People Describe the Most Insane Adult Temper Tantrum They’ve Ever Witnessed
Being an adult is hard. No one can deny that. And yet, we all get up every day, put on our big-kid pants and deal with the world without having a meltdown every five minutes. For most people, it’s easy to bottle up frustrations. For others, however, it can be a struggle — even when it’s for stupid, trivial or nonexistent reasons.
Can you imagine calling a cashier “evil” for trying to collect money for children’s cancer? Or driving your car through your grandma’s rose bushes because you missed the family Easter egg hunt? While these scenarios may sound too immature for anyone over the age of five, they’re entirely real, and plenty of people have watched these childish meltdowns unfold in person. These rattled-up witnesses took to the internet to share the wildest temper tantrums they’ve ever seen an adult throw!
One time, a lady asked if she could skip me in line. I declined. “Sorry, but I’m on my lunch break and I need to get back.”
The “Petty” in Petty Cash Fund
A roommate once cursed me out because I asked him to contribute to the house’s petty cash fund, which was used to purchase dish soap and toilet paper. You know, two bucks a month for the things we all use.
Kids Will Be Kids
One time, a woman sent her two eight-year-old kids into the pop-up Halloween store I worked at with her debit card so they could buy whatever they wanted. The son, of course, immediately lost it. He called his mom, who came flying into the store literally screaming at the top of her lungs that I must have stolen it because I was both the floor supervisor and cashier at the time. I told her there were cameras pointed at each register and that I hadn’t moved from my station for over half an hour.
I answer 911 calls. One day, there was a fatal car crash, and we had to reroute traffic from the main road down a side road and then back up to the main one. A woman who lived on the side road called 911 asking why there was “commercial traffic” passing through her “residentially-zoned home.”
Don’t Let The Door Hit You Where The Lord Split You!
A longtime parishioner made a scene before the morning service when she spotted a family sitting in her pew. She insisted that the family move or else she’d leave the church “and take her substantial pledge with her.”
A truck driver came into the pretty popular truck stop I used to work at. He was buying a bunch of junk food. When he paid for his stuff, he absolutely laid into me because he had to type his PIN into the debit card reader. Apparently, this was the only place that ever made him do that, blah blah blah.
Charity? How Dare You!
I worked at a bookstore in high school. Every winter, we had a book drive where we asked customers if they’d like to donate a children’s book as they were checking out. Usually, people say, “No, sorry,” but one guy would not stop going on and on about how if he wanted to buy a book, he’d just keep it, not donate it.
He's Won Too Many Times!
My nephew is a gymnast. I was at one of his award ceremonies to watch him receive a metal, and there was a red-faced mother who shouted in reference to my nephew that, “HE’S WON TOO MANY TIMES! HE SHOULD BE KICKED OUT TO GIVE THE OTHER KIDS A CHANCE!” She then went on to scream until she was escorted out by security. I was later told by my nephew that her son came up to him not long after and apologized for his mom’s behavior.
Beggars Can't Be Choosers
I was buying some food from a street cart — $3.50 for a falafel sandwich. Some guy walks up to me and asks me to buy him a meal. I ask what he wants. He says a chicken over rice ($6.50). I instead just give him some change — 50 cents — because there’s no way I’m going to buy lunch for a stranger that costs more than my own. He’s decently dressed in a camo jacket and sweatpants.
A few years back, I was on a flight to Florida when about halfway through, the oxygen masks deployed. The captain made an announcement that there was a problem with cabin pressure and to expect a few minutes of turbulence while he descended to a safe altitude.
C'mon, Your Kids Are Watching!
A guy was with his kids inside a fast food place at one of those big retail stores. He brought his order back to the counter and told the pregnant cashier that she got his order wrong. His attitude started out calm enough, but anybody who has worked food service could tell he was going to be one of those customers. He explained that he had ordered a different sandwich and started shouting at her.
My office wore shirts supporting a prominent national charity during the month of November. We weren’t asking for donations or anything; we were just wearing the shirts. One man started complaining as soon as he saw them, saying that it was ridiculous how much people donated to children’s cancer research when so many more adults have cancer. He continued being loud about it and even started engaging other customers.
This giant lady at a drugstore was violently shaking the double stroller with her two toddlers in it. She was freaking out about losing a five dollar bill. “WHERES MY FIVE DOLLAR BILL?! OH MY GOD!” A complete meltdown.
I saw a woman lose her mind because the bookstore chain she was in wouldn’t accept a now closed bookstore chain’s gift card. During the yelling, it became clear that she was aware the other bookstore had closed but believed that this one was obligated to accept the gift card because it was Christmas and it would be unfair if he card was useless.
