People Share Their Hilarious Interactions With People Who Are Totally Clueless

People Share Their Hilarious Interactions With People Who Are Totally Clueless

The 90s movie with Alicia Silverstone made naiveté seem downright cute, but in real life, dealing with dolts can be frustrating. From slacking on the job to ripping off a barista to hitting a cop in the face, these poor souls are completely inept in every way. You'll be shaking your head at these hilarious stories about people who are totally clueless.

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46. What a cupcake.

A roommate I lived with during university for four months never used the kitchen at all - she always went to restaurants or got take out for lunch and dinner. On our last night she wanted to make cupcakes to take for the last day of her co-op job, and I had to walk her through making cupcakes from a Betty Crocker boxed cake mix. Her first question was "How do I preheat the oven?"


45. Still waiting on that to come through.

An old friend, who's Coca-Cola family, told my ex-boyfriend, who was dirt poor, "Oh don't worry, everyone has a trust fund, some parents just don't tell you so you don't rely on it until you're older."

This was in high school.

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44. But they should be.

My dad asked if he could borrow my cat. I said no. He replied, “It’s okay, I’ll just rent one.” I didn’t point out that cat rentals aren’t a thing. I still don’t know why he needed a cat.

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43. You know the one.

A friend of mine saw a guy getting arrested in college. The kid was struggling and cussing out the cops like crazy, yelling, “do you know who my father is?!” A cop humored him and asked. “He owns the number one used car dealership in upstate New York!”

We were in Massachusetts. They were unimpressed by his legacy and took him in.

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42. Made for maid service.

First day at college, girl next to me raised her hand and asked the RA, “What time will the cleaning services be cleaning our rooms?”

Man did she make me feel better, I was poor and got a scholarship. I was so stressed I’d do something stupid first but she totally jumped on that fire for me.

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41. They don't teach this in college.

I recently started a new job and a college graduate was in my orientation class. She was confused about income tax, but straight up blown away she had to pay into social security. Something along the lines of "I thought the governement paid for that." She didn't even know what job she was hired for because her father handled all the application stuff.


40. Two boys in a bubble.

My uncle raised his two kids in Hong Kong by forbidding them from watching any TV, take public transportation, or being out by themselves at any time. They spend their days at an English-only international school, then come home after school and read English books.

One day we had a family gathering (very rare because apparently Chinese food is not good for them) and I realized that these kids are raised in Hong Kong but they speak no Chinese. They don't know how to use public transportation, they have no friends, they are uninformed about what's happening in the world outside of their school and their home, and they are just really uncomfortable around people in general. They turn 18 this year.

These two kids have no idea how the outside world is like.

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39. Hopefully he wasn't studying medicine.

Met a guy at university who thought Chinese people would be unaffected by the rise of superbugs because they were too smart to fall victim to it.

Both a pharmacy student and a Chinese person could not convince him otherwise.

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38. The fish want you to succeed.

I work running fishing programs in a park. A mother expectantly asks, “You can assure me that my son will catch a fish within thirty minutes, correct?” I was so caught off guard it took a second to respond. Needless to say she was very displeased that the answer was “no” and pulled her son away in a huff as if I had wronged her somehow.


37. No one knows how mortgages work, anyway.

I had a woman call into work (I work in banking) and ask for her mortgage payoff. It was like 40 thousandish.... she said there was no way that was right because her payment book only had 3 more coupons in it and she thought it was done when the coupons were. She couldn’t comprehend that she had a 30 year mortgage and that she didn’t get a coupon book for all 30 years, she only got three years at a time and because she had an adjustable rate. I had to call back ups to explain to her that she still owed 27 more years.

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36. Still a baby, at least intellectually.

My brother wanted to be a game designer I asked how that was going and what he had been doing.

Mom had gone to Walmart to pick up some art supplies so he could get "Designing."

He did not really know what coding was in terms of game design, and did not know graphic design. He thought he could simply just draw up some swords and guns and shields and someone would pay him to do this for a living. With zero experience.

