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23 Times People Regret “Doing the Right Thing”

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We all grow up with the idea that helping out others that are less fortunate. Our parents and grandparents instill this notion in us since we were younger. My mom and grandma used to tell me that I had to eat all my dinner because there were kids that weren’t lucky enough to even have a meal. That certainly scared me into eating all of my food at the dinner table.

Coming from a third world country, I’ve seen firsthand what happens when the goodness of others is spread to others that are less fortunate. Even the tiniest things, like helping an elderly woman cross the street or taking the time to give a stranger directions in a new city, help out even more than you can imagine.

But what happens when your good deed goes unnoticed? Or even worse, it backfires on you? Being the good samaritan shouldn’t backfire, right? Wrong. Some times it does and it f*cking sucks. You’re left wondering how this happened when all you’ve been trying to do was help someone out.

These 23 people regretfully recall “doing the right thing”:


I was in the parking lot of a store onetime when a lady dropped a bunch of stuff off her cart. She was having trouble picking up a box of bulk items. I told her that I would help her and we both picked the box up and put it in the trunk of her car. She then sprayed me with pepper spray and screamed. I was left confused at why I was attacked as she almost ran me over driving out of there.


A friend of mine was walking down the street late at night when he saw a man lying in an alley-way. The guy looked as though he’d been really hurt and was asking for help. My friend approached him to find out how badly he’d been hurt and what he needed to do. When he did a bunch of guys ambushed him, beat him up and stole all his money. The whole thing had been set up just to lure him into a vulnerable situation. It’s f*cking terrible to take advantage of someones kindness like that.


I offered my seat to an elderly lady in the bus. Turned out she wasn’t that old and felt offended so she screamed at me 🙁


Gave a one-eyed homeless guy $5. He wandered off, apparently telling other homeless guys his good fortune. Homeless guys began melting out of the scenery asking for their $5. I realized my mistake at that point and stopped being generous. They apparently turned their anger on one-eye and stabbed him for his $5. I found out when questioned by police.

Written by Irvi Torremoro

Irvi Torremoro is an Austinite by way of Las Vegas. She's worked in various outlets in food & beverage and is now focused on writing, eating all the things, talking about Beyonce, and petting all the puppies. She runs, a lifestyle blog about people in the service industry.