People Share Their “If I’m Going Down, You’re Coming with Me” Stories

December 3, 2019 | Simon B.

People Share Their “If I’m Going Down, You’re Coming with Me” Stories

There are moments in our lives when failure is inevitable. At times like these, one can only hope to play the proverbial ship to our antagonist’s captain, and say, “If I’m going down, you’re coming with me!” There is no feeling more glorious or redemptive than dragging your adversary down into whatever lamentable situation they got you into. Get ready to feel satisfied: These 40 people shared their best revenge stories below. 

1. Belated Belayer

I was rock climbing, and this guy who was my belayer for the day was kind of an idiot. He spent most of his time flirting with a cute girl who is friendly, but seriously not into him. He gets chewed out by our lead for not paying attention, which means he continues to not pay attention as he is incapable of picking up cues.

Well, there's me, twenty-five feet or so off the ground with my rope slacked and feeling my hands slipping because I'm running out of steam. Now having told him three times to pick up the slack, I look down and see he's completely ignoring me to chat with this girl again. I slipped, the rope shoots out of his hands, and I began to fall.

My only thought is if I'm going to fall, I'll darn well land on him. Well, I did. I landed straight on his cushy, dumb body. I was barely injured. He was taken to the hospital after having 80 odd kilos land on him from two stories up. I never happened to see him at that rock-climbing club again.

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2. Get Paid

I once worked for a startup company, and they missed one of my paychecks. It wasn't a gigantic deal to me, because they were a bit strapped for cash and we had a big release coming soon, so I just said "Whatever." They then fired me two days before release, making it sound like I had been inadequate, despite zero indication from them that I was such before that day.

So, I made the proper legal arrangements to recoup my missing paycheck, and told them I'd be going to Labor and Industry to file a complaint. If they were going to fire me after I worked 70 hours a week for over a month to try and meet their deadline out of nowhere, I sure as heck wasn't going to cut them the slack of an entire paycheck.

I got my paycheck, they went out of business because they were corrupt and had been misusing investor funds for years before this (unbeknownst to me), and I laughed my way to the bank.

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3. Photo Evidence

When I was stationed in Korea, my sergeant threatened to tell command that I was drinking underage. Unfortunately for him, I had pictures of our squad drinking, and my sergeant was present in all of them. So, I told him I would show them to command if he told on me. He backed off very quickly after that. 

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4. Sweet Sweet Revenge

Once, in first grade, I took off my shoe because I had a rock in it. Fo no reason other than this kid was a huge jerk, he stole it and took off running. I chase after him and he eventually throws my shoe down a hill into a field of tall grass and just looks at me with a huge grin. In a stone-cold first grade timbre, I say: "Go find it" and shove him down the hill into the grass after it.

He starts crying and we run to the teacher. After explaining what happened she made him go into the field and find my shoe. He crawled through the grass for about an hour before it finally turned up.

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5. Going Mental

When I worked as a case manager as an MHMR (mental health services), we had a new department supervisor come in, and she was the worst. Every single person but myself and another case manager quit within the month of this woman starting. Since so many people quit, this lady ended up hiring a department full of people she had personally chosen (surprise, surprise, most of her hires were awful, just like her).

On top of being an awful human, she also had very little background in mental health and gave truly awful "supervision." Since I wasn't one of the new people she hired, I knew she would try to get rid of me, so I made sure to document everything. Any time I staffed a client with her, I would document her advice in that person's chart as well as the actions I took due to her advice.

I also kept a detailed paper trail and would email her questions about policy so that I'd have a record of her answers, which usually were the opposite of what our policy actually was. Months later, I staffed a very troubled kid. My supervisor disagreed that this kid needed hospitalization, and told me to refer him to another agency. 

I documented what she told me to do, and referred him out. Well literally a day later, this kid brings a firearm to school and gets in a ton of trouble (thankfully, he was stopped as soon as he stepped through the metal detectors). My supervisor's supervisor is furious, as this is a PR nightmare. He yells at my supervisor, who blames everything on me.

