Weve all gone above and beyond in attempts to flatter someone or shower them with our love. Maybe its a grand birthday gift that receives zero appreciation. Sometimes, its more complicated than that.
These Reddit users shared their personal stories of secondhand saltiness. Here are the best.
A girl at my high school broke into a hysterical, foul-mouthed, tear-filled rant because her father surprised her after school with a brand new, fully-loaded BMW for her birthday… apparently she wanted a Mercedes.
A girl in my high school received a used car on her 16th birthday. She was unhappy with the fact that it was used—three years old—so she intentionally totalled it. She didnt get a new car and had to ride the bus.
Gave my girlfriend a $90 dinner for her birthday, and she was mad I didn’t get her a present. I also got her a nice scarf and a Nerf gun for Christmas, she didn’t want the Nerf gun because she thought it was stupid and not something you give your girlfriend—whatever.
This elderly lady was pulling her car into a tight spot in the post office. I offered to help to spot her in so she wouldn’t hit anything. She screamed at me about how she was over 70 and didn’t need anybody’s help. Needless to say, she ended up hitting one of the cars.
A coworker whined that her grandmother gave her a silver necklace for her birthday when she knows I only ever wear white gold!
Bought my cats some gourmet food and they looked at me like I was trying to poison them.
I work for a nonprofit and we host cookouts for people in poverty. They complain so hard that we buy generic soda or don’t have good cheese for their burgers.
Around here there was a guy standing on a median divider at a stop light with a sign that said Losing my house, wife sick, please help, God bless. So I stop in the middle of the intersection and tell the guy I run a fireworks store, I have nine pallets of fireworks I need to unload. Should take about six hours, Ill pay you $10 an hour cash today. You know what he said? No, Im doing fine here.
I helped my work mate move— I was hungover. I moved all his crap, his boyfriends, and his roommates basically by myself; he was useless. Took almost 12 hours. He didn’t even buy me beer, food, or anything to say thank you.
Gave my ex-girlfriends family my old car, a 2003 Nissan Maxima, in great condition because they were on hard times and I had just gotten a new car. They proceeded to get down on their knees and thank Jesus for answering their prayers. I still haven’t gotten a thank you.
One thing that I hate is when I am polite enough to hold a door open for someone and instead of just taking the door or saying Thank you, they just walk through like I’m a doorman being paid to stand there all day for them.
Watched my 18-year-old sister-in-law throw down a digital camera because it wasn’t the exact one she wanted. It was actually a far better and more expensive camera that her dad had researched for months.
I found a $100 bill on the sidewalk near a family packing their car up for a trip. I politely asked the mother if the money was hers, and she got really irritated with me and called her husband over, who literally snatched the bill out of my hand. I stood there for a few minutes, baffled as they ignored me. After I realized that I wouldn’t even get a thank you, I continued walking home. I wish I would have kept the money.
When I was around eight, I saved up around two weeks of pocket money, looked up some recipes, and made a cake for my dads birthday. Around 11 p.m. he comes in and I light the candles. He says, ‘I don’t like sweet stuff’ and goes to bed.
My friend became homeless. So I gave her a place to live, food to eat, and even drove her all over several towns to help her find an apartment she can afford. She talked down to me. After I helped her get on her feet, she stole my stuff upon leaving.
For Christmas, we got my cousins 10-year-old daughter a jewelry stand and some makeup. She opened the gift, looked around, and asked Who gave me this? I told her that we did. She scrunched up her face and said Ugh, you can take it back and get me something better.
One time at work they provided free lunch for everyone. It was all laid out, all you had to do was come fix a plate. Several of my coworkers were furious because they had to walk into the other room to get it. They felt like it should have been brought to their desks.
I once had a friend who bought a discount PC game without the option of returning it and kept complaining about how bad it turned out to be. Two weeks down the line, he gave me that game for my birthday, now mentioning how good it actually is. It pissed me off and I gave him the same game back for his birthday several months later.
I’m a high school teacher and I had students complain that I was making them take notes two days in a row. My lectures usually take 20 minutes or so and are followed by an activity.
I once bought a girl I was dating a diamond necklace. She opened it and even saw the certification with it that said how many karats it was. She said Oh, how sweet… She turned around and went to a pawn shop after I went back home.
My cousin got either a $100 or $150 check from our grandma for her birthday, and she tore it to bits and cried about how it was such an insultingly small amount of money.
I got my cousin a $7,500 four wheeler. He got a baseball bat and killed it basically because he wanted a dirt bike. It took me a few years to save up for this. Even after he said he wanted a four-wheeler.
When people on the road don’t give a thank you wave for letting them into your lane. I could have just kept on driving like everyone else—the least you can do is waggle your hand at me.
I knew a kid that didn’t like the skateboard his parents got him, so he set it on fire because he thought that would get him a new one. Nope—he just went to school without eyebrows for a year.
My ex-girlfriend broke up with me days before our anniversary. Id already bought jewelry as her present—she knew I’d already bought it and still expected to receive it, even though our anniversary was never going to happen.
When I worked at McDonald’s, a two-year-old once ran behind the counter into the very dangerous kitchen. I ran after him and picked him up before he could touch anything or fall. I carried him back to his mother, only to be screamed at for touching her kid.
My dad was a truck driver and found an old man lying on the road one night, all by himself in the middle of nowhere, who didn’t seem to have a pulse. My dad gave him CPR for several minutes until he regained a pulse, and stayed with him there in the cold for an hour until the ambulance came to take him away. In the process of saving this old man’s life, my dad also fractured one of the man’s ribs. He and his wife sued my dad for more than $100,000.
An old friend of mine threw his brand new Xbox 360 out of his bedroom window because he wanted a PS3 instead.
I gave my niece a laptop on her birthday and she screamed at me because it wasnt brand new. This sucks! she screamed. Worst present ever!
My sister once got a really expensive book of unicorn paintings from my parents for Christmas. Trouble was, she got the same book from my grandparents. She felt entitled to the money my parents spent on it, which they supposedly would get back when they returned it.
I once had to do a bunch of yard work for this old lady to save money for something I wanted. Days of hard work—I was scratched, bruised, and exhausted. She hard the nerve to give me a quarter. One single quarter.
I have found and returned four iPhones. The worst response was the owner smugly proclaiming, You couldn’t have stolen it anyway—it’s password protected! …The best was a Thanks with no eye contact as he took the phone.
After getting close to $500 in gifts for Christmas, my sister tore down the tree, kicked other people’s gifts, started yelling and crying, because she didn’t see a Wii among her presents. We actually did get her a Wii, she just didn’t get to it yet. She was 24 years old.
A horse kicked my friends daughter in the chest, collapsing her throat. She couldnt breathe. I performed an emergency tracheotomy, saving her life. About two months later, I got a letter from a law firm. Theyd changed their mind about how grateful they were and decided to sue me for leaving a scar from the tracheotomy.
Cousin gave my son a broken PS2 for his birthday. I fixed it—just needed to clean the optic on the player—then the cousin asked for it back.
My younger sister got diamond earrings for her 16th birthday from my parents. She then says This isn’t what I asked for. Our parents took them back, scolded her, and she got nothing for her birthday.