He's almost 30.

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35. So not Air Force material.

When I was in the Air Force, this 18 year old kid arrives at his first Duty Station. He has contacted nobody. Nobody knows he is arriving today. He has figured out (by stopping at different offices and asking) where our warehouse is, and enters the office to meet his supervision..... flanked by his girlfriend and his mother.

Later on, it is discovered that he fudged his numbers on all his previous fitness tests to that point, which is why he could barely do 25 pushups and couldn't run to save his life.

Even later on, he becomes hysterical, sobbing, panicking, begging and pleading when told he will deploy to Afghanistan. Like everyone else in the squadron had been doing, for years. This was 2012. We were logistics. We literally loaded airplanes all day.


34. Technically he's her kid, too.

My sister-in-law got in an argument with her brother/my husband and me, stopped speaking to us, blocked us on Facebook... and then threatened to sue us for visitation rights to our six-month-old.

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33. Like something out of a nightmare.

Went to a metal music festival with a friend and camped there. We had just woken up and she pulls out her hair straightener and asks where the outlets were. When I told her that there are no outlets on the camping grounds, she looked at me in horror and said: “So I won’t be able to straighten my hair for 3 days?”

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32. You have to pay those back.

Fellow college student said to me: I don't understand why other students keep looking for free food. If they really need more money, why don't they just get more student loans?

I had to explain to him that, at some point, they stop giving you student loans. Also that not everyone had parents who were willing/able to support their children, and that even if you did pull out more loans then that's more money you have to pay back after university comparitive to your expected entry level pay schedule in your field.


31. Sounds like a game plan.

A friend of mine decided to quit his job to become a twitch streamer. Right off the bat I thought this was a stupid plan. But the real kicker was his timeline for his streaming career. He told me he saved enough money to pay his bills for 1 month. ONE MONTH! And after that he would be making enough money from twitch to pay his bills. He seriously believed that after 1 month he would have between 2 and 3 hundred subs. He refused to advise or use any social media. He won’t play any triple A games or even popular games. A year and a half later he’s lost his apartment his car, basically everything but his girlfriend. Who he lives with. But hey, he just hit 50 followers on twitch and got affiliated. To him this endeavor has been a total success.

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30. Cheaper than paying for the microwave.

Someone at my work asked if she needed to pay to use the microwave. She decided it was too complicated to use and bought a $150 thermal lunchbox so she can take food that was cooked by her hired chef to work without needing to reheat it. She's a 30 year old heiress working her first job trying to be independent. Her parents are covering all her expenses.

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29. Sorry it's taking so long.

I told my friend that I was saving up to get my bathroom remodelled and she said to me "What, still? It's been two months!" Yes dear, but I have to pay my bills/mortgage/travel/food/whatever else I may need. She lives at home with her parents still and doesn't have to pay any bills/rent to stay there. She's in for a shock when she moves out.

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28. As it was, so shall it be.

Once on a university field trip for a history class, the lecturer points out at a watchtower turned Starbucks.

"What do you see?" he asked.

One girl says, "Starbucks."

He goes, "Yes, but what kind of building is it or seemed to be in the past?"

All the class said, "Watchtower."

And she goes, "Starbucks."

He asked her to look at it and she keeps insisting. Then he explained that he understood but that it she needed to understand what it was in the past.

And she went, "I don't get it. It's a Starbucks."

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27. Being frugal's not funny.

Once I was talking with a group of friends about trying to save money while also paying off loans and said, 'The first month was terrible, I struggled to even save £100,' and a girl burst out laughing.

She's never paid rent (lived with her parents who also bought her food etc) and her fiancé is super rich so was the source of the deposit on their house, and she works in telesales making plenty of commission and has lots of designer handbags.