I ended up getting fired for my "negligence" about the situation. However, the higher-ups carefully went through this kid's records and saw all of my documentation regarding my supervisor's awful decisions. As they investigated more, they realized that this lady was a full on criminal, committing major fraud. So, she was fired as well.

I was asked to come back, but I politely declined.

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6. Plum Thief

My next-door neighbor kept picking my plum tree dry when I would go out of town, so I cut it down out of frustration. No plum jelly for anyone.

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7. The Nutty Professor

When I was in University, I did a six-month exchange program in Spain. I was getting As in all of my classes, except one class where I was really struggling. The professor was the worst. It was an intermediate Spanish class, but he was marking us like he thought we should all be writing Shakespeare. Everyone hated him. It was easily the worst class I ever took.

A couple of days before the final exam, teacher evaluation forms came around, and I could tell by how long it took all of us to turn them in that I wasn’t the only one in the class unloading on this guy. This was his first semester teaching at the university, so if his teacher evaluations didn’t go well, he wouldn’t be invited back. 

After we got our final marks back (I passed, but just barely), the professor was allowed to see his teacher evaluations. He sent an email to the entire class that night and lost his freaking mind. We’re talking sections with all caps, multiple exclamation marks, telling us how stupid we all are, and how we don’t know what we’re talking about.

Complete meltdown. The next morning, I found another email. It was from the university this time, stating that the professor is no longer with the university. Good riddance. 


8. Push and Pull

It was a cold rainy day, and I went to pass a co-worker on the dock (we were sailing instructors). Totally out of nowhere, she gave me a big shove. In desperation to catch myself, I grabbed a handful of her shirt and we both went in. We taught sailing lessons, and she had changed into normal clothes for the day, but I did not.

Her reasoning for pushing me in was I still had my wet suit on, "So it was ok." Uh, get a life, Gina. I hope your drive home in wet clothes sucked.

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9. HR Nightmare

I was on a team of two, and when the lady I worked with quit, they decided not to replace her. This meant that if I needed to use my paid overtime (PTO) to take time off, which I often did because I have a young child who gets sick every now and again, it was a real problem. I would give my manager, who worked at a remote office, lots of ways to fix this issue, but she never would hear any of it. 

She finally sent me a very angry email basically telling me I could not use my PTO when my son got sick. I wrote back a long, detailed list of every method I suggested to fix the issue, along with the fact that I was the only person in my position for months, and that our company policy states in bold letters that using PTO because a loved one is sick is not only acceptable but encouraged.

My manager responded to my email by stating she would forward my concerns to HR and that I should probably polish up my resume. But HR was in our office that day. For the first time in six months. Great coincidence, right? So, I went in, asked if I could speak about an issue concerning my manager, and explained everything as it happened.

The HR rep had this look on her face like she was going to murder someone. She then asked me to forward the entire email chain to her, which I did. Then she called me back. Apparently, everyone told the HR rep that the entire office can't function without me and that I've been doing the work of three people for nine months.

Later that day, my manager sent me a very angry message saying I was fired because I was causing a hostile work environment. I forwarded this to the HR rep who looked at me, and in a single, sweet sentence said, "Not a chance, she's royally screwed." And that's basically how my manager went from making $80k a year to being fired on a Wednesday with no compensation, no benefits, and no way to collect unemployment.

It was an all-around productive day.

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10. Mediocre Replacement

Back in college, I was working for a local company that installed water filters and water softeners. The owner was a fantastic salesman, but a decidedly middling manager. He'd do sales, the company would boom, he'd hire more staff, and settle into managing things... business slowed, he cut staff, went back to selling, it'd boom... rinse and repeat.

Me, I was in college. This was a part-time time job, I was doing three hours a day, five days a week, including shop cleanup, picking orders, unpacking stock, repairing stuff, things like that. The shop manager and I had a joke that he did everyone else's work, and I did all the work that was nobody's job. Together, we pretty much kept that company running.

