Ridiculous Times In Which People “Played The Victim” Despite It Being Their Fault

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Humans can be terrible. There is nothing worse than someone acting like the victim when in reality they’re the one actually causing the drama. Read on for some shockingly pathetic stories of entitled people who tried playing the victim.

Please note that some have been edited for clarity.

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42. The Truth Will Always Prevail

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My best friend’s ex-girlfriend was kicked out of her parents’ house when she told them she was a lesbian. She moved in with my best friend since they were dating at that time. At first, she told my girlfriend that she was too depressed to find a job. My best friend was okay with that even if it meant she’d have to work more, which she did. She even found a second part-time job. For the next six months, whenever my best friend asked the girl if she found a job, she’d always get the “I’m too depressed” response.

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Eventually, my best friend found out her girlfriend cheated on her. Her excuse for cheating was “you’re always at work and never have time for me, and I need someone who will be there for me.” My best friend kicked her out, but then her ex blamed her for having to move back in with her parents. The kicker: turns out her parents never really kicked her out, she was just tired of them telling her to get a job.

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41. You Know It’s Off Limits

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An older lady walked into a construction area where she knew she wasn’t supposed to go just to snoop around when the workers weren’t there.

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She then sued them because she slipped on a plastic floor covering. She worked there. She knew the area was off-limits but did it anyway.

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40. GoFund Raising

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A girl I know who’s a complete drama queen got extremely hammered a few weeks back and got into her car to go to her ex-boyfriend’s to start drama with him. She put the car in drive and passed out. It rolled forward and hit a vehicle that was parked in front of her.

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When the police showed up, they found her passed out behind the wheel, with her car in drive smashed into another car, and charged her with driving under the influence amongst many other things. She wants to fight it because “she technically wasn’t driving at that time” and because the police were bullies for arresting her, she’s going to start a GoFundMe because she needs money for a lawyer to “go after the police” and “teach them a lesson.” All she does is complain about how they were being unfair and should’ve let her go.

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39. She Didn’t Look What’s Behind

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I was in a crowded parking lot, driving around looking for a space. There was one car ahead of me. The car ahead of me stopped, so I stopped as well. Then, before I even had time to react, her reverse lights came on, and she came flying backwards towards me. I didn’t even have time to honk. She slammed into the front of my car, got out of her car, and started screaming that I hit her.

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When the cops arrived, she was crying, shaking and complaining that her neck hurt, and cursing me for slamming into the back of her car. Thankfully, two people had been walking through the parking lot when this occurred and told the officer what really happened. Later, the driver of the car that hit me tried to tell her insurance company that I knew the witnesses and that’s why they lied. I didn’t know the witnesses by the way. At any rate, if the witnesses hadn’t stuck around to give statements, I’d have been done.

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38. Eavesdropping Creep

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This guy got upset saying we were always talking about him behind his back. He would creep up to the door in our apartment and stand there listening to our conversations.

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Of course, we would talk about him! He owed two of us over $600 and refused to pay it. And then we were the bad people because we would talk about it, in our own apartment, not knowing he is creeping around the door.

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37. The Tolerating Parent And The Spoiled Child

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I was in line in my car to enter an amusement park. All of a sudden, the car in front of me threw on their reverse lights and backed into me hard. I got out and was talking to the driver, a 17-year-old girl, about what I needed – her driver’s license and insurance info. She kept trying to delay giving me the info because she wanted to call her parents first. Fine, no problem… she calls her dad and as they were talking, she calms down and her face lights up. She turns to me and says loudly and in a snarky tone while holding the phone towards me to get my reaction, “Did I hit you, or did you hit me? Because before I backed up, I checked my mirror and my passenger checked hers and you weren’t there and then all of a sudden we felt a hit…..” I replied, “Are you implying I rear ended you?” She said, “I’m not sure, but I think you might have.”

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I point to my car, “Do you see that little thing beside my rearview mirror, that’s a dashcam and it’s been recording since I left my house and is currently recording our conversation. Now, if you want to go this route, we can, but the police are going to be notified…..” Now, she starts crying and says on the phone, “No dad, he has a dashcam and it’s recording everything.” Then come the waterworks, she starts trying to get me to talk to her dad, that he will take care of it, etc. Finally, I got the info out of her and had to get the front end of my car fixed.