26. Drive on through.

Former barista here. A customer came through the drive-thru one afternoon, ordering a custom drink that cost about $5. While on the phone, he dug change out of the corners of his van and handed me what amounted to less than $3. I continued looking at him with my hand extended, half full of dirty coins, when he just shrugged and said, “That’s all I got.” I repeated the total and said he hadn’t given me enough. “Can’t you just spot me with your tips?” Um, EXCUSE ME? First, no, that’s literally my grocery money, and second, our company had a strict policy against doing just that. But I simply apologized and said no, I couldn’t do that. He blew up at me, saying I wasn’t “being very neighborly.” I again apologized and explained how I relied on my tip money to, you know, EAT. Instead he screamed at me again, “You suck, you REALLY suck!” before driving away. Side note: it was a small town and most people there don’t know how the real world works.

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25. Throwing good money after bad.

My ex-wife's roof on her house was damaged from a storm. The roofing company wanted $1700 up front to fix it. The insurance company sent her a check for $700. They would send a check for the rest when the job was complete. They sent her that little because she chose a $1000 dollar deductible. In anger she sent the check back. Several years later out of curiosity I looked up her name on that web site that shows if you have outstanding payments coming to you and she does. I thought about contacting her and letting her know but meh.

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24. Good idea, let me ask them.

I was good friends with this girl in college. I knew she was spoiled (free reign of daddy's credit card) but it was never a big deal. After college she couldn't grasp why I couldn't spend the next 6-12 months backpacking through Europe with her, which she wanted to do because she didn't feel like getting a job yet. The idea that I had to get a job to support myself and start paying back student loans was completely foreign to her. Her answer to everything was "have your parents pay for it!" Sorry honey, that is not how the real world works.


23. And the award for best supporting brother goes to...

My little brother, who was (and I fear still kinda is) adamant that he would grow up to be an actor all through high school without trying to pursue any acting related things. Quit drama club freshman year and never looked back. Didn't work towards getting into an acting program in college. Spent more time on his video games than acting, but I guess he was just banking on being discovered and put into roles due to handsomeness. It's hard enough to make that dream work for people who are actually trying.

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22. Quite the contribution.

Let me set up this story about my ex by saying we split about three months ago, all of her friends and family still reach out to me to tell me how she is struggling and I love it.

This is a girl that didn't have any idea how to cook for herself, grilled cheese was beyond the realm of possibility. She never cleaned a thing in her life. Never helped with the dishes, did the laundry one time, said she hated it and never did it again. Didn't like doing the grocery shopping or even going in the store because there were too many options.

Not to mention we were living off of my salary.

Her hobbies included Netflix, and listening to audio books while driving.

She broke up with me because I didn't want to wear gold sequined tie, suspenders, and shoes to the wedding. Let alone make my friends wear them too.

I thought she always understood how much I did for her and she appreciated it. I had no idea how wrong I was.

When her friend made a comment to her about how she is lucky to have me do EVERYTHING for her. She replied back with "Well, I'm the one that is doing more than half the wedding planning."


21. A different kind of ambition.

My ex-girlfriend dumped me because she said, "I don't want to work when I'm 30," with the subtext that I would not be able to support her stay at home lifestyle. She's currently pursuing a masters in Psych and she'll finish around 26 or 27. Then she has 3 years during which I assume she'll practice counseling until she wants to stop working... at which point she expects some dude to just pay her way. So she dumped me and found this chad who had his 10 year plan. He was gonna get his undergrad, go to business school and then go to law school. So he's not even going to finish school until about 29. So then he's got 1 year to start making enough money to support his wife who is no longer going to work for the rest of her life.


20. To be fair, it does fix everything.

I worked on a group project with these two girls in high school. We had met up at a library over the weekend and when I pulled into the parking lot one of them said something about my car. I said, "Yeah, I love this car but someone keyed it in a parking lot all down the passenger side. Look how deep it is!"

I told her I couldn't fix it beyond some touch up paint either because that would require sanding it down and all that. She looked me dead in the eye with a look like I was crazy and said, "Well why don't you go buy some elbow grease? I hear that fixes everything".

Dead serious. Girl had heard about "just give it some elbow grease" and got it into her head that this was a product you could buy to fix just about anything. She did not contribute much to our group project.