Eventually, a new quarter started, and of course, my classes changed times. The owner didn't want me to change my hours, but eventually relented. The next quarter, he doubled down and actually fired me, but the shop manager threatened to quit as well, so I was un-fired. Then, shortly after that, the owner offered a "compromise."

He brought in a guy who was going to have the exact same job description I had, but work mornings on the days I had classes, and afternoons on the days I didn't. It really couldn't have been more obvious that I was being replaced. But hey, the new guy was nice enough, and he loved doing inventory and other detail work, but wasn't very mechanically inclined.

We divvied up the work along those lines, and sure enough, the shop was fine with me doing my job in the afternoons and prepping for the mornings when I couldn't work. A month later, the owner "realized" he couldn't afford to pay us both to do the same job, doubled the new guy's hours, and fired me. The new guy had no idea how the shop ran, and didn't care to know.

It was a predictable disaster. The good news was I had a new job lined up already, and both the new guy and the shop manager quit within a few weeks because they were so disgusted by the owner's flailing. A year later, the business was gone.

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11. Classism in the Classroom

In my school, about 95% of the kids are middle class to upper-middle class, and many were really wealthy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those kids, and both my parents had undesirable, low paying jobs. So, one mean teacher was very, VERY against me. She would deliberately ignore me because I was poor. She would always comment about money and once she said, “(character in book) has a very large amount of wealth due to (circumstances) unlike (my name).”

She would be touchy with the other students, not in a creepy way, like touching their shoulders when she looked over at their work, asking for high fives, etc. But when she came to me and looked disgusted. I wasn’t dirty or anything and still washed regularly. Anyway, she would deliberately give me a bad mark and because I did so badly, I had to go into school services for a day.

I thought, screw it, and I went to the head with my problems and told him about it. He had a neutral teacher re-mark my latest work and it was a lot higher than what it was before. Although I couldn’t get out of school services (something to do with records) they were super apologetic and fired the teacher.

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12. Assault Reflex

My friend's little boy had saved all his allowance and Christmas money to buy a skateboard so he could ride it to school instead of walking. A bully stops him right in front of the school and starts demanding he give it to him because "little boys without dads aren't cool enough for skateboards." Her little boy flies off the handle and beats the bully with his board and they both get in trouble for fighting.

My friend leaves work to pick up her kid and when he tells her what happened, she gets him a new board and takes him for ice cream.

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13. Share the Load

When I was in eighth grade, we had to create a group presentation on a book, including a skit from one of the scenes. My group decided to divvy up the slides equally. It was a Google Slides project, so we could all contribute to the same document. The class ended, and I had already finished one of my slides. One boy only changed the color of the title, and the other two didn't do anything.

Long story short, it's the day before everything's due. My slides are done and everything else is empty. When it was our turn to present, my group mates nominated me to present (surprise, surprise). I finally decided to show them the consequences of their actions. I told them that we were all to present the slides we were supposed to work on.

They obviously didn't know what they were doing and were extremely unprepared. My grade went down, but theirs went down even more.

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14. Grapefruit Splat

My Grandma lived on a main road in Miami, and she had grapefruit trees in her yard that grew HUGE grapefruits. When I was little, my older brothers taught me to roll the grapefruits out into traffic and watch them splat as the cars drove by. When I was 15, grandma's health was declining, so my family stayed at her house for a couple of days to get it cleaned out and ready to sell.

I decided it would be fun to take my younger brothers out and show them grapefruit splat. After about 10 minutes of us hurling double-digit grapefruits out into traffic, one of us rolled a big, fat grapefruit, right in front of a cop car without paying attention. We all ran to the backyard, but when I looked out front, my youngest brother Barry was still out there. Apparently, he froze up.

I walked up to the police officers and tried to play it off... "What seems to be the problem, officer?" I asked. "Who are you and where are this boy's parents?" he asked. I replied "I'm his older brother. My parents are at the grocery store, so I'm babysitting until they get back." The cop was super chill and goes "OK, well, your brother was rolling grapefruits out into traffic, so we just stopped to explain to him why that's dangerous."

