In case you haven’t been paying attention lately, we live in a world that is overrun with grown men and women who like to act like little children when they don’t get their way.

And it seems to be especially prevalent in America…USA! USA!

Is it too late to turn it around for the sake of our great country? Let’s hope so…

What’s the worst adult temper tantrum you’ve ever witnessed?

Here’s how AskReddit users responded.

1. Happy birthday.

“Working on a local theater project, the lead actress’ birthday was in the middle of the final week of rehearsals.

We’re all packed into the theatre for hours on hour per day, but there’s still time to celebrate. We pass a card around and the director decides she’ll bake a cake.

When we take a break, someone brings the lead actress out on stage so we can cut the cake, sing Happy Birthday and give her the card. Everything is going well.

Then suddenly, there came a great screeching. The director was displeased.

Apparently, no one had asked her to sign the card. To be clear, she’d seen it being passed around, but no one had actively asked her, and she took that as an insult.

She slammed the cake to the floor right in front of the poor lead actress, screamed at us all for being so inconsiderate and stormed off. Happy birthday.”

2. Meltdown.

“It was back in the late summer of 1994 and I was invited to a Carrot Top show. (Back then Carrot Top was a redheaded prop comic and not the bizarre steroid-beast he is today)

Anyway, about 20 minutes into the show he started to freak out. It seemed as though the monitors weren’t working or something because he kept complaining about how funny his s**t was and how well his prop gags had gone over in other venues. To be clear- he was being amusing and the crowd was laughing along as one might expect.

But he wasn’t getting any of that feedback for some reason and he started to spiral into losing it entirely. He yanked one prop after another out of his trunk, faster and faster, and louder and louder. Eventually he had a complete breakdown, burst out into full on tears, started sobbing, dropped everything, covered his face and ran off stage.

The crowd was confused because let’s face it, no one really knew what to expect from the guy. But he never did come back on stage and after another couple minutes the lights came on and we all left – 20 minutes into the show.”

3. Nice try.

“I work at a major electronic retailer, and a few months ago, I answered the phone to a customer that told us his iPad was defective, and that he was going to bring it in, and demanded we give him the newest model we had. I asked him when he bought it, and he responded “Black Friday in like 2015.”

I laughed, and told him it wasn’t happening. He started screaming at me, telling me about how he was going to “own my store and the company”, then demanded to speak to my manager. I told my GM the situation, handed him the phone, and he told the guy the same thing I did, and hung up on him.

The guy apparently tried the same stunt about 2 hours after I left. Not sure what he expected out of it.”

4. Insanity.

“One time when I was working my cr**py fast food job, a coworker no showed so my boss had me call him.

I let a message “Hi, this is Fluffy at s**tty pizza. I was just calling because you are in the schedule today at 10AM and manager wanted me to check with you to see if you are just running late.”

His girlfriend called back (I answered) and kept screaming at me for “talking to her man”. It was the most insane thing ever.”

5. FORMER friend.

“A former friend’s wife.

We were going to a Christmas party at a mutual friends’ house the next day, but I went over to his place to bake the cake I was bringing and hang out and play games. Her sister was there, too.

So I get there, his wife is in their living room, with her sister. The wife is sitting on the couch folding clothes, the sister is in an arm chair holding her baby.

He picked up a present of hers, the new model of Kuerig she wanted, but hadn’t had time to wrap it yet. It’s sitting in the living room, under a blanket, near the Christmas tree.

Their daughter, about 2 at the time, pulled the blanket off the Keurig. My buddy’s wife, who is a director level employee for a ward at the hospital, throws the entire basket of folded clothes into the floor, dumps the rest of the clothes in her lap in the floor, and slides off the couch into the floor, in tears, because he bought the wrong color of Keurig.

She’s crying, yelling at him about how obviously doesn’t care about her because he didn’t get the right color. She should just divorce him because he can’t ever get anything right.

Over a the color of a coffee maker.”

6. No refunds.

“When I worked in retail, a woman freaked out because I wouldn’t let her return a piece of chicken breast.

It was dated several months prior to this interaction, she had frozen it, and did not have a receipt.”

7. Drunk at the airport.

“I saw a very drunk woman throw a massive temper tantrum trying to board a flight at the airport.

She was slurring her words, only partially coherent, and she couldn’t even walk straight. The poor gate agent tried to break it to her gently, offered to get her some water while they waited for a medic and security, assured her she could rebook her flight.

This spoiled brat was not having it. She started YELLING that she absolutely had to get on this plane and nothing could stop her. Tried multiple times to board the plane, and eventually had to be physically restrained.

Started getting belligerent and threatening the employees that she would get them all fired. One of the people attempting to help her was wearing a turban and she started saying that she’d get him deported.

She demanded every employee’s first and last name (their full names were on their name tags but she apparently didn’t notice this) and when they gave her their full names she kept demanding it (she must be used to employees she abuses refusing to give their full names, I guess) insisting she was going to call corporate and get them all fired.

The guy in the turban was so chill, he actually said “do you need me to spell my name for you? I guarantee it’s going to be a waste of your time and the company’s time and nothing will come of it.”

When it became clear that she wasn’t going to get what she wanted, she called her father on her cell phone and started screaming very loudly that she was being abused and asking her Daddy to sue the airline and get all the employees fired.


Security finally dragged her away at that point.

The funny thing is that I looked up the Attorney General of New Jersey at the time and he didn’t have any daughters.”

8. What a d**k.

“At Chik-Fil-A one day I saw this obese dude who must’ve been at least 40 slamming a tray on the counter repeatedly and yelling at the staff behind the counter because they didn’t have his favorite sauce.

He started stomping from end to end screaming that he knew they had more in the back and he wasn’t f**king leaving til he got his sauce. When the manager came out to ask him to leave this man-child legitimately sat on the floor and crossed his arms saying he wasn’t moving.

I got my food and left ASAP.”

9. Ouch.

“My cousin lost a match at his MMA gym (it wasn’t an official one) and hurt his shoulder (was not even bruised) and he couldn’t open my front door quick enough.

So he punched the glass in and I got glass in my eye for Christmas.”

10. Ugh.

“EMS. The woman who caused an accident was screaming that the driver of the other car was “faking it for the insurance payout” when we were loading him onto the stretcher.

When the cop told her they were in a bad way, she threw herself on the ground and said, “Well, if he can do it, then I have neck pain too.”

Meanwhile, we’re preemptively shaving this guy’s chest for the AED pads because he’s decompensating so quickly.

Her purse was laying in the road, so we ran it over when we did a U-turn to leave for the hospital.

Also: The guy ended up being okay, but was probably in for a long recovery. Don’t text and drive, it’s always other people who have to pay the price for it.”

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