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19. Didn't see it coming.

I had a classmate in 5th grade who had very strict parents. They wouldn't let her eat food that wasn't organic, wouldn't let her watch non-educational TV, wouldn't let her stay past 8:00 PM, wouldn't let her watch movies that are above G rating, wouldn't let her play any form of sports or videogames, and wouldn't let her go on field trips unless one parent is present.

Towards the end of the year, she got chicken pox. Why, you ask? Well, it's because her parents didn't vaccinate her.

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18. Struck oil.

A friend from college recently told me that he got a car, his first one. I was pretty happy for him and asked what he was going to do now? The conversation went like this:

Him: Dunno man, mabye go upsate to see the sites.

Me: Sounds cool, but what are you going to do about gas?

Him: What do you mean?

Me: You don't have a job and your parents aren't giving that good of an allowance, so what will you do if your car runs out of gas?

This was his answer:

Him: That's no problem! All I gotta do is find a pipeline in my backyard, dig it up, get the oil from it, put them into buckets, and leave 'em in my trunk for when I need to refill the tank!

I then awkwardly stared him down for a good minute, his innocent blue eyes piercing my soul, and told him I had to go.

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17. Old-fashioned about cash.

Last year, I got a job offer, which required a move. I found a place, which required first and last as a deposit. Not unusual. Unfortunately, I had been unemployed for the most of a year prior to this, and didn't have enough money to cover two months rent upfront (about €1500), as well as survive in the city for a month before I got my first paycheck. So I asked my parents for help, which sucked but had to be done.

They flipped out at me, because they truly thought that was too much and was more like a deposit to buy a house. I spent many nights explaining to them that the modern world is not like it was in the seventies but to no avail.

They now want me to put a deposit on a house. When I said I can't afford that (because I can't) they said it wasn't a big deal, just get a 100% mortgage from the bank and pay it off over time.

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16. Where, at the Dollar Store?

A guy I know once said; "I don't get homeless people, just buy a house!"

He is a spoiled rich kid who has no idea how money works. Never had a job, never done any hard work in his life and is barely scraping through University.

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15. Rose-colored glasses.

My ex girlfriend was completely clueless about money. We dated all through college and she didn’t really understand the extent of which taxes are taken out of a pay check. She also had an expectation that everyone also made 70-80k coming out of college. So with this reasoning she expected to live a lavish life style as soon as she finished her degree. I don't think things turned out that way.

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14. If only credit worked this way.

I was getting lunch with a friend during my second year in college. Being poor college students, we opted for the cheapest food the mall had to offer. When we finally sat down to eat he expressed relief that his credit card would "reset" in a week. I was a bit confused so I asked him to explain, he thought that banks gave out cards to anyone who applied and gave them X dollars to spend a month then they reset it at the end of the month.

Had to explain to a 20-something grown man how credit cards work.

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13. Tales from home cooking.

A friend of mine was over for dinner. I had just started whipping up some cream for the chocolate mousse I'd made when my friend walks into the kitchen. He asks what I'm making. I tell him, and he gets this strange look on his face. I ask him if everything is ok; he replies in the most serious of voices,"But that only comes in the can." I spent the next 15 minutes explaining to him where cream comes from and discovered in the process he had no idea where meat came from, either.

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12. Makes sense, in a way.

I overheard this on the bus at my University: "I know how it says in the Bible that Adam came before Eve, but like, I don't think it's true. I mean, think about it. Christmas EVE comes the night before Christmas, same with New Year's EVE. Women had to have been made first."

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11. Just putting in his time.

My co-worker genuinely believes that raises are time-based, not performance based. For example, he works a part time second job at a BBQ place. Only works 2 nights a week, gives up every shift he can to someone else, and pretty much only works there so that he can steal food.

And yet, after a year he was talking about how he "deserved" a raise.

Same with the job we work together. Puts in very little effort, works at a very slow pace, barely ever takes initiative of any kind, and throws a fit when asked to do anything outside of what he considers to be his "job." Still thinks he deserves a raise every year when his review comes up.

