25 People Confess The Worst Decision They Ever Saw Someone Else Make

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People make mistakes — that’s a fact of life. But some people end up making terrible decisions that can ruin (or end) their life forever. As someone who errs on the side of caution, it makes my skin crawl whenever I see cocky teens tiptoe along edges of bridges, or when bros propose to girls that are obviously wrong for them.

Sure, life is filled with adventure and you can’t always make the right decisions, but deciding to get in your car after a night of drinking is near the top of the list of “SH*T YOU SHOULDN’T DO.” Don’t put other people in danger and for f*ck’s sake — try not to kill yourself or a friend while showing off your brand new gun.

Maybe if we can all collectively agree to think twice (or at all) before acting, we can save humanity a little grief and families from less destruction, death, and money loss. Side note: deciding to have a baby to save a marriage is never a good idea. I repeat — NEVER a good idea.

These 25 people saw others make the worst decisions that cost them everything:


Was in Yosemite doing a hike up to the top of Vernal Falls. Some kid from a large Church group decided to swim at the top in the (seemingly but not really) calm water at the top.I saw him get swept away and taken over the edge. The water has been running over there for thousands of years so the rocks are smooth and there’s no vegetation. There’s literally nothing to grab a hold of if it happened to you. Was not in the mood to see a kid die that day. Read the signs and please stay the hell out of the water like you’re told.


I know a guy who was supposedly recruited to be part of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra not even out of highschool. Saw his girlfriend dance with another guy at graduation and in a fit of drunken jealously punched a brick wall and shattered a dozen bones in his hand, never played an instrument again.


A girl I dated for a few years broke up with me for a heroin addict/dealer. I told her “this is going to ruin your life.” It’s been almost 10 years and I think she’s finally staying clean, but she lost a decent job and had some run ins with cops, plus got pregnant between stints in rehab.


My dad left his wife of 27 years, divorced her, and abandoned four children for some older women who lives in the Philippines who he met online who turned out was just using him for visa to Australia and to get her two kids here as well. He lost his house, car, retirement and investments.


He dropped something into the fat fryer, and then reached in to get it.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.