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36. That’s Unacceptable

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My mom ruined my courthouse wedding, called me selfish and made fun of my shoes on my wedding day, and made me swear to her that I wouldn’t tell our family I was getting married until we had a big ceremony. Then proceeded to go behind my back and tell people anyway.

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She is now genuinely surprised that I am upset and going around crying to all my aunts and uncles about how her only daughter will not speak to her.

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35. It Can’t Be Unseen

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A guy pulled out in front of me when I had the right of way and totaled both of our vehicles. Thankfully, it was in a crowded intersection and there were plenty of witnesses. It didn’t help his cause that he tried convincing the witnesses that they should believe him and not their own lying eyes.

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He ended up getting cited for disorderly conduct as well as being determined to be at-fault in the accident. I still get upset thinking about it because I had the car for less than a month and absolutely loved it.

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34. My Ladder, My Fault

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I had a tenant did something similar, although not quite as bad. I was using a ladder at his apartment, and when I was done, he comes out to “help” me by lowering the ladder from his porch to the ground. I’m telling him the whole time “stop, don’t do that.”

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As soon as he gets the ladder down, it falls over onto his car. He claims I owe him money for damages, because it’s my ladder.

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33. Too Hot To Be Outside

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I have a cousin that lives in the projects. She would leave her youngest kid outside at 1-2 years old. Finally, a few neighbors called CPS. You know you’re an irresponsible parent when the project neighbors call CPS on you. They don’t want CPS near their places anymore than they have to. CPS came out and told her to get her act together, two years old is not old enough to be outside, unattended. My cousin tried to feed them some line about how her 2-year-old was outside, but she was just sitting just inside the building watching because it was “too hot” for her butt to be outside. Too hot for an adult, but ok for a 2-year-old.

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The straw that broke the camel’s back apparently was when a neighbor came home and found the 2-year-old just playing at the feet of a known dealer with no other adult nearby. I mean, good for the dealer for not letting the 2-year-old get hit by a car or anything, but still not a reliable sitter. CPS came out and interviewed neighbors and they all said they had seen “Jane” outside, unattended, sometimes as late as 9 pm. After that, my cousin keeps trying to figure out who called because she wants to call CPS on them.

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32. Playing “Good Mommy” Victim

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My friends and I went to see the Avengers. We were seated next to this mom and her toddler (probably about 5 years old). Everybody was really excited to see it, and it was actually my second time seeing it. Throughout the movie, this toddler (not his fault, I know, and totally understand) would randomly sing his alphabet song, count random things on the screen, and cry. The mom sat there and did absolutely NOTHING to even try to calm her child down and keep him from ruining the movie for everybody in the theater. Finally, the movie was about 1/3 done, and one of my friends couldn’t take it anymore and taps the mom on the shoulder and very politely requests that she try to calm down her child. She acted like an insane psycho freak who was totally offended that he would even attempt to ask such a question. I didn’t hear what was said, but he went back to his seat very angry. Then another 20 minutes or so pass with her son doing what children do, and she just continues to watch the movie. Finally, I get fed up with it because the movie is about to get to the good part with all the action. I lean over and said something along the lines of “Excuse me, ma’am, do you mind calming down your child?” This psycho replies very rudely and aggressively with, “I’m going to ask you to get out of my personal space or I’m going to make a scene. You don’t want me to make a scene.” At this point, I’m thinking “whoa what the heck lady?!” I go back to my seat and see if her behavior changes any, and after 15 minutes of nothing changing, I get up and go get the management. Normally, I wouldn’t because children can’t be controlled especially when it’s a movie that they probably don’t even understand or want to see. However, this lady was such an aggressive and incompetent idiot that I just had to. I bring management in and show them who it is.

