No matter how bad a situation seems like it could get, it can always get worse. For the people here, not only did it get worse, it got worse in the most ridiculous ways possible. Whether it’s the story of someone getting dumped then fired or the bad birthday that seems to never end, sometimes bad luck just doesn’t get better. Sit back, relax, and read along to these tales of “… but wait, it gets worse!”
The Hits Just Keep Coming
It’s bad enough to get rear-ended while driving. But getting out of your car only to get into another accident is even worse! The only lucky part of this story is that he survived!
“Got rear-ended by a truck. Pulled over to check my trunk on a hilly street. A car parked behind me rolled down hill and crushed me between it and my newly messed up trunk. Suffered some cracked ribs.”
A Lack Of Sympathy
Break-ups are never easy. When the person dumping you is your fiance, it’s downright devastating. And when your boss learns you’re crying in the bathroom instead of working you better hope he’s got a heart…
“I had a boss who fired a guy same day his fiancee dumped him. Guy was on REALLY thin ice, like my boss had caught him asleep at work before, and customers complained about him. He comes into work, he tells me what happened. He’s extremely distraught. He’s in the bathroom an hour and a half crying and we’re supposed to go to a customer site for a job. My boss asks what’s taking him so long and I told him. My boss got pissed, said ‘I’m not paying him to sit in the bathroom all day!’ And called him into his office. Fired him right there.”
Timing is everything, and for this young woman, the timing of the breeze couldn’t have been any worse. She was just trying to get home, she didn’t think she’d have to run!
“My wrap-around skirt blew away while I was walking down the sidewalk. But wait, it gets worse. It happened right in front of a funeral home, and yes, there were at least two dozen mourners filing into the building, as I chased my skirt down the sidewalk in my panties.”
Babysitter Goes Bye Bye
We’re betting that the babysitter this hotel provided wasn’t actually an employee. Thankfully as bad as this situation got, nothing bad happened to the baby involved.
“One family vacation my parents hired a babysitter from the hotel service to watch my little brother… We get back to hotel room to find my brother, alone, absolutely beside himself, having cried himself hoarse and torn his clothes. Turns out the babysitter was pregnant, broke into the room’s safe and stole everything there, and ran off with her boyfriend, leaving my poor brother alone for hours. Flash forward to our trip home. We had parked our car at the airport. After we landed my dad went to quickly get the car and drive around to pick us up. He was gone for what felt like an eternity. He finally returned…on foot. Yep, our car was stolen.”
The Worst Birthday
Even if you’ve had one bad birthday in your life, there’s a good chance you smiled at least once. This person could only frown…
“It was my birthday. Had a little sniffle but thought nothing of it and went to school anyways. By the time my class ended, I had the chills, cold sweats, and was feeling unbelievably nauseous. I take a two-bus route to my home… my limbs started to ache so baldy I begin to cry and I have a pretty high threshold for pain. By the time the first bus came, I was in tears from the physical pain… Arrive at second bus stop and its raining pretty hard… There’s no covering, as it hardly ever rains here. So I am now drenched, having intense pain in my legs and arms from the worst flu I’ve ever had, shaking from the pain and the cold, lying across a bus bench, crying like a mad woman. . . And then, it began to hail. Who would’ve known little frozen rain drops hit so hard? Made it home, freezing and dizzy. Worst birthday I ever had. Bright side: It is now hilarious.”
Never Trust A Jellyfish
Karma can be both good and bad, just as this case of “but it gets worse” will prove. After being stung by a jellyfish, this person decided to send karma to the animal’s family. That karma backfired in the most fitting way possible. Remember, never trust a jellyfish!
“Hawaii 2003… Went surfing…got stung by jellyfish…lasted about 4-5 hours…ate jellyfish at an Asian diner to get even…got food poisoning. I hate jellyfish.”
Worst. Day. Ever.
No good story ever starts with someone saying they were late for work. They don’t usually end up this bad, though.
“Was late to work, got boyfriend’s car towed, got lost in neighborhood on way to get car, witnessed arrest, was briefly questioned as a possible accomplice with dude arrested, had to pay $130 to get car back, took an hour to find parking, shook fist at the skies.”
What Could Be Worse Than A Funeral?
