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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3 months ago

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

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Amy Pattie
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3 months ago

That is atrocious. Amazing

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Friday
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3 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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3 months ago

Damn, how does that even happen.

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Amy Pattie
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

Wow that is not good

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Alexandra Nara
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3 months ago

More Villain look even

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Alexandra Nara
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3 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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3 months ago

Oh dear.. poor puppy..

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

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

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Raven Sheridan
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3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

But are you the same size as the model?

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Your hairdresser is not a good colourist.

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Jody Brown
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3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

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

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Alexandra Nara
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3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

It's presciousssssss

QUINCY—PLUTO
Community Member
2 months ago

MEET ME IRL AND SEE WHOS BETTER! IVE BEEN WORKING ON THAT VOICE FOR 2 MONTHS AND I WILL NOT BE BEAT

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Eduard Korhonen
Community Member
3 months ago

You actually wanted the piece of s**t in the first pic? I think you got a better deal 🤷

WholesomeArmyweeb
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2 months ago

But the first one is cute 🥺

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A Bringhurst
Community Member
3 months ago

He wanted a cake that said “forg”? I’m confused. The original is not nice either.

milk man
Community Member
2 months ago

you uncultured baked potato

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Verena Gitterle
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3 months ago

The second one is better!

GaeFrog
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly the second one is better

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd go with "least worst" but OK.

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Demongrrrrl
Community Member
2 months ago

These pictures must be mixed up. There's no way someone would expect the picture on the left and be unhappy with the one on the right.

Yort
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah the right one is way more interesting.

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Commander OwO
Community Member
3 months ago

oh, it's so much better

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

What is that green creature with the massive tongue?

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a "Forg". Says so right on the cake.

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Em Sahn
Community Member
3 months ago

Honestly I like the right one better

Rissie
Community Member
2 months ago

That fist cake is equally atrocious though, so I think they nailed it.

Tim Bijlsma
Community Member
3 months ago

Depressed frog is depressed

Paradise
Community Member
2 months ago

The first is a cute, amateur, fail. The 2nd is the drugged out, talented, spelling fail....wtf....

Claire Conroy
Community Member
2 months ago

If you told me the one on the right was the one he wanted and he got the one on the left, I still wouldn't know.

Anggi Santika
Community Member
2 months ago

In my opinion the right is a better version than the left one. Instead of having a ghost forg, you got a monster forg with better details. Congrats!

Serial pacifist
Community Member
3 months ago

The tongue, the sticking butt...very explicit and nowhere near.

TheDragapultUser
Community Member
2 months ago

shrek became a frog :\

Lillukka79
Community Member
2 months ago

No worse then the one they wanted, just different kind of ugly.

Torhild Hansen
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the little known, but deeply feared forg!

Izzy Nya~~~
Community Member
2 months ago

If your girlfriend did this on purpose, she's a keeper!

Romery
Community Member
2 months ago

i actually like both of them

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
2 months ago

Forg?

Floofy Husky Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

At least you have more detail?

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok, you got a horrible looking cake but there it was. Did you eat it? How was the taste?

Tracy Wallick
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so much funnier though!

Scruffy Streeter
Community Member
2 months ago

I believe that had to be on purpose. The second one is just too good to be an accident.

Ian Collins
Community Member
2 months ago

LEFT: Forg in a childrens song, RIGHT: Forg from a Tool video

Gabunya Matata
Community Member
2 months ago

i love both equally much hahaha amazing xd

DemonCat
Community Member
2 months ago

forg

Livy Gallant
Community Member
2 months ago

forg

Nandy Nam
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually what you got is waaaaay better than what you ordered ... I am just saying !!

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
2 months ago

what???!!!??

guible
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2 months ago

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rabbitsrabbit
Community Member
2 months ago

Its like they went from studio ghilbi and Jojo-fied it.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

It's awful!!!

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
2 months ago

I like it better!

Gregg Bender
Community Member
2 months ago

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Kelzbelz79
Community Member
2 months ago

Jesus Christ!

Cathy
Community Member
2 months ago

Frankly, the one you got looks better

TheReader19
Community Member
2 months ago

The cake was done by six year olds in their cooking class

Emerald
Community Member
2 months ago

Whhhaaaatttttt

The Redhead
Community Member
2 months ago

Apparently the baker has been licking poisonous frogs

Zelda Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

Must be Bilbo Bagginess birthday.

23AClark
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks demented.

Toni
Community Member
2 months ago

the original cake isn't looking better

Storie gal
Community Member
2 months ago

Honestly the one you got is way better! I mean look at that frog

Casey McAlister
Community Member
2 months ago

They both suck tho

Id row
Community Member
2 months ago

The one on the right is actually better made. The one on the left looks like the fail.

ButterScot
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the one you got better.

depressePANcake
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually love it

Ara Noguera
Community Member
2 months ago

Nightmare.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
2 months ago

Wouldn't want either, but the one you got - I would not pay for nor accept.

Debbie Burton
Community Member
2 months ago

Did she order from a cake store?

King Joffrey
Community Member
2 months ago

To be honest, the one on the right looks better to me.

WholesomeArmyweeb
Community Member
2 months ago

*screams in what the fyuck*

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

omg that tongue lol

Linda HS
Community Member
2 months ago

Why “forg” has a human face?

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like she mixed the photos cause the second one is definitely better!

DUXX_
Community Member
2 months ago

LMFAO

Lovey Dove
Community Member
2 months ago

F O R G

Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

F O R G

Michael Se
Community Member
2 months ago

I honestly can tell which is supposed to be the bad one

Cookies
Community Member
2 months ago

Umm forg? OR frog?

Lady Artemis
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a masterpiece.

Emixx
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks adorable

Elizabeth
Community Member
3 months ago

Not gonna lie, I literally laughed so hard out of sheer bafflement at the cake he got. Like, what even is that frog?!

That person
Community Member
2 months ago

forg*

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Troux
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3 months ago

Mmmmm bacon!

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Amy Pattie
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3 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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3 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

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

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Vicky Zar
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

What kind of doofus came up with this?

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Kat
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3 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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3 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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3 months ago

I guess real sunflowers weren't in season.

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Kat
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3 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.