People who live in the big cities are definitely masters of eavesdropping. Sometimes they can't help it, accidentally overhearing conversations from complete strangers can be so funny, it's hard not to share them with someone else. Whether it's shaming others for the choice of their quarantine snacks or first dates that went wrong, there's plenty of amusing small talk happening in the streets.

And here comes the fittingly named Instagram account Overheard San Francisco. Like its big brothers, @OverheardLA, @OverheardNewYork and @OverheardLondon, it is dedicated to sharing the funniest eavesdropped interactions in San Francisco and the Bay area. Jesse Margolis started Overheard LA in 2015 after listening to a stereotypical conversation between two Angelenos at a health food store. Since then, the project has grown into a community with over 1.6M followers.

Keep scrolling to see some of the most hilarious quotes, upvote your favorites and leave a comment if you find them amusing! And after you’re done, don't forget to check our previous posts here, here and here.

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

I laughed way too hard at that.

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The Overheard San Francisco account has reached 350K followers who are listening to the private chitchats happening on those steep streets. On a mission to find out what brings them to this project, Bored Panda reached out to the Overheard representative for a quick chat. They were kind enough to tell us a little bit more about it.

“@OverheardSanFrancisco launched in 2018 under the umbrella of the @OverheardLA brand. I came on as a Bay Area native, knowing the city needed its own account to fully capture the unique and ridiculous humor in things that are so uniquely San Francisco,“ the creative explained.

It seems like the account is all about connecting people through common experiences: “Like any new Instagram account, it started small but quickly grew through word of mouth, sharing and tagging. It's been interesting to watch the trends over the years based on the submissions in our inbox - tech is always a big one, then everyone in San Francisco got a goldendoodle, then came pandemic behavior, etc.“

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Ivo H
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2 months ago

It's a little bit sad that the whole COVID situation became so much about politics and so little about the actual disease.

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Talking about what are the most enjoyable topics of conversations for the community, dating comes out at the top. “There are just so many relatable and hilarious things that happen in the modern dating landscape. A lot of our quotes either take place on dates or involve friends talking about their dates, their weird quirks, and their (inevitable) dating catastrophes,” the community manager explained.

“The other thing I notice a lot with tech is tech-y references being used in dating situations, such as this quote and this quote. These are always hilarious because they're such an eye-roll, but everyone who lives here can relate.”

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Nonexistant Shoelace
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2 months ago

LMAOOOOO

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Allan Breum
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2 months ago

Lol!

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When asked about how @OverheardSanFrancisco differs from the other accounts, Overheard told us that it is smaller, so the community feels intimate in its own way. “As the community manager, I am able to talk to most of the people in our DMs and comments, and there are a lot of niche jokes and references that make the account feel super local.”

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Abhinc
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2 months ago (edited)

According to The Commonwealth Fund, the US has one of the highest mental health disease burdens among high-income countries ... One-quarter of US adults report having a mental health diagnosis such as anxiety or depression or experiencing emotional distress. The United States has some of the worst mental health–related outcomes, including the highest suicide rate and second-highest drug-related death rate. The U.S. has a relatively low supply of mental health workers, particularly psychologists and psychiatrists. Just one-third of U.S. primary care practices have mental health professionals on their team, compared to more than 90 percent in the Netherlands and Sweden.

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13
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2 months ago

So petty! So silly! I love it.

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“We also do things like Missed Connections to bring our audience together and remind us all that this little Instagram world is a lot smaller than we thought,“ the creative told more about the community. And speaking of San Franciscans themselves, they "are passionate in their opinions on things like neighborhoods, food, and phrases (don't ever say San-Fran or they'll come for you!)"

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Pungent Sauce
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2 months ago

Good answer

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Joanne O'Brien
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2 months ago

New OTP

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Lord Mysticlaw
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2 months ago

I hate it when people comment on my shopping. Really really hate it.

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Thinking about what hot gossip is flowing around San Francisco right now, bitcoin is top-of-mind, Scorpios are breaking hearts, and everyone is coming out of quarantine very, very horny. So if you accidentally overheard a funny conversation on these topics, do not hesitate and DM your submission @OverheardSanFrancisco!

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Lee Macro
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2 months ago

Is that my book.....I can't remember

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Beta
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2 months ago

That’s what I do now it’s like a hobby

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Beta
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2 months ago

Honestly when it comes to food and drink I don’t care what I consume as long as it don’t kill me. I mean it will in the long run but it’s so worth it

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Tyler Six
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2 months ago

I have been brunching through my entire life

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Wouter
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2 months ago

Actual Californication!

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

That's an old joke.

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Beta
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2 months ago

It’s blisssssssss

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13
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2 months ago

Yes!

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Jude Bennett
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2 months ago

That is hilarious

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

Oh yeah, call the angry man with a gun stupid... What could happen?

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rspanther
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2 months ago

Sounds perfect.

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Jude Bennett
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2 months ago

OK but mom still looks the same in photo and in person.

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

I have got to remember that one.

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Pernille Dyre
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2 months ago

Auchhh

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Nonexistant Shoelace
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2 months ago

Ohh damn.

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Shika Louis
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2 months ago

God Dang it Eileen!

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Beta
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2 months ago

I mean smart but dumb

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Ola Polowczyk
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2 months ago

I'd rather have a good relationship with my stepchild than focus on what they call me

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 months ago

At least she loves them so bad that she’s fine with them dating eachother instead of getting mad

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BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
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2 months ago

I have never wanted to witness something so much in my entire life

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

On the internet, there are no coincidences anymore.

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ThEboRedEsTpANdA
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2 months ago

'Hi, you look like you care about things'

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Gerard Neaux
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2 months ago (edited)

The lyrics to the anthem of my life

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Monic Krugell
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2 months ago

Had our first biggish lengthy "board room meeting" in a long time the other day. It was really very hard to have to look interested throughout the whole meeting and to not start doodling. :-)

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Allan Breum
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2 months ago

Isn't Azkaban basically Alcatraz, just y'know magical..?

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13
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2 months ago

I relate. The world was so nice and quiet.

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Sue van Dis
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2 months ago

I'm cackling in my bathroom stall!!!

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Irishwoman abroad
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2 months ago

Hahaha, excellent.

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

Ouch.

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Anne
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2 months ago

Good. Maybe there will be a change in the American diet with less added sugars and crap some day.

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Nonexistant Shoelace
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2 months ago

Me coming out of quarentine.

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Brunettechameleon
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2 months ago

I’m sure zodiac things are fun to believe in, but I personally don’t think it should be the decision maker of anything. But hey, that’s my opinion.

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william mcgloin
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2 months ago

Totally understandable.

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Atero
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2 months ago

Because having children is not some sort of an achievement. It does not make you smart, grown up or worthy something. It simply states what you are biologically capable of producing them. I often hear proud "but I'm a mother/father"... so f..g what? You live in a rented basement giving away half of combined income, and now you have a child to take care of for the next 20'ish years on top of your already f..d up life. Is that an achievement or me being to cynical?

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

"influencer" ... certainly the most idiotic and useless "job" ever !!

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Jayne Kyra
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2 months ago

Thus, a wine fridge.

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Nonexistant Shoelace
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2 months ago

Uh o-o

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BasedWang
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2 months ago

This has been instagram, twitter and whatever else since their inception

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Pumpkin Spice
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2 months ago

Hol'up-

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rspanther
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2 months ago

Dog stalking, much better that people stalking.

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

Intern as a human being.

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