The Universe really does work in mysterious ways. No matter if you’re a super-skeptic who only believes what they see with their own two eyes or somebody who checks their horoscope every morning, you can’t deny that it’s spooky how quickly karma sometimes catches up to people. On rare occasions, it’s nearly instantaneous. And karma loves putting evildoers in their rightful place.

To show you what we mean, we’ve collected some of the best posts from the ‘Instant Karma’ subreddit that prove that Justice (yes, with a capital ‘J’) can sometimes strike like a bolt from the blue. As you’re scrolling down, upvote the pics where you agree with how karma dealt with people and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever seen any instant karma moments in your own life. Be sure to give r/instantkarma a follow if you like what they do.

According to Dr. Alex Lickerman on Psychology Today, Nichiren Buddhism teaches that everything that happens to us is “ultimately due to our own influence.” Whether intentional or quite the opposite. Meanwhile, coincidence is considered to be but an illusion. Or, in short, what goes around really does come around—but with everything that you think and do.

Bored Panda reached out to Lickerman, the author of The Ten Worlds and The Undefeated Mind, and spoke to him about humankind's hardwired sense of morality, as well as the benefits of taking responsibility for all of our actions. Read on for his insights.

#1

Pretty Instant Karma

Pretty Instant Karma

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

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There some blue stain under his eye.

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#2

I Love Karma

I Love Karma

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James016
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1 month ago

Bet that interview went well

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#3

Got What Was Coming

Got What Was Coming

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Good boy!

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If we’re to believe the Buddhist perspective on life, it means that at the end of the day we’re all responsible for what happens to us. However, this doesn’t mean we’re to blame.

For example, we’re not to blame for being born into poverty or for having something awful happen to us. However, we’re responsible for how we deal with the situation, how we respond to things, and what our next steps will be. In other words, we have the power to better our situation and not just be flung about by the winds of fate (or, rather, by our own decisions).

Though some people would argue that morality is something that's learned through experience, Lickerman told Bored Panda that "our sense of morality may actually be neurologically wired into us." However, this doesn't mean that acting morally or responsibly is easy or the go-to decision for most of us.

#4

This Subreddit Never Said Bad Or Good Karma!

This Subreddit Never Said Bad Or Good Karma!

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is lovely. Good on the both of them.

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#5

Got What He Deserved

Got What He Deserved

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Zoe Hoesley
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1 month ago

That’s one point to big good bois and zero to the dickhead

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#6

Rip Him

Rip Him

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

I hate poachers! I even love cockroaches more than them

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Lickerman told Bored Panda that we tend to need some sort of push to make us act responsibly. "People, in general, need a motivation to accept responsibility for their actions," he said. That motivation could be pretty much anything, however, Lickerman suggests that accepting responsibility for our actions "may actually make us stronger, more resilient."

He added that it's difficult to say where the limits of our ability to change ourselves to match our own perceptions are. "Research shows our self-perception is a very powerful influencer of our behavior. Can’t say it’s been quantified. It won’t change immutable characteristics, like personality characteristics, but it will change behaviors," he said.

In his first book, The Undefeated Mind, Lickerman explains how research has begun to show that belief in good (what is just and fair) and evil (what is unjust and unfair) may be "far more universal than previously thought." Psychologist Marc Hauser and his colleagues conducted an internet study with 5,000 subjects in 120 countries, asking them to "render moral judgments and to justify them" in moral scenarios. One of them was the infamous trolley problem where you have to choose between killing one person and five.

#7

Just Mad I Tell You

Just Mad I Tell You

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Dr Nostromo
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1 month ago

Good for her!

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#8

Goodbye, Monster

Goodbye, Monster

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Zoe Hoesley
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1 month ago

Damn right he faced no charges

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#9

Well This Says Something

Well This Says Something

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EA
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1 month ago

Not sure if this is funnier cos of the irony, or when he had to either come out to his congregation to not look like a liar, or apologise to his conversation and look like a total TWAT. Sincerely hope those followers left his church and used the donations to help those in need, rather than pay this guy’s wages.

