"When I was like 13 I was over at a friend's house. His little sister's room was between his and the bathroom. So eventually, I go to the bathroom at one point and overheard his 5 (I believe) year old sister, apparently talking to one of her dolls, giving the following instructions: 'And now you cut the arms off aaaand push the eyes in so he can never ever see again. He doesn't deserve to.' I do hope she was talking about another doll. Freaked me the heck out" (Source).
"When I was a little kid, like 5 years old, I really wanted this stupid stamp set in the Family Dollar store. My mom and I walked there for her to buy tampons. We found both in the clearance bin. I overheard her talking to the lady at the cash register (when price checking them) about how she only had money for one of the items and that she was going to buy me the stamp set over the tampons that she needed. I'm 21 now and I never told my mom that I heard that. She always pretended that we had enough money, but she would skip meals or give up her stuff to make sure we had enough and it breaks my heart to think about it. But she is also my motivation to finish college and grad school. I'm going to take care of her!" (Source).
"When I was maybe 10 or 11, I overheard my stepmom talking to my friend's mom about my puppy that had recently disappeared. I learned the puppy had not run away, but that my stepmom had drove it to the middle of nowhere and 'set it free' because she didn't want to have a puppy in the house. And yes, my stepmom is literally the worst human being I have ever met. It's worth mentioning that she has gotten rid of my possessions before without asking, giving my clothes or toys to goodwill while I was at school. I have asked her a few times about what really happened, and I give her the opportunity to come clean, but she is always evasive about the whole thing. She will eventually get what's coming to her. I hope she suffers as much as possible in her life, and dies painfully" (Source).
"My husband and I were at McDonalds. We took our son to the play place to try to let him burn off energy so we could finish grocery shopping. A mother was in there with her 3 kids. One by one she made each one of them sit down and began interrogating them. 'Where did your dad sit at the spring concert? Who did he sit by? Did he sit by Mason's mom? Did he talk to any of the other moms? Was he laughing and smiling when he talked to Carter's mom? Did you guys come right home afterwards?' She was writing it all down. Each child was not allowed to go play unless they answered her questions. Wtf?" (Source).
"When I was eleven I heard two of my coaches talking. One said: 'Just don't let anyone throw to (my name),' and he did a dramatic impression of me flailing at the ball like I was mentally handicap. The other one laughed. That took a long time to get over. The worst part was when they looked over and saw me standing there" (Source).
"I've got two. The first was when my wife and I were enjoying an otherwise fantastic dinner at a really nice restaurant. Seated at the booth behind us were another married couple (an older, nerdy type guy and a very pretty, much younger woman) that were in the throes of separation/divorce. In an angry whisper, the wife made a list of material demands such as a pool, new car, and a beach house. The consequence for his not delivering on her wants was: 'I'll get intimate with every friend you've got, and I know a lot of other freaky people on top of that.' He sheepishly replied: 'No, that's not necessary. I'll start working on it Monday.' The second was once again when my wife and I were enjoying an ice cream at a Baskin-Robbins on a beautiful Saturday in the spring. Again, seated at a table next to ours was a man and a little boy that looked to be 4-6 years old. The child asked: 'Daddy, why didn't mom want to come with us today, and why don't you live at our house anymore?' Hearing that made my wife instantly weep, and our barely eaten ice cream went in the trash as we exited the store" (Source).
"As a young child (maybe 8), I overheard an older woman talking to a friend about uterine prolapse. I was terrified by the image: '_ was sitting on the toilet and it just fell out. I had to push it all back inside.' Even worse, no one actually said the word 'uterus' or anything about it, and I didn't stick around to hear details. All I knew for years was that something fell out of her body and she pushed it back in. It haunted me." (Source).
"Overheard my wife saying, 'You look really handsome, babe!' She was on a Facetime call with the guy she was cheating on me with and didn't hear me come in early from work. Still the hardest thing I've ever heard. I listened in the hallway for a few minutes, then packed a bag and left. Ten years of marriage and we have a two-year-old. It's pretty insane" (Source).
"I was a kid (maybe 10ish?) and I was home sick from school one day, my dad left my door ajar to hear me incase I started to vomit. He thought I was asleep but I could hear him talking to his best (male) friend at the time out in our family room. Dad's friend was telling him about how he cheated on his wife and how good it was, and he asked my dad if he ever cheated on my mom. Even at that age I knew it was wrong and my heart raced as I listened for his answer. To this day (I'm in my 30s) I am very proud of my dad for saying 'No, I had a chance to, my brother's wife put her hand between my legs but I shoved her away. You know I love _' (my moms name). I never did tell anyone about that. My parents are still together" (Source).
"I was sitting next to a cutesy couple in tenth grade English class and I saw her mouth the words 'I'm Pregnant.' I can see the plane crash going through his eyes. I'm sure there is worse I've heard, but my memory is that of a goldfish. In case you are wondering, they have a happy ending. They moved in with each other down at their families in Idaho or Ohio or something. They were very sweet people. Also, I took an extra English class and they doubled up on English that year (Our high school worked with 4 periods per semester with different classes), so it was technically an 11th grade English class, and they were seniors. Though there was already a 10th grader with a 1 and a half year old (or in new mother language, '18 month old') kid, so it wouldn't be surprising to me if they were actually 10th graders" (Source).
