What Was Your “I Screwed Up” Moment? People Shared Their Stories.

Have you ever had a moment when you uttered the word “Doh!” just like Homer Simpson does when he realizes that he screwed something up?

I’m pretty sure we all have…and those incidents can be incredibly embarrassing.

But that’s life, my friends!

And today we’re going to hear from AskReddit users about their biggest “I screwed up” moments.

Check out what they had to say.

Major fail!

“I threw away a cashier’s check for $50,000.

I didn’t think it would be a big deal and I didn’t understand the difference between a cashier’s check and a regular check.

We had thrown the trash in the dumpster at work, so my dad and I went down around midnight and tore open all the garbage bags in the dumpster before we found it.”


“I managed to destroy a $4k piece of test equipment by connecting the wrong leads.

For the briefest of moments the screen showed an overvoltage warning… That’s when I knew.”


“Was at work at a doggy daycare that overbooked their large dog room. Went to break up a fight between a pit and lab mix.

Tried to pull my citronella spray but lost my footing and fell on my back between them.

As I was falling I knew I had f**ked up. The lab mix ripping a quarter of my face off confirmed that I had f**ked up.”

What a story.

“When I ate 7 grams of shrooms in a low point in my life, everything went to s**t.

My cabin caught fire, I tried escaping and drove into an alpaca farm, had alpacas running beside me. Then I ended up back at my house and saw/heard sirens and lights.

All of a sudden 10+ armed cops storm the property and had 5 aiming at me while tripping balls. (I live in New Zealand, cops are typically unarmed)

I got arrested but they couldn’t charge me with anything as I crashed on private property and they couldn’t find the source of the fire.”

The cheater.

“I broke the academic integrity rule at my university within a competitive program of a 6% acceptance rate.

I was desperate during an exam even after dedicating many days and hours to studying, eventually I was told to come into my professor’s office and they told me they saw me using my phone on the security cameras.

Needless to say, I f**ked up.”

You forgot something.

“Back in the floppy disk, pre-Internet days of computers I was tasked by my job to do a software installation onboard a coast guard ice breaker.

I flew from Ottawa to Halifax. Then I caught a taxi to CFB Shearwater, from where a twin otter flew me 1000 km north to a town on the border of Quebec and Labrador. From there I was flown by helicopter to do an at sea landing on the ice breaker.

I went down to the engine control room, where the computer was located, and laid out the disks: disk 1, disk 2, disk 3, disk 4, disk 6. Disk 5 was still in my computer back in Ottawa.”

A tough lesson.

“Fell in love with a woman I couldn’t get with.

I acted like a complete tool and ruined what could have been a great, lifelong friendship with petty jealousy, and awful behavior. I went into a downward spiral and nearly lost everything.

Years later we randomly bumped into each other, just like I always hoped we would. I tried to repair the damage and rekindle our friendship but it was too late.

She now lives a great life with a new husband and loving children in a beautiful home in rural Georgia while I rent a room in a tiny house in a suburb of Los Angeles.”

Close call.

“Carrying a toilet back into the bathroom after painting behind it. Got my feet caught in the drop cloth we had laid down and fell on the toilet as we both hit the floor.

I damaged 3 wood laminate panels, broke a toilet, ruined my jeans with blood, and needed 10 stitches to close up the gash on my knee.

The doctor in the emergency room said that if I had been a smaller man, the wound would have hit an artery and I’d have bled out before I even got to the hospital. My fatness literally saved my life.”

A sad one.

“Got pregnant at the age of 16. He was 19.

I realised that I did not want this persons offspring or spend the rest of my life attached to him in any way.

Solution: Had an early a**rtion, ended the relationship. Didn’t date or have s** for 6 years.”

Off to war.

“The moment my Drill Sgt in basic training said “I hope you didn’t join because Bush said the war was over .. because you’re going straight to Iraq!”

Even then I was naaaa…. Bush said it’s over .

Needless to say I was In Iraq in less then a year.”

Now we want to hear from you!

Let us know if you have a story like this.

Do it in the comments, por favor!