12 People Whose Patience Reached its Breaking Point

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4 months ago

Life is a constant test of our patience, and with age we learn not to be irritated by trivialities. But even someone with iron patience can be pushed to the limit. Our protagonists today tell stories of such irritating incidents.

  • I am on a family vacation with my sister, her husband and my husband. We are by the sea and yesterday was the first time we’d be going to a beach club. My sister asked me not to wear a bikini or anything revealing because she said both she and her husband are not feeling the best about her postpartum body, and she really doesn’t want to bring the topic up. I said I was sorry she feels that way, but I wasn’t going to spend a day roasting under an umbrella, unable to swim or enjoy myself. I said tons of women would be in bikinis, so I didn’t see why I made a difference. We went to the beach and Rachel was a wreck all day, and refuse to come with us to the beach today. © Silver-Cattle7362 / Reddit
  • At work one day, I was writing a menu board for lunch specials. A couple came in and started chuckling behind me. The lady gave me this snide look and said, “What’s a sandwich? It’s spelled SAMWITCH, honey. Hahaha, she wrote SAND, like in the desert!”
    I just smiled and didn’t even correct her. © trixablanca / Reddit
  • My ex-boyfriend’s biological dad left when he was ten. He gave up his rights, and then his stepdad eventually adopted him. His stepdad used to talk so much about the bio-dad, saying that he wasn’t a real man for giving up his kids.
    I found out after we broke up that the stepdad had an older child that he gave up the rights to, but he was still a man somehow. © idealisticb***h / Reddit
  • My father called me, found out I got divorced (didn’t tell him because we were not close, and I knew he would side with my ex) and told me he was “incredibly disappointed in me because marriage is supposed to be forever.” He was calling me to tell me he was getting married for the FIFTH time. © r124124 / Reddit
  • Our school’s schedule got revamped, which meant that one of our classes that was two periods long was cut in half to accommodate all the changes. When I brought this up to the teacher I was co-teaching with, she called me an idiot and told everyone sitting at our table group that I wasn’t very good at math, and everyone laughed. A few minutes later, the principal clarified the new schedule, only for her to realize that she was wrong in the first place. It felt so good to see the look on her face when she realized she was the one mistaken, not me. © jooby-the-nooby / Reddit
  • A high school teacher of mine misspelled the word “college” as “collage” on an assignment, and I jokingly said, “Whoever wrote this must not have gone to ’collage.’” She made a huge scene in front of the class for fifteen or so minutes about how I don’t know anything about her, and she brought some friends of mine into it by trying to get them to say that they thought I was full of myself. They all got uncomfortable and disagreed.
    A week later, a classmate made the same mistake on her homework, and the teacher made the exact joke that I had made but failed to see the hypocrisy in it. © sambosefus / Reddit
  • I had a friend from high school invite me and three other friends over for what he described as a “party.” We thought that it might be a small gamer party with some nerdy board games or something, as there were only the three of us plus him and his wife.
    His wife then proceeded to start an hour and a half presentation and tried to sell female beauty products to a group of males between the ages of 19 and 22. I was astounded. © blackdragon8577 / Reddit
  • During my entire childhood, my dad treated my mom badly and accused her of cheating. He would call her workplace and ask her supervisor what the organization’s policy was on employees having relationships with customers, and basically just things to make my mom feel terrible.
    None of my brothers or I ever believed she had cheated on him, as she could barely keep friends because our father tried to control every aspect of her life, let alone how she would have time to cheat on him while raising four children that he was barely around for.
    Fast-forward to me at 21, and I catch my dad cheating on my mom. A year later, I find out I have two other siblings from different mothers that all fit the time frame of my parents’ marriage.
    Luckily, he isn’t in our life much. © one30eight / Reddit
  • My aunt came to visit for what was supposed to be a week or two and didn’t leave for almost a year when I was a kid. She redecorated my room and even put up pictures of herself.
    Now, the running joke in my family is to randomly leave pictures of yourself around the house when we visit people. © slams-head-on-desk / Reddit
  • My ex-boyfriend was angry that I was on a dating site and had gone on a few dates within a month of us breaking up. He did the exact same thing, but it was “different” because his dates went badly, and he was lonely. © tintinfin / Reddit
  • I worked with a guy who’d interrupt any conversation to talk about anything as if he was the expert. And I don’t use “anything” as a hyperbole. He truly had something to say about anything, including things he had never heard of or obviously didn’t know much about. Everybody else was way too polite and against conflict to say anything, including me, so most people just tried to stay away from him, but he’d follow people around. I eventually left, but I even remember having a nightmare where he was the bestman at my wedding. © Lufernaal / Reddit
  • My older sister is getting married in a few months. We used to be really close, but recently our relationship has been strained due to a series of conflicts. Here’s where things took a turn. About a year ago, I went through a tough breakup with my ex-boyfriend. I confided in my sister about it, and she was supportive and seemed understanding. A couple of days ago, I overheard her talking to a friend on the phone, and I distinctly heard her say that she’s excited for my ex to attend the wedding. I was shocked because I had no idea he was even invited, let alone that she was excited to have him there. I confronted her about it, and she admitted that she’d invited him without telling me because she thought we’d “rekindle” things. © OrdinaryFederal6523 / Reddit

People are particularly eager to share stories about their personal lives. For example, what can be more awkward and irritating than a failed date?

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