I looked over to Barry and winked to let him know that we were about to be off the hook. Well, Barry misread my wink as a taunt, so he looks up at the cops and goes, "HE'S the one who showed us how to do it! He ran away when you stopped. And my dad's not gone, he's inside!" The cop looks down at me with a huge grin and says, "Let's go see dad."

I proceeded to get a huge butt-kicking for bringing my brothers into something dangerous, then grounded for lying to the cops.

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15. Mind Games

My old boss tried firing me because I was better than them at their job. I tricked them into saying it out loud, in front of the CEO. Let's just say they don't need to worry about me being better than them anymore.

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16. Lawyer Up

I worked for a corrupt business owner of a business that had a reputation for being bad. I had to work for him because I didn’t have another job. After years of watching him rip off his clients, I finally caught him in the act. I quit. He threatened to sue me for breach of contract and stealing clients (I hadn’t stolen anyone).

He went so far as to have papers served on me and my new employer. I called his attorney and reminded him I knew what my boss had done and would love to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his billing practices. The lawyer said he’d call back. Half an hour later, the lawyer told me it was over.

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17. Rock Solid Plan

I was on a camping trip for boys at Yosemite. One of the guys in charge was new and a real jerk. I was a rule-follower, so he couldn't punish me and he started getting angry about that. He would even drop comments like, "Your turn is coming!" One of the rules was that nobody could ever be alone. If you were caught alone at any time, you were in trouble.

So, we're getting the campfire ready for lunch, and some kid comes running up to the group and says that there's a woman bathing naked in the river. All the kids get up and run to go see. So, to not be alone, I have to go with the group. Anyway, jerk-leader sees his opportunity and says that since I got up and went over with the group, I was also in trouble, despite the fact that I had no other choice. 

Punishment at this camp was holding a giant rock over your head. I was supposed to hold this rock over my head for 15 minutes and then come back. Of course, jerk-leader was too lazy to oversee punishments, so I was supposed to do this alone. I decided that I was going to take this guy down. So, I dropped the rock on my head on purpose. Then I just laid there.

I could feel a large bump rising on my head. After 35 minutes, when they realized that I didn't show up for lunch, everyone ran over to see me laying there with a rock next to my head. I said that the last thing that I remembered is that my arms were getting weak holding the rock over my head. Then the leader checked my head and found the bump.

He was livid, because now he had to tell my mom I got hurt again. When asked why I was holding a rock over my head, I made sure to let them know that it was jerk-leader's punishment. He tried to deny it, but 25 young voices called him "liar" simultaneously, since they had all endured the same punishment. 

Jerk-leader was stripped of his power and spent the rest of the camp as just another camper. In fact, he called someone and left a day early. It was his first and last activity with the group.

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18. Rotten Egg

I egged an ex’s house with some friends when I was young. Only one guy got caught, and he pulled the entire eight of us down. That one sucked.

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19. Small Fry

When I was four and my brother was six we were on our way to my great-grandfather's funeral. My parents stop at McDonald's and out of my brother's small fry bag he pulls an 11" fry. Impossible right? He yells to my parents to witness this awesome fry but before they can turn around I snatch it and eat it. He is upset. Whatever.

Cut to 12 years later. My brother and I are at the table and our friends are in the other part of the kitchen. Out of this bag of Wavy Lays, I pull a potato chip that is literally the size of my skull. No idea how this thing didn't break in transit. I'm like, Oh my God! Guys, look at this chip! Before anyone can even turn their heads, my brother reaches across with his right hand and crushes the chip to crumbs.

I have crazy eyes bearing down on him and he simply says, "That's for the fry." 12 years later, he got his revenge.

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20. Ghost Town

My uncle used to own a hardware store in our crappy little town. He wanted to put up a cover between two buildings that he owned, but the town council wouldn’t let him. They never gave any real reason like, “We need to leave the area uncovered because of XYZ building codes.” They just went on a power trip and said, “You’re not going to do it!”