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By the way, while I was gone, she had turned on Angry Birds on FULL BLAST sound for her child and couldn’t figure out how to put the phone on silent. When I get up to her seat, she points her finger at me and gets within an inch of my face and says, “You, I want to see you outside now!” She refused to leave the theater and all the while I’m saying, “Can we please go outside? I don’t want to ruin the movie for everybody else.” My boyfriend goes outside with me at this point. Security guards get in between us outside because this lady is just flipping out. She kept ranting, “I am a mom. I have the right to be here. I paid money to see the movie.” She basically acted like having a child justified totally disrupting the movie for the whole theater. Overall a very angry individual. Selfish if you ask me. I just kept saying, “Yes, you do have the right to be here, as does your child, but you don’t have the right to ruin the movie for an entire theater of people who also paid money to see the movie.” Then the lady lies to the management and pretends to play the “good mommy” victim by saying that she was just about to leave when she noticed her child wasn’t going to behave. That was a load of garbage. By then, half the movie was over, and she hadn’t budged an inch. She only left because I got the management to throw her out of the movie.

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31. Serving What She Deserve

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I once witnessed a car accident where a lady blew a red light and another car, whose light had clearly turned green didn’t see her and hit her broadside. After the impact, witnesses stopped to help, and the lady who ran the red light tried to argue she was going through on a yellow and that her neck hurt.

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Apparently, she had the nerve to attempt a lawsuit over it, because I was later interviewed over the phone by crazy lady’s lawyer who tried to trip me up by saying another witness claimed to be the same place I was. Too bad, man. I was right there, and there’s no way you can paint me as an unreliable witness for your client to steal money from an innocent for her own stupid mistake.

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30. That’s Not How It Works, Ma’am

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A woman rear-ended my car in the car wash of all places. She failed to put her car in Neutral and rolled right into me. She then proceeded to yell at me and insist that it was my fault for “not going fast enough.”

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After we finally convinced her that the track always goes the same speed, she decided to blame the CAR WASH EMPLOYEE for making the track too slow.

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29. This Is Why You Should Read The Signs

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I worked in a party store that sold costumes at Halloween. I was setting up the display, had the whole area roped off with yellow tape and signs attached that said: “Area closed to the public while we set up.” I’m working and I hear a loud thump. I turn around and find a woman standing there holding her head. It seems she grabbed a rubber mask off a high shelf and the display head holding it up fell and hit her in the noggin.

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She glares at me and says, “You should have a sign warning people of this.” I just pointed at the signs on the tape and said, “People who hay attention to those signs don’t really need any others.”

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28. Bad Influence For My Children

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Sometimes, my children ask me why they’ve met my mother but never met my father, I tell them he passed away a long time ago when I was a kid. In reality, my dad used to hit the bottle too much, and my mother had to kick him out because he used to be abusive with us kids. We used to spend weekends at his new house but around the time I turned 10, he told my mother to stop dropping us off, and gave her a shoebox full of all the pictures he had of us. We tried calling him on holidays every now and again, but he finally just told us to stop contacting him altogether.

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Last year my mother passed away, and he decided to reach out to me and expressed he had changed and wanted to make things up to me. I told him it was ok, I filled him in on how I was doing in life and sent him pictures of my children…but I expressed I was already a man, and don’t need a father anymore, but he was forgiven for the 20-year absence. He then proceeded to tell me that I’m horrible for pushing him away and abandoning him, that he was dying and just wanted to fix things. So I just explained to him, it’s already forgiven, but he abandoned me and I had no time for his foolishness. I wish things would have been different, but he’s too much of bad influence to allow in my children’s lives.

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27. Intentional Fell-Off

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I used to work as a manager in a grocery store, and for a little while was at a location in a more impoverished area. I had a lady slip on an ice cube and she and her friend both calmly said they needed to fill out an injury report (her initial reaction wasn’t what you would expect of someone who just got injured). The cameras showed that the “victim” stopped, looked down at the puddle, and put her hand out to catch herself before she even “fell.” There was also a loss prevention officer who saw it.

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It was obvious she was trying to get paid, but she still tried going to a big name lawyer in town. I ended up leaving the job before finding out how it ended, but I’d be incredibly mad if she ended up getting any money.

