People Share Stories About High School Reunions That Have Gone Terribly, Terribly Wrong

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Vote up the most awkward reunion stories.

High school reunions are great to connect with old friends and relive good memories, but some folks never grow out of the high school mentality... and it shows. From drunken antics to brutal realizations and confessions, people are using social media to share their stories of high school reunions gone wrong. Vote up the stories with the highest cringe factor. 


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    Reunion Was Ruined Before It Could Even Happen

    Posted by u/kenjiandco:

    My 10 year reunion killed itself before it happened.

    Turns out our class president (traditionally in charge of organizing) took a hard turn into a Footloose character after high school. (Edit: originally said she took a hard turn for the Evangelical - several commenters objected to me lumping this brand of crazy into Evangelism, for which I apologize.)

    Highlights of her event planning include:

    * No alcohol allowed, not even BYOB.

    * A few classmates in a reasonably successful band offered to play for free. She was adamant there would be no music or dancing.

    * Plus ones were to be spouses only. Two guys happily told her they'd bring their husbands, and she kicked them both from the Facebook page.

    * The venue was the high school's soccer field. In Iowa. In August. We were welcome to bring our own chairs.

    * A few people offered to bring beanbags and bocce and similar games. She said no, because it would make the reunion "too much like tailgating."

    * Suggested entertainment was a guided tour of the school, which had undergone zero change since we graduated.

    * Catering was from Hy Vee, which is a grocery store. Their food is actually OK, but --

    * Tickets were $60.

    It was ultimately cancelled because out of our class of 300, less than 10 people bought tickets.

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    To Serve Man

    Posted by u/SaltWafer:

    The people who were supposed to plan our high school reunion dropped the ball, so I figured it wouldn't happen. But then this other dude from our high school stepped up to plan it. He was in a graduate program and also working part-time at a banquet hall, and he said that his boss would give us the banquet hall space for free. It was a really nice gesture, and he seemed really into it. He had been miserable in high school. Grumpy, sullen, unpleasant, mean to other people. He came out in college, so maybe the weight of having to keep it a secret was part of why he was so unpleasant. Maybe he'd be more fun now.

    I was working a sh*t job and had no savings at the time, so I was neither interested in having my former classmates pity me nor was I gunning to shell out a lot of money to attend. Plus my ex might be there and that didn't feel worth it. The organizer made a facebook event and asked people to venmo him the cost of admission prior to attending. He wanted something like $15-20 a head, I can't remember. Anyway, it didn't really feel with paying for. Maybe if there would be some drinks included or something, I would go for an hour.

    I sent him a private message asking what the admissions ticket covered -- Food? Drinks? The space was free, after all. He posted publicly on the facebook page that if the cost of admission was too steep, "message me and we can work out some financial aid." Uh, what? I then publicly posted, asking what the admission cost covered. No response. Other people asked too. He said it would go towards having a bartender and server dedicated to the event space, as well as towards food. Okay, fair.

    Folks, HE WAS THE SERVER. My friend showed up having not yet paid him, and he barred her entry. The people who had paid the admission cost showed up to an empty banquet hall, were given a menu by their former classmate, and told to order their own food and drink from him. He pocketed the admission ticket money as his fee.

    After an hour, he brought out one (1) grocery store sheet cake for 75 people to share. That was it.

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    The Wife Of The Party

    Posted by u/ImVerySerious:

    We'd been there less than an hour. Having a great time reconnecting. Suddenly an old friend approached and said, "Is that your wife over there? She's pretty hammered" And as we watched, she tripped and fell face-first, full body crash onto a 12-top table where many of my old classmates were sitting.

    The table broke, food and drinks flew everywhere, I walked over, scooped her up and half-carried/half-walked her out the door. She took Xanax before going (unbeknownst to me) and was an alcoholic who started slamming drinks as soon as she got there. So...good times.

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    One Bad, Drunk Apple

    Posted by u/tallmatcha:

    Small college reunion with my core group of friends from university. This was about 5 years after graduation. We all partied pretty hard in school, but mellowed out in our late twenties. Decided to all meet up for dinner at a local bar/restaurant. Think Applebees, but nicer.

    One guy showed up already wasted, with a duffle bag full of multiple packets of weed and the bottle he started on before meeting us. He decided we were boring, finished his bottle in the restroom, and refused to come out. He ended up passing out there.

    Bartender kicked him out. He came alone in an uber, and we had no idea where he lived. None of us wanted to take him to our places (he was angry, puking and belligerent), so we dropped him off at his last known address.

    His parents' house.

    Both of them answered the door, and we handed him over. It was past midnight and incredibly awkward.

    He's not invited to the next reunion.