We all know very well that things in this world tend to backfire. Call it a law of nature, a frequent twist of fate, or destiny. “Look who’s laughing now” is a phenomenon that has happened to virtually every one of us, and no matter what you do, it repeats again and again, and again.

The Reddit community “There Was An Attempt” is dedicated to precisely the comic absurdity of all the attempts in life that went against the plan, or turned in the wrong direction. Created in August 2015, the subreddit now has 1.9m members that are not immune to the funny attempts that “were there.”

“People enjoy the slapstick comedy of it. At the end of the day, everyone is laughing,” the subreddit’s moderator told Bored Panda in the interview that you can read in full below. And now we leave the stage to the ensued hilarity.

#1

To Make The Special Olympics Look Bad

To Make The Special Olympics Look Bad

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The Cute Cat
Community Member
1 month ago

Superb reply, Arnie..

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#2

To Complain About A Child Selling Hot Dogs

To Complain About A Child Selling Hot Dogs

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

Well played, Minneapolis, well played.

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#3

To Clean Up After Himself

To Clean Up After Himself

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Gin. No tonic
Community Member
1 month ago

Good boi!

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Bored Panda spoke to redditor u/F4T4-M0RG4N4, the moderator of the r/ThereWasAnAttempt subreddit, who said that the community has evolved a lot since it was created 5 years ago.

“When I first joined the team, it was mostly a screenshot sub. A few months back, there was some drama about how there were only three mods who ran the subreddit (which at the time had around a million members).” As a result, they invited more people to join the moderator team and removed the screenshot posts.

#4

To Get Drinks

To Get Drinks

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

*insert slow clap*

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#5

To Make Speaking 2 Languages Sophisticated

To Make Speaking 2 Languages Sophisticated

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El muerto
Community Member
1 month ago

my dotter spoke three :) proud dad

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#6

To Sound Literate

To Sound Literate

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Bernd Herbert
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

what kind of poop is this? Well, I'm going to the loo....

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For those who’re wondering what, precisely, “there was an attempt” refers to, u/F4T4-M0RG4N4 explained that it’s basically about “someone attempting something but ultimately failing.”

Conceptually, it’s similar to “if someone tried jumping off a trampoline into a pool but when they tried to jump, the trampoline tore. In that case, you could say, 'Well... there was an attempt, at least' and that’s where our subreddit comes into play.”

The posts are mainly about “some people having a dumb idea, trying out that idea, and failing.” This misery is what makes it so funny. 

#7

To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here

To Prevent The Homeless From Sleeping Here

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로희
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahaha~ Clever.

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#8

To Start Cat Racing

To Start Cat Racing

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

That is just adorable 🤣 Also: why would you think a cat would get out of a box?

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#9

To Prove That Patton Oswalt Is A Failed Comedian

To Prove That Patton Oswalt Is A Failed Comedian

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I love him! He is the narrator on the Goldberg's.

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Today, the moderator team only allows video submissions and cross-posts, “which are posts that were in one subreddit but were reposted to another (kind of like retweeting.” This format works better for r/ThereWasAnAttempt, since screenshots can more easily become reposts, for one.

Especially when there’s one similar subreddit that’s specifically for social media clapbacks and comebacks, but its content mainly features screenshots.When it comes to their 1.9 million member count, the moderator said that “I don’t think we have the exact same post frequency as, say, a meme subreddit.”

Partly, it’s because it isn’t easy to repost something from r/ThereWasAnAttempt. “I could probably look at the new section for r/memes and see quite a few frequent reposts.”

#10

...to Photograph Birds

...to Photograph Birds

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

Sizing up their toilet options.

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#11

To Be Responsible And Uber Home

To Be Responsible And Uber Home

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L B
Community Member
1 month ago

Epic!🤣

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#12

To Scare Your Boyfriend

To Scare Your Boyfriend

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JustCallMeKat
Community Member
1 month ago

aww

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#13

At Going Outside

At Going Outside

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks so perfect.

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#14

To Shame Atheists And Take Away Their Holidays

To Shame Atheists And Take Away Their Holidays

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm very comfortable with xmas trees and gifts and food, thanks.

