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People Reveal The Pettiest Thing They've Ever Done

Pettiness is getting back at someone for being annoying. It feels good. There are those who brush it off, and others who find a way to subtlely get revenge. These are their stories.

Ladycashole asked Reddit: What is the most petty thing you've done in your life?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

Don't be stealing all the gummy bears, it's rude.

My office is really generous with free snacks. It's a great perk. A few years ago they put a 5-lb bag of gummy bears in the kitchen, everyone took a handful or a cup full and kept it at their desk. Like civilized adults who know how to share. Well, this awful co-worker went into the kitchen before leaving for the day and stuffed the WHOLE bag into her backpack and left. I was so annoyed I took the gummy bears I had at my desk and dumped them on hers with a little note - "You forgot these."


I would buy a pound of the sugar free gummy bears, let the people you like know that they aren't the regular ones and leave the bag in the kitchen.


The gummy bears that cause explosive diarrhea? I like it.


You know what they say about big trucks...

My side of the garage is bigger than the other guy who rents its side and would park all the way towards the wall so he could fit his truck in there using a bit of my side. I didn't mind it as I could fit my car, a workbench, and a spare set of tires in the garage fine still. I found him using my tools and using the hood of my car as a bench for tools scratching the hood badly.

I park as close to the center line of the garage as I can still being on my side. His monsrosity of a truck is wider than his side of the garage. I effectively have blocked a guy from using the garage he pays for whenever I can get there and he is not there.

It gets better, two months ago he parks directly down the middle of the garage taking up both spaces in retaliation. I called my landlord and had him towed. I've only seen him parked in the garage about 3-4 times since and he always parks as far to his side as he can now.


A communal garage sounds like an abosolute nightmare.

My most upvoted comment, and its about a garage.


It's really not bad. Two people share a garage. I could have rented the whole thing for double but I have one car. So it would be dumb. The guy doesn't bother me anymore so it's fine. But man f*ck that guy originally


Just don't go to his place.

There was a guy at work a I couldn't stand, total Patrick Bateman cliche... egotistical, took credit for my work etc etc

He was really shallow and status driven so he was very invested in where he was seated at work conferences. He felt he should be positioned near senior people that reflected his (delusional) status.

We had quarterly and annual conferences so every single time I would sneak in early and secretly move his name card to some random spot in the back of the room next to junior team members.

It always gave me great pleasure to see him quietly seething next to the interns.


That'll show him.

I made a $5 bet that one of my favorite sports teams would beat a friend's favorite sports team. I won, and he only had a $10, so instead of getting change, he tore the $10 bill in half. I took the half he gave me which rendered both of our halves useless and he was now out $10.



"I'd rather not have $10 than give you $5."


Bullying is a poor investment.

High school bully was applying for a job at a place I worked. Manager asked me what I thought I about him. He didn't get hired.


I'm an attorney at a large corporation, and I had a really bad experience with an attorney representing the counter party on a contract negotiation. She was rude, overly aggressive, and just really difficult all around. I work in an area in which that type of behavior just isn't necessary. It's rare that any attorney acts that way. About four years later we had an opening in the legal department and she applied for it. I told my boss all about the experience I had with her. She didn't get hired.


Similarly, the guy who bullied me in highschool applied to the Planet Fitness that I manage. I called him in for an interview, he didn't know I ran the place. Soon as he saw me he got real stiff. First question I asked him was how he felt about bullying. He left the interview. Felt good.


Can only imagine the meltdown...

When I was in university a room mate was being a dick. When he was out, I went on his computer and deleted the .exe file on Fallout. The game I let him borrow no longer worked. When he asked to have the game to reinstall it I told him I lent it to my cousin and didn't have it (I still had it). This was back in 1999. I don't believe you could restore the deleted file. I you could, he didn't know how.


It probably would have been possible to restore the deleted file. When you delete a file from a hard drive, it doesn't actually get removed immediately. Instead, that part of the hard drive is basically marked as "free". Until that space gets reused to store another file, it's still there, and there's software you can use to recover it. There are also tools to securely delete files by intentionally overwriting them with zeroes or random data, but that's not what happens in the normal case.


Yeah, uh good luck with that Mr. FBI, especially given this is in 1999 we're talking about.


Feels like a missed opportunity...

I went out with the husband of the woman my husband was having an affair with. Super petty of me but we were both smugly satisfied when they both got upset. They had put us through hell but couldn't take it themselves. Would absolutely do it again.


