25 Of The Most Stereotypical “Small Town Moments” That People Have Experienced

Published 5 months ago

While life in the city allows you a sense of anonymity, life in a small town can make you feel the total opposite way. People who choose the countryside lifestyle usually have a stronger sense of community where everyone seems to know everyone compared to the big city vibe of feeling like you’re lost in the vastness of everything going on.

So when one Redditor recently got online to ask folks who enjoy the small-town life, “What’s the most “small town” thing you’ve witnessed?”, quite a few entertaining answers poured in. From wholesome to memorable, we’ve shared some of the most popular experiences found on the thread, in the gallery below. 

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#1 Left the grocery store and forgot a bag. Another customer brought it to my house.

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#2 I love my small town! People genuinely care about each other and help each other out. Also one day a year it’s Drive your tractor to School day. And the HS kids bring in sheep and bunnies and horses for the elem kids to come pet. It’s not perfect but I would not trade it! And no it’s not racist. Half Hispanic half white. We all get along! We even have a taco truck that’s as good as anything in LA

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#3 Heard over the scanner one day. Tourist passing through reports dog on roof at XX address. Can someone go get Frank off the roof please dunno how that son of a gun keeps getting up there”

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45 people, a group exactly one shy of the entire adult male population, sitting in lawn chairs, on a fence, and on car hoods…

They were patiently waiting outside of the house of the 46th adult male, who had hit his child hard enough to fracture a rib earlier that day, and was known to smack his wife around a bit..

The best part of the story was when he threatened to call the police chief. “If you don’t all leave, I’m calling Georgie!”

(Chief) Georgie quickly replied from near the guy’s back door… “Present!”

I didn’t get to witness the beating itself, apparently it happened a couple of days later. But he definitely spent the whole night in terror.

#5 I taught English in a small town in Japan for a couple of years. One day the principal said they were cancelling classes for the afternoon so the police could come give a safety talk.

As the product of the American school system I was thinking drugs? gangs? STDs?

Bicycle safety. Some of the students had been seen riding two to a bicycle through town. We were reminded that bicycles were for one person only, also wear your helmet and always signal your moves to drivers.

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Due to a traffic incident (ie. unfortunate meeting with a large buck) we were “stranded” in a small town for several days. In that time one of the local police officers gave us his number – said call me anytime if you need a lift somewhere. The manager at the hotel we stayed at offered us the same thing, and one of the staff at the hotel flat out offered us her car to use while she was at work. The irony was – it was such a small town everything we needed was within walking distance.

Every single person we met went out of their way to try to help us. To this day (4 years later) we still refer to this as the best bad experience we’ve ever had. In fact two years ago we went out of our way to swing through that small town again – and they remembered us. We had a nice chat with the mechanic / garage owner who got our vehicle fixed – showed him it was still on the road, running like a top. A small town will renew your faith in humanity.

#7 Move to a small town. 30 years later, you are still the new guy

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I grew up in a town of 150 people. Moved away, but I keep in touch.

A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook a few months ago, tagging another friend: “Hey, Bubba, your pig got loose and is running around the Dollar General parking lot. Come get him!”

People were more surprised that they’d gotten themselves a Dollar General store than they were about Bubba’s pig.


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Dude moves here, goes to the local garden shop. Loads his pick up with bags of soil, garden implements, et al.

Oops, he forgot his wallet.

Old dude at the store, honest to God, says, “You can stop by and pay tomorrow”

#10 My dogs got out while i was working. the police called my niece’s elementary school (she was a 5th grader) to get her to round them up and take them back home.

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#11 My mail carrier bringing my dog to my office after she stopped at my house to deliver my mail and my dog, Lefty jumped in her mail truck and refused to get out.

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I’m from a town of less than 2,000 people. When I worked at the grocery store there people would often drop off stuff for my family members because they didn’t want to drive all the way down to our house. I no longer live there but recently got a call from my daughter. She had been stopped for speeding and handed over her license and insurance which happens to be in my mother’s name. The officer goes “Hey, you’re Donnie’s granddaughter! I ain’t gonna write you a ticket but I’m telling Donnie when I see him tomorrow cause we’re going fishing.” She replied “I think I’d rather have the ticket.”

#13 The traffic on the “main street” of my town is so sparse, two drivers going opposite directions can stop and talk to each other for a few minutes without causing any problem.

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#14 A “parade” that consisted of like, three goats and four children

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Got a call … neighbor 5 houses down the road:

“hey can you look out the window and tell me who is walking down the street?”

“yea, that’s the guy from Louisdale who is going out with that Felix girl”

“mk, thanks”

#16 We have a village Facebook page. Every time the ice cream man drives into the village, the entire page goes ballistic. People send live updates of where the van is and which direction he’s heading. The ice cream man has started accepting DMs so he knows which streets to go down.

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#17 I grew up in a small Missouri river town that got wiped out in 1993. After rebuilding, the market became a combination hair salon and live bait shop. It was called Perms & Worms. I saw it in person and I still don’t believe it.

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We were having a machine shop, that was located in a small town, make a manufacturing machine for us. They could make the individual parts, but had no idea how everything went together. We sent a mechanic to be onsite for several weeks to assemble the machine. First day, he went to the local cafe to get coffee and breakfast. There are several people in there drinking coffee, reading the newspaper, chatting, etc. He goes in and sits at the counter. No one is there to wait on him. Finally, one of the guys says “if you want coffee, you’ll have to get it yourself. They ain’t open yet.”

#19 Lived in a town of about 5,000: A woman walked into the DMV on a Friday, saw that there were 3 people ahead of her and left to come back another time when they weren’t so busy.

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#20 One spring, the front page of the local newspaper’s top headline was “Deer finds grass in ” The fact that someone had a picture of a deer who found some grass meant that winter might finally be over, which is the big news that everyone cares about.

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#21 A guy robbed a bank and everyone knew immediately who he was and the teller got mad at him.

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My wife grew up in a very very small town. The first time I went with her to her parent’s house, I drove and she was engrossed in reading a book.

“Let’s go in the back way.”

“Where is that?”

“Turn left at Calvin Adams’ store.”

We passed a rural intersection with nothing on the corner. She looks up and punches my arm.

“You missed the turn.”

“There was no store there!”

“Oh, it burned down years ago. Now turn right at Jack Simpson’s house.”

We pass another empty intersection. There is nothing to see but cotton fields and a clump of trees yonder in the distance. She looks up and punches my arm.

“You missed the turn.”

“Aw c’mon, there’s no house here.”

“It’s behind those trees. You can’t see it from the road.”

A couple of minutes later, without looking up, “He doesn’t live there anymore.”

We finally got there and I’m talking to her mom.

“Which way did you come in?”

“We came in the back way. I missed the turn at Calvin Adams’ store.”

She nodded. “It burned down years ago.”

“Then I missed the turn at Jack Simpson’s house.”

Another nod. “You can’t see it from the road.”

There was a long pause and she added, “He doesn’t live there anymore.”

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#23 Small town girl here. When we moved here, we really had people talking. Rumor was “Joe’s” granddaughter bought the house. No, it was “Bob’s” son. They didn’t know we had married each other and everyone was right.

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#24 I lived in a small town. When I moved there, people would ask, “Whose house did you buy?”

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#25 My fiancé took me to a popular festival in his tiny hometown. Some guy nodded and waved at him on the street. I asked how they knew each other. Fiancé told me he was the only other guy in town with the same name as him. Also, his dad told him not to sleep with a particular chick because she might be his half-sister.

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Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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