Why Were You Banned From Somewhere for Life? People Shared Their Stories.

I have a friend who shall remain nameless who is banned for life from not one, but TWO late-night establishments in the town we used to live in…

But hopefully enough time has passed that they forgot his name and what he looks like so he can sneak back in next time he’s in town…

Folks took to AskReddit to talk about why they’re banned from places for life.

Let’s take a look.

1. Wrong person.

“I’m banned from a cafe in a town in North Wales; neither of which I’d been to prior to this experience.

I walked in and the guy behind the counter said “You! I’ve told you before! You’re banned!”

I said, confusedly “I’ve never been here before”, but he just pointed at the door, so I turned around and left.

Almost 30 years ago.”

2. Legend.

“My uncle got us banned from a mom and pop diner in the 1990s.

The unintended but totally foreseeable consequence of doing their “eat a 72oz steak in under an hour” six god**mn times in two weeks.

I know for a fact he does not regret it.”

3. You’re out!

“I was banned for life from attending Late Night with David Letterman because I canceled my reservation.

I guess it was hard to find people for the audience in freaking New York City The intern who I talked to was very serious: “You should know if you cancel you will never be allowed back. Ever!”

4. You did the right thing.

“In college, at the local college book store, I attempted to sell some books back to the store.

After hearing what the buyback value was, a guy behind me said he’d pay $20 more for my books (he was taking the same course the next semester sand the store’s mark up would by 100%).

The bookstore owner warned me if I sold to this other dude, I’d be banned for life. I told him money makes the world go round and took my extra twenty.”

5. The library.

“Got banned from my high school library, while I was in school still mind you.

Used the computer there to email mom that I didn’t have practice that night and would need a ride home. Librarian didn’t like that because I wasn’t doing research. She ordered me to stop, I told her, “no, I need to make sure mom knows about today.”, and finished sending the email.

She screamed at me the whole way while I was walking out about how I am never allowed back, basically told her, “good, wasn’t planning on coming back here again anyways.””

6. Noise complaint.

“Got banned from my local target because I pressed on a bunch of squeaky toys all at once and caused a noisy disturbance.”

7. Banned and fired.

“I was banned from a bar I worked at, the same night I got fired.

The owners wife had a friend, who had her bachelorette party at the bar. The bar had hired me because they had already been in LOTS of legal trouble for overserving and other bad things (someone was s**ually a**aulted in the girls bathroom, they needed a woman that could walk in and check on things).

I saw the man sitting at the bar, wearing his winter jacket indoors where everyone else was wearing their “desperate for a lay” skimpy clothes. I noticed the badge that he wore on his belt, mostly hidden. I was doing my job the way I was supposed to.

I cut off a super intoxicated man, after he threw up all over the place. Turns out, he was part of the little party the owners wifes friend was having. She screamed at me in front of staff and customers. She fired me and banned me from the bar for life. I smiled and left, knowing what would happen.

As they had already had multiple warnings, they were 1 warning away from being shut down. Guess what happened? Yup, psycho washed off the X’s I had put on Dr**ky’s hands, and told the waitress to serve him anyway. Cop busted them for intentional overserve, they lost their liquor license AGAIN and got a huge huge fine. That was the last day they were open. They had to sell the place.

That life time ban? Well, the bar d**d that night, so turns out it was for the life of the bar, not my life. I was back in there as soon as the new owners had their grand opening.”

8. I’m back!

“I was banned from a grocery store for shop lifting when I was a kid.

I ended up working there like a year or 2 later.”

9. Thief.


I stole a pair of sunglasses 40 years ago.”

10. A weird one.

“The prison I used to work at.

I had tried numerous times to receive therapy to treat PTSD I gained while working the job and thanks to the HR taking their vacation was not able to get it and the administrative assistant warden told me, quite literally, “officers don’t need therapy and if they do then they aren’t cut out to be officers” and refused to help me find help.

When they learned (somehow) that I had sought therapy on my own, they attempted to place me on “indefinite administrative leave” citing “officer has conducted themselves in a manner unfitting their position”

So yeah. I sued them and quit and they banned me for life… from their prison.”

11. Lots of complaints about this place.

“Planet Fitness.

I tried to cancel my contract (this was the 10$ plan which said I could cancel anytime) with them and they said I had to pay 150$ to cancel for god knows that reason. I called my bank to tell them to not let them withdraw from my account since they had my checking account information. My bank said they have multiple situations happen with planet fitness about their Unusual financial practices.

2 months later I got a letter from planet fitness saying I’m banned from ever signing up with them again. Planet fitness is a POS corporation.”

12. Wow.

“Went to a holiday resort, got my whole family banned for life.

Went to the kids play room, did not properly clean up the legos.

Manager, instead of cleaning up legos, reviewed the security footage of all kids entering the play room and discovered me. Then reviewed the front desk footage for the last week until he saw the family. Then looked at the check in records to discover which condo we were in. Then phoned our condo mid dinner and demanded we all front the front desk right now.

At the front desk, the manager explained what I did, and pointed to a sign listing many rules about the playroom. Mum told me off and sent me to clean the legos, I said to the manager”sorry, I forgot.”, and went to clean up the legos. Something about this pi**ed the guy off. He said not to, because we are now banned and had to leave. Mum seemed to think that was unreasonable, and refused to leave without a refund.

The manager became unhinged threatened to call the police, then started accusing me of k**ling a duck. Mum looked at me in fright, I said “no way, you know I would not do that”. She questioned the man for further details. He said I threw a stone and hit a flying duck, which fell into the lake, so there is no body. She expressed doubt about the story. He then started making up some other weird accusations, something about s** with another boy.

We got out of their the next day. I never forgot to clean up legos again in my life.”

Have you ever been banned from somewhere?

If so, what happened?

Tell us your stories in the comments!