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
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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?

Something
Community Member
1 month ago

Her legs and waist are, but her bust isn't.

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Hermione
Community Member
1 month ago

The model is size 2 and I’m size 14. I want to look like the model so I’ll get size 2. Wouldn’t it be great if life worked like that?

JuJu
Community Member
1 month ago

The model gets whatever size fits at her 'largest' part. The rests gets tailored to her body. That's how it works. Always.

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Sandra Charlot
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1 month ago

At least the zipper is very strong ... good quality

GenXandEarnedItAll
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1 month ago

I used to work at Victoria's Secret. A guy came in to buy his girlfriend a teddy. I asked him if he knew her size. He said, "She's about your size." I'm 5'4" and 110 lbs. The day after Valentine's Day a beautiful girl (5'8" and 140) walked in with the teddy to return it. I busted out laughing and said, "I helped your boyfriend with this. He said you were about my size." She just shook her head and said, "At least he tried."

Dre Mosley
Community Member
1 month ago

Y'all don't have same figure

Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 month ago

The lady is too gifted in the upper parts for this dress.

ShutUpsy
Community Member
1 month ago

But why? You're clearly not the same size...

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah that was not very clever to begin with.... i also want to look like the model but i don't have the size of the model🙄🙄🙄

Niffler_13
Community Member
1 month ago

A lot of online stores now have a feature, stating the models’ measurements and what size outfit they are wearing.

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Sam Kunz
Community Member
1 month ago

You gotta get your size. Not being mean but in what world did she think she was that size?

Brenda
Community Member
1 month ago

Why order the same size as the model, when that's obvious not your size and shape? And then be surprised it doesn't fit, really?!

King Joffrey
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm not going to lie, this lady doesn't look the same size as the model...

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

Probably shouldn't have done that since you're not the same size.

Johanna
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch 🤣

Ileana Sky Aviles
Community Member
1 month ago

People are really confident to post!

Kika González
Community Member
1 month ago

Should not have gotten it at all. Your body type is not for that

Jess Hoffman
Community Member
1 month ago

Um... why do you not have a shirt on??? Plus, you ordered them a few sizes too small!

noralin
Community Member
1 month ago

Propably wants attention. I have huge boobs too but I would never publish this kind of photo...

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KT
Community Member
1 month ago

well that was dumb because you're obviously plus sized and the model is petite.

Emma Goldstein
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1 month ago

She's absolutely not plus sized.

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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1 month ago

ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh...that looks so painful.

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago

well thats a boob boob

Emma Love
Community Member
1 month ago

She isn't the same SIZE as the model. What the heck did she expect magic material!

Gwen Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

You might have the same waist size as the model but your bust is about 2X larger than hers, girl!

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
1 month ago

Stop ordering from China.

Rabite
Community Member
1 month ago

Well if she usually wears an S and the size the model is wearing is an S, you'd think it would fit way better even with the bigger boobs. I ordered stuff because it looked fine on the model, I wear the same size as it stated and my body type matched and I got a shirt made for a toddler or something. Also smaller people wear smaller sizes than taller people despite being more voluminous.

Alasdair Cruickshank
Community Member
1 month ago

It would fit better if she wore a bra and tight top like the model is wearing. Those overalls are not designed to hold the breasts, they are meant to go over a top.

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rachel carter
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1 month ago

Clearly not the same size as the model

Nora
Community Member
1 month ago

You are so much hotter! :D

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh dear.

Dargallo
Community Member
1 month ago

How did she got it on?

Toni
Community Member
1 month ago

same size? of course ...

Rench
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like she's gonna pop!

Debrina Blackmoon
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh geez

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

This made me laugh!

Amy Dodds
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch

Ekate
Community Member
1 month ago

Crushing it!

Konpat
Community Member
1 month ago

Litterally...

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Joanne Hudson
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6 days ago

For whatever its worth, she IS wearing a shirt under it.

Janet C
Community Member
3 weeks ago

But you are not the same size as the model.