Eventually, due to some other power trips, my uncle threatened to move his shop a few towns over. Town council went all, “You’re not going to do it!” In an “I dare you” way. So, my uncle did just that. If I remember correctly, he paid the most in taxes so all the money the town was getting from him disappeared. Most of his employees were in high school, so when he moved the kids went with him.

Since the parents had to drive their kids to their job, they decided they would also pick up groceries and other things they needed while they were in the new town. So, the clothes shop and grocery store went out of business. Since no one could get what they needed in our small town, just about everyone moved. Now the town is run down and there’s barely anything here.

My dad said it used to be a nice little town. Now hardly anyone lives here and everything is falling in. My uncle even warned the council, “If I leave, I will take this town with me.” But they didn’t listen.

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21. Gotta Hand It To Him

When I was about 13/14, there was this kid on the school bus who was about a year older than me and used to pick on me a lot. He was a total arrogant jerk. One time he came and sat next to me and tried to pull the old "Hey, did you know if your hand is bigger than your face you have cancer?" (basically, the idea is you get the person to then hold their hand right against their face, and then you hit their hand causing them to hit themselves in the face)

I wasn't falling for it, so he puts his hand against his own face in order to try and show me what to do. What do I do? Turn his own prank against him and smack his hand into his face. His nose starts bleeding quite badly. God that felt good.

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22. Proportional Grades

I had a group project I had to do with four other people. Three out of the four were great, but the final girl never once participated in the project and dragged the rest of us down. We couldn't just fill in for her either, because she kept her specific instructions to herself. So we did the best we could, but our instructor didn't seem impressed.

He had a few questions about how we came to our conclusion and who did what in the group. The other three were trying to keep the focus on the roles they filled, but the instructor was asking about the role that the one girl skipped out on. I answered that we didn't have anything from that role because what's her name didn't come to any of the project sessions.

We just did what we could without her. Until that point, the girl that didn't do anything was standing there acting like she deserved any of the grade we all got. Once I said something, the other three girls confirmed that yes, Becky did 0% of the work. She tried to say she was just really busy, but another girl shut her down by saying she saw her at several parties the past couple of weeks.

That girl got a 0 and the rest of us got like an 85.

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23. Spilled Tea

When I was a kid, I was at a Chinese restaurant sitting next to my uncle. As he put his teacup down, he spilled some on the table cloth, so I laughed at him. He laughs too, then he takes my teacup and upends it on the table in front of me, then says to my Dad, "Hey! Look at this mess!" Come on, man.

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24. An F for Effort

Oh man, when I was in school, I got teamed up with a girl to do a presentation on a country of our choosing for a government class. She wouldn't let me choose the country or even compromise, she insisted on choosing. She then did nothing. Not one single thing, but dodge my attempts to work on the project with her. Finally, I did it all myself.

I silently seethed and let it go. A few days before it was due, she asked, "What's going on with the project?" She almost died when I told her it was done and didn't need her help anymore. I watched for days as she got more nervous knowing she was going to have to stand in front of everyone and not know a single thing that was going on.

The day before, I gave her a copy of the report, presentation, and notes for her to go over. We were the first people called in class. I thought she was going to puke she was so nervous. It was bad for her. I was breezing through the presentation when the teacher noticed my partner hadn't said anything. She started asking her questions, and it went downhill fast.

She was questioned why she knew nothing, what did she contribute exactly, etc. The entire class squirmed in their seats; it was so uncomfortable. I said nothing, just smiled and watched her crash and burn. I got an A, she did not.

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25. Get Your Quarter Back

In high school, I played quarterback and was on the starting line-up during my freshman and sophomore years. When I moved up to varsity during my junior year, I was a back-up and I didn’t see eye to eye with our new coach. He said he’d give me playing time, but one day pulled me into his office and said he wouldn’t be doing that.

He gave me an ultimatum; either I go down to junior varsity again and be their quarterback, or I don’t play and stay on the bench. I said cool, I quit. His assistant coaches were begging me to stay and said they’d start me at any position I wanted, but at that time I enjoyed running track more anyways. Now here’s where the “taking you down with me” comes into play.