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#15

I Mean... You Tried..?

I Mean... You Tried..?

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
1 month ago

'Having Voldemort trying to kill him at every opportunity finally took its toll on Harry Potter'

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#16

To Be An Animal Activist

To Be An Animal Activist

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Fabrice
Community Member
1 month ago

with a "sauce bordelaise"

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#17

To Arrest A “Drug Dealer

To Arrest A “Drug Dealer

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 month ago

The important question here is, does it work?

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#18

To Make Fun Of A Bird

To Make Fun Of A Bird

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DforDory
Community Member
1 month ago

At least he realised it. If you can't laugh at yourself, you're doomed.😁

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#19

To Shame Men

To Shame Men

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Duh we have our slaves do it (that’s a joke)

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#20

To Sound Intellectual

To Sound Intellectual

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
1 month ago

Jaden Smith, is that you?

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#21

To Take A Cute Picture

To Take A Cute Picture

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XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
1 month ago

Same XD

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#22

To Convince People To Be Pro-Life

To Convince People To Be Pro-Life

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

If you got a tiny Voldemort in your womb, abortion might not be the worst idea.

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#23

To Defend God

To Defend God

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Or when he flooded the earth, you know the whole Ark thing.

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#24

.... To Find Buried Treasure

.... To Find Buried Treasure

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Florida?

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#25

To Be Racist

To Be Racist

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Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago

Am proudly a Muslim just like a Christian proudly a Christian and also like an atheist who is proudly an atheist!!!!!!! It's our believe when people think about freedom of speech, they forget about hurting other people's religion, but when we stand for our rights we are themed as paranoid. Just leave us alone, stop looking for trouble which you wouldn't get and exercise Human Rights fairly not partially degrading other people's religion. I quote everyone is different yet you try to make everyone the same religion, race, tribe all " Differences matters, yet that makes us who we are, denying our differences is denying the truth " I am A PROUD MUSLIM, it's me not you allow me to practice my religion in peace and stop popnosing on my affairs, everyone deserves right to religion just as u think!

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#26

To Suggest A New Idea

To Suggest A New Idea

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Flawless! And you should be able to make a audio contact with other people in real time so you can tell them, instead of typing a message for them.

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#27

To Glorify The President

To Glorify The President

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Accurate

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#28

To Eat A Mozzarella Stick

To Eat A Mozzarella Stick

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

I wish I had that much persistence!

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#29

To Motivate

To Motivate

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로희
Community Member
1 month ago

My life motto.

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#30

To Betray Coca Cola

To Betray Coca Cola

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Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow

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#31

There Was An Attempt To Run For Mayor

There Was An Attempt To Run For Mayor

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch

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#32

To Replace I'm Sorry With Thank You

To Replace I'm Sorry With Thank You

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Charlotte
Community Member
1 month ago

But actually this is a technique I used in customer service. For example when you put a customer on hold to go get more info, you ask them if they’re happy to wait. When you get back you thank them for waiting. If you say “sorry for the wait” it suggests you did something wrong, when really you were just doing your job. It leaves a different impression on the customer and genuinely impacts satisfaction.

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#33

To Prove How Unfashionable These Jeans Were

To Prove How Unfashionable These Jeans Were

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Pamela24
Community Member
1 month ago

What a great mum! :D <3

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#34

To Be Neighborly

To Be Neighborly

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Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

oh.. keep locking..

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#35

To Provide Front, Side, And Rear Photos For The Car Insurance Rep

To Provide Front, Side, And Rear Photos For The Car Insurance Rep

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Tara Brooks
Community Member
1 month ago

😂🤣 I bet she was mortified.

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#36

To Virtue Signal...

To Virtue Signal...

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Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Diversity is more than just hiring women.

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#37

To Get A Cardi B Tattoo

To Get A Cardi B Tattoo

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

I never realized that there is a level of messed up that someone would want to get an Anne Frank tattoo on your damn FACE

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#38

To Be Deep

To Be Deep

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Apparently, styles always come back.

