Embarrassing experiences happen to the best of us. They’re common, and if fewer people were ashamed, perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad.
What’s really unfortunate, is that every so often, an embarrassing situation occurs that might be preventable. But for whatever reason, we as human beings like being evil, awful people for the sake of hilarity or revenge. Perhaps out of a subconscious desire to control our own fate, we are gifted with the ability to see an outcome but refuse to act to see what might happen. A recent Reddit thread allowed users to share some of their stories about times they could have stopped embarrassing moments from happening but instead chose to see what the outcome might be instead.
1. What Are You Wearing?: One of my coworkers had a crush on one of our bosses and said he wanted to text her about a basketball game we were watching that he knew she’d be interested in because she brought it up at a meeting. When he asked what he should text, I jokingly said “What are you wearing?” thinking he would get that it was a joke. Instead, he texted what I said, but I didn’t stop him. He waited for her response, which was just “?” … and then he played it off by saying “which jersey?” … she was nice about it but didn’t socialize with him after that. Probably could have been fired. (Reddit user: ScarlZagan)
2. Gym Class: Back in 8th-grade middle school, I had a gym class which had a mixture of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The coach was talking to us and then told us to change into our gym clothes. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a kid get up and start to strip. He took off his shirt and started on his pants when the coach yelled: “IN THE LOCKER ROOMS!” I’m pretty sure none of the students were going to say anything. (Reddit user: Sir_Eatsalot_)