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26. You Gotta Pay What You Owe

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I quit my job and set up my own competing business with my ex-employer after he failed to pay me for 2 months claiming non-payment from the clients. He had a massive go at me after I confronted him with receipts from the clients to show payment and he accused me of making him look bad in front of his clients and that he didn’t owe me the money because “some people are bosses and some people are employees” hence why I quit the job and set up for myself because last time I checked, slavery is illegal in the UK. I also warned a few of my ex-coworkers to be careful and not let him rack up debt with them because of what he did to me (they are nice people with young families and don’t deserve to be taken advantage of, like he did to me).

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I take him to court to try to recoup the money he owed me for the work I completed and the judge ruled in my favor for the full amount of just over $4,000. He then plays the victim card with everyone he knows and says that I made him and his family homeless despite the fact that he never paid me a penny of the money owed. $4,000 is like 5-6 months rent in a decent neighborhood in my city. Honestly, it blows my mind every time I think about it.

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25. The Poor Child

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A couple had a child, but since it was a home birth and they never took the baby to any nurse or doctor to get checked out or vaccinated after birth, it effectively did not exist. Meanwhile, the parents are feeding the baby a fully vegan diet with no additional supplements, in line with the parents’ wacko beliefs – the mother is a breatharian in periods.

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In the end, the baby has a seizure due to how low its vitamin and mineral levels are. The parents waited for hours (until morning) before contacting the paternal grandmother who eventually insisted they go to the emergency room. Doctors had to consult with colleagues who worked with starving children in countries where famine is widespread because they had never seen such a malnourished child in their careers. IIRC, the child was the size of a six-month-old at the age of two years. Of course, the child was taken by social services and the parents were reported to the police. The father posted quite a few Facebook statuses complaining that the government was guilty of assault because the doctors gave the child glucose (IIRC) intravenously, and that his heart was breaking because they had taken his child from him.

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24. Grandpa’s Lock Code

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We were fishing on my family’s private property. My grandpa locked us in without telling us the code. After hitchhiking to an area we could get a signal, we got the code and hitchhiked back to get our car. We left the gate unlocked because the family of the other owners were having a birthday party there and we didn’t want to lock them in.

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When my grandpa heard we left the gate unlocked, he drove 30 minutes to lock it again, and then had the balls to complain when people were calling him at 10 at night asking for the code so they could leave.

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23. Nope, Not In My Place

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A former friend and housemate — who I stupidly let live at my place rent-free and who I gave some pretty significant help towards lawyer fees — lost her mind when I started voicing my concerns over her new boyfriend. She was still technically married to another man, and the new boyfriend was into all sorts of cultish, New Age, Spirit Science craziness.

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Oh, and they would do things like make these lavish meals in the kitchen and not clean up, or block my car in the driveway. Then she went on a rant in which she compared me to her abusive soon-to-be-ex-husband — because I hadn’t put away a container of cinnamon immediately after using it. When I served an eviction notice to the brat, she gave Academy Award-level performance for melodrama of her own making.

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22. Falsifying Bullying

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In middle school, this kid would constantly bully me. It got to the point where most of our class hated him because I was nice to everyone and considered one of the popular kids. The rest of the class gave him crap and refused to include him in anything. It was to the point where a whole auditorium of 100 kids joined forces together against him when he called me an inbreed. They didn’t beat him up or anything, they just called him out.

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Well, he didn’t like it so he decided to falsify bullying claims against me and act like I was harassing him. He did it every gym class. If he was in my group playing hockey then he would deliberately position himself to get whacked by my stick whenever I tried to hit the ball and claim I did it on purpose. He would get what few friends he had to claim I was bullying him. Of course, I did my best to avoid him and everyone knew it. He once crushed the water bottle I had bought with what little personal money I had back then. My teachers informed the gym teachers about him so they never believed him.

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21. Still Depending On His Mother

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My grandma was having a dinner for her birthday at a restaurant. It was just all her kids and the few grandkids (a lot of them had moved away so they couldn’t come). My uncle got confused and thought she meant we were having her birthday at her house, which was over an hour away from the restaurant. He called her and yelled at her over the phone and once he finally got to the actual place he was supposed to be, he cussed and yelled at her in front of everyone in the room. He said that she owed him the gas money for all the traveling on top of the money she was already giving him.

