17+ People Who Obliterated Their Lives for Just the Worst Reasons

Common sense is a wonderful quality, but the older I get, the more I realize some people just don’t have it. These 20 people share stories of coworkers, family members, friends and acquaintances who royally effed up their lives. Serious lack of common sense in these.

1. Good times

I knew this dumbwit dude, who was keeping an old girlfriend on the line, stringing her along. Buddy went to a porn convention, and met an actress. He fell in “love” and got her pregnant. So he dumps his girlfriend by text, starts a long distance relationship with this porn star, and spends over 30k on the relationship. But it turns out this chick was pregnant with a baby, that wasn’t his. Good thing he got engaged to her. Good times.

2. Take a bet

A relative of mine was worth about $5 mil at one point. He developed a gambling habit. A couple of years later, he ended a 30-year friendship by passing a bad check for $60 because he had to make one last bet.

3. Brush up

He fell madly in love with a girl and would do anything she asked. She told him he should go rob a store so she could have some cash, so he went into a dry cleaner’s with a hairbrush under a towel (so it looked like he had a gun). He was caught and served 7 years in the state prison.

It was his first time ever getting in trouble with the law (I wanted to say it was his first brush with the law, but that’s not even funny in this case). Once he was released from prison, he was unable to get a job, and eventually became an alcoholic.

4. A federal offense

Apparently it’s a very serious offence to steal a mail truck.

5. Study time

There was a girl in my PhD program whose dad died a few months before she was about to take her comprehensive exams (basically the halfway point in a PhD). Obviously that’s a tough thing to go through, but her dad was also well into his eighties and had been in hospice for several months so it’s not like it struck out of the blue.

However, despite knowing that it was coming from a long way off she still had a complete meltdown after his death.

She made absolutely no effort to study for her exams and instead would go out partying every single night (prepping for comps basically means studying non-stop from morning to night every single day for about three months straight).

During all this time though she kept posting status updates about how she needed to finish her PhD for the sake of her dad, who had been so excited that she’d be the family’s first doctor. She failed the exams but school policy allowed her to have a second shot at them in the next semester.

However, she learned nothing from her previous experience and continued to go out partying every night without studying. And then, for reasons no one ever understood, she started turning on all of her friends in the program. She never gave any of us reasons why, she suddenly just refused to talk to any of us.

She also divorced her husband and basically fell in with a group of guys who she kept running into during her evenings out and refused to interact with anyone other than these guys.

Not too surprisingly, she failed her comps again and was kicked out of the program.

Last I heard she was working as a secretary herself and dating some guy from this new circle of friends of hers and that nothing has really changed.

6. Family affair

Oh god, my mom’s cousin and his whole family are selling this multi-level marketing herbal crap and have been for 3 years now, trying to get rich. He had a great stable job, lived in a nice suburb. Now his oldest kid dropped out of undergrad to work selling herbal crap, his wife is on it too, and his youngest son graduated from HS and started selling right away…

They had to move cause they couldn’t afford the mortgage anymore. It’s so sad idk how they’re still in that world. They used to be so much fun at get togethers and family events, now they always try to talk everyone into buying from them and are super obsessed about getting rich, like it’ll happen anytime now!

7. Didn’t even need it

A guy at work lost his boyfriend. They were together for like 12 years. We raised tens of thousands within the company towards the cancer charity that supported him for months and the family while raising awareness. But that’s not the messed up part.

Last week he got caught stealing cash from work. Everyone is distraught. He’s lost his job and all his friends.

The worst part: he got life insurance money, and still collects his dead partner’s pension. We’re based in the UK so there were no medical bills, and they didn’t have a mortgage.

He didn’t even need the money.

8. Cocaine’s a hell of a drug

Knew a dude in university. He was top of every class, really nice dude and on track to be an insanely successful doctor. He had a girlfriend who was an honest to god model. His girlfriend got into cocaine (because apparently it’s fairly common for models). She offered him some one day and the last I heard he was working in a fish market and in and out of rehab and AA. Still with the same girl though so… that’s nice?

9. W.O.W.

World of Warcraft. It’s pretty obvious now that he has major addictive personality, since he basically shrugged off everything to smoke weed and play video games, then just blamed everyone else for trying to stop him. Last time I heard from him he was living on a boat in the harbor but it got wrecked on the jetty.

10. Disney

This coworker with no adult life experience became obsessed with everything Disney. She maxed out all credit cards on merchandise and trips to the parks. When she exhausted all of her credit, she used her mother and her brother’s.

Now she’s stuck at 33, living in a relative’s basement (for free) and spending virtually every dollar on multiple Disney trips and cruises per year. Her credit rating is shot and she’s hundreds of thousands in debt.

I truly wish I was kidding. She’s lost everything and recently announced at work that she no longer wants children. Obviously this is because kids would interfere with her ability to do more and more Disney stuff.

It’s like someone who joins a cult and becomes a different person.