If you attend a funeral, especially one you have to travel for, you should be free from anything bad happening that day. You should…
“My aunt had flown 9+ hours to attend a family member’s funeral. The morning of the funeral, her husband calls to say that the house had flooded during an attempted plumbing repair. After the funeral, her husband calls to tell her the disaster recovery company had set up fans to dry the place out. One caught fire and burned the house down.”
Where Are My Keys?
Traveling the world is an exciting and enlightening experience. Having to go home is usually the least fun part of the vacation. Especially when everything bad that could happen decides too.
“Went off on my own to adventure Europe… after a few weeks, it became clear I needed to go home and be with family. So I stupidly thought my flight was a day early – surprise! You’re spending a night in the Santorini airport which at the time was so small that there were maybe 3 terminals. They turned off most of the lights and I was the only person in the airport. Flights got delayed, so my friends who all offered to pick up this broken mess of a person were all now unable to pick me up at my new arrival time. Over 36 hours of travel later I get home to realize that I had mailed my keys back to my parents house in another city with a package and I was now locked outside my apartment with my cell phone rapidly dying. It was a very, very long day before I could finally get into my bed and ugly cry in peace.”
Broken Bones And A Broken Heart
Relationships are supposed to be made to last. A true partner will stand by you even during the worst times. When they don’t, you get a story like this one.
“Last year I climbed a tree and fell out of it from 26 ft up. I broke 6 bones in my body and had to use a walker to get around. Worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. The guy I was seeing at the time cheated on me with an 18 yr old (he was 24, I was 25) while I was in the hospital. He then proceeded to dump me a few days later.”
At Least Things Got Better
Having to deal with an injury before a job interview is not an ideal situation. And when extra complications arise you just need to hope your interviewer is as sympathetic as this one was.
“I got in a motorcycle accident while visiting Haiti and working at a health clinic… Fast forward 9 days late: I am back home in the U.S. but flying across the country for a (four hour) job interview on Friday morning. Thursday evening I break out in a head to toe itchy red rash, my eyes and lips swell, and I have a terrible fever and chills… First interviewer takes one look at me and decides to drive me to the ER then and there….2 shots of steroids in my butt and some epi later, things started to get better…”
Kids Don’t Like School Anyway
This is the story of how a simple tonsillectomy turned into a young child missing most of the second grade.
“So in second grade… I have to get my tonsils removed. What could go wrong, right? So the doctor removes them and fast forward about a week later, I start vomiting blood. This happens on a couple different occasions. It turns out the doctor had nicked an artery while removing my tonsils so they had to go back in to fix that…. I missed like half of second grade.”
At Least Provide Television
If you’re going to go through the worst series of events in your life, it always helps to have television to keep you distracted. If only this next person was so lucky…
“Minor lung collapse, followed by a major one, being stuck at school, passed out and having surgery with little to no pain relief, terrible doctors trying to pull tubes out of my lung that were stitched in, AND worst of all NO T.V.!”
Gas Station Begging
Missing the bus can be a harrowing experience for a student trying to get home from school. The journey can ruin the best of days, just like it did on this fateful day.
“… the day went surprisingly well, until it was time to go home. To start things off, I didn’t know where my bus was (come to find out it was the first in line), which caused me to miss it. Second, after realizing mostly everyone was gone and there was only one bus left, I got on. Needless to say, it dropped me off in the wrong location. Third, attempting to walk home, I walked the wrong way, getting even more lost than I already was. And lastly, I didn’t have a phone OR money for a payphone, so I was basically outside the gas station in a panic asking strangers for a quarter to call my mom.”
Blame It On The Birds
We really hope this teacher gave their poor student extra time to finish their math exam after having to deal with this harrowing experience.
“I had a math exam, and the class before that, we were outside and a bird took a [word removed] on me. I didn’t notice then… I go to the math exam, and the teacher tells me to clean myself. Fine, I go to the toilet to wash my hair. The water sink isn’t working. The teacher says to go outside and wash my hair with snow. Okay. I go out… I find just a little bit on a dumpster…Having no choice, I scraped that off the dumpster and finally washed the [word removed] off me.”
