Cheating is lame. The only thing that's not lame about cheating is soaking in the schadenfreude while reading other people's nightmares realized.
Even that, though, comes with the inclination to trust no one because people are awful. With that in mind, tread carefully through these 21 stories combed from a Reddit thread that prompted people to share sagas of walking in on cheating partners. A good amount of these stories have enough karmic intervention (hello, pink eye) to make you feel like all is right in the world and that you don't have to go home and question your love life.
1. chillhoneybunny28's co-worker knew exactly what to do.
2. takhesis didn't have to even go inside the house to find her husband.
3. Grinder312 can say he's dodged more than a few bullets.
Walked in on my ex fiancée 6 weeks before our wedding. She was sleeping with one of our coworkers. Quit my job there, she made me cover the remaining costs of the wedding since we were within the 90-day limits and ONLY my name was on the contracts. I moved away to college. She stalked me. I put a restraining order on her. I got counseling. I was a mess.
Life gets better. I'm married to an incredible woman. Successful in my job. And I'm 1.5 years cancer free! I'll take it. Plus I don't have her in my life anymore. Dodged the bullet is how I look at it now.
4. banjo-fittings's manager isn't that supportive.
Not me, but I worked with a woman who walked in on her husband and her brother going to town. A few days after that she came into work and said "My husband ran off with my brother". One of the managers was laughing so hard he fell down.
5. imn0tg00d traded a crappy roommate for a very loyal one.
6. Hovie1's brother was polite.
My brother walked in on his ex wife in bed with another guy. He told the guy "put your pants on. I'm not going to beat the fuck out of you while you're naked."
So he put his pants on.
And my brother beat the fuck out of him.
Edit: Yes, the guy knew she was married.
7. Subtle move, SmallBlue.
I didn't walk in to the act, but walked in the evidence of the act (used condom). I chilled in her house for a bit, grabbed a beer from the fridge, drank it on the patio, fired up tinder and started swiping, peed on her toothbrush, then left!
8. Sometimes good things come from bad ones, as was the case for Prannke.
9. goalieamd exemplifies what sisters are for.
Accidentally caught my sister's BF cheating on her.
I was out at a bar with a few of my friends. We walk in and there is my sister's boyfriend making out with someone who is not my sister. I've had a couple drinks at this point and decided I wanted to be evil. I wait until the girl who's making out with my sister's bf comes over to the bar. I strike up a conversation with her to see if I could get some information out of her. I ask her about her date and she goes into this long story about how they dated back in high school but broke up and now he's dating someone else but doesn't care because the other girl is a total prude and what they have is true love. I let her say her speal until I introduce myself with my first and last name. She immediately starts sputtering something and I walk away to call my sister. Meanwhile, the shitty bf is across the bar being filled in on what just happened. He immediately calls my sister and tells her that I'm a liar and he's still at work. I sent her pictures of the two of them together and they ended up breaking up the next day.
At first my sister was furious with me but now we joke about it. I feel bad since they dated for 2 years but apparently the cheating had been going on for close to 6 months.
10. Perfect timing for clockworknyxia.
I walk in on him and my neighbor just as he was about to come. He ended up pulling out of her too fast and shot semen right in her eye. She had pink eye for a week.
It was one of the few times I witnessed karma in action.
11. Lil-one found an unlikely ally and had a cool car chase.
12. Kanorado1's day would've sucked even without the cheating part.
I was dating my neighbor, and his door was 10 feet away from my front door. One night I had some friends over and he went out with his friends. We had some Nerf guns at my apartment and my guy friend shot me in the eye and scratched my cornea. It was so painful. I didn't know what to do, it was pretty late at night and I had been drinking so I decided the best thing to do was just take some allergy medicine and fall into a Benadryl coma. I woke up the next morning and was in so much pain. I couldn't open my eye, and crying made it burn which made me cry more. So, I ran over to my boyfriends apartment, let myself in (we had copies of each other's keys) and as I was going up the stairs to his room I kept thinking "hm, women's shoes! How weird." And "I wonder whose pants those are!" But I was so set on having him drive me to the emergency room or something so I just busted into his room and there he was, in bed with his best girl friend. They hadn't heard me come in, so I just stood there for an uncomfortably long time.
I ended up slamming the door behind me, running back to my apartment and was so upset with everything that I sat on my floor of my bedroom and had a full fledge melt down. I was unconsciously hitting the floor so hard with my hands that my knuckles were raw and bruised. My roommate eventually came in and dragged me to the ER were I was then told I had an infection in my eye and had to get it flushed out.
13. Hm, probably for the best that sweetrhymepurereason caught her ex at this moment.
14. Hysterymystery's old boss is essentially Ross.
Not my story, but one of the managers where I worked in college was seriously the nicest guy I've ever met. He was pretty religious, but not in a douchey way. He would give you the shirt off his back. He had been married before and they divorced amicably and had just recently remarried. Apparently the new wife got along fairly well with the old wife (they all went to the same church) and they began spending time together. He thought it was great because there were kids involved and this made things substantially easier that they weren't fighting and could coparent easily.
