Life might be a mystery, but the universe still works in such a way that we can more or less imagine the consequences of our actions. However, we know from personal experience that the universe also has a weird sense of irony and likes to throw us curveballs once in a while.

To show you just how unpredictable things can be sometimes, we’ve collected some of the saddest examples of people getting the responses they were definitely not looking for from the Sad Cringe subreddit.

These responses might make you groan. They may make you cringe (and maybe even facepalm a bit). But most importantly, they’ll remind you that life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Remember to upvote the responses that left their mark on you and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever been in similar situations. And be sure to give the very popular r/sadcringe community a visit, too.

#1

When You Just Need Someone To Support You...

When You Just Need Someone To Support You...

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Oops!

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#2

Life Stops Right At 35

Life Stops Right At 35

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah, a 'nice guy'. Good come-back though.

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#3

Damn Feels Bad.

Damn Feels Bad.

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Jude Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

Bazinga !!!!!

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Reddit user Niceboihappy, one of the moderators at r/sadcringe, told Bored Panda that the community has seen an increase in members since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the mod also pointed out that the subreddit is always growing in size. And the more members there are, the stronger the community becomes.

Niceboihappy also shared some advice about what to do if you receive bad news or an unexpected response. "I would say be confident, but not too confident. And, especially, for an unexpected response it is probably best to just own it and make light of it."

The Sad Cringe subreddit is practically ancient. It was created back in 2013 and now boasts over 882k members (that’s way more than I could count to). So what does this community of nearly-a-million do, exactly? Well, it’s dedicated to collecting examples of the most embarrassing and awkward situations that also make you feel sad inside.

#4

Kinda Sad

Kinda Sad

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Bad when you're getting trolled by your local PD about not having any mates

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#5

More Sad Than Cringe

More Sad Than Cringe

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Tai Dallen
Community Member
3 months ago

RIP his confidence...

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#6

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I will assume that she is no longer your girlfriend.

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In other words, content that’s just cringeworthy isn’t worth a spot on r/sadcringe if it’s missing the ‘sad’ part. The community guidelines indicate that “pathetic loser sad” content doesn’t work and that the responses have to be “unhappy/depressing sad.”

“The content should make you go: ’oof, that hurts,’ not: ‘lol, what a moron,’” the moderators point out. They also stress that they’re not here to make fun of people. Which is why they ask everyone to avoid bullying and harassment. “Be nice,” they add.

There will always be times when we’re caught completely off-guard by bits of news or responses from people. However, there are ways to bounce back and make the best of a bad situation.

#7

Yikes

Yikes

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Steve Onyx
Community Member
3 months ago

Busted!

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#8

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

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Tovah Roche
Community Member
3 months ago

How long do you think the psychiatrist laughed before responding?

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#9

Ouch

Ouch

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crap...thats awful...

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LinkedIn Learning Instructor Tatiana Kolovou states that when we’re faced with bad news, we tend to react emotionally. So what you want to do is allow that initial emotional reaction to pass by giving yourself some time to process things.

“Calm yourself. Take a deep breath. Possibly look away momentarily to try and focus your thoughts. Exhale deeply. All these behaviors will help you bring your elevated heart rate down and physically center you,” Kolovou explains how to get yourself under control again. Keep that in mind the next time life throws a curveball at you and you might just hit a home run.

#10

That's Just Nasty

That's Just Nasty

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Well played. Don't offer smarter people ultimatums.

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#11

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That must have really hurt.

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#12

I Thought It Belonged Here

I Thought It Belonged Here

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

People,get a life!

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#13

Ouch

Ouch

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

ooooo thats gonna hurt

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#14

Savage

Savage

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
3 months ago

I have no words..

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#15

Sheesh

Sheesh

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Happy Birthday Gary!

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#16

Oh

Oh

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, no...I'm so sorry.

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#17

Thanks For Sorting By New

Thanks For Sorting By New

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

aww

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#18

Ooooof

Ooooof

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

How many hours did it take, before the kid got it that it's about him? Hmmmm emoji here.

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#19

You Know It's Bad When...

You Know It's Bad When...

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty much no then

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#20

Poor Brandon

Poor Brandon

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

why does this guy (or any guy which sends dickpics (without being asked))think it's okay to send a woman a dickpic, especially when he's not even brave enough to ask herself for her number? do you really think she's like "oh, he didn't ask me for my number but instead a friend but that's one good dick, i'm so in love right now!"?!? also why don't you believe the other person, when they say, they are not the person?! WHATS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?!? (sorry..)

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#21

42 Dollars...

42 Dollars...

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh no.

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#22

Ahh

Ahh

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Bella Langston
Community Member
3 months ago

What a little bitch

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#23

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

The cruelist cuttle of all.

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#24

The Truth Is Sad

The Truth Is Sad

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

That is just seeking attention. It usually have an opposite effect.

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#25

From R/Iamverysmart: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong.

From R/Iamverysmart: Don't Tell Me I'm Wrong.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I read this exchange on another Bored Panda thread about not-so-bright people being corrected by experts. It still elicits a chuckle from me.

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#26

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Ouch!

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#27

That's Gotta Hurt

That's Gotta Hurt

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Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

oof

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#28

I Need A Lowkey Girl

I Need A Lowkey Girl

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DramaDoc
Community Member
3 months ago

Ew.

