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
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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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Raine Soo
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Helen Haley
Community Member
1 month ago

you just know that cost at least $70

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Becky Moore
Community Member
1 month ago

Her hair looks too thick for that style anyways. Maybe the hairdresser has one leg shorter than the other? :P

JennyLaRue
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn't walk out of the salon with something so uneven

Luthian
Community Member
1 month ago

It's almost, kinda, sorta straight

Floofy Husky Puppy
Community Member
1 month ago

Where are the waves

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

Failed at both the cut and color. Yikes.

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

I want to believe that the haircut is not finished cause i refuse to believe that a professional would make this result!!

Myrtle Yoma
Community Member
1 month ago

Believe it, it’s happened to me. Lemon Tree (like a super cuts) will hire anyone

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rachel carter
Community Member
1 month ago

It's so uneven

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
1 month ago

Why cant hairdressers be honest and say - Your hair cannot do what this dummy shows..... her hair is obviously too thick.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

I seriously walked out of a salon for screwing up my hair so badly. They threatened to call the cops because I refused to pay. I was like, "Go ahead. I'll wait here. No? Okay bye!" Unfortunately, this was long before social media was the norm & I had no way to give a review or warn others.

Persp Gold
Community Member
1 month ago

tell me you can do asymmetrical without telling me you can do asymmetrical

Amy Begun Saab
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok people do not go to a $10 haircut place. To get a good hairdresser you need to save up at least $200 and go somewhere rich people go to when wanting something different.

My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

But 200??

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Rissie
Community Member
1 month ago

My kindergartner cuts his hair more equal than this.

Valentina Lattante
Community Member
1 month ago

it's not even.....even!

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

Her hair is way too thick to ever look like the picture

judy baker
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone apparently didn't know how to layer or make it even at the bottom.

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh no....

Nora
Community Member
1 month ago

Yours is much better!

Nora
Community Member
1 month ago

Even if it isn't even.

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23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh man!

Beverly
Community Member
1 month ago

She has such beautiful hair that it hardly matters.

Peter Pan
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww that shh ugly

MandaPanda
Community Member
1 month ago

That happens to me all the time. I'll asks for layers and they'll put it in a ponytail and cut it and say done

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 month ago

I know the feeling.

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

There's just no way that a hairdresser would let you walk away like that. Maybe it's not finished?

Myrtle Yoma
Community Member
1 month ago

You probably have a good hairstylist. Stuff like this happens in low-end chain shops more often than it should

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Mart Sermus
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1 month ago

Looks kinda same

Lisa
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1 month ago

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Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel like this comparison photo set is useless

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

Honestly, you have lovely hair!

RadiatorAnkleSpider
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my....

Commander OwO
Community Member
1 month ago

I see nothing wrong with it

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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
Community Member
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.