10 Weirdest Things People Said Within a Minute of Meeting People

Have you ever listened to a person talk for less than a minute and knew you wouldn’t get along with that person, or that sincerely freaked you out? You’re not alone. What did they say? What did they do? After someone polled an online community, these are ten shocking stories.

1. Rusty Knife Lunch Story

Big YIKES in advance for this story. One shared, “New guy at work, a first coffee break, he started complaining about his ex who had full custody of the kids for some unknowable reason and how he’d like to slash her throat with a rusty knife. Nice to meet you, too. I don’t think I’ll be taking breaks with you.”

2. Do You Mind If I Smoke?

Okay, this story is shocking and not surprising for someone in recovery. Hi. One user explained that someone asked them if they minded if they smoked before pulling out a meth pipe. This user walked away. 

3. The High IQ

Another stated that they were listening to the NEXIVM podcast, and there was a clip of the founder who said he has a 225 IQ. “If I walked into a room and heard someone say that, I’d walk right back out.” Several others agreed that they have known or been this person, and it’s an immediate no.

4. The Dead Talker

One person shared a story about meeting a new employee. She stated, “There are different levels to being a psychic. I’m on the purple level. So I can talk to the dead.” It was not well-received, as the OP replied with, nope.”

5. Mouse Torturer

Another person explained a parent of one of their kid’s friends at school shared there was a mouse in their house. His wife wanted him to kill it, but he didn’t want to kill any living creatures. Instead, he tried to make friends with them.

Nonetheless, his wife insisted, and he threw his shoe at it, eventually hitting it. Still, it wasn’t dead. So he threw his shoe at it four more times. Ultimately, the guy poured boiling water twice before leaving it alone, hoping it would “peacefully pass away.”

Finally, the user confessed, “The logic of being too squeamish about killing something, and instead deciding to torture it to death slowly in the most agonizingly painful way blew my mind.”

6. Pervy Flirter

One woman said that she and her ex-husband had dinner with his colleague (in his 50s) at a chain restaurant with staff on the floor, who were all in their early twenties. She explained that she had never met him before, so she was thrown off by his admission of flirting with all the female staff “because they loved the attention.”

She elaborated, “The best part? His daughter worked there. All I could think was how I would cringe myself through the floor if I were 20 and my 50-year-old dad came into my place of work and perved on my co-workers because he didn’t understand that they only put up with him. After all, they are paid to do so.”

7. Iliterate Child Bragger

“Meet Your Teacher day before my kiddo started kindergarten,” one shared. A parent bragged that her kid was illiterate and “couldn’t stand being read to, and she hated reading too.” Several teachers expressed how badly they despised parents who voiced their dislike of reading.

8. Inappropriate HR Manager

Another user volunteered that an HR manager asked, “I know I’m not supposed to ask, but I need to know. It’s not for work or anything– what religion are you?” Another joked, “I belong to the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Lawsuits.”

9. As Long as They’re White

Oof. This user shared that they had just moved into a new home. “An older gentleman – he was 65, and I was 35 at the time – came across the street towards me and stuck out his hand. I shook it, and he said, ‘We love new neighbors! As long as they’re White!” They did not become lifelong friends.

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10. Racist Parakeets

Finally, one woman explained they worked at a pet store. She asked a customer if they had any questions or needed assistance. “The first thing she asked was if parakeets could talk because she wanted to teach them racial slurs—biggest nope of my life.” Okay, that’s a new one. Another noted, “Imagine trying to explain to someone why your bird is racist.” I’m sorry, what?

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.