Expectations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s fun to imagine all the wonderful scenarios that might play out in real life. On the other hand, if your expectations are a tad on the unrealistic side, they can completely wreck your emotional state when you step down from your daydreams and come face to face with reality.

But what about fairly realistic expectations? Surely, if somebody advertises a product or a service, the customer can expect to get exactly what they pay for… right? Spoiler alert: oh, dear Lord, no! TikTok users have been uploading videos showing the huge differences between what they (un)realistically wanted and what they got. From clothes to dog haircuts and more.

People have been adding TikTok user Keelyknight aka Madeline’s audio (where she’s crying because of the nails she got) to their own videos, and we’ve collected some of the best ones for you to watch, dear Pandas. Have a look, upvote your fave vids, and be sure to let us know which ones were your favorite, why, and if you’ve ever been in a similar situation yourselves.

@kneelyknightThis was the worst experience I’ve ever had. #nails #help #foryou #foryoupage♬ original sound - Madeline

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Marianne
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4 months ago

That one's really bad! They should sue the hairdresser.

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago

That is atrocious. Amazing

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Friday
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4 months ago

Nightmare inducing

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When it comes to getting something we totally didn’t want, there are two aspects that you have to consider. The actual quality of the service and managing your own expectations so that you don’t end up being constantly disappointed.

The first aspect is fairly straightforward, even though it might not be easy to get around. If the product or service you’ve received doesn’t meet your standards of quality or what’s been advertised, then you’ve got to ask for a refund. Complain! Often and loudly.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

Damn, how does that even happen.

Isa
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4 months ago

Remember the episode of Friends when Ross tried to get a tan? That's how LOL

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Friday
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4 months ago

Did you count Mississippilessly?

Isa
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4 months ago

LOL immediately Ross tan...

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Verena Gitterle
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4 months ago

Hopefully nobody berated you for wearing blackface!

SCP-096
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4 months ago

Yeah. Hopefully she didn't get attacked.

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Dash Blue
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4 months ago

Oh-oh. Wipe that off before you get cancelled.

CatWoman312
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4 months ago

They say not to shower afterwards. Well this time I think you shouldn’t follow that advice and shower, swim, jump into your neighborhood pond.

doris van natta
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4 months ago

and scrub!

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago (edited)

Get inside, before you're accused of doing "blackface".

Eva the Egg
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4 months ago

It looks like someone rubbed gravy on her face and left it to dry

kurisutofu
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4 months ago

That's because she counted mississippilessly.

kurisutofu
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4 months ago

Well, no, it's the contrary, she was supposed to do it mississippilessly. ( Yes I reply to myself on a stupid joke)

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Oliver Seitz
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4 months ago

At least not orange like Donald :)))))

Louise Stange-Wahl
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4 months ago

YEP! No more ORANGE NIGHTMARE!

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Unknown User
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4 months ago

✨yikes✨

Thalia Lovering
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4 months ago

Did she count Mississippilessly?

Maximiliano Rodriguez
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4 months ago

I was looking for this!

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Shirley Heyn
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4 months ago

So, did you skip Prom?

Nikki Owens
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4 months ago

This is why you should just embrace your natural skin tone.

Billy The Kid
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4 months ago

She dont look happy. LOL

Diana Lundin
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4 months ago

Looks like she went on a mud run.

i require lööps, brœther
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4 months ago

Why do people spray tan, it looks bad even when done right imo

LesAnimaux
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4 months ago

Oh honey noooooo

Freckle
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4 months ago

Should had counted Mississippilessly

rachel carter
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4 months ago

Looks like Trudeau's Brown face lol

Colin Matthews
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4 months ago

Omg sorry but thats hilarious. Ahahaha

DanieLegz
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4 months ago

I'm sure I've seen you on Jersey Shore

Katherine Heasley
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4 months ago

And now she's going in blackface. That'll be awkward!

⭐Onyx (they/them)⭐
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4 months ago

Lookin' burnt

Amy Grant
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4 months ago

One Missisipi, two Missisipi, three..

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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4 months ago (edited)

How is the great wide world does this even happen? I live in a country with many pasty redheads and some young teen girls would go to tanning beds before the summer and end up looking like Oompa Loompas. However, I’ve never see a tan this bad.

Lanie
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4 months ago

The great wide world has been in a very dark place. Pun not intended.

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Thorfin Wolfsbane
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4 months ago

"Natural looking spray tan" is where you went wrong...

Rissie
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4 months ago

Please don't get a spray tan with acne like that... I mean, besides the obvious total fail, that skin is going to break out in the worst possible way with garbage like that on it.

Diana Murtaugh
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4 months ago

Nailed it!!