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#39

To Display Plus Size Clothes Without Causing Offence

To Display Plus Size Clothes Without Causing Offence

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 month ago

Considering that there are no plus sized mannequins, I think its good improv. (I'm on the larger size myself, and I'm nowhere near offended)

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#40

To Stand Up For The Joker

To Stand Up For The Joker

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Welcome to the Internet, where you can be offended by literally everything,

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#41

To Get A Heartwarming Tattoo

To Get A Heartwarming Tattoo

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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh No! That is really sad!

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#42

To Fuck The Police

To Fuck The Police

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Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, that really sums up lawrence nicely in one picture.

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#43

To Keep A Streak Going

To Keep A Streak Going

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Some Cool Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

I like big butts and I cannot lie

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#44

To Befriend A Porcupine

To Befriend A Porcupine

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Hans
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch. Poor pooch.

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#45

To Pass Security

To Pass Security

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Jihana
Community Member
1 month ago

That is just sad

BoredPanda is awesome
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

IVE LITERALLY NEVER NOT BEEN SELECTED SINCE 2002. I’ve flown like 30 times since then, I guess. Literally every single time. I am Iranian American. As soon as it’s safe to travel again, my boyfriend said he’s going to raise hell at the airport for me and accuse these people of profiling. I’m literally so so so so so so so sick of it.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

The time for this nonsense is long past.

earringnut
Community Member
1 month ago

There is never an appropriate time to treat people this way.

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_
Community Member
1 month ago

It's not just you, I'm straight-up Irish decent, red hair and green eyes, and it happens to me every time I fly.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

As a red head I was EXPECTED to be hot tempered. silly

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urszulat
Community Member
1 month ago

This has got to stop. It's cruel, unjust and often humiliating.

YoChicken
Community Member
1 month ago

i had a muslim friend whose family was very hardcore, and she and her mom regularly wore hijabs. in airports, her mom was always pulled aside for random security checks

Canadian Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

My best friend's husband gets selected every single time. He's the whitest least suspicious looking person ever. Our guess is that he has the same name as someone on "the list".

Dann999
Community Member
1 month ago

randomly selected based on random facial recognition algorithm method. my a$$.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

Random selection my ass. I am a caucasian female and have only once been pulled aside-because I was hella nervous about missing the flight and was tapping my fingers and feet..of course the cameras pick up on that. I was more nervous that they would separate me and|or my husband from our 1 year old.

あんぱんまん
Community Member
1 month ago

he was so happy... why are people selected for random checks like tht...

Firescales 22
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate to be “that guy” (I mean no offense, please don’t take any) but if you look at statistics, people of Arab nations (more specifically, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya etc) are the ones who make acts of terrorism the most often, but still, being pulled aside just because your from there, is not okay.

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Astrid Nineor
Community Member
1 month ago

I've been stopped once wearing bright clothes and ten (or more) times wearing all black and baggy clothes. Maybe they thought I was trying to smuggle ten kilos of something :p

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I used to work for TSA (2012-2017, and my last day was my happiest). It’s the airlines who flag people for this, supposedly randomly (though never white people, hmmm), with TSA’s blessing. It’s one way to profile without looking obvious—-unless you’re an employee paying attention, which is not a TSA job requirement.

Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow so sad I feel this

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

I knew this guy who was Samoan - in other words swarthy with a dark beard and dark eyes. He got picked out at the airport. Every. Single. Time. First time I ever witnessed racial profiling with my own eyes.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 month ago

"Ah mierda", tells it all XD

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 month ago

Ah s**t

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Oscarina
Community Member
1 month ago

I get "randomly" selected every time I fly, and every time I take Eurorail.

Kimberly Reetz
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m a mid-40s blonde/blue eyed woman who travels for business and I get randomly selected more than half the time.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

I bet Ahmed left extra time for harassment. Must have felt like being stood up.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
1 month ago

Still!! Do we ever learn anything? Makes me sick.

El Dee
Community Member
1 month ago

My ex used to get randomly picked for searches at airports every time we travelled, not dark skinned just suspicious looking lol! Then 9/11 happened, never got searched again..

