At school in 8th grade a kid brought some kiddie piano to class and kept playing the star wars theme on it while his friend followed behind him with a remote control car with a mannequin head on it. I told someone this happened and they immediately said I was making it up. It happened. It was weird
I wrote a comment about being out one night. There was this woman yelling at a man to back off and how she had said she wasn’t interested. I was with a group of friends, some of them women. And those women were getting visibly uneasy with the situation. I happened to be closest to the guy. Now, I’m not big. And I’m not a fighter at all. But I went over and stated that she made it clear she wasn’t interested, so maybe find something else to do? The odd part is what happened next: the woman turned to me and yelled, “I’m playing hard to get, asshole!” To which I told her she sure had me, and just about everyone else within the place, damn fooled.
Anyway, someone posted r/thathappened, and to be honest, I get it. It is a true story though, but years later I still wonder what the hell that was about.
Edit: antim0ny down below has a good point, so I’d like to add to my original post.
My post isn’t meant to imply that any woman saying no really means she’s playing hard to get—chances are they aren’t, and 99.9% aren’t in such a way where nobody can tell. In my case, for all I know, they may have known one another and were role playing. I didn’t stick around to find out.
While the end result was uncomfortable, the alternative is always worse. I’d do it again if something similar happens.
One morning in 7th grade, I was chatting with a friend before class started and he mentioned that he was sooo excited because the new Britney Spears CD was coming out that day. He had preordered it and was going to pick it up after school. I bragged to him that I already had the CD. He didn’t believe me and told everyone in the class that I was a liar. I said I would bring it to school tomorrow to prove it, but as he pointed out, I could have just gone and picked it up that afternoon so it wouldn’t prove anything.
But I *did* have that CD, dammit! My best friend’s sister was about 10 years older than us and she worked in the music industry—she had managed to swipe a few copies of the “Britney” album about 2-3 weeks before it came out, which she gave to me and her sister. But I wasn’t able to prove it and everyone thought I was a liar 🙁
Many stories. Honestly, Reddit seems to be a site where people think nothing ever happens to anyone. That none of us are living lives of turmoil or unusual circumstances. That maybe some of us have lived longer than each other and had more life changes.
I told a deeply personal story about a female student assaulting then blackmailing me when I was a tutor and how how it impacted me etc. Somebody decided to work through my post history and post “In another post you told a story of working as a bouncer and another as a medical student, in another you said you were married and in this you mention a GF, you’re a liar!” and others started piling on. They posted my account to at least 3 subreddits and people were following me around downvoting me and calling me a liar for weeks until I just abandoned the account. I can’t put my finger on why, but it made me really mad.
I am 35 years old. I have had many different jobs.
When I was 18, I took a gap year before college and worked as a teacher. In my first year of college, I worked as a tutor and as a camp counselor that summer. My second year of college I worked in a research lab. In my 3rd and 4th, I worked for a non-profit doing research/admin. I studied liberal arts, primarily biology, psychology and CS. I got married in my senior year. After graduation I moved to the west coast and joined a startup, focusing on user testing/ research.
I got fired when the company was tanking. My wife had a miscarriage. I didn’t take it well. She began hitting me. We divorced. I tried to kill myself. I began seeing escorts, maybe 1-2 a week. An escort I was seeing regularly got me a job as a bouncer at her strip club. I moved to the east coast a year later, and went back to school part-time. Throughout those three years I was a pizza delivery driver, library assistant, admin/glorified coffee boy for a local councilman, a sandwich artist at subway and a wordpress site designer. I got into medical school after 2 years of trying. While in medical school I was once again a tutor. I was also a web designer for the sex industry, volunteer coordinator for a non-profit and a video-editor for a wannabe wikileaks blog on Tor.
I moved back to California after graduating to begin residency, and am now married again. Baby on the way.
These various facts are all true, and it was very cathartic to have them all typed out. It’s incredibly painful to have your lived experience be called a lie. Please think carefully when you go saying things that happened to people didn’t happen. Some of us have lived tumultuous lives and have had a variety of experiences.
Biggest rant of the year, but felt good to get it off my chest. That whole series of events made me mad and I was carrying that anger.
As a kid, my entire family was chased by a bear in Yellowstone. No, we weren’t being those awful tourists who got up in the bear’s business. We were walking around on a sidewalk not far from the big Yellowstone Hotel, and the bear was far away across a field when we noticed it. It started coming toward us and we ran all the way back to our cabin, warning other families with kids as we went. The bear circled the little area of cabins for awhile until some park rangers were able to relocate it.
The r/thathappened part of the whole situation is that the next day (or maybe the day after, this was twenty years ago), we had yet another bear encounter where we had to run back to our car. No one believes me when I tell this story, but it’s 100% true.