"I once overheard my grandmother talking on the phone. I learned that she has another child that no one in my family knew about, including my mum who is supposedly an only child" (Source).
"Sitting behind two teenagers on the train: Guy: 'You let him finish inside?!' Girl: 'Well not all the way.' I finally understand teen pregnancy." (Source).
"I was at a music festival a few years back, asleep in the tent at about 9:30am and I woke up to two guys speaking in panicked voices outside the tent saying, 'I know we gave him the substances but it wasn't our fault he took them all, it's not our fault.' 'We brought him to the first aid tent, what more could we do?' and more to that effect. They also said that they had written on his arm that he had taken five doses and dropped him at the first aid tent. As soon as I heard them leave, I stuck my head out of the tent to see my best friend with her head out of her tent, both of us wondering what the heck that was about. Then, we found a bag of substances which these guys had just dropped to get rid of any evidence. Maybe an hour later, we heard that someone had died at the festival from overdosing. The penny dropped as we joined the dots between the conversation we had overheard, the discarded substances and the death. Very creepy" (Source).
"I was fixing a woman's computer when she got the phone call that her mother had suddenly died. She went from powerful Executive Assistant to fragile little girl in three seconds. It was heartbreaking" (Source).
"I was in a holding cell in Washington, D.C. and I overheard a guy bragging to the other prisoners about the murder he committed. He said some dude was hitting up his girl's cell phone. So he used her phone to arrange a meeting with the dude in her car under some bridge. He was waiting in the back seat of the car when the dude got there. He got out his girl's phone in the front seat as bait. When the dude went in the car, he cut his throat. Then burned the car. I'll never forget his deep, raspy voice. And the pride with which he spoke. It's haunting" (Source).
"Lemme lighten things up a bit. I work from home for a company based in Los Angeles, and each morning my engineering team convenes for a meeting. The new guy forgot to mute his headset, and we all torturously ignored him pleasuring himself for 5 minutes. Our meeting was like, 'Yeah, so' staccato breathing 'I committed those changes to SV-' staccato breathing '-N. Today, I'll b- 'small groan '-e working on changes to the-' STACCATO BREATHING -- INCREASING PACE' -mobile report.' shuddering sigh I should mention that if someone is talking, or driving, or whatever (in the background), we always let them know they need to go to on mute. In this case though, 15 people sat on the phone, and talked over him. Not sure if it was a lack of guts, or we just didn't have the heart to embarrass him, but there was no mistaking what we heard" (Source).
"I was at Disney World in high school and I heard a guy say to someone, 'You're tiggity but ain't good enough to eat so put your shoes back on.' I'm 35 and still have no idea what that meant" (Source).
"Not messed up, just sad. Around 2004 or 2005, I was at a meeting. During a bathroom break, I heard two men talking. One of them had a brother who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Shortly after the attack, the brother's widow gave birth to their second child. A year or so later, the mother died of cancer. The man speaking adopted his brother's kids. He and his wife had never planned on having kids but they stepped up to raise them. It was a big adjustment but he loved the kids and was doing the best he could for them" (Source).
"Sat on a bus home from work a couple of years back. An attractive young lady, blonde in her twenties and dressed in smart business gear got on and took a seat (if you'd seen the state of the bus usually you'd understand why she caught my attention). Anyway, she picks up the phone and starts having a full conversation. The biggest 180 on a first impression I've ever had. Starts talking about her two kids who got taken into care because her and her ex couldn't stop beating each other up. The best quote was, 'I'm not even sure they'll let me keep the one inside me yet.' All this was a soundtrack to a silent bus, not really eavesdropping when it's so in your face but shocking all the same as this fairly normal twenty something revealed openly her mental home life" (Source).
"I was a waitress and I just took an order from a table of students that were all more than 18 years old. One of them seemed pretty dim with the questions she was asking me, but nothing too stupid. One of her friends ordered duck gyoza. As I walked away I heard her ask her friends what a duck was, and them start to explain. How in the world did you get to be over 18 and not know what a duck is!?" (Source).
"My dad's girlfriend is a special education teacher. I heard her telling my dad about a student she had with Down's syndrome. The kid had pretty awful parents and lived in the rough part of town. Anyways, he never brushed his teeth and as a result, his teeth were rotted and he had to get them all pulled. He was given pain medication, but his mother ended up taking all the pills herself. The boy would be in so much pain in class that he would have to be taken out of class because he couldn't stop yelling. He yelled so much that the stitches in his mouth ultimately ripped. I asked her about it. She did report it, but for some reason or another, the mother still has custody. She didn't go into it much, and acted as though it wasn't something she wanted to talk about. So I didn't ask further questions. Though the boy in question is 22. I think that has something to do with it. Still, it makes me angry" (Source).
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