So did the deed? Or just get dinner and movie and let their imaginations do all the damage?


We didn't...we had spent months talking on the phone and keeping each other up to date on what our spouses were doing. Not letting them get away with their lies, I'd tell him when my husband would say he was going somewhere and warn him that he was probably on his way to see his wife. He had to run my husband off his property a few times because they were both delusional enough to think he and I wouldn't compare notes. But LONNGGGG story short, we became each other's shoulder to cry on but there were no "sparks" in that sense.


Someone noticed, for sure.

I couldn't stand dad's new wife. So everytime I walked past their framed wedding picture I would lay it face down or turn it backwards. I was 16.


As far as teenage rebellions go, his is pretty tame, and yet it got the message across perfectly I bet.


It's such a small, inconsequential act and yet it hurts so much.


To the Chokey!

I was grounded from reading and all my books were taken from my room. All but the dictionary. I read it up to the letter "f" just to piss off my mom's ex.


What did you do that required banning reading?? Were books your crack? Was it the only way to punish you?


I was grounded for reading instead of watching some movie during "family bonding time." I would have rather read than do anything with my mom's ex.


This almost sounds like the plot to Matilda.


Now this is how you handle a rude customer.

Years ago I worked as a seasonal employee of a large liquor store chain during the Thanksgiving-New Years rush. Probably about 40-50 employees in store at any given time. We had a game we would play anytime we went up to a customer to ask if they needed any help if they were rude with their reply. . .we'd let the word get around to all the other floor employees and every 1-2 minutes have someone different go up to that customer to simply nicely ask if they needed any help.


100% used to do this at Best Buy. If you're rude and suddenly notice everyone is bothering you it's no coincidence.


Management: how dare you be nice!

When I was much younger and had long hair (I'm a guy) i worked at a retail lumber yard. A crusty old bastard used to come in every day and would only allow one of my older co-workers to wait on him. I would always greet him with a smile and ask if I could help him. I knew it just pissed him off but what was he going to do? Go to management and tell them I was being too nice? Eventually my older co-worker retired and that customer had no one else to wait on him so he started coming to me. Score one for the good guys!


Lol. There's a guy that calls my office 3-4 times a day to talk to one of my coworkers, and lately he's been cutting me off in the middle of my phone answering line to ask to be connected. So I've started just continuing to talk and finish my bit.


Pure pettiness.

Went back to someone's Instagram profile and unliked all the pictures I had previously liked.


I once saw someone post a "Thanks to everyone who helped me make it to 5000 followers!" or something and noticed that they were at exactly 5000 followers. So I unfollowed them.



Someone kept stealing my lunch at work (I worked an extremely physical warehouse job and I was the only one who did the actual physically demanding job, so I def needed to keep myself energized), so I made the most epic of epic sandwiches one day, left it on the counter for 4 days, then threw it in my lunch bag and took it to the good ole lunchroom fridge.

The lead hand sh*t his pants later that night and had to go home. My lunch was never touched again.


F*cking assholes who eat other people's food. Like, how is it not super super clear that you absolutely don't do that to a person id you want to remain on their good side?


Good. Bad parkers are the devil.

Someone parked way over the line at work (so much so that it was 'nearly' impossible to take the spot next to them), and it was super packed so I got instantly upset and parked next to them anyway, pretty much barricading their driver's side door.


I love doing this to people who park badly. I'm always disappointed if I come back and their car is still there and they didn't get inconvenienced. One time they came back as I was pulling out and they complained about how close I was to their car like all worried I would scratch it. And I just pointed out that "hey I an fully within my space within the lines, park better next time."


Umbrellas are never stupid purchases.

I bought an umbrella on amazon for $5 (I live in CA and we don't get a lot of rain) and a co worker I gave rides home to kept talking sh*t about what a stupid purchase it was. Low and behold it rains one day shortly after. On my lunch I parked further away from my close parking spot. He asked to share the umbrella on the way to my car, I said no since he thought it was such a stupid purchase.


Anyone who calls a sensible purchase (like an umbrella) stupid really needs to reevaluate what they consider stupid or not.


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Jade-Colored Glasses

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Cant' Have A Conversation With A Parrot

I used to be a conspiracy theorist. Believed that 9/11 was committed by the US government and that we never landed on the moon.

Once I started looking outside of the echo chamber I was in and started looking at alternate explanations, theories and listening to different viewpoints I soon realized how ridiculous those notions were.