Swing And Miss
Before swinging a bat as a sibling, it’s always best practice to look around and make sure your four-year-old brother isn’t sneaking up on you…
“…my brother was practicing tee-ball with an aluminum bat and I walked behind him mid-swing. He clocked me in the eye and I blacked out. When I woke up the hospital I was terrified, and consequently had to have stitches. That’s when the genius doctor decided to use the new-fangled glue that seals wounds on me, a squirming frightened four year old. They glued my eye shut by accident and I had to wear an eyepatch around for several days. It was terrible. They had to pluck out my eyelashes to open my eye again.”
One Thing Snowballed Into Another
This next story might be the worst case of stage fright to ever happen! If only this poor soul knew they were sick before going on stage…
“It was the weekend of my birthday, and we had traveled to Nashville for a vocal competition. I got up to the stage and then my song started and I just forgot the words. On stage. In front of everybody. So then I ran off crying. Around 10 minutes later I threw up, and it turns out I had the flu. To top it all off as I was laying on the floor in misery I fell asleep and my phone was stolen.”
How Many Doctors Does It Take?
The person in this story reached their pain threshold and was forced to endure beyond it thanks to a series of very unhelpful doctors.
“Playing rugby 3 months ago, dislocated shoulder in a game. Horrible pain. I walked about a mile back to my car, drove myself to the nearest hospital, this hurt so bad, I was crying at this point and I have a decent pain threshold. We get to the hospital and my mother is running around trying to find the emergency room because we just can’t find one and we’re in the middle of the parking lot. I am in so much pain at this point, I have no idea what’s going on, I think I was going into shock. We can’t find an emergency room so I walk into the hospital and I basically collapse. Onto my shoulder. I can’t even tell you how much this hurt, 4 doctors come over to me because I’m sure I screamed some expletive as I fell and they’re standing over me and they don’t help me at all. Now, I’m not mad at the doctor, I’m sure there was a reason and a good one at that for none of them to help me. After a minute I get up, stumble back to my car and start driving to the city’s general hospital. Traffic jam. A good long 25-minute traffic jam and the pain is absolutely not getting any better. I start slurring my words and arguing Marxist ideology with my mom. We finally get to the hospital about an hour and a half after the incident, they pump me full of morphine and pop my shoulder in.”
The Wrong House
After getting into a car accident this father probably just wanted to go home and take a nap, not almost be arrested by the cops!
“When I was a young kid, my dad picked me up from school and then took me to pick up my little brother from his babysitter’s house. We got my brother, but on the way home, some idiot hit our car, scraping the door so deeply and wide that you could see the material inside it. My dad exchanged insurance info with the dude and finally began driving home. When we got home, the front door of our house was wide open. Our first thought was that someone had broken into the house, so my dad approached quietly to see if there was anyone inside. As he entered the front door, I heard shouting “POLICE! PUT YOUR HANDS UP WHERE WE CAN SEE THEM! WHO ARE YOU?” My dad explained to the two cops inside my house that he was the owner of the property. They told him that they were responding to a break-in call from the alarm company.”
Placing The Blame
This pair might not be friends today. After breaking a bone, one friend’s day just kept going downhill. As it got worse and worse he started looking for someone to place blame on. And he did.
“Big guy sits in little chair, leg goes numb, breaks ankle standing up, not allowed to use the elevator, has to limp down 3 flights of stairs, then finally kid trips over said foot, and blames me for it.”
The Trouble With Kissing
The behavior you’re about to read about would make sense if it took place in high school. In kindergarten, though?
“My brother’s story. He had a little girlfriend in kindergarten. They decided to give kissing a go and proceeded to make out under the slides during recess. Their make-out session was so intense they forgot they needed to go back to class, so a bunch of worried teachers come out and look for them. He gets suspended for ditching class and kissing a girl. He still remembers the condescending look on the principal. It gets worst for the little guy, turns out the girl has meningitis and he breaks out with a pain staking fever. He’s never kissed a girl since.”
Watch Out For Dogs
Trying to make a bad situation better backfired for this quick-thinking sister when her sibling got hurt dumpster diving.
“My sisters were out dumpster diving (a very safe pastime) one fine day, and lo and behold, one finds a sharp object that leaves a deep cut all the way down her shin. Thinking quickly, sister number two takes sister number one and heads over to the nearby dog park looking for someone with a phone. But then it gets worse. Sister number two was promptly bitten by a dog. Both wound up in the hospital with stitches.”
