20 People Reveal Moments Of Injustice From Their Past That Still Haunt Them To This Day
Mandela said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will [end] your enemies.” Holding a grudge is bad for no one else but you and your well-being, which has been confirmed by multiple studies (1, 2, 3). However, sometimes we just can’t forget and run away from certain things that once were like a stab in the back. We keep returning to those painful memories or moments of injustice, unable to let them go and forgive.
To delve deeper into these situations, we have collected some stories from these two (1, 2) Reddit threads that asked people to share the bitter memories they can’t let go of. One might say, “just forget it.” However, it’s easier said than done. Scroll below to read some of the most candid stories people have shared. Do you have similar experiences that you still feel salty about no matter how much time has passed? Share them in the comments.
The sh*tty Hobbit trilogy.
Instead of returning to Middle Earth for a three-hour tale recounting Bilbo’s adventures to Lonely Mountain, they ‘adapted’ a ~300-page book into a gaudy, soulless trilogy in order to make three times the money.
Shame on them!
In Reception (First Grade for non-UK-based people) we were in a circle and the teacher (Mrs. Brown) asked us to go around the circle and for everyone to name a fruit. When it got to me I said ‘Sharon Fruit’ (which is also called a Persimmon), Mrs. Brown told me not to make up names if I didn’t have one and everyone laughed at me even though it is 100% real fruit.
That was probably 20 years ago and I still get annoyed about it now.
My mother once deliberately scheduled a family trip to Disney World so that I couldn’t go.
One time I took a piece of cake to school as my lunch food. It was all I had for that day. One idiot decides because it’s cake I have to share it. I explain that it’s all the food I brought for this day and thus will not be sharing, he suddenly gets up and smashes his hand into my cake. I try to protect it but I was too slow. It also happened after the cafeteria closed so I had nothing to eat that day. I am still mad about that and hope that guy has a terrible job now and is unhappy. not that I hold grudges or anything
During dinner time as a child (around 6-9ish), my 3 siblings and I would have to finish our plates then ask our Mam for permission to leave the table, presumably to go do some dumb 6-year-old stuff.
One time we had pasta and tuna (my favourite) so I wolfed it down in record time, strolled into the living room with my head held high and my chest puffed out, to inform my mother that It was time for me to be excused to go play Cool Spot on the Sega Megadrive.
As she followed me back into the dining room my plate was miraculously full of pasta and my older brother’s was completely spotless, and despite my pleading for her to see reason my brother got to go upstairs and claim the Megadrive for himself and I had to sit through another helping of inedible pasta (since he had diabolically covered it in enough salt to dry up my tears).
I later found out that he had “paid off” my younger brother and sister to back him up with the promise of listening to his new Busted CD.
To this day I feel as though I harbour resentment towards him for his betrayal.
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The fact that Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 against a woman who saved the most children in the Holocaust. That pisses me off like nothing else.
My mum bought herself a laptop on my 13th birthday and got me a mug.
I took an amazing job opportunity that increased my salary by 40K a year. It was an at-will contract. 30 days after I took the job, I was called into HR, told they were letting me go and offered no explanation because they weren’t required to.
I have no idea what I did or didn’t do, was not given any specifics, and still get mad just thinking about it.
I got another job about 3 months later for around the same salary in a lower cost of living area. It all worked out in the end but I am still f*****g salty about getting fired with no explanation.
When I moved and had to leave the high school I was at I found out one of my teacher thought I was a smoker which is why they were always sh*tty to me.
No, my clothes just smell like s**t because my parents and brother both chain smoke and there was nothing I could do about it at the time.
When I was like 6 or 7 I went to McDonald’s with my grandmother and my teenage aunt and uncle.
My grandmother bought my uncle a full meal and made my aunt and I share a small fry.
I entered a competition where you had to be the first to type the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne.
I did it first with seconds to spare and was disqualified for not using the ‘correct’ lyrics. They apparently wanted the Americanised lyrics.
I’m Scottish. The song is Scottish.
I will never not be angry when I think about it.
When I was a kid, my a*****e neighbour ran over my cat who was sleeping under his car. I begged and cried to just let me pull him out but he refused. He wasn’t even sorry afterward. It still hurts 20 years later
In elementary school, I drew a picture of a dolphin with his hole spitting water out of it. My teacher was completely sure that they didn’t had any hole, and shamed me in front of the class. I saw a lot of national geographic documentaries and knew that it was a mammal and needed to breathe. To this day I’m angry about it
I used to work for a pretty evil tech company in tech support. I was miserable only because I couldn’t seem to get promoted.
I got an offer at a place only 10 minutes from my house. Same pay, free parking, and happiness.
I put my two weeks’ notice in at my current job, and they were suddenly falling all over themselves to give me the promotion I had so wanted (specializing in web tracking software, which I was really good at). I agreed to stay on if they would promote me to that position.
I was young and naive, of course. They f****d me. I declined the other job offer, and then they denied me the promotion after I’d jumped through a bunch of hoops to qualify for it.
I rage-walked out of work that day. I rage-walked 9.85 miles. I was furious.
Seven years ago, I interviewed with a company. I had four phone interviews and two in-person interviews, including a panel interview to present the projects they assigned to me during the interview process.
F*****s ended up ghosting me.
During fifth grade kickball, I was wrongfully called out because this sh*thead kid was blocking the base. We work for the same company now, different departments. I can’t help but give him the side eye when I see him in the hallway. I’m 40.
A few years ago I ordered the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo at Cheesecake Factory. It wasn’t until a few minutes into my entree that I noticed they forgot to add the shrimp. Well when we told our waitress, she started to accuse me of having eaten all the shrimp and was being very abrasive. Didn’t replace the order. Didn’t bring out any shrimp. A few minutes go by and we hear someone from a nearby table complaining to the same waitress and demanding their gumbo be remade because they asked for no shrimp. Pretty obvious the waitress got our orders mixed up but nope, the only logical explanation was that I picked out and ate all shrimp and was only complaining to get my meal comped. I still can’t go back…
We used to play Candyland all the time at the babysitter’s. One time I drew the Snow Queen and the babysitter said “it’s too early for that card,” and made me put it back in the deck and draw again.” Her daughter drew the Snow Queen a few turns later and the babysitter lit up like “oOOooO Snow Queen!!!” and moved her piece. I was 4, but will never forget.
When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to be a National Honor Society officer. I was also in the marching band. The lady in charge of NHS was also the librarian, and I spent my 5th period every day working in the library. Because I was already in NHS, she had me helping her doing a bunch of the stuff that an officer SHOULD have been doing (organizing records, keeping track of everyone’s service hours, etc.) When it came time to choose officers for the following year, I thought “Hey, I’m a shoo-in, right? I’ve literally already been doing the job.”
Nope. She decided not to let me be an officer because she didn’t think someone in the band could have the time to really perform the duties, even though I’d been doing it for six months. Turned out she had some vendetta against the band because she thought we got too much special treatment.
This trivia quiz I was a part of, at a nearby social club. Eight-year-old me was the kid in my team, and our team was tied with another one for the top prize. The quizmaster said, “now you folks need to sit down quietly. Just raise your hands if you know the answer to this tie-breaker question; don’t just shout it out.”
He asked the question. I knew the answer. I raised my hand. Someone in the other team shouted out the answer instead. They got the points and won. No one even stopped to look at me.
Screw you, idiotic quizmaster.
EDIT: Someone asked me what the question was. It was “2nd October is celebrated as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday all over India. But which other prominent leader was also born on the same day?” (The answer, as most Indians will know, is Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister.)