Unfiltered Story #47997

Unfiltered | January 28, 2017

(My dad decided that it was time for me to meet my relatives who resides in Bangladesh. My mom had to catch a flight to Sri Lanka at the same day so I was pretty upset about that but I managed to keep my cool anyway. After a long flight, here I am at the Dhaka Airport, sulking. According to my dad I should be excited because it was my first time to Bangladesh but I was not because for some reason I had a hunch that I’m not going to like this first new experience. You will see why. Some people might find it funny but it was the real horrible experience of my life. I was born in Kuwait and grew up seeing fancy buildings, shopping malls, junk foods and beaches. I’ve never seen rivers, lakes, mountains or trees other than palm trees. It almost doesn’t rain in Middle East so I thought I’ll get to enjoy that, how bad it could be? I’ll get to see a village for real and other stuffs that I only saw in television.)

Me: *in the bus* So…dad. Where are we going?

Dad: *excited* We are going to Shylet, you’ll like it, like Sri Lanka it’s all green and yes you are allowed to play in rain. I know 3 weeks in Sri Lanka is not enough for you so do whatever you want here.

Me: Does it really rain here? Like for a long time and not for few seconds?

Dad: Yes! It rains heavy here and you’ll drench like you are in the shower! And if you fall sick I won’t scold you.

Me: Wow, really? That means I can stay outside until-

Dad: the rain stops? Of course, you can. In fact I’m going to join my daughter and watch her laugh. It breaks my heart every time when you admire nature in TV and wish you could be there so here I am doing it for you now.

Me: You are the best!

(I meet my cousins and after all the introductions we start our journey. Now this is where my tiny hope goes down the drain. We reached to our house and outside the house standing 60-70 villagers. So my first experience starts.)

Me: *to dad* Why so much crowd, did someone die?
Cousin brother: No. They are here for you. Please don’t be annoyed your dad told me how easily you get frustrated, just say hello and chat for 10 minutes then I’ll shoo them away. My mom tried to send them away before you arrived but they wouldn’t buy our lies and stayed here.

Me: *little surprised because I’ve social anxiety and so many people staring at me wasn’t that comfortable* I don’t know what to say.

Dad: Just few minutes then you can go to your room. And before you blame me for not telling you, I myself had no idea people will show up like this, *to my cousin* I think I told you not to tell anyone about our arrival because I knew this would happen and they wouldn’t leave doesn’t matter if it’s mid-night, *to me* it’s okay don’t be shy, just few minutes. And your mom is so lucky that she is not here to see this.

Me: It’s fine, dad.

Cousin brother: I don’t know how they came to know about this. *to villagers* SO YOU KNOW MY UNCLE, SHE IS MY COUSIN YOU SAW HER NOW YOU ALL CAN LEAVE NOTHING MORE TO SEE HERE!

Me: That’s rude, *to dad* I’m fine, matter of few minutes.

Cousin brother: You’ll hate this, now watch. *to villagers* DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? LIKE, IS SHE TIRED OR IT’S 2 IN THE MORNING SHOULD WE LEAVE?

Villager #1: Shut up! We’ve been waiting here for 13 hours we are not leaving until we get to know her, *to me* Hey you! Can you speak our language? It’s called Bangla, can you understand me? Can you speak Bangla?

Dad: Yes, but not this dialect. She speaks the language that’s spoken in the movies.

Cousin brother: YEAH, HER BANGLA DOESN’T SOUND LIKE SHE IS CLEARING HER THROAT EVERY TIME SHE SPEAKS, NOT LIKE US!

Me: Oh my God! Would you please stop yelling at them? They are just curious. It’s okay.

Villager #2: *walks up to me and studies me for a minute while I stand there awkwardly. Turns to others* She has eye lashes! Come here and see this!

Me: *shocked and looks at dad* What the hell?

Villager #3: *looks at my eyes* Yes and her eye balls are so white!

Me: *moves back*

Villager #4: See if she has teeth? *to me* Show us your teeth!

Me: *more shocked*

Very old woman: *pokes me in my chest then smacks my shoulder* Where does she talk from is there any switch? I can’t hear any sound coming out of her.

Dad: *standing in a corner holding on to the gate so he doesn’t fall from laughing so hard*

Me: *more shocked*

Cousin Brother: DON’T TOUCH HER! HEY DON’T YOU TOUCH HER! NOBODY TOUCHES HER OKAY? JUST STAND WHERE EVER YOU ARE AND WATCH NO MORE TOUCHING MY SISTER! *to me* Let’s go to your room it’s right here.

Me: *too shocked to talk but follows him anyway*

(I walk into a crowd of 15-20 women, in my room.)

Cousin brother: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LADIES! GET OUT GIVE US SOME ROOM. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE IT’S ALMOST 3 GO HOME! *to me* you sit here this is your bed, only yours okay?

Me: Yeah, but could you please not yell at them? It’s rude and you are too loud and long travel has given me a headache already.

Cousin sister: Yeah, yelling at them will not make them go away anyway *to the crowd* Okay people it’s too late and as you can see she is too tired to even breathe.