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#29

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh boy...

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#30

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

At least he was honest about it not going anywhere

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#31

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

You could always add "...does not exist" under it to keep it real

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#32

Yikes

Yikes

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

So sad

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#33

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

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Marlene James
Community Member
3 months ago

I think someone missed the point. The cashier took and used Rachel's # w/out permission. Rachel ratted cashier out and cashier got fired for invading her privacy.

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#34

Oops

Oops

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

Can be just a good way to shut someone down fast.

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#35

Yikes

Yikes

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MAL_Winchester
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah yes. The typical "nice guy." No thanks.

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#36

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Awwww

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#37

They've Been Dating About A Month And Are In Their 30s

They've Been Dating About A Month And Are In Their 30s

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Malakai
Community Member
3 months ago

RUN WHILE YOU CAN, DUDE

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#38

Ouch

Ouch

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DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Brutal burn! 🔥

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#39

Sad

Sad

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

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#40

Poor Guy

Poor Guy

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Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

The thing attached to penis with fingers and skull is whatta mostly wrong with said penis.

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#41

Self Awareness

Self Awareness

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sabocat
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe it helps if you stop referring to women as 'females'...

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#42

Oof

Oof

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Troux
Community Member
3 months ago

Congrats, you're her new selfie stick.

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#43

Friend Zoned So Hard

Friend Zoned So Hard

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

Men really need to get over this idea of "friendzoning". Not every woman on this planet exists to go out with them and refuses to indulge their entitlement when they don't consider them more than friends. Interestingly enough you never see women complain that a man "friendzoned" them.

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#44

This One Stung A Little

This One Stung A Little

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Neal fy
Community Member
3 months ago

Love the picture

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#45

That Hurts

That Hurts

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

Burn!

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#46

My Boyfriend And I Are Going On Vacation Tomorrow And I Was Trying To Set The Mood

My Boyfriend And I Are Going On Vacation Tomorrow And I Was Trying To Set The Mood

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Timing

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#47

This Ain't Normal

This Ain't Normal

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

I would do it.

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#48

This Stings

This Stings

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Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Be grateful. The woman sounds like she wasn't worth you if she divorced you because other guys were flirting with her. Especially over an online video game.

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#49

F

F

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Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

There's a special place in Hell for people who use the 'L' word without meaning it

ChinaPandas122
Community Member
3 months ago

well i mean it when i say i love to eat potato fries

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Daria Z
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone is a big a-hole

Malakai
Community Member
3 months ago

What a douche :/

AntiNutjob
Community Member
3 months ago

Why did they need to be so damn cruel?

ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
3 months ago

Translation: I used you and then gaslighted you to mess with your mental health because I'm a massive dick

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
3 months ago

This attitude is very common in dudes. They will take everything a woman has to give, while waiting for their dreamgirl, who they will dump the placeholder for in a hot second. Stay woke ladies, and don't do wifey sh*t for dudes you are merely dating.

Nikki D
Community Member
3 months ago

Darn good advice, strawberry!

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Natasha
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow how can a person be so horrible!

Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
3 months ago

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Looks like you never had to "enjoy" an entitled feminst female partner. For men, this above - its nothing new. Its a norm.

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OCDRobot
Community Member
3 months ago

Ugh, been there. Never tell someone you love them unless you actually mean it. It's really rough to pick yourself up after that.

Mark Serbian
Community Member
3 months ago

What a dick ...

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone ain't missing out. A turd can't stand on it's own, but don't let it use you as a crutch.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean, turds don't have legs to stand on, and they probably--HOPEFULLY aren't big enough to use a crutch, let alone a human crutch OuO

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Curry on...
Community Member
3 months ago

Calling someone a placement holder is just so insensitive.

Bama Belle
Community Member
3 months ago

What an awful person.

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

Goddamn, that was brutal.

Cal
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow. Sending all the healing and love the receiver of this. What cruelty

BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, as if her self esteem wasn't already low enough. Lose him, sweetheart.

TheWitchNaru
Community Member
3 months ago

Ouch.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, Hate people who do this

KT
Community Member
3 months ago

What a creep, that's a horrible thing to say to someone if you don't really mean it >:(

Raven
Community Member
2 months ago

It's rude to say 'I love you" with a mouth full of lies

Fact Perils
Community Member
3 months ago

Honestly I've been in this situation, but I didnt word it like that. It's hard when you get with someone who you can tell loves you a lot but you don't love them back, and they expect you to say that you love them... and when you don't want to hurt them either. idk mine was mostly cause i didnt want to hurt them not because i was lonely.

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Haaaaaaaaa

Rene Berendsen
Community Member
3 months ago

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A lot of women acutally do this what she wrote. Most lie about it though. So I guess she was one of the few that was actually honest about it. Most shitty think ever though. Men don't do this kind of shit.

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you new to society? Pretty sure it's a dude who is doing this. Women always give too much, while dudes are happy to take and use.

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Hugo Raible
Community Member
3 months ago

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When do women stop to use men by pretending to love them?

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
3 months ago

A dude is the one who did the using here. This story is not unusual.

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#50

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

So rude. You deserve someone nicer.

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