Andrew Jenkins
Community Member
1 day ago

Maybe stop taking photos in the security areas of airports then

cheezydinosaur
Community Member
2 days ago

I don’t get it

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
1 month ago

what do you mean "came for me" and "randomly selected"

TV Junkie
Community Member
1 month ago

When I used to travel a lot for work, I was picked almost every time I went to the airport. I am a white woman and was in my 30's at the time. I don't know what caused it, but it really made me wonder.

mcmp
Community Member
1 month ago

muslim's fault for doing terrorist attacks.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 month ago

Congrats--that is not fair at all...a real shame this EVER has to happen!

Heidi I
Community Member
1 month ago

That would literally happen every time I'd travel with my ex. Being a white Scandinavian, I'd never get pulled aside when going by myself or just our daughters, but travelling with my black ex, we were "randomly selected 100%. Go figure....... 😒

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
1 month ago

My husband (english parentage, 100% white caucasion) gets "randomly" selected every.single.time.

Apryl Canfield
Community Member
1 month ago

Sad days right there.

John Shannon
Community Member
1 month ago

Randomly should be "randomly"

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
1 month ago

There are no words to describe how wrong this is!

Full Name
Community Member
1 month ago

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Are you saying that the middle east is extremely overrepresented in airline shenanigans? Sucks for this guy, but it's not like it comes from literally nowhere.

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I I
Community Member
1 month ago

poor lad , bad enough just going though an airport when you dont like flying , i must look shady as hell sweating and shaking , but im white so i guess thats my golden ticket

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad, who never smoked nor ever touched alcohol was always checked at customs. On top of it, he was almost ridiculously honest. It used to piss him off so much!

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

What a funny coincidence. Coincidence I tell you! It could not be anything else, right?

lil peep stan
Community Member
1 month ago

most of yall are just proving youre racist!!

mcmp
Community Member
1 month ago

and you that you're stupid.

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Patty Leaton
Community Member
1 month ago

Americans are so paranoid's

Mishte Tine
Community Member
1 month ago

Gosh. I can’t believe how racist this country is. Racism is a mental health disorder and should be seen as such - and in need of treatment.

andate him
Community Member
1 month ago

So... You're a fascist? There is this thing they people have called freedom of belief. It's like freedom of speech but it literally cannot be taken from you except by torture or some sort. Is this what you are proposing?

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 month ago

It's the funniest sad story here

Scyth
Community Member
1 month ago

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It's called statistics and acting on them, not the sad excuse which passes for racism these days.

sorlag110
Community Member
1 month ago

What do you mean?

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James F. Wilson Jr.
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1 month ago

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Well we are putting you on our watch list now,Thank you for the photo.Ahmed.

Anne Mitchell
Community Member
1 month ago

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What is your problem? I am constantly "random" selected. I am 68, female Caucasian. I thought I was being selected for ? drugs but was told, "No, explosives".

googlygoogly
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1 month ago

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Sure, Anne.

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fenderfan85
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1 month ago

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Well....you don't see white people trying to blow up planes......

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes you do. White terrorism in America is bigger than any other kind of terrorism. They love to use explosives. You’re on the internet, look it up, ugly.

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Marcellus the Third
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1 month ago

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Well if you're making pictures in the zone full of "No telephones/ no cameras" signs (as always at security & passport controls)... kinda this time they're really doing their job.

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#46

To Sound Tougher

To Sound Tougher

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Papa Emeritus IV
Community Member
1 month ago

Kim Jon-Gun !!

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#47

To Criticize A Garbage Man

To Criticize A Garbage Man

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Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t know how it’s in other countries, but here in NL apparently it’s one of the best paid low-education jobs available. A friend of mine did it as a student job while in university and apart from the smell he was quite happy with it.

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#48

To Be A Professional Company

To Be A Professional Company

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Pamela24
Community Member
1 month ago

All that's gonna do is make more people drive drunk. If Uber is so concerned about people throwing up in their cars or being violent (which is understandable) they should charge a deposit and/or allow the drivers to have pepper spray or something to defend themselves if necessary (not guns!).

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#49

To Create 3 Mexican Countries

To Create 3 Mexican Countries

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로희
Community Member
1 month ago

Fox News is just as smart as Trump.

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#50

To Hide

To Hide

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Brett
Community Member
1 month ago

Don’t be suspicious

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