A high schooler hiding mono from their new girlfriend is a recipe for disaster.
“On January first of my senior year of high school, I came down with a raging fever, chills, shakes, cold sweats, etc. The next day my throat started throbbing, and swallowing was difficult. I thought it was a general cold, but by the third day, I could tell something was up. My ex-boyfriend then tries to casually suggest that I should get a test for mono. I guess he didn’t think it was important to tell me that he had it a month before our relationship started and was still contagious. By the end of the week, my lymph nodes were so swollen that I no longer had a chin, and my throat was so tender I could not even swallow my own spit. I went to the doctor’s again, and they gave me a Vicodin prescription.”
Listen To Your Kids
This next father’s life would have been a whole lot better if he just listened to his son in law about going to the doctor form the start.
“After weeks of nagging my father in law went to the hospital about his chest pains. Turns out he had had at least 2 heart attacks. They booked him in for an immediate double heart bypass. While he was being prepped for surgery, his house exploded. Not burnt down, exploded. LPT: Don’t leave gas bottles on the balcony during a lightning storm.”
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
We think this unlucky person should leave the friend who they helped with a hefty bill for the harrowing events that followed.
“Last week I dropped a friend off at the hospital with broken toes. I then got back to my flat and reversed my car into another car. My car, which I had only had two weeks, hit Car A so hard that Car A bounced backwards into Car B. Car B’s owner comes out and gets my info, upset about his BMW, and I realise, he’s my department lecturer at university…”
The Worst Six Weeks Ever
This has to be close to the worst six week stretch in the history of “but wait it gets worse” stories. This guy was due for some good luck after. Maybe a new girlfriend and a new car. The next six weeks of his life HAD to be better!
“Girlfriend cheated, lost my job, lost my uncle, had to get emergency surgery, girlfriend cheated again, returned an engagement ring, mom diagnosed with rare cancer. All within 6 weeks.”
Wait 30 Minutes
When you apply sunscreen, it’s important to read the directions and follow them. If you don’t, you might end up like this person.
“We went to the water park for the day. I got into the water too soon and all of my suntan lotion came off, so I ended up with the most severe sunburn of my life. My skin was blistered pretty much everywhere the sun touched it, I had a fever, and I was in so much pain that it was physically impossible to lay comfortably. My mom put some aloe lotion on me, which I had an allergic reaction to and my face swelled up, including my eyes. I looked like Quasimodo. My dad also ate a spicy pickle and had an allergic reaction where his tongue started to swell up and he had to go to the emergency room.”
Timing Couldn’t Be Worse
Have you ever had your dreams shattered? If there is an upside to this story it’s that it all happened when this person was 19-years-old, still leaving their whole future in front of them.
“When I was 19 and pursuing a modeling/acting career, I got in a car accident after only owning the car for three months. I needed 72 stitches in my face and had to wear machines to help my blood flow in my legs so I could walk again. I get out of the hospital and my best friend belittles me, then stops talking to me. I go to my boyfriend for support, stitches still in face, and he breaks up with me with the classic ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. I then lose my contract with the modeling agency as well as my job that involves driving a car that I no longer have and even if I did I would be too scared to drive. It was a pretty rough time in my life.”
And A Side Of Chicken Pox
Most kids get the chickenpox at some point. This kid just happened to get it at the worst possible time.
“I broke my femur when I was 5. Playing basketball, I tripped and fell and broke my right femur. I didn’t know what a broken bone was, so I got up and tried running, that’s when my femur compacted and parts of it shattered. (These are all medical terms.) I was in a body cast for 5 months because they had to set it. Then I got the chickenpox from my sister… there was no itching involved due to the body cast.”
Moms Are The Best
This person might not have been too thrilled when this originally happened, but at least today they can laugh at how ridiculous the situation was! A good sense of humor clearly runs in the family.
“When I was younger, we had this long hallway, or at least it seemed pretty long when I was little. Anyway, I was in my room, suddenly realizing I’m about to puke. So I sprint to the bathroom, but before I can reach the door, I puke, full sprint, and then proceed to slip in my puke. I was lying in puke repeating “Ew, ew, ew” when my mom came in and started laughing at me.”