The next game or so, the starting QB gets hurt, and guess who has no back up QB? The coach was subbing in random players, and was so desperate my friends told me he considered looking for a QB in the stands. Needless to say, they lost that game badly. He apologized to me years later.

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26. Foam Shooter

I had someone do that thing where they tap the top of your beer bottle to cause it to foam up and explode everywhere. I just pointed my bottle at the person and let it explode on them. Sure, I lost a beer, but they were covered in it and smelled like it for the rest of the night.

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27. Corrupted Files

When I was in eighth grade, our final English project was to make a movie in teams. This project was going to take half a year to make and was worth A LOT of points in our grades. I was pretty hyped up because I love doing amateur movies, and then I got paired up with three slackers. The whole process was a nightmare.

We had a shared account on google to keep the script and video clips so we could all work on the project even when we were not at school. I wrote the whole script. We filmed it on weekends, but it went incredibly slowly. One day, I had to miss school because of a dentist appointment, and those idiots decided to take advantage of my absence.

They told the teacher I was messing up the project. When I got back to school in the afternoon, I was promptly told by my teammates and the teacher that I was out of the project and would get a zero if I did not give a complete script and a five-minute movie. It was due the next Monday, so I only had a weekend to make a half-year project. I couldn't do it and ended up with a 0.

I was unbelievably angry at them, but that's when I remembered the shared account. I went back into the Google account, deleted the entire script, and replaced the movie with a corrupt file, which they didn't check before handing it in. On presentation day, I got to see my old team’s confused looks as their movie didn't play.

When the teacher checked, there was no script, and no movie, so they got a zero too. I might've failed my English class that year, but I made sure they did too.

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28. Wake-Up Wars

One time my sister wouldn’t stop waking me up early on the weekends for no reason for like three months straight. I finally had enough, and started waking her up on weeknights, so at like 3 am on school nights. Every time she would start to fall back asleep, I’d wake her up again. After two weeks she told me that if I didn’t stop, she’d tell mom.

I went, “Then I’ll tell her about the weekends.” We both stopped after that but MAN was she angry.

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29. Modern Day Jousting

I was working at a shipping company. It wasn't difficult, just moving stuff around the warehouse. Had an idiot "coworker" that drove the forklift. Always acted like he was about to run me over with it. One day, this waste of meat comes in drunk. I call him out. He legitimately tries to run me down. So, I grabbed up a length of pipe (we stored PVC pipe), and told him in no uncertain terms that, and I quote: "You come at me on that freaking thing again, I may die but this is going through your throat!"

He comes at me anyway. I stand my ground and jab, like I said I would. Ended up with a gash in my side from the forklift, but he had to have emergency surgery because, while it didn't pierce, it sure as heck knocked SOMETHING loose in his throat. He got fired, I got his job.

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30. Board Game Grudge

In a game of Risk, there were three of us left.  I was obviously not going to win the game, but I could survive a bit longer. So, I kamikazed against the guy who was in the lead, and weakened him enough that the guy in second was able to finish him off the next turn or two. This was over 20 years ago, and he is still upset with me.

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31. Crazy Ex

Had an ex-girlfriend, who when I broke up with her for being manipulative, insisted on doing everything that I did so that I’d have nowhere to go without her being there. This was stuff like inviting herself to my friends’ parties, attempting to befriend my friends independently of me, regularly still messaging my family, taking shifts at work to work the same time as me. 

I had two options: throw my own social and work life under the bus for a chance to get away from her; or keep having a social life and get into some awkward as heck interactions. This girl had made my life impossible for months so, I grew a pair and went with option two. The pure appearance of me drove her mental, and she started threatening to falsely accuse me of stuff to my friends, and threatened to fight a girl she thought liked me.