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Lickerman writes: "The subjects agreed about which actions were moral and which weren’t in most of the scenarios, delineating in the process a set of moral principles that seem to be shared by members of all cultures—namely, that it’s less morally permissible to intentionally harm someone than to allow them to be harmed, that it’s less morally permissible to invent a way to cause harm than to cause harm with an existing threat, and that it’s less morally permissible to cause harm directly than to cause it indirectly. Yet the vast majority of subjects couldn’t name these reasons as their underlying justification for judging the actions in each scenario as they did."

He continues: "When we take moral action, we seem to rely not so much on moral reasoning as on moral intuition and then work backward to rationalize the judgments we’ve already made. (Which isn’t to say our moral intuition can’t and shouldn’t be influenced by reason, but rather that our moral intuition remains the primary driver of our moral decision making.)." However, where our moral intuition comes from is still unclear. However, our conception of good, the desire to provide help and prevent harm might be "rooted [...] in the psychological and perhaps even neurological processes of the human mind."

#10

Karmadillo

Karmadillo

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Nice. Karmadillo...LOL.

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#11

Got What They Deserved

Got What They Deserved

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Good lions!

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#12

Kid Refuses To Move His Legs, Guy Sits On Them Instead

Kid Refuses To Move His Legs, Guy Sits On Them Instead

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Hope he farted, too.

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Meanwhile, becoming responsible for our actions can have the added benefit of making us stronger and more resilient. In his book, Lickerman alludes to a study led by psychologist Kurt Gray where participants would hold up a 5-pound weight, would be given a dollar, and half of then would be given the opportunity to donate it to charity. Donating the money made the participants able to hold up the weight 7 seconds longer than the control group.

"Why? According to Gray, because doing good increases our sense of agency, or potency, a phenomenon he terms moral transformation. (Interestingly, this effect wasn’t seen only with acts of charity but also with acts of villainy.) [...] Which all suggests a reason that action in the moral sphere, whether good or evil, makes us strong: it requires us to be. Or, at least, that’s what we think people who take moral action are: research shows that we’re cognitively biased to 'typecast' people who take such action as resilient—-a bias, it turns out, that affects not only our perception of others but also of ourselves," Lickerman writes.

"And when we perceive ourselves to be endowed with a particular quality, we have a tendency to conform to that perception. All of which implies that performing or even attempting to perform moral action may increase our resilience because it causes us to perceive ourselves as more resilient. This then makes us act, and therefore feel, as if we were."

#13

Amazing. Impeccable

Amazing. Impeccable

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EA
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1 month ago

This might be the best thing I’ve read/learned this year

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#14

Instant Karma

Instant Karma

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James016
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1 month ago

One for America's Dumbest Criminals

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#15

Guy Is A Jerk To A Police Officer In An Unmarked Car

Guy Is A Jerk To A Police Officer In An Unmarked Car

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EA
Community Member
1 month ago

I LOVE it when a bad driver is caught out. This is a special kind of karma. Overtook me even though I was doing the speed limit? Oh look, speed camera van ahead! What a shaaaame.

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With nearly 1.9 million members and 8.5 years of getting their show on the road, the ‘Instant Karma’ community is one of the leviathans of Reddit. However, don’t think that they’re just about seeing only unethical people get punished. They also urge their members to post examples of folks getting rewarded for good behavior as well.

Examples of delayed karma or scripted events are, obviously, not permitted on this subreddit. The name of the community is pretty self-explanatory. What’s more, r/instantkarma’s moderators have pointed out that they have no tolerance for calls to violence.

Just because somebody deserves to be punished doesn’t mean that redditors should pour hatred and vile language online. Of course, discussions are encouraged, but they have to be civil. Exactly like people ought to be in real life.

#16

I Don’t Know If It Belongs Here!

I Don’t Know If It Belongs Here!

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

He's screwed, look at how many police there are in that picture

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#17

Respect Your Mother

Respect Your Mother

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Children need discipline, I don't understand why parents just give in and don't set boundaries

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#18

Gave Him The Express Shipping Option For Free

Gave Him The Express Shipping Option For Free

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Jenna Jedden
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1 month ago

BHAHAHA

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#19

Snowman 1, Driver 0

Snowman 1, Driver 0

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

That just hurts

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#20

Bye Bye

Bye Bye

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James016
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1 month ago

Why would a teacher do that?