This guy is also in his early 30s.

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10. Money don't matter.

I encounter at least one clueless dolt per day. This morning was about mortgages. This woman was talking about moving to Florida soon and putting her house on the market. I'm a first time home buyer in my 20s, interested in buying something modest. She nonchalantly says that they'll probably ask for about 300k just to break even and move. I said yeah that's way out of my price range, which is more like 180k. She is very confused and says that if I don't have a bunch of bills that should be very affordable for me. I ask her how much she thinks that monthly payment would be and she says maybe 2k. I say yeah, at least, plus homeowner's insurance, car insurance, car payment, gas, healthcare, phone bill, water bill, electric bill, internet bill, groceries, 401k, etc. On single income. I'm lucky to have a job with good benefits, and I'm aware of that, but I'm far from making six figures.

The fact is, this woman works as a cafeteria cashier and married into money, and she's absolutely clueless about budgeting, even in her 50s.

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9. No more know-it-all.

I'm in my early 30s and just doing grad school now. I'm one of the oldest people in my class, the majority are straight out of undergrad or have at most 1-2 years of work experience.

The class I recently took is a study of what causes military conflict between nations. Pretty interesting class with a professor who obviously knows his stuff.

This one girl would always go out of her way to make sure we all knew her opinion on every matter. She majored in International Relations at a good undergrad school, took one study abroad trip to France, and thought she knew the answer to all the world's political problems. She would constantly use buzzwords and nonsensical jargon to essentially argue that the only reason we have wars is because women are not in charge.

We all did our best to ignore her, but sometimes she would say such stupidly ignorant things that people would go off on her. She is a prime example of somebody who read a theory once in some chapter and thought that she knew what was best for an international system of politics that has been developing over the last few centuries.

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8. No special treatment for mama.

There's currently a pregnant girl at my work. She cried actual tears because they made her work in the kitchen. That's literally half of her job. She thinks they're not going to fire her. They are so going to fire her. I mention the pregnant thing because she only wants to sit at work. Its not a sitting job. I get it, I've got 4 kids. Pregnancy is not the most fun thing ever but you actually have to work at a job. She's just so so young for her age and has definitely been spoiled up to this point. Now she's going to be a single mom. Life is going to beat the hell out of her. I think she'll come out of it and hopefully be a much stronger adult afterwards though. She just has a lot of growing up to do.


7. No rivalry from this sibling.

My poor brother. At the time of this story he was about 21 and living at home with my parents. He was working part time at a Rent-a-Center making 12 bucks an hour and recently got a new girlfriend. He asked me if we could meet to go over details about what life looks like outside the comforts of having your parents pay for everything.

We meet at a coffee shop and analyze his finances. After about two hours, I explain to him he should stay at home and pay off some big debts he has, get a good savings and look to get a more stable and well paying job. Two months later what does he do? He rents a house from our uncle who is notorious for milking his tenants. A few weeks later, suddenly all his utilities turn off. He explains that he didn’t know he “had to pay for these things.” Then he buys a $5k ring and proposes to his girlfriend. He is over a week late on his rent the next week and he gets a late fee added to it and is on the outs with my uncle for it.

I really thought I was thorough with him, but then I remembered our childhood and how he just never understood anything correctly. It’s like he is from an alternate dimension and has trouble understanding humanity.

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6. A future PhD candidate in the making.

I’m attending grad school in Barcelona, and there are these two Colombian girls in my class who I’m pretty sure have never had to work for anything in life. We just had our first final the other day, and while the test was hard I thought it was pretty straight forward. It was essay type questions and you needed to draw on things we discussed in class to answer each question. A few minutes into the exam, one of the girl raises her hand and says she doesn’t know what to do. Fair enough, the professor tells her to use class theories to answer the question asked. She then said that she doesn’t know how to relate any class theories to the question. I was literally sitting there, having already answered one question having used 4-5 different class topics to answer it. I couldn’t understand why she was having such a hard time. The other Colombian girl then says, “can you just write on the board which theories you want us to use to answer?”

