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...

this_immortal Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Oops!

View more comments
#2

Life Stops Right At 35

Life Stops Right At 35

theniwo Report

Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Damn Feels Bad.

Damn Feels Bad.

HardyHar420 Report

Jude Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

Bazinga !!!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

LSPDPIO Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View more comments
#5

More Sad Than Cringe

More Sad Than Cringe

E_StewartLittle Report

Tai Dallen
Community Member
3 months ago

RIP his confidence...

View more comments
#6

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

B2daJay Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I will assume that she is no longer your girlfriend.

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

AlexT Report

Steve Onyx
Community Member
3 months ago

Busted!

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
3 months ago

All the grandma business aside, when I'm out alone, leave me tf alone.

PhantomBuni
Community Member
2 months ago

Them: You are currently on fire Me: dOnt toUcH mEEeeeeEeee

Load More Replies...
Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm sure he is surprised to find out that she is his grandma.

OCDRobot
Community Member
3 months ago

That's so weird. People lying like this for their minute of internet fame is kinda pathetic honestly.

Alan Green
Community Member
3 months ago

Could just be a joke within the family.

Load More Replies...
Mimi777
Community Member
3 months ago

Sometimes I like to sit alone in a restaurant if I’m on my lunch break.

Mimi M
Community Member
3 months ago

If I"m sitting alone at a restaurant, I don't want someone coming over to me as a favor/'kindness'. If it's a cute dude, come over, chat me up for a minute and leave me your number. That's it. And then I'll decide if I want to follow up.

Daria B
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll join the "leave me alone" crew here. Unless you've noticed a particular detail about our shared interests, then maybe it can be fun. But don't just come to me to ask me where I'm from, how's the food there and if we have four seasons.

Manuel Delgado
Community Member
3 months ago

I usually prefer sitting alone .

HungryPanda
Community Member
3 months ago

Me too

Load More Replies...
Melina Pothier
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s so lame. This trend of documenting all of the “good” you do for others really sickens me. This ones even worse because it wasn’t even a genuine post.

Jude Bennett
Community Member
3 months ago

hahaha Sprung!!

Maurice Devaraj
Community Member
3 months ago

How many of those who say he is fake have spent time with your grandma's and grandpas? How many realize that they are practically strangers until you have sat with them and talked to them? How many of you realize the loneliness that old folks have? Whether this guy did it to fool people into likes or meant it as a metaphor, I appreciate him spending time with his Grandma.

BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

I bet she still has tales to tell. I wish my grandmother was still here. I miss her stories.

Clandestine
Community Member
3 months ago

How do we know the second person knows the first person?

Isabella Vega
Community Member
3 months ago

I am laughing so hard rn lololol

𝓴𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓲𝓲_𝓐𝓾𝓭𝓻𝓮𝔂 💖
2 months ago

BUSTED!!!!

thepinkrobot
Community Member
2 months ago

Pathetic

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago

That is so lame.

CincyReds
Community Member
3 months ago

Hilarous!

Vanta Black
Community Member
3 months ago

This would have been sweet if he'd said "Took my grandma out for dinner", but getting busted lying for likes just makes him a loser.

Debbie
Community Member
3 months ago

so, she still can tell stories, and shouldn't have to sit alone unless she wants to

View more comments
#8

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

Please Excuse Me While I Search For A New Psychiatrist

BSKD13 Report

Tovah Roche
Community Member
3 months ago

How long do you think the psychiatrist laughed before responding?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Ouch

Ouch

Schnappsy Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 months ago

Holy crap...thats awful...

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

reddit.com Report

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

Well played. Don't offer smarter people ultimatums.

View more comments
#11

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

pineabul Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That must have really hurt.

View more comments
#12

I Thought It Belonged Here

I Thought It Belonged Here

Fard_and_shid Report

DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

People,get a life!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Ouch

Ouch

caddy77040 Report

Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

ooooo thats gonna hurt

View more comments
#14

Savage

Savage

greenbastardette Report

Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
Community Member
3 months ago

I have no words..

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Sheesh

Sheesh

medinywaw Report

Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
3 months ago

Happy Birthday Gary!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Oh

Oh

livingdecay Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View more comments
#17

Thanks For Sorting By New

Thanks For Sorting By New

HackerKingtroll Report

Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

aww

View more comments
#18

Ooooof

Ooooof

AmandaKathleen Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#19

You Know It's Bad When...

You Know It's Bad When...

DonnyT1213 Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty much no then

View more comments
#20

Poor Brandon

Poor Brandon

chili_pepper97 Report

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..)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

42 Dollars...

42 Dollars...

BackToSquare1comics Report

Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh no.

View more comments
#22

Ahh

Ahh

DrizzleTweetz Report

Bella Langston
Community Member
3 months ago

What a little bitch

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

Manamans Report

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

The cruelist cuttle of all.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

The Truth Is Sad

The Truth Is Sad

ekatstonk Report

ML
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#25

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

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

swimneko Report

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.

View more comments
#26

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

ik2onmovies Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Ouch!

View more comments
#27

That's Gotta Hurt

That's Gotta Hurt

StarAssassin Report

Guinny
Community Member
3 months ago

oof

View more comments
#28

I Need A Lowkey Girl

I Need A Lowkey Girl

gangbangkang Report

DramaDoc
Community Member
3 months ago

Ew.

View more comments
#29

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

From Awkward To Sad Real Fast

MrExes Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh boy...

View more comments
#30

Sad Cringe

Sad Cringe

theothrjoy Report

Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

At least he was honest about it not going anywhere

View more comments
#31

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

Why Are People Doing These Kinds Of Things

Ports_Sam Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#32

Yikes

Yikes

iamonlystardust Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

So sad

View more comments
#33

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

Yea Just Got Fired No Big Deal. Wanna Hangout Though

blackdeath29 Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#34

Oops

Oops

roosking Report

ML
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Yikes

Yikes

shawnstwocents Report

MAL_Winchester
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
See Also on Bored Panda
#36

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

Opposite-Responses-Sad-Cringe

StarrPGs Report

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Awwww

View more comments
#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

Tysinna Report

Malakai
Community Member
3 months ago

RUN WHILE YOU CAN, DUDE

View More Replies...
View more comments
#38

Ouch

Ouch

ReaperGaming6945 Report

DforDorothy
Community Member
3 months ago

Brutal burn! 🔥

View more comments
#39

Sad

Sad

BraddockVinz Report

Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

View more comments
#40

Poor Guy

Poor Guy

emperor_marx Report

Danieletc
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#41

Self Awareness

Self Awareness

Nightkid8008 Report

sabocat
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#42

Oof

Oof

TheRealIrju Report

Troux
Community Member
3 months ago

Congrats, you're her new selfie stick.

View more comments
#43

Friend Zoned So Hard

Friend Zoned So Hard

unknown Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#44

This One Stung A Little

This One Stung A Little

kirbyforce Report

Neal fy
Community Member
3 months ago

Love the picture

View more comments
#45

That Hurts

That Hurts

Icetox Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

Burn!

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#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

taco_lady Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

Timing

View more comments
#47

This Ain't Normal

This Ain't Normal

Xboxjuanlol Report

Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

I would do it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#48

This Stings

This Stings

whipnaenaedab Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#49

F

F

reddit.com Report

Scagsy
Community Member
3 months ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#50

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

Worst. Emoji Choice. Ever

PhenomenalPancake Report

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

So rude. You deserve someone nicer.

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 87 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.