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#21

One Plate Of Karma Coming Up

One Plate Of Karma Coming Up

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Princess Toadstool
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1 month ago

Bowser!

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#22

Mayor Dishes Out Karma On Litterer

Mayor Dishes Out Karma On Litterer

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Flowers
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1 month ago

I love this guy's expression!

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#23

Just Play Defence

Just Play Defence

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Zoe Hoesley
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1 month ago

Hahaha

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#24

Reverse Brick

Reverse Brick

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Flowers
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1 month ago

I don't think I would be able to stop laughing if I saw that in person.

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#25

Oh How The Tables Have Turned

Oh How The Tables Have Turned

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

Stop sharing things on the internet... just use it for memes and work emails

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#26

Instant

Instant

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Jenna Jedden
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1 month ago

good

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#27

All's Well, It Ends Well

All's Well, It Ends Well

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Dr Nostromo
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1 month ago

And they look like such nice boys.

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#28

Hit And Run Driver Forgot Something

Hit And Run Driver Forgot Something

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

When your car wants to snitch on you

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#29

Anti-Gay Politician Caught Fleeing A 25-Man Orgy

Anti-Gay Politician Caught Fleeing A 25-Man Orgy

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

The self hate here is real.

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#30

Goddamn Hypocrites

Goddamn Hypocrites

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Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
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1 month ago

BURN!!

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#31

Revenge At Its Finest

Revenge At Its Finest

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Liz the Wanderer
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1 month ago

Wow. What a sleazy thing to do.

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#32

Politicians Get A Taste Of Their Legislations

Politicians Get A Taste Of Their Legislations

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Jenna Jedden
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1 month ago

my west virginian ass over here like 🤡

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#33

Actually Happened Instantaneously, At The Moment Of Impact

Actually Happened Instantaneously, At The Moment Of Impact

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

Cars just won't stop snitching on their owners

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#34

This Is Venice City Hall Right After The Approval Of A Climate Change Denial Amendment

This Is Venice City Hall Right After The Approval Of A Climate Change Denial Amendment

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Rowlie
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1 month ago

just let that sink in what a bad decision it was

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#35

Karma

Karma

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Dre Mosley
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1 month ago

This jerk and his jerk brother tried to capitalize off the pandemic by buying up all the sanitizer supplies they could find to sell at a profit until Amazon and eBay forbid it.

Nicole Weymann
Community Member
1 month ago

In Denmark when the pandemic startet there were shops that sold bottles of hand sanitizers. First bottle was about three or five dollars - second (and more) cost about ten times as much. Fabulous! No hoarding, no artificial shortages, no egotist pirateering capitalism

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GlassHalfWay
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1 month ago

I remember him. It was him and his brother. They tried to resell it on Amazon at crazy high prices. They donated it all as their restitution.

David Retsler
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1 month ago

They were forced to "donate" it when the police confiscated it.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

In the Netherlands they would be in trouble for storing highly flammable goods in a residential area. Which means a fine, confiscation of the goods and possibly a criminal conviction.

boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

i like netherlands

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Liz Karsa
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1 month ago

Any time I see this photo I am reminded of the clip I saw of the mother sobbing in a Wal-mart because she couldn't find any diapers for her baby during the first few days of the lock down in the US back in March. When are people going to learn ...we are all in these situations TOGETHER. Selfishness during times of need is deplorable to the core.

Norah Reilly
Community Member
1 month ago

Serves you right, you greedy, stupid so-and-so.

Doubleheader
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1 month ago

I love to see scalpers f*cked over :)

EQXL
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1 month ago

Cause when big companies do it on a daily basis it's normal, but when random people see an opportunity it's outrageous. Don't get me wrong, I think they're douches. But it's also common and daily practise

Vic
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1 month ago

Well he cleaned them up alright..

Alexis draskinis
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1 month ago

Totally remember this! Amazon was shutting down Accts because of people like him. And between sanitizer & TP there were plenty to get rid of!