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This isn’t unusual for him since he’s almost 40 years old and she still pays for his house and everything else. He’s constantly begging for grocery money for his kids yet he’s always buying a new phone or computer or TV. But like come on man— you’re forty and it’s her birthday. Swoosh the freak up.

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20. Endure The Consequences

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A woman I worked with years ago had cancer. She got sicker and sicker during her chemo, had to take time off and when she ran out of paid sick leave, some people donated sick leave to her. She also got meals brought to her, monetary donations, all sorts of nice things from worried people.

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Then we found out it was all a hoax. First for attention, then I guess all the gifts were icing on the cake for her. People got pissed and shunned her, so she went crying to the supervisor that people were being “mean” to her. Lol. Of course, she quit and blamed a hostile work environment.

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19. Under Construction

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The company I work for has several businesses and my manager oversees pretty bear all of them. One facet is building spec homes. So the crew has the basement dug and poured. The neighbors (who bought their house from our company and damn well know they aren’t allowed on a construction site) decide to wander around as the work crew is there. The husband was actually in the basement before anyone saw them.

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They got hurried off the property but called my manager to complain about how rude the crew was. She basically told them, very politely, to stay off of a property that wasn’t theirs.

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18. The Reason I Stopped Teaching

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When I was teaching, I had a student I adored who had some behavior problems. I did everything I could to support him. One day, we were taking a test, and he was talking. I reminded him several times that talking during a test is not allowed, and I would have him go in the hallway if he continued. He continued talking, so I told him to go into the hall. He called me autistic on his way out (his favorite insult) and so I wrote him a referral.

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I called his parents, and they didn’t answer, so I sent an e-mail explaining what happened, that he got a referral and that I hope we can work together to help him manage his reactions. His mother responded saying that my behavior is UNACCEPTABLE and that she is done speaking with me and I will hear from her lawyer. She went all the way up to the district level to complain about me, telling all sorts of lies and making me look like a horrible person. I don’t teach anymore.

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17. That’s What You Call Karma

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One of my ex-girlfriends admitted she cheated on me, then tried to take it back. We were in our sophomore year of high school, and she began working a part-time job. There was a dude there who liked her, and she was asking if they could hang out. Dude was in his mid-twenties. I told her I wasn’t comfortable with it. Things got a little rocky between us for some other stupid reasons, and one night she calls me while drunk. She’s sobbing, and then says she just slept with the guy from her work. I chucked the deuces and hoped out of that drama.

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A few weeks go by, and she calls me asking why I won’t get back with her. I’m laughing and remind her of her call. She denies it ever happened. She kept denying it and I asked her if she honestly wanted me to get back with her after she either cheated on me, or she lied to me about cheating? Why would I trust somebody like that? Anyway, fast forward to today. Turns out her fiance has been cheating on her. She reached out asking for advice.

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16. Not The Way She Wanted It

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My cousin basically screwed up her own wedding by doing things like “firing” her maid of honor at the last minute because the maid of honor took her husband to the hospital rather than coming to the hair appointments, getting pissy with our grandmother for “not being helpful enough” (she’s almost 80 and isn’t the most mobile; what did my cousin expect) and forgetting to make sure her brother wasn’t still running errands for her when the ceremony started, which led to him missing the ceremony.

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She then whinged for the entire reception and a significant period after about how her wedding didn’t go the way she wanted. Total bridezilla.

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15. You Should Mind Your Own Business

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At my old job, we had a guy whose wife worked for the same company but in a different department. She was always coming around and meddling in his business. She always had an opinion of what was going on and was perpetually displeased by everything we did. Everything was a perceived attack on her husband and she was constantly criticizing us for things that she had no idea about. Even sending him to break five minutes late because we got busy would be enough to be put on her sheesh list. She was frequently late to her own area because she’d just hang around and watch us from a distance. She was taken to HR several times for this behavior. A couple of years ago, they were eating lunch together in the employee break area. She got all worked up over something and hit him. Several people saw it and reported it. Later that day, she was pulled aside by security and HR about it. She not only denied it (despite there being several dozen witnesses) but she gave them a false name for herself thinking they wouldn’t know any better. She was fired on the spot.