I work as a barista at a coffee shop. One day, this dude came up to me asking for a filter coffee with almond milk at exactly 47 degrees. So I did exactly that.
Slice and Dice
I used to work in a deli. One time, this lady came up asking for a sandwich with “the cheese sliced thin and stacked on top of each other.” I thought to myself, How else would I stack it? I sliced the cheese and went to hand it to her. She lost her mind because I apparently didn’t stack the cheese right.
No Time for This Nonsense
A couple of days ago, I had to adjust my watch band because my wrist had swollen due to the weather and my arthritis. A woman walked by and stopped to look closely at what I was doing.
I was at the book store with my family. My mom saw a toy car my little brother liked, so she broke the door on it, and then asked the cashier if she could get a discount on it since it was broken. The cashier said she wasn’t allowed to give discounts, so my mom called her a stupid fat lady and stormed out of the store.
Do You Want Her To Have An Allergic Reaction?
A lady complained that her cookie dough topping tasted funny, so my coworker, who had a gluten allergy and couldn’t eat it, said she’d go get someone else to test the cookie dough. In response, the lady flipped out at my coworker, demanding to see the manager.
H.E. Double Hockey Sticks
I had a mother stalk me on a university campus when I reported her son for plagiarism on three essays in a row. We’re talking full paragraphs linked by TurnItIn to specific webpages. She finally confronted me after a few days and freaked when I said that I could not discuss the matter with her. She stomped her foot, went into a dramatic monologue in the athletic center foyer about my questionable ethics and my belief in God, and she was yelling about the afterlife when security dragged her out.
Too Much of a Good Thing
My sister got angry at my dad because he surprisingly gave her $100 to enjoy her holidays in Thailand. She had already gone to the bank that day to get money for her trip and now she had too much cash.
Raiding the Pantry
I work at a grocery store. A woman brought in boxes of canned goods and cereal boxes. No receipt. She said that she bought them for a donation but forgot. Just for giggles, I scan an item. It’s not in our system.
I had a woman at a fast food place cuss me out, start filming me with her phone and then run in front of my car to get my license plate as I tried to pull away, and all because I didn’t hold the door for her when I walked out of the restaurant.
The Old Switcheroo
I work at a plant nursery, and a customer came in to purchase a specific tree. We only had one of this species at the time, so she selected it and scheduled the service. It was done two weeks later.
My dad got mad one Easter because the family started the Easter egg hunt while he was on a walk with his wife. He got in his car and drove through my grandma’s backyard, running over her rose bushes.
What Goes Around ...
I had a legit argument with a customer once over a $10 off coupon while working retail. The coupon was six months expired. I called a floor manager over who said the same thing I did. The customer then started screaming at me, saying I colored the situation and that I was the reason the manager didn’t want to help her. It got so bad that the store manager on duty asked the woman to leave the store. She tried to complain to HQ about it.
Yo Hablo Inglés
I once said, “Hola!” to a regular customer whom I knew was bilingual. Before another word was spoken, this 60-year-old lady pushed him aside and got right in my face, asking to speak to my manager. She then started ranting about how we’re in America and “jobless immigrants should speak English!” She was literally smacking stuff off of the shelves the whole time. It only ended when he asked in the most Midwestern accent ever, “Would you like me to call the police ma’am?”
Screaming at the Person Who Saved Your Daughter’s Life
A friend of mine got seriously hurt off a 50-foot ski jump while trying to avoid a six-year-old girl who was hanging out in the blind landing. My friend was on the ground crying with a broken leg and ribs, yet the father of this girl had the audacity to stand over him and scream about how he could’ve killed his daughter… The six-year-old was hanging out in a blind spot where professional athletes were training.
That’s The Last Time I Try Being Nice…
In college, I tried holding a door open for this girl that was walking in behind me. She was about 15 feet away, but that’s close enough that I don’t mind waiting a few seconds. She goes off on me about how she doesn’t need “some man” to help her, among other similar remarks. She was visibly irate. How dare I hold the door open for her? I simply said, “Ok,” and let go of the door. It’s a security door that shut heavily. She walked right into it, face first.
Name and Life Story, Please
I watched an old man at one of those big warehouse stores lose his mind at customer service. The place was an absolute madhouse at the time — packed to the brim. As I was passing by, I overheard this red-faced old jerk shout, “What kind of service is this?! Your cashier never even asked me how my day was, or my name. Just rang my groceries up.”
Excuse Me, But Your Medical Emergency Is In My Way
An elderly woman got annoyed when I was picking up a patient who’d just had a seizure. She shouted, “I don’t have time for this stupid stuff ruining my day!” and seemed to be pretty angry, all because we were blocking her way to some frozen foods.