Get ready to cringe
No one can quite embarrass you like a family member.
There are a few competing theories as to why. The first is that it’s much harder to just walk away from them and never look back. That’s strong, but it’s losing ground to the idea that everyone around you knows that you come from the same genetic soup that produced that hot mess.
Another reason might be that it’s a lot harder to call your own family on being embarrassing. After all, they have a ledger of every humiliating thing you’ve ever done in your entire life to fire back with.
Somehow, the gluttons for punishment over at Reddit hadn’t received enough cringe from interacting with their own families so they went in search of more. Redditors poured in with stories that ranged from mildly shameful to mortifying so that internet strangers could laugh along with them. Here are the best of ’em!
In Front Of God and the Produce Aisle
I like cucumbers. I put them in sandwiches and salads and use them instead of chips with dip. My husband hates them so I keep them out of his food. One day while shopping in the produce section he pulls a cuke out of the shopping cart and demands loudly: “What do you do with these? You buy them all the time but we never eat them!”
The looks we got were priceless. We are in our 60s. (djreyno)
What’s Your Emergency?
Drunk dialed 911 twice because she was constipated. She passed out on the couch before EMTs arrived, complained about how long it took the ambulance to arrive, complained about the lights and siren, refused to go with the EMTs, refused to sign the waiver, refused any home treatment (laxative, OTC pain meds, water, etc.) and called EMTs back four hours later to report the exact same problem. Two hours after that she left the hospital with a hefty bill and a prescription for Miralax. (petitepantaloons)
There Mall, There Castle
When my wife was a young teen, she asked her mom (my mother in law) to walk slightly behind her in the mall, so as to not embarrass her (i.e. to be seen with her mom). She complied … except she did the Igor-Hunchback-Limp-Leg-Shuffle when my wife wasn’t looking. Justified if you ask me (NorseZymurgist)