Jessica B
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4 months ago

At least it's not orange?

...
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4 months ago

blackface?

Bonnie Edwards
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4 months ago

Hubby did this. He used the spray tan that you use at home, in the morning before going to work, and never washed it off before that evening... he'd really changed colours.

Petra Pan
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4 months ago

Blackfishing 101. lol

Slune
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4 months ago

a few white Bambi dots will make it!

Gabunya Matata
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4 months ago

okay it looks bad but isn't it also bad for her skin?

Heather Hannaford
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4 months ago

It looks like one of those old “Myth-busters” experiments. They put all of the right ingredients in the canister, but instead of spraying them on, you stand in the room naked and they blow the container up!

Binx
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4 months ago

Ross called!

Whitney-Blair Beals
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4 months ago

O....s**t.....

Piglet
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4 months ago

Being vain sometimes has a price.

Wendy Warner
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4 months ago

Now i am a 8???

Fancy Unicorn
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4 months ago

That's the kind of tan you have to leave on for 4-6 hours and then wash off. Most spray tans work and look like this until it's ready. Once you have a shower it'll look natural. Guarantee you this post was purely for the gram.

Fancy Unicorn
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4 months ago

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Ezigma
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4 months ago

She looks burnt and like she's decaying!

Nyneva Kyte
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4 months ago

oh no

Doris Bennett
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4 months ago

EEEEK!

Molly A. Block
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4 months ago

Is that a guy??

Yort
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4 months ago

Why do people want spray tans at all? You don’t need to look like a pumpkin to go to a dance.

Lanie
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4 months ago

This is coal, not the pumpkin.

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judy baker
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4 months ago

Ye Gods and little prairie dogs.

Kelzbelz79
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4 months ago

Oh...dear.....

TheReader19
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4 months ago

I don't have words

Amanda Hartley
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4 months ago

OMG!!

Zelda Jones
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4 months ago

Maybe go to a salon next time.

Darth Vader
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4 months ago

Magnificent!

Clearly sunny
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4 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

23AClark
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4 months ago

WTH!

K Witmer
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4 months ago

Omg this one made me laugh out loud I scared my dog

Ozzie Ogawa
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4 months ago

LOL, she just changed her race

Persp Gold
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4 months ago

I'm guessing she didn't wrote it off like you're supposed to. A lot of people make this mistake in the beginning, thinking if they wipe it off it won't take

Kika González
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4 months ago

You are stupid and don't use common sense

Romery
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4 months ago

i have to admit. i laughed so hard

Suzy the observer
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4 months ago

Why is this a thing? Just don't.

Peter Pan
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4 months ago

Wow I thought that was a sista

Id row
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4 months ago

You're not supposed to bathe in it, I don't think.

Michał Jastrzębski
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4 months ago

...did they apply that tan with an acetylene torch?!

Linda HS
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4 months ago

Nailed it!

Holly Fisher
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4 months ago

It’s the bronzer. Will rinse off and look lighter.

bon bon (still purple boi)
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4 months ago

thats not spray

Shelli Aderman
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4 months ago

😳

*me*
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4 months ago

You look like your plastered in ham

Rachel ANDERSON
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4 months ago

I'm sorry, I laughed so badly, my sides hurt

Kryogen
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4 months ago

mmmmmmh chocolate

Batwench
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4 months ago

A lot of colour washes off after the first shower. But should have gone for a test colour before if it is for a big occasion. A beautician would rather do this extra step than spoil their event.

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
4 months ago

blackface

C_Wells
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4 months ago

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Kennedy Johnson
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4 months ago

That’s terrible! Sue them!

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
4 months ago

OH Are yall having watermelon at the prom ?

Nicky Melville
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4 months ago

I think you look really good!

King Joffrey
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4 months ago

I think spray-tan is the most ridiculous invention of all time so have little sympathy.

DD
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4 months ago

This seems to be satire...?

Easily Excitable Panda
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4 months ago (edited)

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It looks like they made her up in blackface! She should definitely sue. EDIT: To everyone who keeps downvoting me: my comment clearly says "blackface." I didn't say "She looks like a Black person." Blackface is a racist practice where white people wore mocking make up to humiliate Black people. Only white supremacists still do it. Use Google Image for 'blackface' and you'll see what I mean.

Sar-kei Scyence
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4 months ago

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That is just offensive.

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4 months ago

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ASHRFOX
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4 months ago

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why do you even buy spray tan? just spend more than 10 mins outside per day and get an actual one.

Bear42212
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4 months ago

Because of skin cancer

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Floofy Husky Puppy
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4 months ago

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She just changed races

Esca Sav
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4 months ago

To be honest, I can see people calling her out even as an honest mistake... I really feel bad for her

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4 months ago

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I hope this is an honest mistake and not some racist s**t

Bear42212
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4 months ago

What is your issue? It's obviously not done on purpose.

