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22 people share the times someone didn’t listen to their warning and then paid for it.


Ever warned someone not to do something, and they didn't listen to you, and then they later paid the price for not heeding your warning? It can be a satisfying feeling—as long as the outcome isn't terrible and no one gets hurt.

Someone asked Reddit: "What did you try to warn someone about except they didn’t listen and it turned out very badly?" These 22 people share the times someone didn't heed their warning and then paid the price:

1.) From Door-Dasher:

My 6 year old brother at the time was standing on the kitchen table with his socks on and it looked like he was about to jump off. I kid you not, before he jumped I literally said "don't jump off the table with socks on or you'll slip and break your arm." 5 seconds later he jumped off the table, his feet slipped out from under him, and he landed directly on his arm... breaking it.

2.) From SavageInkStudios:

I told my boss not to hire the girl who showed up to her interview late and in a belly shirt, now we have a worker who perpetually calls out and whose dad has shown up to try to change her work schedule.

3.) From riddix:

My mom asking me about putting money in this company which was obviously a ponzi scheme. I told her to not listen to her moronic cousin and not to put money in it because it is not real. She lost a few thousand dollars and asked me to get it back for her. I was so mad and begrudgingly did it cause mom has been a minimum wage worker since forever and that was all she had. I wasn't able to get all of it back. She lost half of what she put in after the feds were through with it.

4.) From streamstroller:

I told my college housemate that she needed to slow down her drinking because she was making horrible decisions and putting herself in dangerous situations. She threw a tantrum, screamed at me that I was a know-it-all and "not her mother" and she moved out and in with another friend. The next week she was driving drunk and wrapped her car around a tree on campus, wasn't wearing a seat belt. She broke a lot of bones in her face and looked like a monster for months. Luckily everything healed and she ended up getting the help she needed.

5.) From sanguchitostriples2:

Friend of mine left her loving boyfriend for a guy she met online. He was "more romantic" (meaning: he said a lot of lovey gooey stuff).

I didn't like him. She would live her whole life around him and only him. He began isolating her from her friends, told her to delete her social media because he had "people who don't like him" on the internet. He had no job, "just couldn't" manage to get one, and started living off her money. She also found out he had been charged for fraud in his home country.

"But he says it was a mistake. He is innocent" "It's your choice, but I don't like this. It's way too sketchy" "You want to see us fail! You're jealous cause you're single"

Four years later, she's not my friend anymore. From what I've heard she has no other friends left, has accomplished nothing, and continues to pay for everything while he plays videogames all day. But hey, guess that's true love.

6.) From 8_years_later:

A gal I know insisted the new mansion she was "buying" would be repaired and maintained by the previous owner. I asked her why they would do that if she wasn't paying them.

It was a land lease. That's like renting from an individual who holds on to the legal ownership. She didn't understand she had no rights and was basically living in a hotel until she was $500,000 in the hole. They kicked her out the second month of the pandemic.

7.) From an_ineffable_plan:

I tried to suggest that a friend use protection after she got an STI. She blew up at me, then had several more STIs and a pregnancy scare or two in the following months. If I said anything, I was obviously judging her promiscuous lifestyle.

8.) From WesternEuropeanDude:

Dude was buying an apartment off-plan (meaning you pay a % before the build even starts) and he send me the plans online. I'm into architectural design so I quickly spotted it was off; all the furniture on his floorplan was shrunk dramatically to make the space appear much bigger than it actually was underlined with:
*for illustrative purposes only

I drew up a rough quick 3d model to scale with the furniture as it was on the plan and put some real size humans in the space and sent it to him as a warning. He got angry with me and suggested that I "insulted his intelligence".

It wasn't just a little bit off, it was dramatic. The full size bath would have to be a sit up bath or a shower. The furniture was shrunk by almost 50%.

He's now the proud of owner of a micro apartment.

9.) From callmekg:

I tried to convince my roommate he was getting scammed on craigslist. We talked, we argued, I even pulled up google and showed him pages worth of people saying they should’ve never sent the money order. But somehow it was different cuz the bank took the check earlier that day. Well, a few days later the bank called and said the check didn’t clear, which was around the same time the buyer and the “shipping company” he was using disappeared too.

10.) From Bushtuckapenguin:

I'm a vettech so my job is a lot of not telling people I told you so. "Spay your dog otherwise they'll get pyometra. Keep the cone on or they'll lick the sutures open. Don't feed your dog McDonald's or they'll get pancreatitis."

The most recent one was for a client by with a little Yorkie I'll call Max. He came in for the core dog vaccines of Da2pp and Rabies.. however my area has had a rash of Leptospirosis cases, a spirochete that lives in the urine and feces particularly of wild animals like racoons and skunks. It causes acute kidney failure within two weeks of picking it up. Three diagnosed and three deaths in one month makes me offer it to everyone getting vaccines.