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Now, she goes around posting all over social media and review sites claiming that she was fired for having a disability. I’ve seen so many weird, completely fabricated stories from her all over Facebook about why she was fired. She goes on and on about how the company actively discriminates against employees with disabilities. She eventually convinced her husband to quit. He had a severe limp at that time and now he’s in a wheelchair. I have a feeling she has something to do with that and she probably still plays the victim.

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14. What A Strange Person

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My roommate kicked himself out of my condo. I didn’t know this before he moved in, but he turned out to be a pathological liar and attention/pity seeker. He fabricated all kinds of stories that were easily proven false, and then he’d backpedal and lash out if caught. I was super uncomfortable with it and privately started making mental plans to give him his 30 days’ notice at the end of his lease (four months away), but hadn’t told anyone. Well, one day, I get some text messages from some mutual colleagues asking if it was true that I was kicking him out TODAY and I tell them that this was the first I was hearing of it. Turned out that roughly after the third or fourth time that I caught the roommate in a major lie, he noticed that I wasn’t as chummy with him anymore, and he started spreading a rumor that I hated him now and that I was going to kick him out on his butt and make him homeless. He went crying to all the prettiest ladies of the gossip mill at work about how he was getting kicked out tonight and the rumor traveled quickly in a circle back around and he got tons of attention.

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So that night, he comes home from drinks with his gossip entourage and starts yelling at me about how he’d heard that I’m evicting him and demands to know if the rumor was true that I was going to kick him out tonight. I told him nope, I had no idea what he was talking about. He starts ranting and raving about how gossip gets around and continues accusing me. I tell him point-blank that I don’t know what he’s talking about, because I wasn’t planning on evicting him today AND I had never talked to anyone about evicting him — but I was upfront about my intention to give him notice at the end of his lease. He starts yelling WHAT DATE and then cuts me off and gives himself 30 days notice from today and starts accusing me of kicking him out before the holidays. Then he stormed off and updated his whole gossip train that he HAD been kicked out tonight and that the rumors were all true. The next day, he found a friend’s couch to sleep on and another room to rent by the end of the week, and upped the gossip to ‘Billie hates me so much they kicked me out onto the street that night.’ So he turned his own rumor that he created about himself into a quasi-reality. He did leave my home that day, but not on my doing. My home and my life are 1000x more peaceful now that he is gone.

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13. Working In His Convenience

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I have a coworker who is routinely late to work. Not by five or ten minutes, mind you. By 1.5+ HOURS. One day, he was scheduled to work with me in my department and all I asked was that he charge his phone and set his alarm. He didn’t.

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He was an hour and a half late on a busy day, and then was mad at ME for being snippy at him and telling him to get to work when he was just standing there. The only reason he has a job still is my GM is desperate and too nice. The dude is 25. Time to get your shots together. You should be able to wake your own butt up in time for work, for god’s sake.

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12. You’re Not Sick

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A colleague of mine whined about her job 24/7 and that she quit eventually. Then she went to see a psychiatrist because she needed to feel justified that quitting her job meant she had no regrets and she was actually mentally ill and couldn’t cope.

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Mind you, it was a residency program in one of the best hospitals in the country. Her psychiatrist, after evaluating her, straight up told her she was a whiny brat.

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11. You Weren’t Even There For Me

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My dad, who abandoned me as a two-year-old and later again at 17 after a brief reconciliation (which hit really hard, as I’d gotten my hopes up and invested 100% in the relationship) got in touch as he’d had a cancer scare and was reevaluating his priorities in life. I told him that I’d forgiven him for his previous actions, as he was obviously a weak man who couldn’t help his nature (he’s done it to at least three other kids too). I did, however, say that I wasn’t willing to expose myself to the risk of being hurt again, said goodbye and wished him well.

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When he got angry about how I “don’t even know if he’s alive or dead,” I listed the names of three close relatives and two friends who’d died since I last saw him – before adding “If you aren’t there for me when it’s bad, why should I be there for you?” then hung up and blocked his number.

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10. Suing For A Living?

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My dog accidentally tripped a lady. She took a dive then made up a story of how I was attacking her and how my dog got on top of her and bit her. She tried to get my dog put down, cops/animal control basically told her to F-off. She lied a bunch about every detail.