Stephanie Keith
Community Member
1 month ago

Yet amazon themselves raised prices on necessities. They even raised prices on above ground swimming pools last summer. They went from 299 to over 1,000 dollars. Because they were in such high demand from people being at home all summer. So basically they can do it, but no one else can. It's so wrong no matter who does it.

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Panda with Heart
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1 month ago

Loser

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
1 month ago

wow it's the guy from my math homework!! It's truly an honor, sir!!

embarrassed american
Community Member
1 month ago

Donate them, loser

AlmightyOne
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1 month ago

You get what you deserve

Joan Marie Wiser
Community Member
1 month ago

How awful! He’s selling off of peoples fear!

Requiem
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1 month ago

people are now trying to capitalize on exercise equipment and charging out the ass for a mix breed dog

Hollysmom
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1 month ago

Not seeing the connection between exercise equipment and dogs

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Boopie Dew
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1 month ago

Dumb f***

Queen Mab
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1 month ago

Think man think.

shonie
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3 weeks ago

my best friend is addicted to that stuff give it to her LOL

Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

Good for him, tidy boy

Sue Clifford
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1 month ago

😂🤣😂🤣❤️.

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 month ago

Good.. you f*****g idiot Don't ever try to "get rich " hoarding s**t . I hope they can't even sell it for a dollar a bottle...or give it away & are forever stuck with this ignorance

Leslie K Von Dell
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah geez! That makes me so sad for this king gentleman! NOT!

Patricia Kasprowski
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1 month ago

Donations would probably be accepted at shelters. Redeem yourself dude.

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
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1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣

Ashley Wright
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1 month ago

H O A R D E R

Cherie Morales
Community Member
1 month ago

thats what you get for being greedy

Margareta Hagman
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1 month ago

greed and it didnt work

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

His expression.

Maria Persson
Community Member
1 month ago

That happened a lot in Sweden. People buying all sanitizers etc., which made stores put up rules with max 2 per person. People later on tried selling these online for awful prices.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
1 month ago

Sucks to be him.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

THEN he decided he should donate it -- go figure. He better NOT be allowed to take that as a charitable donation too

Barry Hankewich
Community Member
1 month ago

He should get together with the folks who bought truckloads of toilet paper. Maybe they could make a deal!

Mumof1
Community Member
1 month ago

This was one of the best examples of greed, stupidty and selfishness - and how it kicked him in his stupid face!

Robert Ham
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd be happy to suggest a place he could put them

Carrick Crocker
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! Let me know if he still has it, I could use a couple of 2 liter jugs at a great price.

Mairlady
Community Member
1 month ago

Greed, will catch up with you eventually!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

LOLOLOLOL

Rick Drew
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1 month ago

He was reported by people who saw him loading up his locker. He was forced to donate it all. But not before he made over $200K.

Leslie Bliman-Kuretzky
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is this not Number 1?

Barbara Vandewalle
Community Member
1 month ago

Christmas presents for the next thousand years

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

What a s**t example of humanity, trying to scam people who were quite possibly headed into one of the worst years of their lives.

Cynthia Marrs
Community Member
1 month ago

Serves him right. He should donate his stock to a needy org.

Stephen Taylor
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate people who hoarded items trying to capitalize off the needs of others! I hope he can never unload that stuff and lost thousands and thousands of dollars! What a jerk!

Stannous Flouride
Community Member
1 month ago

Reminds me of the absolute hero Aussie supermarket manager who refused to buy back the several thousand rolls of toilet paper a profiteer had purchased and no other local store would buy them, even at a reduced price.

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

dickhead!

Ms.GB
Community Member
1 month ago

He looks so disappointed lol

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 month ago

They were also seized by the government after he posted the first picture trying to sell them.

tw 72
Community Member
1 month ago

Great lesson he is teaching his kids: "How to be greedy and unliked by everyone." Hope it was worth it, dude.

