. She hated children"

-- Kratos10x20

Some people managed to meet famous celebrities or political figures. Needless to say, they didn't leave the encounter very star struck.

Entitled at the Table

"James Woods. Played poker with him a few times. Colossal a**hole; mean to the staff, mean to the dealers, mean to the other players, mean to everyone. Maybe he's not actually the worst person I've ever met, but his behavior combined with his fame makes him the most memorable a**hole for sure."

-- redditaccount224488


Hopefully, you don't have too many of these people in your own life. But, let's face it, there's one or two people on your mind right now.

Here's hoping you managed to let go and get away.

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