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Long story short, my insurance settled with her because attorney fees of going to court would be more than the settlement. I even told them that this lady went around suing companies/people for a living, her son’s girlfriend told me. I was like the 3rd or 4th person she had sued and settled. Thinking about it still makes me so angry.

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9. Honk Honk Honking

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Lady stops in the parking lot, throws it in reverse, but I was able to honk. She kept trying to back up, so I kept honking. Then she floors it out of there and finds me in the parking lot, I’m still in my car because this lady was clearly crazy. She’s giving me the finger, yelling something but I can’t hear while she’s in her car and I’m in my car. I’m just laughing, I give her a thumbs down, which pissed her off more than a finger, which I do eventually give her.

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Situations like this are just bizarre. She was clearly in the wrong. There have been plenty of times I was a dumbass driver and did the little “sorry I’m an idiot” wave, and all is forgiven. Luckily I do have a dashcam, but I didn’t have to use it at that time.

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8. Investment Scam Scheme

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Local business owner/friend asked a lot of his regular customers to invest in his new business in Atlanta, by buying shares. I bought in, knowing we wouldn’t break even for at least three years, but that he could sell religion to the Pope. Had losses for two years, break even at three as predicted. Four years in, he closes the Atlanta store and opens in another town, but this time he’s doing it all with “his own money.” No way, he’s doing it with the inventory and proceeds from the Atlanta store. Even has a shiny new house, cars, the works for his new venture.

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He’s shocked to the core, and hurt, I tell you, hurt and disappointed when all the shareholders took him to court. Our lawsuit basically never got off the taxiway, it soon looked like the cost of going through the courts would quickly outpace our losses. People started dropping off and it fell apart. The original store and the Atlanta store were closed. Those bridges he well and truly burned. The final store has changed names but appears to be going strong. No way I will name the business — I don’t doubt for a second that while we smaller potato investors weren’t ready for a long court fight, the owner would have no qualms about bringing a defamation suit against me in a heartbeat. Sometimes, karma is just asleep at the wheel and you have to accept it!

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7. No Thief Will Admit Stealing

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My cousin came to live with me when my grandparents basically packed his bags and sent him to us. For two years he lived with us, at some point it became apparent that he was stealing. We were scared to confront him because his response was always “I can’t believe you guys don’t believe me,” and he really stuck to his words on a story.

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We thought everything was fine, until, in the heat of a very small argument, he went upstairs, packed his bag, called a friend and drove off. We’re still in contact, but I want you to understand how important it is that you don’t let things go unnoticed. I don’t mean to sound presumptuous in any way, I’m just saying that we should have helped my cousin more, and we could have addressed issues more directly, but we felt like he was fragile. People are strong, trauma is better faced than hidden.

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6. The Wrong Intonation

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During a Sunday liturgy, I gave the priest the proper intonation for the Gloria in Excelsis, but he started chanting the “Sanctus” instead (which comes much later in the Mass). No one knew how (or if) to respond, so the place fell silent.

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Afterward, the priest blamed me (the organist) for giving him “the wrong intonation” instead of simply admitting that he wasn’t infallible and had made a simple mistake.

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5. Fraud And Reckless Driver

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My wife was stopped behind someone at a light. The person started to go and then stopped suddenly. My wife rolled into her at less than 5 mph. The person refused to get out of the car and called the cops. An ambulance and firetruck and several cops showed up while this tiny fender bender blocked rush hour Oakland traffic. The responders all laughed.

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Later, we found out the woman claimed over 10k in personal injuries for herself and her child. My insurance company, when I talked to them, told me, that they had assigned the case to someone who managed cases that were likely fraudulent. My wife still was given credit for an accident, but we never had our premium increased and the claim just quietly disappeared. I always wondered what happened with the other party.

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4. Stop Pointing Fingers

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I was witness to an accident wherein a lady blew through a stop sign without looking or slowing. Her sister, who was in the car, died from injuries sustained in that accident. She then tried to blame the other driver, who had the full right-of-way, for going too fast, and that she had, in fact, stopped at the sign.