She basically asked the professor of a grad school class to answer a question for her. The professor then goes a bit too far IMO and gives her a few clues. 20 minutes later she raises her hand and once again asks, “can you read what I wrote and tell me if I’m right or should I do it again?”


5. Fourth time's a charm, hopefully.

Got into a fender bender in high school. I was driving a car that cost me $300 (had been sitting on concrete blocks at a cousin's, patched it and bought wheels) and I was absolutely devastated.

The kid who hit me wasn't freaking out at all and kept saying his dad would get him another one, why was I so worried about an old car?

Once the dad got there, it turned out this is the third car his kid had wrecked. For that school year.

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4. This one actually learns their lesson.

A kid once informed me that he didn't need to pass the class I was substitute teaching because he was going to play professional sports. He had it all mapped out, like, down to the draft picks, with vast amounts of detail, and other students were just nodding along cheerfully.

So I said "Cool. And if you tear your ACL at practice, fail to realize the severity of the injury, get back up on it and wind up needing surgery, being benched for the season and not making varsity, what, precisely, is your backup plan?"

"...That won't happen."

"Really? You've never jumped over something high outside, never slipped on anything? You are magic and injuries simply don't happen to you?"

"I could still play pro ball. Or I could be a manager! Yeah, I could be a manager!"

"Managers need a sports management degree and another in business, none of which are even close to possible without at least a C in this very class."

"Are you sure?"

"Always have a backup for your backup plan, bruh. Trust me. Not everyone's as lucky as I am, getting to teach you all." (sparkly, half-joking teacher grin, kids giggle.)

"If you say so."

Two weeks later, to my abject horror, a kid did tear his ACL at practice, and was about to get back up on it, when the kid I'd gotten after about his derpy life choices told him no, and to hold still, and the coach reckoned he saved his teammate from surgery, though, of course, teammate was benched for the season in a leg immobilizer. Everyone heard about it and student was praised for his quick thinking, sitting with his teammate and sending another student to get the coach and some ice and call someone to get teammate to the hospital, and when he got to my class, he came in quietly, a little before the other kids, looking like he'd seen a ghost.

"What do I need to pass for sports medicine?"

He might've started out clueless, but he graduated high school with his nurse assistant certification and is presently a biology major angling for pre-med. Decided to try for a biathlon scholarship instead of basketball because he preferred the odds and is doing quite nicely. Graduated in the top ten of his high school class, too, even with taking academic and vo-tech because he "wanted a backup plan," and makes more at his part-time nursing assistant job than any two unqualified entry-level jobs would pay. Great kid. I was blessed to teach him even for just a bit.


3. Why, indeed?

My cousin and I were talking one day and and I mentioned that I had a horrible sense of direction, whereas my brother could be dropped off in a cornfield and find his way home.

She replied that it was easy to find your direction, just remember "Never Eat Shredded Wheat" and you will know where North is.

I laughed and said that was for remembering the directions in order, not for finding which way was which. We argued for 20 minutes till I told her to show me how it works.

She stands up and point forward and says "Never Eat Shredded Wheat!" and points to the direction she was facing when she stood up. "That's North!"

So I told her to face me and then find North. She does it again... "Never Eat Shredded Wheat!" and points at me and says "that's North".

So ask her if North just changed? She says no. "But North was that way a minute ago?"

She looks confused and says, "Why didn't that work?"

I told her it was because she was an idiot.

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2. Golden boy with a heart of lead.

I went to school at a prestigious all-boys school. I had a classmate who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth that was dipped in gold, fed to a platinum stork who's wings spread saffron and pure diamonds. The dude was doomed from the start to be an entitled, spoiled man.