Dave Taylor
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Yiggity yoinkers!!!!!

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

But I dont you are the same size as the model? Seriously, not being mean here, just stating an obvious

Eleonor Ketchersid
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Sorry girl but you need a seriously brain check

Ronni Coppins
Community Member
1 month ago

That's what I was thinking in a politically correct way.

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

For one her breasts are way bigger than the model....

Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

When she breathes out those toots are coming free!

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, they only made the one size . . . and you got it. . .

Sarah watson
Community Member
1 month ago

That only works when you are the same size as the model

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
1 month ago

Why on Earth would this lady think she had anything at all like the body type of the model? Shaking my head.

Susan Williams
Community Member
1 month ago

Apparently, the model is not a female.

Victoria Lenny
Community Member
1 month ago

so u bought the wrong size on purpose to make a tikitok?? lol k

Slune
Community Member
1 month ago

It's a slightly different look

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
1 month ago

She probably should have ordered HER size.......?

izuku midoriya.
Community Member
1 month ago

i think your melons may be bigger than the models

Liz
Community Member
1 month ago

A lot of clothing sites provide the height and weight of the model along with what size they are wearing. She probably went by that but proportions and distribution matter...clearly

BabaBizzle
Community Member
1 month ago

Why ? You’re NOT the same size as the MODEL. So you got what you paid for.

Nastassja Ficko Soklič
Community Member
1 month ago

no you didnt lmao

Paradise
Community Member
1 month ago

But you have no shirt under and you may not be their height and size....

Piglet
Community Member
1 month ago

Karma.

bob bobby
Community Member
1 month ago

thats just stoopid

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

NO!

Yort
Community Member
1 month ago

Like everyone else said - why?

Alasdair Cruickshank
Community Member
1 month ago

It would fit a lot better if you put a bra and tight top on under it to hold your breasts in the right place and then pull the straps up a bit because they are too loose and it will not fit properly like that.

Nadine
Community Member
1 month ago

My boobs hurt just looking at this.

Shylainpei
Community Member
1 month ago

I would say that u got busted!! Lol

Duchess Raven Waves
Community Member
1 month ago

Some people blame the clothes. When it is your body that is the problem.

noralin
Community Member
1 month ago

Her body is not the problem. The problem is that this outfit is the wrong size and shape for her.

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judy baker
Community Member
1 month ago

Any tighter and that thing would pop like a balloon.

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
1 month ago

Fecking hell gal!! Least ya can laugh about it, nice girls btw 😉

Myrtle Yoma
Community Member
1 month ago

She meant they must have sent her the same size the model is wearing. No large breasted woman with years of dressing herself would think to order the same size as that model.

Lillukka79
Community Member
1 month ago

I know quite a few who seem to be oblivious to their real measurements.

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Bella, Your Kitty-Loving Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

Well at least this outfit doesn’t look like s**t. If it were the right size it would be okay

Odile Wipp
Community Member
1 month ago

What clothing manufaturers forget, is that many women have large breasts! Since my teens it's been a struggle. :(

noralin
Community Member
1 month ago

Me too :(

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Zelda Jones
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1 month ago

Oucccchhhhhhh

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the level of self reflection in the right picture 🙂

Mark Berry
Community Member
1 month ago

Now flex!!!

Tim Haight
Community Member
1 month ago

Just like on Married with children a running joke a fat woman comes in says she wears a size 5 shoe and actually is a 10. That jumper looks to be about a 2, You are at least twice that size

Jarrod Nichols
Community Member
1 month ago

You are no where near her size.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 month ago

Not.

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, yeah, she's not the same size of the model, BUT, it's not the same clothing for sure, totally different

Nicky Melville
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1 month ago

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I bet that model would be jealous of your nice big boobs!

columbokateUK
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1 month ago

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Those boobs 😆

Kurtdaniel Castillo
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1 month ago

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damn thos are big melons

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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

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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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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
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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
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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.