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16 people share their worst 'this person has no idea how the world works' moment.

16 people share their worst 'this person has no idea how the world works' moment.


Witnessing an adult person process something that is generally considered common sense can be a jarring and hilarious experience...

No, John...not everyone owns a private jet, some people have to book commercial flights and take their shoes off in the security line. So, when a Reddit user asked, 'What is your 'this person has no idea how the real world works' moment?' people were ready to share the most unhinged 'how are you a person who is alive and employed' interactions.


Guy sold his rent-a-center TV and couldn’t understand why they threatened to charge him for theft. - maaritt


My sister-in-law got in an argument with her brother/my husband and me, stopped speaking to us, blocked us on Facebook...and then threatened to sue us for visitation rights to our six-month-old. - Socialbutterfinger


I worked on a group project with these two girls in high school. We had met up at a library over the weekend and when I pulled into the parking lot one of them said something about my car. I said 'yeah, I love this car but someone keyed it in a parking lot all down the passenger side. Look how deep it is!'

I told her I couldn't fix it beyond some touch up paint either because that would require sanding it down and all that. She looked me dead in the eye with a look like I was crazy and said 'well why don't you go buy some elbow grease? I hear that fixes everything.'

Dead serious. Girl had heard about 'just give it some elbow grease' and got it into her head that this was a product you could buy to fix just about anything. She did not contribute much to our group project. - MountainMantologist


They lived with a dark bedroom for 7 days waiting for the real estate of their rental property to come and change the light bulb - abar991


This kid at my school thought taxes weren't real and just a story - Oberon447


An old friend, who's Coca-Cola family, told my ex-bf, who was dirt poor, 'oh don't worry, everyone has a trust fund, some parents just don't tell you so you don't rely on it' This was in high school - paintedfeathers


Someone at work asked if she needed to pay to use the microwave. she decided it was too complicated to use and bought a $150 thermal lunchbox so she can take food that was cooked by her hired chef to work without needing to reheat it. - imonfiyar


Had a woman call into work (banking) and ask for her mortgage payoff. It was like 40 thousandish.... she said there was no way that was right because her payment book only had 3 more coupons in it and she thought it was done when the coupons were.

She couldn’t comprehend that she had a 30 year mortgage and that she didn’t get a coupon book for all 30 years, she only got three years at a time and because she had an adjustable rate. I had to call back ups to explain to her that she still owed 27 more years. - MadMadGirl


Former barista here. A customer came through drive thru one afternoon, ordering a custom drink that cost about $5. While on the phone, he dug change out of the corners of his van and handed me what amounted to less than $3.

I continued looking at him with my hand extended, half full of dirty coins, when he just shrugged and said, “That’s all I got.”

I repeated the total and said he hadn’t given me enough. “Can’t you just spot me with your tips?” Um, EXCUSE ME? First, no, that’s literally my grocery money, and second, our company had a strict policy against doing just that. But I simply apologized and said no, I couldn’t do that.

He blew up at me, saying I wasn’t “being very neighborly.” I again apologized and explained how I relied on my tip money to, you know, EAT. Instead he screamed at me again, “You suck, you REALLY suck!” before driving away. - Ser_Laughing_Tree


My dad asked if he could borrow my cat. I said no. He replied, “It’s okay, I’ll just rent one.” I didn’t point out that cat rentals aren’t a thing. I still don’t know why he needed a cat. - [deleted]


Got into a fender bender in high school. I was driving a car that cost me $300 (had been sitting on concrete blocks at a cousin's, patched it and bought wheels) and I was absolutely devastated.

The kid who hit me wasn't freaking out at all and kept saying his dad would get him another one, why was I so worried about an old car? Once the dad got there, it turned out this is the third car his kid had wrecked. For that school year. - fuqmook


Was good friends with this girl in college. I knew she was spoiled (free reign of daddy's credit card) but it was never a big deal. After college she couldn't grasp why I couldn't spend the next 6-12 months backpacking through Europe with her, which she wanted to do because she didn't feel like getting a job yet.

The idea that I had to get a job to support myself and start paying back student loans was completely foreign to her. Her answer to everything was 'have your parents pay for it!'. Sorry honey, that is not how the real world works. - jeswesky


I was in the Army with someone who wanted to know when the maids came to do laundry in Basic Training. - Maat1932


My little brother who was (and I fear still kinda is) adamant that he would grow up to be an actor all through high school without trying to pursue any acting related things. Quit drama club freshman year and never looked back.

Didn't work towards getting into an acting program in college. Spent more time on his video games than acting, but I guess he was just banking on being discovered and put into roles due to handsomeness. It's hard enough to make that dream work for people who are actually trying. - reallifegarnet


My brother wanted to be a 'game designer.' I asked how that was going and what he had been doing. Mom had gone to Walmart to pick up some art supplies so he could get 'Designing.'

He did not really know what coding was in terms of game design, and did not know graphic design. He thought he could simply just draw up some swords and guns and shields and someone would pay him to do this for a living. With zero experience. He's almost 30. - jenniferjuniper


My cousin and I were talking one day and and I mentioned that I had a horrible sense of direction, where my brother could be dropped off in a cornfield and find his way home. She replied that it was easy to find your direction, just remember 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat' and you will know where North is.

I laughed and said that was for remembering the directions in order, not for finding which way was which. We argued for 20 minutes till I told her to show me how it works. She stands up and point forward and says 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat!' and points to the direction she was facing when she stood up. 'That's North!'

So I told her to face me and then find North. She does it again... 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat!' and points at me and says 'that's North.' So ask her if North just changed? She says no. 'But North was that way a minute ago?' She looks confused and says 'Why didn't that work?' I told her it was because she was an idiot. - jmsturm

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