One day he was a no-call no-show to work. We were all really worried because that was so not like him. It turns out he left the house, went to the gym, was on his way into work when he realized he forgot something so he swung back by the house to pick it up. He found his ex-wife and new wife getting it on in the bedroom.
15. APinchBetter's story accelerates quickly.
She opened her phone and giggled, so I asked "Oh shit let me see!" Thinking it was actually just a harmless picture or something (we had a seemingly good relationship). She told me it was a text from this guy that kept texting her and that "she told him to stop" and "not to worry about him."
I hope they are enjoying the baby.
16. College cafeterias: where love dies, at least for MisStitch.
I went to surprise my first college BF in his dorm room with a sweet note before he performed that night. Walked in to see him with other girl in his lap. Handed him the note without saying anything. Walked out.
Ignored/avoided him, but ended up in line next to each other at the cafeteria the next day.
Him: "So...I guess that's it, then?"
Me: "Ya think?!"
17. TBD if I-come-from-Chino got revenge or added more bad karma to the world.
It was more like they walked in making out. We were due to get married in 1 week. I was studying and she was "out with female friends from work" I figured I'd just study at her apartment until she got in. Around midnight she comes through the door handsey and making out with a male co-worker.
Her mom has cheated from one relationship to the next and been married 4+ times and is a general mess. Her biggest fear is becoming her mother. So I said "Just like your fucking mother". I took everything I owned from her apartment, took all her shit out of my apartment and left it on her front porch.
I basically cut ties with her. I was "helping" pay for her living expenses so I gave her one month to move out.
One year later she wants to meet for coffee to talk. She's has been dating her old co-worker for the last year. I had gotten in shape 1-2 hours in the gym daily and lost 30+ lbs. So we talk and it's obvious she wants to hook up so we have dirty hate sex. This happens two more times and finally her boyfriend finds out. Other than one random facebook message that I didn't respond to that is the last I've heard from her.
18. Hauppage should be grateful for dog poop.
Had my puppy dog shit itself, couldn't find any towels in the bathroom to clean up the floor. Opened the bedroom door to get my laundry basket and there they were. Wouldn't have hurt so badly if it were not a close friend.
Ended up keeping the dog and am really digging the wagging and tennis balls that come with unconditional love.
19. fishielicious's friends know how to treat a girl.
I went to a party with my boyfriend and when it came time to leave, I couldn't find him. We were in college and though we didn't live together, I lived in a house right off campus with a bunch of our friends, and he stayed there literally every night. Basically just had another room in a house somewhere to keep up appearances for parents (lol what a waste of money).
So, even though we couldn't find him, the rest of us all walked home figuring he just went and passed out there. He was not there when we got home, so I started getting really worried. I'd been calling him previous to this, but then I started blasting his phone and calling other friends who might have seen him, etc. I couldn't get a hold of him and no one else had talked to him for a while, so eventually one friend who was sober offered to drive me to his place to see if he was there.
When I got in the house and went to his room, at first I was sooo relieved because I just saw a lump under his comforter. I figured he just decided to stumble there instead for some reason. So I grabbed the comforter and yanked it off, preparing to playfully jump on him and give him shit for scaring me.
When I do that, this girl just sits straight up in bed staring at me--and I guess I kind of delusionally just assumed his roommates had lent out the room to a friend for the night, since he never stayed there. So the first word out of my mouth was, "Sorry!" Then I saw him. I didn't say or do anything else except immediately turn around and start out the door.
He jumped up and tried to follow me and grab my arm, and I just pushed him away and told him not to touch me. My friend in the car had come inside by now, and she figured out what was going on and basically just acted as a buffer so I could get to the car.
The only consolation for me--and I remember this very clearly--was that he was wearing goddamn polar bear-print pajama pants to cheat in. Like lol wtf.
tl;dr: Thought my boyfriend was dead or in danger, walked in on him (luckily post-actual sex) in bed with a girl and he was wearing polar bear pajama pants.
Edit to add: the other shitty part is that all my friends back home knew we went out looking for him, and when we came back home they were all hanging out in the living room, and as I ran past to go to my room, I heard the friend who had driven me tell them what happened. Basically just collapsed on the stairs sobbing, which was super graceful and not embarrassing at all. Then I couldn't sleep in the bed we shared, so I went down to the basement and my friends fed me Xanax and we watched the Aristocats until I fell asleep.
20. It's not all sunshine and rainbows for the other person, according to 4B1T, who has very good hiding skills.
Tale from the other side: I was having sex with a girl in her student dorm (6'x12' cell!) when her drunk BF walked in. I hid under a bean bag while they had sex less than a foot away from me. Such a weird experience, I'm still processing it.
Once my wife was on Weight Watchers, and she was doing really well. Lost a bunch of weight and was looking fine.
I came back from exercising and caught her on the couch, watching Downton Abbey with a tub of ice-cream and a spoon. The look on her face said it all - BUSTED. That was the night she quit Weight Watchers.
That's the ideal type of cheating.