15 People Share the Times When They Publicly Scolded a Stranger

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Have you ever been at a store or restaurant when you saw a complete stranger do something so rude that you just had to say something? Many people have, and they are sharing their tales on Reddit.

Reddit user grummlinds asked, “Yesterday, I scolded a stranger in a Subway. Have you ever had to publicly scold someone you didn’t know?”

Why did grummlinds scold a stranger? Here’s the story:

So, I went to Subway yesterday to get one of those delicious $5 footlongs.

Upon arrival, I see three girls probably about 17/18ish. The first two order and the server asks the last girl what toppings she wants. She’s on her phone so she doesn’t answer. The server asks her again-not being impatient or rude-just asks. The girl snapped, “Can’t you see I’m on the PHONE here? God, you are so RUDE. Just wait until I’m done.”

I was so offended and embarrassed for the server, so I couldn’t help but say something to her, “That was extremely rude. You came here to get a sub so don’t yell at her for providing the service you asked for. Just get off your phone, order your toppings and stop acting like a child.”

She looked at me with contempt and anger, but I think I intimidated her so she didn’t say anything back to me. The server looked at me, smiled, and mouthed the words thank you.

Grummlinds is far from the only person to publicly scold a stranger. Read on for more tales of woe.

  1. So Rude

    From Reddit user Intotheopen:

    Not me, but one of my customers where I used to work, this guy was being absurdly rude to me and my co-worker. I had already told him quite clearly that there was a line, and he would be waiting in it in the order he came in (this was a high end store at xmas time, so a sense of entitlement is a little bit too common). He called my manager an idiot after having to re-ring something. Another customer behind him about half his size taps him on the shoulder and says loudly “Would you mind shutting the fuck up and letting these people do their jobs, you are seriously pissing us all off.” The bigger dude threatens him and the smaller guy goes “If you were as tough as you like think you are you wouldn’t have to be such a prick, just shut the fuck up.”I magically found a 50 percent off coupon for my new favorite person.

  2. Toy Department

    magellan2253 wrote:

    I used to work in the toy department of a retail store. The Leap Frog ‘laptop’ had just come out and they were REALLY expensive. So I am straightening shelves and notice a kid just wailing away on one of these laptops – mom is nowhere to be found. I approach the kid, ask him nicely “is that how you play with your toys at home?”. The kid gave me a sheepish “no” and placed it back on the shelf.I was feeling pretty good about myself at that point when the kid’s mother comes out from nowhere and very rudely tells me that I have ‘NO RIGHT’ to speak to her child that way. I calmly looked his mother in the eye and said “Mam, your son was about to break a $150 toy. our store has a you-break-it, you-buy-it policy. If you would like me to give it back to him so he can continue hitting it, I would be happy to ring you up at my register for the damages.” She then proceeded to give me an eat shit and die look, grabbed her son and stalked off.

  3. McDonald’s

    miniskirtninja shared:

    I used to work at McDonalds when I was in high school so I sympathize with other teenage fast food workers. Awhile ago I was in the local McDonalds where I used to work, and It was apparent that it was the cashier’s first day working there,but he seemed to be doing okay. He entered something wrong though and asked his manger how to fix it and the manger comes over and starts tearing into him in front of all the customers, calling him “A fucking idiot” and “an inbred monkey” and so on.After I received my order at the counter, I asked the Manager to come over and told him “Please do not talk to that cashier that way ever again. Just because you are a day shift manager at mcdonalds does not make you a superior human being, and gives you no right to treat others, especially your employees, like dirt.” After I sat down the other manger came over a brought me some apple pies and thanked me for standing up to that guy. Apparently he acted like that towards everyone.

  4. Mentally Challenged Employee

    From tah4349:

    Back in college there was a mentally challenged guy who worked in the dorm dining hall. He obviously had some problems, but was with it enough to hold down the job, remember certain students, carry on conversations, etc. One day I was behind some girls in line who were standing right in front of him talking about how they didn’t like being served by the “retard” and so on and so forth. I said “he has ears, he can hear you, he’s a person just like the rest of us and you shouldn’t treat people like that.” They called me a bitch and walked away.

  5. Handicap Spot

    Reddit user Jimmythejet wrote:

    My Dad was driving around with his terminally ill friend. They needed to go to a pharmacy and seeing as how my Dad’s friend gets short of breath easily they were hoping for a handicap spot. Unfortunately none were vacant so they had to park farther away. As they were walking up to the store, a squat muscular man comes walking out of the pharmacy and starts to open up the door of his Ford F150 parked in a handicap spot that he clearly didn’t need to be in (nor did he have a sticker). My Dad’s friend called out to him as he was getting in: “Excuse me?” “Yes?” “Is your handicap physical or mental?”The guy’s face went white as a ghost and he quickly got into his truck and pulled away.

  6. Movie Theater

    dalek_999 shared:

    Went to see the Wolverine movie in a really big theater; about halfway up the rows of seats, it had an aisle that cuts across horizontally from one side of the theater to the other. Some asshat father was there with a toddler, and he let the kid run back and forth across the aisle, squealing the whole time. I put up with it for about 30 minutes, and then finally went down to the father and said, “Do you realize the entire movie theater can hear your child, and that it’s ruining the movie for the rest of us? Please make him be quiet.” The father stared at me in complete shock, as if the concept had never crossed his mind. He left immediately with his kid.Several people around me said thank you as I sat down.