A Big, Mysterious Universe

I used to be a strict, hardline atheist. I was the kind of bastard that would bring the subject up for no reason, just to argue. I don't know what the hell my problem was. Now I feel like, the universe is big, I don't know what all might be out there, I don't really care. I live as if there is no afterlife, because that makes sense to me. But if you don't, and you believe in one, that's perfectly fine, and maybe you're right. Who knows?


Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man

I used to believe anyone can be a successful artist if they just put the time and effort into it. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work.

What changed my mind: Art school. There were quite a few people that tried hard, but just weren't able to achieve professional level art.


You're Not Your Emotions

For the longest time, I thought my emotions were in a sense the most "real" part of me. I was always a very emotional person and I didn't make a real effort to control it as I thought it was a good thing, that I was just being honest with myself. Over time though, I started to become very depressed and the negative emotions just keep adding on and on. I thought "this is just how I am I guess". Unfortunately it started hurting other relationships I had, and everything changed when my girlfriend broke up with me. After a lot of reading I found that emotions are not who we are at all. They're just reactions and there's nothing that requires us to act on them or feed them. I'm learning to let it go through me instead of hanging on like I used to.


Don't Forget Big Willie Style

I used to think that hip hop was bland, repetitive, and all about clubbing and sh*t. Then one of my friends pointed me towards people like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas and Run The Jewels, who all have great songs and clever lyrics, and I realized that Hip Hop is pretty great.


The A**holes Will Always Find A Way

I used to think that the catholic church was responsible for all of the hateful people in it. I gave people the chance to challenge my opinion and someone explained it very nicely to me. Basically, the hateful people use the church as an excuse, if you remove the church they will gladly find another excuse.


High Times


I used to tell myself that I would never stop smoking weed, and that I'd be happy if my kids grew up to be pot smokers... Now I have a kid, don't smoke, and realize what an idiot I was when all I did was smoke all day. I could probably be in a much better position if I hadn't smoked all through college.

But I mean, I still think pot's okay... Just in moderation.


The Road Less Traveled

"All taxation is theft, man! I made my money without any help from public institutions or the infrastructure they support, I should be able to keep every last dime of it!"

Naturally that was when I was 18, living at home rent free, and working at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver who relied upon public roads for pretty much every cent I made.


All Those PSA's Didn't Do Much

The whole D.A.R.E anti-drugs. Yes crack and heroin is bad, but they over dramatized what happens when you do smaller drugs. Weed isn't even a gateway drug, alcohol is more of a gateway drug. When I saw weed for the first time I thought it was tobacco (This was after all the D.A.R.E training too). Letting the government teach you your morales and philosophy is a thing that sheep do. Don't be a sheep.


Where Would We Be Without The Kindness Of Strangers

I used to think people on welfare and state assistance just weren't trying hard enough. I grew up spoiled and entitled and it seemed like any kind of charity was a stigma.

Then, my husband became chronically ill, and the economy took a shit. My family has been close to homelessness more than once, and have relied on state insurance and assistance off and on throughout the past few years. There are definitely people out there who abuse the system, but some just get stuck in a horrible cycle of poverty.

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He's Still There For You, The Best He Can Be

I could go through life and could seek meaningful advice from my Dad who has always been there for me.

Now he has been reduced to a feeble condition, I am starting to understand I'm out there on my own, and even what he's sure of is suspect given his mental and physical facilities have been rapidly deteriorating in his late seventies. I feel horrible that I have noticed this long before he did - or at least admitted as much.


Clear Your Mind

This was before I received an ADHD diagnosis. When my doctor referred me to an ADHD specialist, first of all I refused to believe him and was kind of slighted that he even suggested that I could possibly have ADHD.

I had a very strong opinion that if I get a diagnosis that I would refuse to take prescribed amphetamines because they are "bad" and "addictive" and that they would ruin my life.

Then I actually tried the prescription and it was like magic.


Going Through The Whole Spectrum

Used to be fairly open with my views on immigration policy. Then I worked for a while down near Corpus Christie doing immigration work. I'd say one out if every hundred people that came through our office was going to somebody who actually wanted to work and try to make a living here. So many people simply wanted to exist enough to get welfare. Many were young men who we would later defend against exportation as a result of their criminal activity. I began to despise the work of defending these men and wished they would be deported.

Now, I'm dating a foreign girl and we are in the legal immigration process. She has advanced degrees and skills, so that makes things a little easier. But it does make me resent people who just bypass the system. We can't bypass the system because I imagine my participation in immigration fraud could get me disbarred.


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