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago

Oh no... it will look better once you bush it out but that ombré is atrocious

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Vic
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4 months ago

Right: before coffee, Left: after coffee

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Obviously, try to be as diplomatic as you can with your complaints—you’re dealing with other human beings after all. And it’s not always the person who’s registering your complaint who was responsible for what you got. So try not to make their life hell and they’ll be more likely to help you out.

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago

Wow that is not good

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Alexandra Nara
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4 months ago

More Villain look even

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Alexandra Nara
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4 months ago

When family confound homescooling and homeoffice

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If a company has a genuine customer-first policy in play, they’ll take serious complaints, well, seriously. They’ll hear you out, offer you support, follow up on your complaint, and do whatever they can to make up for their mistake. But we all know that far from every company is willing to be so friendly and instead has a “profit comes first, collateral damage is all right” kind of mentality.

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Vic
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4 months ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

The cake is blue. The element of surprise is gone.

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

Looks like you're wearing a silk pillowcase.

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Consider seeking legal aid if the product was especially expensive or if you, your loved ones, or your pets suffered because of what happened. If somebody’s blatantly advertising something that’s clearly false as a way to make a quick buck, then you’ve got to do your part in putting an end to it.

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Friday
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4 months ago

But are you the same size as the model?

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Your hairdresser is not a good colourist.

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Jody Brown
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4 months ago

Utterly terrifying

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However, there’s that pesky second aspect when it comes to not getting what we wanted. And that all comes down to our expectations. Sometimes, what we want is so perfect, requires so much skill and craftsmanship, that not everyone can fulfill our orders. In those cases, what we envision and what the local craftspeople can provide simply don’t sync up. Or, to put it more bluntly, you get what you pay for.

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago

I can’t even fathom the thought process in thinking these were remotely similar. How to people get away with this?

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago

I don’t even know how you mess up that bad

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Alexandra Nara
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4 months ago

Was the rug to fly with included?

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Don’t expect your nails to look like a model’s when you’re getting them done at a discount store at your local mall. Similarly, you can’t expect a newbie dog groomer to get the same results as a grandmaster with decades of experience: they’ll do their best but you simply can’t expect them to perform according to your imaginary expectations.

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James016
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4 months ago

It's presciousssssss

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Troux
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4 months ago

Mmmmm bacon!

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Amy Pattie
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4 months ago (edited)

Clearly the model was 9feet tall

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In life, it’s best to do your very best to get the result that you want and then relinquish any and all expectations. You did your best. Well done! Now sit back and don’t fret, find something else to do. If you get what you want, fantastic. If not, no big deal—you’ll try again later. Maybe with a different tactic in mind.

Having low expectations is a healthy mindset, similar to the one where you’re encouraged to do good things for people without expecting anything in return. Life has a pleasant way of surprising us when we’re not desperate, needy, and whiny.

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

The groomer gave you a brand new, completely different dog.

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

I like gingham, but that's a picnic table cloth.

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Vicky Zar
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4 months ago

Funny. We've got exactly the same. We chose the size we wanted though.

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PsychCentral explains that the first step in relinquishing unrealistic expectations is being able to spot them. Of course, that’s easier said than done because we may have had certain expectations for years and years. And a lot of it’s connected to our desire to maintain control over everything.

Some examples of completely unrealistic expectations include the beliefs that everyone should like you and that the world should be fair. We simply can’t have that kind of control over the world (well, unless we’re a superhero, the Emperor of the Universe, or a member of the Greek Pantheon).

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Eva the Egg
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4 months ago

All you would have to do to get that sort of hair is go to sleep and wake up

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Susan Green
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4 months ago

What kind of doofus came up with this?

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Kat
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4 months ago

At least there's still enough length to get it fixed. Must be awfully frustrating though.

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Similarly, if we’re constantly disappointed by results and not having our expectations met every step of the way, well, maybe it’s time to analyze them in detail. Spend the weekend looking at your belief structures.

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Sandra
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4 months ago

Besides the fact it is not what she wanted... Is it only me or the hair looks burnt?

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

I guess real sunflowers weren't in season.

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Kat
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4 months ago

Well to be honest, it is difficult to get the same result if you have a totally different hair type...

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Note: this post originally had 40 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Give yourself permission to not have everything go perfectly. Embrace flexibility. That doesn’t mean giving up your high standards (quality is good stuff, people), but you have to be relatively down to earth. Otherwise, you’ll spend the rest of your life making wanted vs. got TikTok videos.