Long story short: I made many, many enemies who believed her. But she made many, many more because she’d threatened so many people with so many things

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32. Blue Shell

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out, and I have my friends over to play it. They don’t all play Nintendo as much as me, but we are all pretty equal in Mario Kart. We do a tournament and it comes down to the final race. All four of us had been practically neck and neck in the races, and I was about to claim victory on the final lap. With two friends behind me and one in last place, the last place friend gets a blue shell and launches it to take me down.

So, I do the only action I can. I wait a tad, then I stop, and I back up. All three of us ended up in places behind fifth, and I was the only one who ended with a smile still on my face.

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33. Half To Give It To Him

In middle school, this one kid would just bully me constantly. Towards the end of eighth grade it had gotten pretty bad, and I really just wanted it to end. Let's call him Chris. When looking for a lost cat in my neighborhood, I found the bottom half of some animal (may have been a muskrat, groundhog, or something similar, but I couldn't be sure exactly what) and started to hatch an ingenious plan.

I wrapped it up in butcher paper, and put it in a paper bag. I then wrote "Dear Chris, you forgot your lunch this morning. Love, Mom" on it. Chris always brought a bagged lunch into school every single day. In the morning after the first class period started, I put it in his locker. After first period you could hear the screech from the floor below.

Along with everyone else, I ran towards the sound and saw Chris walking down the hallway sobbing. I didn't do much to hide the fact that I did it, and was given a day of in-school suspension. The principal didn't find the humor in negotiating for a half-day since it was only half a rodent. Chris never really messed with me after that.

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34. No Pants, No Fear

Back when I was like 13, I was at my grandma’s house with my older brother and my cousin jumping on the trampoline. Well unbeknownst to me, they had schemed up a plan that involved them "pantsing" me and running off with my shorts. Not only that, but they also took my shoes that were at the base of the trampoline and tossed them into the yard.

It’s well worth mentioning that my grandma’s yard was filled with every type of sticky plant you could imagine. The yard also came complete with poison oak/ivy, bull nettles, and thorns. So, I was essentially stuck in no man’s land. Well after being stuck there for 5-10 minutes with my brother and cousin taunting me, I decided I would stick it to them and moon them.

Right as I dropped my underwear, a cop drove by and saw everything. He pulled in and said, “What the heck are you doing son?” I explained my situation to him and he chuckled and made my brother and cousin go grab my clothes. My grandma came out freaking out because she saw the cop, but once he told her what happened, she started cracking up.

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35. Calculated Revenge

My high school math teacher was a math genius, but not a great teacher. His style was more like "it's right there just do it." And we were all like, "We're 16, you need to break it down for us." But he never did, he always skipped steps and we all were struggling. And we were kids who were talented with math and always got good grades. 

Some kids dropped the class, but I stuck with it because I was determined that if I was going to fail that class, I was taking the teacher out with me. So, after half the class failed his class and the school had gotten a multitude of complaints about him from his students, it turned out that they still couldn't fire him, due to tenure.

The following school year, they scheduled him to supervise study halls and answer phones exclusively, and didn't give him a single class to teach. He threw a fit and refused to do it, so they got him for insubordination. He has since moved on and landed his dream government job. And the school is rid of one awful teacher.

So overall, it was a win-win even though it brought my GPA down.

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36. All-Out Revenge

I was bullied by an entire grade at one point in school. There were primary instigators, sure, but everyone else joined in at the drop of a hat. So, it’s fair to say I was not happy with pretty much all my peers. At one point, we all went on a class camp trip. A group of us went into the woods as part of a supervised activity, and almost everyone broke the rules on going out of bounds.

I didn’t want to because I was a bit of a rules person, but I got attacked and physically pushed out. Of course, the adults found out everyone broke the rules and started asking questions but everyone clammed up. I ratted all of them out. No one escaped punishment. It was the nuclear blitz of ratting out. I had names. I had places they went. I had details!

And they were kids, so they lied badly. So, I got many of them caught in lies too. The adults chose not to believe me when I said I’d been dragged by everyone else so I took the fall too, but it was worth it. We all lost privileges and a taste of freedom kids like us otherwise wouldn’t experience again. I ruined that. And I loved every second of it.

