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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1 month ago

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

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Amy Pattie
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1 month ago

That is atrocious. Amazing

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Friday
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1 month 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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1 month ago

Damn, how does that even happen.

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

Wow that is not good

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month ago

More Villain look even

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month 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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1 month ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

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

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Raven Sheridan
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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month ago

But are you the same size as the model?

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Your hairdresser is not a good colourist.

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Jody Brown
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1 month 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
Community Member
1 month 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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Sergy Yeltsen
Community Member
1 month ago

she did herself or went to a cheap, cheap salon.

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 month ago

And you did not notice until every last nail was "done"?

Amy R. Cohen
Community Member
1 month ago

Seriously. I think some of these are for attention. After one nail, I’d be like hell no!

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Nor
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, you sat there while they did it and didnt say anything?

Elsie
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly!!

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

Did you not notice they were not applying tips?

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope, don't believe her, not a salon job, she totally did it herself

Pasion Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

i call bs... there is no way she went somewhere and got that done and paid for it!

Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

She claims that this was a salon job

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Johanna
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

I dont understand this. You could look at your nails while they are working at them. So after the first one, you can stop them?

Myrtle Yoma
Community Member
1 month ago

Exactly. Or maybe the customer was extremely timid and didn’t want to upset the nail tech?? I only say that because I was like that as a teenager. I allowed people to get away with obviously f*****g up my hair because I didn’t want to hurt their feelings....

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YouDid
Community Member
1 month ago

Or she did it herself

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this. You surely would have stopped the nail tech if the are freehanding tips so very badly

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Kira Okah
Community Member
1 month ago

A style that can only be done with acrylic tips, how was it not noticed that no tips were being applied?

Danny Grayson
Community Member
1 month ago

Tbf gradients can absolutely be done without tips/on short nails

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Isa
Community Member
1 month ago

At least with that size of mails you can weep your ass without a problem...in the other hand with the first ones...would be a epic problem...

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

OK come on!! This is not done by professional! She did it herself or her kid did it!

Coco Chanel
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks like when my 8-year old niece painted my nails.....

Bettie-Jean Neal
Community Member
1 month ago

Again, the one on the left is an ombre using acrylic. On the right is polish.

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 month ago

They both look kind of awful, only in different ways.

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 month ago

So you let a 3 year old do your nails?

Ria C.
Community Member
1 month ago

Did anyone else notice the nail length in the second pic? Not the same, maybe she had them redone but I'm a cynic.

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm sure everyone notices, it's kinda obvious. She probably didn't want fake nails, so I'm guessing that IF it was actually done at salon (which I doubt) then they had trouble because they're so short

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Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

NAIL that is bad!

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm amused that so far all of these are the fault or idiocy of the person whining, and no where do they seem to think it had a thing to do with them or their judgement. :D

Yort
Community Member
1 month ago

Ugh why tf do people want nails like on the left? You can’t wipe yourself after the bathroom, you can’t type on a computer keyboard, you can’t use your phone, you can’t do anything, and you look basic.

KAREN
Community Member
1 month ago

This one has to be a joke😂🤣😅😆😁😄😃😀

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

Who exactly did you ask?

Full of Giggles
Community Member
1 month ago

Nailed it!

Jessica Shookhoff
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes! Thank you!

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Kookie
Community Member
1 month ago

How?

Amy Dodds
Community Member
1 month ago

Still na improvement on those claws

bon bon (still purple boi)
Community Member
1 month ago

bruh

Scruffy Streeter
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone hates their job

Ronni Coppins
Community Member
1 month ago

Well the obvious part is that you didn't get tips on your nails.

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

What she wanted was acrylics, what she got were gels

Shannon Reonas-Alma
Community Member
1 month ago

Girl bye, you did these nails yourself.

Shannon Reonas-Alma
Community Member
1 month ago

Lies

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
1 month ago

Yet the picture of her with her hand over her face look good and very different.....?

Linda Niemczyk
Community Member
1 month ago

Didn't you notice with the first nail?

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
1 month ago

But you would have known it was wrong right after the first nail, no?

Arenite
Community Member
1 month ago

Why would you want nails that look like that?!!?

Whitney-Blair Beals
Community Member
1 month ago

Lmao... what she means is "I did them myself"

LMS
Community Member
1 month ago

They are both ugly!

Paradise
Community Member
1 month ago

And you dont stop after 1and ask wtf....

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

UG!

Molly A. Block
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope. You saw that sh*t happening. Can't blame it on the manicurist.

pebs
Community Member
1 month ago

They are both horrible.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

Are those press-on tips and she didn't take the tabs off?

𝐒𝐢𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐲𝐋𝐮𝐧𝐚
Community Member
1 month ago

the nail person should have got you fake nails and then painted it and then ombred it. it looks pretty bad-

Mark Howell
Community Member
1 month ago

If I just file a little more I'llget the shape. Just a bit more ;o)

Sac Shim
Community Member
1 month ago

This is a bit of a stretch. She made this up because no way she wouldn’t notice the “mistake” the moment the first finger is done

Ileana Sky Aviles
Community Member
1 month ago

Impossible. Attention seeking. You will not even be hired anywhere as a nail artist and not get past screening process with this capacity! Please. Lies.

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
1 month ago

How did this even happen??

Cathy
Community Member
1 month ago

the hand in front of your face looks similar? What's the problem?

TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

Done bye a five year old

Kathy Greear
Community Member
1 month ago

I would have stopped them after one nail

Zelda Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

It's like she got a manicure from a child.

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

🙄

Nicky Melville
Community Member
1 month ago

At least you will be able to pick your nose without fear of piercing your brain.

Elsie
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah even her hand over her forehead (saying oh no) looks well done

Rain runner
Community Member
1 month ago

I could had done that better. LOL

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
1 month ago

can't be done in a salon.you would notice if it was wrong. Why have all 10 fingers br painted wrong?

Peter Pan
Community Member
1 month ago

No mf'n way. Why she let them continue after the 1st nail?

Chelsea
Community Member
1 month ago

That's miscommunication on your part

Shay
Community Member
1 month ago

How?

Debby B
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s not what she asked for, obviously. Just another idiot.

Dragoniix
Community Member
1 month ago

gurl- ?!?!?!

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Hope you did not pay

Aaricia
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah no, this was done by your little sister and you searched something up that looked like it.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't understand why people just don't stop after the first nail.

Lisa Yario
Community Member
1 month ago

Her nails are not the same shape as the pro job. Those are curved and slim and hers are short and flat. Going to be different right from there. Most tips I've seen are curved. Looks like a home job. They should pop off quickly.

KT
Community Member
1 month ago

and during the whole hour you never stopped the nail tech to correct?

Jennifer Gomez
Community Member
1 month ago

Nail length matters...of course it won't look the same if there's no space to fit the design properly

Floofy Husky Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

They just painted the top half of your nails blue

Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
1 month ago

So you asked for trashy whore, but you got normal human? Oh what a shame.

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Said the *insert what you just called op here*

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Alexandra Nara
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1 month 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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1 month ago

It's presciousssssss

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Troux
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1 month ago

Mmmmm bacon!

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Amy Pattie
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1 month 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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1 month ago

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

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

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

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Vicky Zar
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

What kind of doofus came up with this?

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Kat
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1 month 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

I guess real sunflowers weren't in season.

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Kat
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1 month 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.