Aunt: Sweetie, you can rest it’s okay.

Teenage girl: *looking at my boots* Are those your legs?

Me: No-
Cousin brother: THOSE ARE CALLED BOOTS, THE ONE I AM GOING TO BEAT YOU WITH!

Me: *starting to lose my mind*

Teenage girl: *trying to lift my skirt* I want to see your thighs.

Me: *stops her*

Cousin brother: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? HERE SEE MY THIGHS THEY ARE BIG AND HAIRY! PLEASE GET OUT!

Me: *crying* DAAAAAAD! I WANT TO GO HOME DAAAAD! DAAAAD THIS IS INSAAAANE! DAAAD PLEASE! WHAT IS GOING OOOON?!

(Needless to say, even after I freaked out they still didn’t move and one lady didn’t want to leave because she wanted to see how I take shower or clean myself. She showed up the next morning to see how I brush my teeth and wanted to know if my digestive system functioned like theirs. So many things happened everyday but I picked this. 6 years later I haven’t forgotten this. That was the longest 2 months of my life.)

Unfiltered Story #57073

Unfiltered | January 28, 2017

(It’s Black Friday, and I’ve gone to one of the biggest malls in the United States for the day to go shopping for holiday presents with friends. Contrary to what you’d expect, the mall wasn’t as busy as most places: but it definitely was packed. Around 2 o’clock, we decide to head to the food court and pop into a popular pasta chain. We place our orders in at a machine and sit down to wait. Despite it being later in the afternoon, the restaurant is still very busy. But since I’m with friends and have my drink already, I don’t mind waiting the thirty or so minutes for my food. Eventually, though, it does come out.)

Server: *puts plate in front of me* I’m so sorry about the wait. We’ve been so busy.

Me: It’s perfectly fine! *looks at my plate and realizes something is missing*

Server: Is there anything else I can do for you before I go?

Me: Oh, um, actually, I ordered a brownie with my meal and I didn’t receive it.

Server: You ordered a brownie? I’m so sorry! Let me go get it.

(The server leaves and I dig into my food. It takes a couple minutes before they come back.)

Server: I’m so sorry. We’ve run out of brownies. If you’d like, I can bring you up to the bakery counter and I can help you pick something out to replace it.

Me: *noting how busy it is still* No, it’s okay. I’ll just have a snickerdoodle cookie.

Server: Are you sure?

Me: Yeah! Don’t worry about it.

(The server leaves, and returns another minute later with TWO snickerdoodle cookies. I was so startled that I barely got a ‘thank you so much’ out before he was gone again. Dear server, whoever you are, I hope the rest of your Black Friday went well and you had as decent of customers as I was! I hate to think of the people you dealt with for my flexibility to warrant an additional free dessert.)

Unfiltered Story #28305

Unfiltered | January 28, 2017

(One of my friends recently went to a movie theatre. He and another friend are known in our group of friends for liking rap music.

Jokingly, I am about to ask him if he watched the movie ‘Straight Outta Compton’, which is about rappers, when:)

Me: *Misspeaking* “So what did you watch, Straight Outta Condom?”

Friends: *Laughing*

Me: “Freudian slip!”

Unfiltered Story #67431

Unfiltered | January 27, 2017

(This was the night before Easter)

Lady on the phone: “What time is your restaurant serving brunch tomorrow?”

Me: “We don’t serve brunch. We never have.”

Lady: “Oh yes you do. I even have pictures. I’ll bring them to you. You do serve brunch.”

**I’ve been working here for two years. Brunch has never happened**

Me: “Okay…. Well, the restaurant is closing after breakfast anyway.”

Lady: “Oh, so you’ll be open for breakfast? What form does that take?”

Me:……”Breakfast form?”

Unfiltered Story #18590

Unfiltered | January 27, 2017

On New Year’s Day, I was doing a long road trip alone and pulled up at a rest stop in a very small country town to have a break. Behind me, a police car arrived with flashing lights and sirens. It turned out that I had an unpaid traffic fine due to an ongoing issue with my bank account app; I honestly thought I’d paid it, however my licence had been suspended without my knowledge. I panicked, as the fines are huge, and I was at least a day’s drive from anyone I knew. I couldn’t drive, and it was going to be a very hot 36 degrees Celsius, and sleeping in the car would not be fun. I couldn’t even pay the fine online, as there was very limited internet access, and the offices wouldn’t open for 2 days, and I had no way of getting to them.
First, the officer recognised that I was telling the truth, and let me only have a warning, although I still couldn’t drive. I was visibly upset, and when I went into the hotel to get a (soft) drink after dinner, a staff member asked what was wrong. He listened, then went to speak to the boss, and then organised a motel room for me, drove my car to the motel (only 250 metres away, but I still couldn’t drive there), and used their courtesy bus to get back. The motel owners were also very kind, and gave me toast for the next morning for free. While I was delayed, I was easily able to sort things out when the office opened, and i was soon on my way. I will never forget the kindness of these people, who made sure that I was OK, and then went out of their way to help.