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37. Boating and Gloating

I work for a boat rental company on the lake in my city. I don’t own a boat license, which in general is not really important for the job (because our boats are used for things like picnics, which means they are drivable without a license). What is important however, is that the speedboat we use doesn’t fit that criteria, so to drive it, we need a license. It’s used for rescues and whatnot.

Back to the story, there’s this one kid who went to my school at the time who was a goody-two-shoes and had a jealous streak. Except for being overly good and bragging about it, he would brag about drinking at school. He applied for the same job I did, but I ended up getting it. He wasn’t pleased. I ended up talking to my friends about the job, telling them that I didn’t have my boat license at the time, and apparently, he overheard. 

Anyway, eventually he came with his group of friends about a year later to rent a boat for the day. After they set off, I get notified that there was trouble with the boat so I went to help them using the speedboat. I head up to them within a couple of minutes. I fix the issue (issue with the tiller handle) and conveniently the water police for the lake drive by, and this kid who still is annoyed about not getting the job said, “He has been working here for a year and doesn’t have his boat license.”

That made me mad, and they were about to fine me when I said, “This kid underage drinks.” I got fined, and he got in big trouble with his parents. At least I didn’t lose my job.

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38. A Soft Serve Secret

When I was young, my dad and I used to do stuff and he'd always say, "Don't tell your mother!" Like maybe getting some ice cream on the way home, or having some fast food somewhere before dinner, or silly pranks to her and my brothers that would confuse the crap out of them but we'd keep our mouths shut and giggle about it later.

This one time, mom had announced she was going to make my favorite meal of hers. I was ecstatic. I go help dad with some chores as well, and some grocery shopping. On the way home he asked if I wanted some ice cream. I'm years old at the time, there's no way I’m going to say no! And he went and bought me a huge chocolate soft serve ice cream. I'm sure a few of you are already guessing where this is going.

Skip to about 20 mins later, we're home eating dinner and I'm too full from the ice cream, so I'm not eating as eagerly or as much as usual. My mom just made me save it for later.  I can't remember exactly what I did later that night, but mom was furious about something I know I did wrong. My dad immediately was like, "Oh, it was (my name)"

I was shocked. How could he betray me! Immediately I turned and was like, "The reason I couldn't eat my dinner was because dad bought me this huge ice cream on the way home!" Oh boy. It almost turned into a Scooby-doo scene where my dad was chasing after me and my mom was chasing after my dad. But we were laughing our faces off...

And then I got sent to sleep earlier for whatever it was I had done to get reprimanded for in the first place.

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39. Hydrophobia

I am notorious in my friend group for having a fear of water. Some friends ended up renting a boat, and wanted to take it out on the lake. They begged me to come out. I kept saying no, but eventually, I caved because it seemed super important to my friends. Even though I didn't plan on getting in the water, I wasn’t going to wear jeans to the sunny "beach," so I left my wallet, keys, and phone in the car.

Within 10 minutes of getting to the middle of the lake, my buddy suggests that I "face my fears" and his brother asks me if I have the time. I shrug and tell them I left my phone back in my car. They both lunge at me and start throwing me overboard. I latch on for dear life and fight as if the river is lava, because to me it essentially is.

I eventually realize that I'm 100% going overboard, and there is nothing I can do except let go of the railing I was gripping onto and instead grab them both, as I pulled back and forced all three of us into the water. Getting back on the boat was easy, it had a little ramp and ladder for climbing in/out and you can bet your butt I was the first one climbing back up.

The brothers got mad at me because they had their phones in their pockets, and I ruined them. But everyone quickly pointed out that they pushed me in the water knowing I hated it and that they deserved it. They argued that they intentionally tried to make sure I didn't have anything electronic on me, but everyone shut them down.

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40. Stinky Finger

In third grade, my friend told my crush I liked her, so I told everyone that he put his finger in his butt. He didn't, but I had a reputation for never lying, so they believed me.

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Sources:  Reddit

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