However, the dude was a born Rugby player, destined to be captain of our nation's team. Basically, he was bred to captain rugby teams. School was an afterthought to him. He was pushed through school by the establishment, rubber stamped to the top from the get go because he was going to get the school to the championship. He was every high school jock rolled into one and turned up to 11. If you weren't on his level or in the in-group, you were literal pond scum to this guy. His bullying and hazing of other boys was absolutely abominable, literally green-lit by the school masters with absolutely nothing done upon parental complaints bar a token detention and maybe a stern talking to.

Anyway, we finish high school and he immediately gets a full athletic scholarship to our states top university and by all accounts, continues his reign of terror into the dorms and lecture halls all the while being selected and courted by top teams all over the country.

Until one night, he goes to a party, basically grabs this girl to drag her off. Literally not taking no for an answer. When she resists, he backhands her to the ground. Crime number 1. Guys at the party immediately leap in, there's a fight and one of the guys ended up with a fractured skull and missing a few teeth needing surgery.

Police are called. My former classmate is immediately pointed out by every single person as being the problem. Statements are taken, footage is looked at, and they go to arrest him. He tells the cops to "Suck it," and goes to push past. They aren't having it. While resisting arrest he breaks one of the cop's noses. He's jumped on, cuffed and dragged out, bleeding, kicking and screaming about how he's gonna have their jobs, how sorry everyone will be that they messed with him, blah blah.

He's charged with a litany of serious criminal offences, refused bail and promptly sent to jail.

But the best part, apparently at court the next day when he was before the judge, he was in tears asking why couldn't his dad just bail him out: he was rich, they had any amount of money to post bail. He was informed that he'd clearly watched too many American TV shows and promptly denied bail again and sent back to jail!

He ended up escaping jail by the skin of his teeth and serving what is basically house arrest with a ton of conditions.

He never did play professional rugby.

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1. Someone needs special ed, and it's not the kids.

I have a friend who’s an only child and has been completely sheltered/spoiled by her parents. She’s not a bad person per se, but has zero common sense and often adopts this “I deserve this so I don’t understand why I didn’t get it” mentality. This is especially true for grades (we’re both education+special education majors).

So for our degree, we have to take a behavioral theories class, which focuses on emotional disorders in children(bipolar, schizophrenia, severe depression, other stuff like that). With this course, we had to go in the field and observe children that were in a group home. To be noted, these children are SEVERELY mentally disturbed, so much so the principal of the school and the director of the House came to our class to brief us on what we can and cannot do, as well as made sure we understood. Basic rules; don’t speak unless the teacher speaks to you, don’t interact with the students outside basic, MINIMAL conversation, don’t ask about anything in their lives, don’t engage conversation, don’t be provocative. It was a very “try to blend in, don’t draw attention to yourself” situation due to the intensity of the students' emotional problems.

Well, one day, I run into my friend in the dining hall and she just starts crying. I’m ask her what’s wrong and she just starts wailing about how she got kicked out of the house and all her hours were retracted. Well, I asked What’d you do?

First she got offended that I assumed it was her fault and I didn’t immediately take her side, but then proceeded to tell me.

Basically, she broke every rule we were given over the course of one conversation. First, the room was hot, so she took off her button up sweater, revealing a tank top underneath. Teachers caught that quickly and made her put her sweater on. Then, she noticed one kid has a black eye(probably from a fight with another kid) and she asked him about it, then proceeded to PRESS THE QUESTION WHEN HE REFUSED TO SPEAK. And I cannot stress this enough, these children were extremely disturbed. She should not have been talking to them period, let alone pressing this child about a black eye.

After that, they asked her to leave, sent an email to our professor, and told her she was banned from coming back due to unprofessionalism. She kept talking about how it was unfair and she doesn’t understand why she got kicked out and I didnt, since we were in the building at the same time. I told her this isn’t a group project, she screwed this up on her own.

Then she started begging me for my notes from the house and helping her finish her paper for it and I told her, no. I didn’t get kicked from the house, you did. She then tried to use the friend guilt card and I told her to go to academic support if she wants help.

There was a lot of moments I felt this friend wasn’t ready for the real world, but this(and other incidents) highlighted that she might not be ready to be an educator of any form.

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