Samantha Comerford
Community Member
1 month ago

Wasn’t there someone who bought all the baby milk also. So they could sell it on eBay. But ebay took it down and he was stuck with thousands of pounds worth of baby food he could not sell. Greedy git thought he could pick on the vulnerabilities of others in the pandemic . It got out and all the news and papers released it . He was literally a pariah

Romeo Wells
Community Member
1 month ago

i guess he can start a cleaning business now

BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Now he knows how those Amway fools feel.

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

And now the same for those who tried to sell TP for$5 a roll! I hope rats pissed all over it so they can't even use it!🤣

Jessica Shookhoff
Community Member
1 month ago

LMFAO! The look on his face tho!!!

_
Community Member
1 month ago

I know Florida will prosecute you for trying to price-gouge during emergency events, I assume other states do as well. I don't know if this law applies to hoarding as well.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

He's not even the badass kind of scalper. What a ripoff.

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They did learn their lesson and donated the products. I think many people thought of doing this but just don't want to admit. Who doesn't appreciate quick cash? It just happened to backfire. Capitalism is not bad. This was just in poor taste. Give the guys a break.

Mimi777
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1 month ago

Im pretty sure they were forced to donate it all. They had an ultimatum.

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#36

Moral Guy

Moral Guy

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Dr Nostromo
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1 month ago

Who's fault is this? Oh, it's mine. Ok, I'll just go away now...

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#37

Order Them To Stop

Order Them To Stop

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James016
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1 month ago

It's becoming more and more apparent that lawmakers think that their laws don't apply to them

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#38

Got What He Deserved

Got What He Deserved

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EA
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1 month ago

OH SNAP

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#39

Block An Electric Charging Station... Get Towed

Block An Electric Charging Station... Get Towed

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

I'm more pissed about the way he's parked rather than him blocking the charging station

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#40

Firefighters Had To Smash The Window Of This Illegally Parked Vehicle On My Street

Firefighters Had To Smash The Window Of This Illegally Parked Vehicle On My Street

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

People don't understand that those pipes don't bend when water is flowing

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#41

What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

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wandile dludlu
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1 month ago

I never understood why this is funny

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#42

Lil Coke

Lil Coke

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Zoe Hoesley
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1 month ago

Oh well they asked for it, what a bunch of dumbasses

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#43

That's Great

That's Great

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

You can't escape fate

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#44

Karma

Karma

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EA
Community Member
1 month ago

My old boss did this! He wore a gas mask to work last year cos he thought the whole thing was ridiculous and blown out of proportion. What made him even more of an a**hole was the fact he did on the national Holocaust victim Memorial Day, which was a particular anniversary of (I think) prisoners being freed from a concentration camp.

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#45

Woman Tried To Acid Attack Her Former Lover

Woman Tried To Acid Attack Her Former Lover

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Linus Nilsson
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1 month ago

While riding on the back of his motorcycle!?!??!!

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#46

Guy Parks On Stripes To Avoid Freezing Rain, Happens To Be Under A Leaky Pipe

Guy Parks On Stripes To Avoid Freezing Rain, Happens To Be Under A Leaky Pipe

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
1 month ago

I kinda feel sorry for this one. He just wanted to get out of the rain and didn't really obstruct any free passage.

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#47

Just Remember The Quote, “ If I Get Corona, I Get Corona. It’s Not Gonna Stop Me From Partying”

Just Remember The Quote, “ If I Get Corona, I Get Corona. It’s Not Gonna Stop Me From Partying”

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Tomas Holicka
Community Member
1 month ago

These people pay for their college? Bit of a waste.

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#48

Deserved It

Deserved It

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Jenna Jedden
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1 month ago

huh someone explain

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#49

Taxi Driver Took A Much Longer Route Than We Agreed To. We Told Him To Stop The Car And Let Us Take Another Taxi. The Police Immediately Saw Him Stop And Fined Him

Taxi Driver Took A Much Longer Route Than We Agreed To. We Told Him To Stop The Car And Let Us Take Another Taxi. The Police Immediately Saw Him Stop And Fined Him

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Ian Koch
Community Member
1 month ago

That probably (don't know much about laws, I'm 13) close to extortion! (because you pay for miles)

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#50

No Title Needed

No Title Needed

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

At least he got 15000 bitcoins.

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