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She basically tried to set up the other driver to take the fall for recklessly killing her sister. I came into the arbitration and sunk that real fast.

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3. Abandonment Failed

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My mother pulled the old “going to the store” routine when I was a kid. She called three days later from halfway across the country complaining because dad had shut off the credit cards.

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To this day, she tries to make my father the bad guy for her failed attempt at abandoning her family. They divorced shortly after, and I stayed with dad. I’ve always been second rate to her for being, in her words, “disloyal.”

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2. Getting Straight To The Point

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I manage an outpatient substance abuse education/treatment center. We’re licensed with the state so that anyone who gets a driving under the influence has to go through an evaluation process and complete some form of the education/treatment program dependent on that evaluation, in order to get their license reinstated or satisfy a probation requirement. Every state has its own version of this for substance-related driving offenses. There are those who very obviously made the mistake of driving after a couple of glasses, had a BAC just over the legal limit, they realize they messed up and they usually end up in the lowest level. They get it done, no complaints. But every single day I come across at least one person who blames the state for having to do the program. They call it a racket, a money scheme, a waste of their time, complain about having to go through it, etc. And they treat me like garbage in the process as if I make the rules.

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Without fail, these are always the people who’ve had multiple occurrences, have addictions, and many of them have concurrent charges of vehicular manslaughter or accidents with injuries. These awful people who walk through my doors who’ve literally ended lives or injured someone because of selfish decisions, avoided jail, and have to go through 6 weeks of outpatient treatment, COMPLAINING about having to do it. I used to keep my mouth shut. But I’ve experienced so many of these perpetual victim types that when they start their whining I remind them of the real reason they’re in my office.

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1. An Act Of Laziness Goes A Long Way

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My brother-in-law is always the victim. Everything is terrible in his life because everyone conspires to be mean to him. All his substance problems are other people’s fault. The government never should have taken his kid from him, because he’s a good father. When his disabled mother got custody of his kid and then let him move in with them, she “made up all those stories” about him hitting her and the kid. When the government told us we had to protect them from him, we had no right to take his kid. He lives off disability for back problems despite the fact his doctors tell him he doesn’t need a wheelchair and can work. It’s our fault he can’t pay his bills, even though he’s still living in his mother’s house rent-free; and that surely has nothing to do with the fact that he blows his disability check on booze and junk food as soon as he gets it. In his mind, we “abandoned him to die” and are horrible people for not letting him live with us; despite the fact that the government literally put his mother and kid in our care to keep them safe FROM him. He came up with a scheme where he called 911 to be taken to the local hospital. When he got there he told them he was dying because he was wheelchair-bound and we abandoned him. He actually got APS to call us and tell us we had to take care of him and fix up his house. We explained the history and gave them the names of the caseworkers for his mother and son, who know him well. APS confirmed what we told them. When APS told him we didn’t agree to let him live with us, he demanded they file a court order to force us to allow him to live in our home. APS told him that wasn’t actually a thing that could happen; so he started screaming profanities at everyone in the hospital. When the doctors told him, again, he didn’t need a wheelchair; he screamed at them.

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They discharged him, but he refused to leave on his own, so they sent him home in an ambulance. He refused to get out, so they wound up driving him back to the hospital and leaving him on a gurney in the ER waiting room. After eight hours when he still refused to leave they had security drag him out and dump him in the parking lot. A few weeks later, he’s calling us begging us to pay his bills and goes off again on how we had no right to take his kid from him, and we’re terrible people because we refuse to acknowledge what a good father he is. He lives in the rural south. Do you know what it takes for CPS to take your kid in a poor county in the south? We’re talking immediate danger to life. Not only did they do that, and then a judge permanently took away his custody, but then they came back and said the kid and his mother weren’t safe in the same house as him, and we “stole his kid.” I raised my kids, they’ve graduated and are adults. I have zero desire to raise another kid, let alone one who has significant emotional issues from being abused. But guess what, I am. Because I’m not a total piece of garbage, and I can’t turn my back on them. But in my brother-in-law’s eyes, this is all a vast conspiracy to spite him.

Kat Begonja

Kat Begonja

Lover of animals, writing and all things Croatian!

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