  7. Shopping Cart

    Reddit user freedomweasel wrote:

    I went off on someone who pushed their shopping cart toward the little corrals, but it ended up hitting a parked car. They didn’t bother to look or put the cart away properly.I also went off on someone who slammed their car door into the parked car next to them (several times) because “they parked too close”. The lady doing the door slamming was parked over the line, the vandalized car was dead center of the spot. I took down her license plate number, went into the store and found the owner of the other car and let them know.

  8. Out-of-Control Children

    rational_discussion shared:

    I had to yell at a lady in a theater. She had two young children with her. After the lights went down and the movie was starting, the kids were still running around like little maniacs. All I said was, “Shhh.” She screams at me, “They’re children!” I yelled back something along the lines of, “We all paid to see this movie. Yes, they’re children. You are the parent. Shut them up or get out.”

  9. NY State Fair

    kamiikoneko didn’t use words:

    One time, I was at the NY State Fair and there was a kid just being totally rotten to his parents walking behind me, cursing them out etc. He was like…10. I had to fart so bad it hurt, so I just let it go pretty much directly in his face, and he walked right into it and I heard him audibly gag and then he shut up. I considered him biologically scolded.

  10. On Vacation

    Reddit user dededexter wrote:

    I was on vacation a few years ago with my parents. My dad had planned for us to have this amazing dinner at a very fancy, and small restaurant. The restaurant was literally the first floor of a small/medium sized house. Seeing as the place was so small all the customers had to keep their voices down so as not to disturb everyone else. We sat down for dinner and were immediately overwhelmed by a man talking loudly at the table next to us. Not only was he basically yelling but he was saying very inappropriate and racist comments. He obviously had too much to drink but everyone at his table looked to scared to say anything to him. My family and I tried to have our dinner and ignore this asshole, but it was getting really hard to ignore. My poor dad who had planned this great dinner looked so crestfallen. Whenever someone upsets a family member of mine I snap. I turned around and said very clearly and loudly “Could you please keep your voice down. I can hardly hear anything besides your voice”. The guy was speechless. Probably because I was a 18 year old girl telling him nicely to shut the fuck up in front of an entire restaurant. TL;DR: 18 year old girl tells drunk racist 50 something year old asshole to shut up.

  11. Panera Bread

    Shared by baconbabe456:

    Kind of…I was at a Panera Bread around the holidays a few years ago. It was full-on shopping season, and the place is close to some shopping malls, so it was extremely busy. This older couple ordered coffee, and the lady behind the counter gave them a to-go cup, saying “I’m sorry, we ran out of clean mugs, and the dishwasher is running now, but I didn’t want to make you wait” or something like that (very polite). The lady got PISSED and started screaming about bad service. She actually yelled “I need a HERE cup, not a to-go cup!” The poor girl behind the counter kept apologizing and saying they would be done in a minute but the lady just kept bitching.Meanwhile, another employee comes up to take my order, so I ordered my drink and said as loud as I could “And a to-go cup is FINE with me; unlike some people, I understand the drink will taste the same!” The old lady freaked about how rude I was while I waited for my drink. The manager comes out and gives me a free loaf of their holiday bread “for being so patient.” Old people left, still pissed. Didn’t exactly scold her, but made a loud comment in defense of the employee.

  12. Disney World

    Shared by GenghisRex:

    I was at Disney World with my wife, the first time going for either of us. It was a kind of ‘yay, we graduated college’ trip. Well, we went to see the Finding Nemo stage show because my wife is into that kind of thing.Everything was fine for the first 15 or so minutes before the show actually started, but as soon as the voice came onto the speakers saying the show was about to start, a child behind me, probably 5 years old, started screaming “I DON’T WANT TO BE HERE! I WANT TO GO BACK! I WANT TO GO BACK! I WANT TO GO BA-HA-HA-HAAAACK”. I felt sorry for her at first: the voice scared her. That ‘sorry’ quickly turned to ‘annoyed’ as she started kicking the back of my seat repeatedly. I dealt with it until about 10 minutes into the show, when neither the screaming or kicking had stopped, and I turned to the mother. “Your kid doesn’t want to be here. It’s scaring her, and you’re ruining the show for the hundreds of other people here.” Her only response was to roll her eyes and angrily say “We’re leaving, THANKS.” As soon as she left every single person within talking distance thanked me.

  13. At the Gym

    Unicornmayo wrote:

    I was at the gym sometime after new years and heard a girl say to her friend something along the lines of “God! Why are there so many fat people here?”I lost my shit.

  14. Costco

    Reddit user Crystal_Rose wrote:

    It wasn’t me, but someone else did. And it was glorious.I was in a lineup at Costco, in a neighboring line a lady in a wheelchair was ahead of a boy and mother. The boy kept ramming his grocery cart into the wheelchair, and she politely asked the mother for him to stop. The mother tells her boy to stop, but he keeps doing it anyway and the mom does nothing to stop him. Another person pointed out to the mom that her child was still hurting the lady in the wheelchair, to which she snidely responds “I don’t discipline my child. I don’t believe in it.” An older man (who I guess was at least 75) further up the line walks up to the mother, opens up the tub of yogurt he was about to buy and dumps it right on her head. He then said, “My parents didn’t discipline me either,” and returned to his spot in line. Horrified, the mom takes her child and leaves right away without buying anything. Everyone who saw what just happened broke into applause for the man. My faith in humanity was restored.

  15. On a Horse

    From adtaylor:

    I was riding my horse along a bridle path and a man shouts at me saying ‘horses aren’t allowed to come along here’ He then started to grab at my reins making my horse jump and rear. Never whacked a person so hard with my whip.