I offered Mr Max the lepto and explained why. Mr Max was a great owner, loved Max with all his heart as did his family. He said he'd have to ask his mum, was super busy, come back and get it later

Fine, no worries. He was a well loved little dog.

Two months later Max comes in for lethargy and what do you know, Leptospirosis. Mr Max looked like he'd been punched in the guts. I'd never seen so much regret.

He apologised to me for some reason as if he could take it back. The entire family is in the clinic weeping and begging what we can do for him. Do they do kidney transplants in dog? What if we pay you $25000? Make Max better, please, whatever it takes

Good news was that with three weeks of fluid therapy and he came pretty good but wow, a $6000 bill vs a $20 vaccine.

11.) From lulastark:

I tried to tell my brother that he should not get married to someone he met only a few months ago, barely knew, never lived with, and that I personally found very shady.

He got mad at me and got married anyway.

The marriage lasted one month. Two years later my brother is in a very eventful divorce, buried in debt, lost many friends, quit his job, is back at our parents house and has depression.

12.) From catfarts99:

I tell people this all the fucking time and they never listen: never tell anybody how much money you have. Doesn't matter if you don't have any money cause no reason to let people know you are broke. But ESPECIALLY if you have money, don't let anybody know. It will only cause you problems.

I tell this to my employees all the time. One of my employees had a huge college fund that her grandparents and parents had been saving for for years. I tell her to keep it a secret and never let anybody know about it. Of course she tells her girlfriend about it. They move across the country together so my employee can go to college. The girlfriend refuses to get a job or pay for anything because she knows about the money. She proceeded to steal as much money as fast as she could and bails.

13.) From try_new_stuff:

I told my friend not to go downstairs because her parents were having sex. She scoffed and went downstairs to catch them having sex. Came back crying and scarred for life. I tried to tell her

14.) From Pastafarian_Pirate:

A douche in high school kept stealing my water bottle and drinking from it (even when sick). One day I brought a water bottle full of nasty cruddy water (that I think I had filled from a fountain on a trip to Italy and never emptied). I intended to wash it and refill it at school, but this butthole grabbed it from me before I cleaned it. I told him "don't drink that!" And of course, he did anyways. I laughed, and then pointed out that there were fuzzy floaties in the water. He never stole my water again.

15.) From iconoclast63:

I tried to warn my daughter that her boyfriend was a violent criminal but she married him anyway. After 3 years, and a wonderful grandson, he was sent back to prison and she finally divorced him. I saw him for who he was within 30 minutes of meeting him but neither she nor anyone else in the family would listen.

16.) From Holybull79:

Told my ex that we should strap down the hay. He didn't feel like it, said it would be fine. We get onto the freeway, and sure enough, there goes the hay. Cars are hitting it, running it over, plus losing the cost of it alone was a big enough sting.

17.) From ConjeturaUna:

Told my friend to wear his seatbelt. We were both in the back seat. Minutes later we hit a light pole. He flew from the back seat and made a 12in hole in the wind shield. He ended up with 32 stitches on the top of his head.

18.) From RainAndDepression:

I was on a kayak with one of my friends and we started getting pretty far out. I was getting really worried and told her we should start to turn back, I also remembered her dad had said that the wind was going to pick up in the afternoon meaning that the ocean current would be quite strong. She told me that we shouldn't turn back and to live a little so I let us stay out for a bit. It was quite nice actually, but when we tried to get back we couldn't because the current was too strong. Long story short, we went pretty far out, capsized and ended up having to get help.

19.) From Black_Bud:

"Hey little bro, please read a room and stop doing your Rick and Morty impression where they make out, complete with tongue slurping and moaning. It's not as funny as you think it is and it makes people uncomfortable. Don't do it at work, for sure."

Two jobs later, he still hasn't learned. Yes, he's an adult.

20.) From Sarchasm-Spelunker:

When my brother got back from spending 8 years in the military, his friend's ex started taking an interest in him.

I told him that she was digging for gold and knew he had a nice nest egg saved up.

He didn't listen and she cleaned him out over the course of about a year, then cheated on him on his own bed.

21.) From Dreizen35:

There was a girl at a party at my house who drove home drunk after I asked her not to. I even suggested that she could use my bed while I slept on the couch. After everyone at the party got on my case for trying to baby her, and let her make her own decisions I dropped it. Drove into a lamppost on the way home. Went to the hospital before getting arrested. Never found out what happened to her.

I may have pushed a bit too hard for her to stay, but spend the money to take a cab home. If you're going out, always be ready to pay that extra bit to get back in one piece.

22.) From robotlasagna:

Covid-19. Warned all my friends this was coming in early February and they were like “idk... it seems like kind of a China thing. I don’t think we have to worry about it.”

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