Have you ever been out somewhere and saw someone do something despicable? If so, did you do anything about it? It takes a big person to call offense to a complete stranger in public.
However, those that do are probably the kind of people who are making this world a better place to live!
Let’s check out these people from AskReddit who were brave enough to confront someone who was doing something wrong.
1. Controlling kids in public is a big issue. (ChromeDeagle).
Some kid was in a restaurant where my mum and I were trying to have a quiet lunch. This kid starts to throw crayons at my mum, literally from the next table. The mum was too busy talking on her phone to care. I tried glaring, but she couldn’t care less. In the end I walked up to her to confront her and she actually gave me the “1 minute finger”. That was it. I picked up all the crayons on the floor, on the table and from in front of the kid and dumped them on her lap and sat back down. I think she was so shocked she just left. The manager of the restaurant gave us a free meal. Apparently that particular woman was known for just letting her kid run riot.
2. Yell at the kids not at other people. (rational_discussion)
I had to yell at a lady in a theater. She had two young children with her. After the lights went down and the movie was starting, the kids were still running around like little maniacs. All I said was, “Shhh.” She screams at me, “They’re children!” I yelled back something along the lines of, “We all paid to see this movie. Yes, they’re children. You are the parent. Shut them up or get out.”
3. Most people go to the gym to lose weight. (Unicornmayo)
I was at the gym some time after new years and heard a girl say to her friend something along the lines of “God! Why are there so many fat people here?”
I lost my temper and went off on her.
4. Shhhh! (fondupot)
In college for a Spanish class I was taking, I had the opportunity to go see a foreign film for extra credit. I had to take notes during the film, so I could write a brief summary of the movie to turn in to my Spanish professor.
The movie is playing in one of our big lecture halls by the foreign film club at my school, so there was a lot of students there watching. I get to my seat, settle in and start watching the movie. About 10 minutes in two girls enter the hall, and proceed to make a lot of noise, like nothing is going on at all. They take their seats in my same row, but on the other side of an aisle. They continue to talk for the next 10-15 minutes, loudly, while the movie is playing. No care in the world at all. I can tell the people around me are annoyed with subtle “ahems” and groans and multiple head turns to look at the girls. But no one really does anything, and the girls keep talking.
Finally, I’ve had it, I get up walk over to the girls and ask them in the most polite voice I could muster, as I was very annoyed. “Please excuse me ladies for interrupting your conversation, would you mind shutting up so the rest of us can watch the film?”
I just stood there and they got very angry and left. The entire lecture hall applauded and the movie went on. There were no more interruptions. I left that place feeling 10 feet tall.
Well worth the 25 extra credit points.
5. Thank goodness this person took down the information. (freedomweasel)
I went off on someone who pushed their shopping cart toward the little corrals, but it ended up hitting a parked car. They didn’t bother to look or put the cart away properly.
I also went off on someone who slammed their car door into the parked car next to them (several times) because “they parked too close.” The lady doing the door slamming was parked over the line, the vandalized car was dead center of the spot. I took down her license plate number, went into the store and found the owner of the other car and let them know.
6. This person knows how to scold the right way. (redditsdaddy)
I work in a school with young children and you would be appalled at the number of crappy parents that have children attending there. I have no issue correcting the children, but when the parents get defensive, I have absolutely no issue correcting them either. I’ve also scolded my husband’s friends for failing to tip an excellent waiter after dropping $80 on food and drinks (but surprisingly had no money for a tip), I scolded a group of teenagers in a haunted house for going under the rope to skip in line and did it so loudly that all 200-or-so people in line hushed to hear the lecture, and I regularly save children from falling face first out of shopping carts in WalMart. I’m proud of every blunt/rude scolding I’ve ever given and would do it again in a heartbeat.
7. It takes some people a while to get the hint. (Anonymous).
I was at a Tim Horton’s across from the hospital I work at doing a coffee run for the people on my floor. The woman ahead of me in line started yelling at the cashier because there were no breakfast sandwiches left (it was 11am and they stop serving them hence they only make enough to get through until then). She was being such a jerk that I felt I needed to say something so I interjected “There is no reason to be so rude to the cashier over a breakfast sandwich.” The woman looked at me and said “MINE YO BIDNET” and I was like erm ok. I get my 8 coffees for the people I work with and make my way to cross the street back to the hospital.
Well this classless citizen decided to wait outside, follow me, say “You got something to say now we’re on the street,” and I was like “You are still just as rude.” She proceeded to throw her large tea on me burning my face and covering my lab coat and my great outfit under it in her tea. People were around watching this happen (6 taxis at a taxi stand and smokers outside the hospital doors), I was defenceless with two trays of drinks. She threw the drink and ran off to her car across the street. Probably because in most places throwing a scalding drink on someone is considered assault.
Last time I ever say anything to anyone being rude to a stranger. People are messed up, if they are already fired up and entitled they might snap at you.