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18 People Describe The Moment That Made Them Quit Helping Others

Updated December 3, 2020 20.6k votes 2.2k voters 65.9k views18 items

List RulesVote up the most frustrating stories of charity gone wrong.

There are plenty of good Samaritan stories out there on the internet to help warm your heart on colder days. But what about when a good deed goes wrong? Maybe that supposedly kind gesture wasn't actually welcome, or necessary. Or maybe the recipient of that goodwill isn't exactly grateful, or even deserving. 

It's those latter cases that made the helpful humans below give up their charitable ways. These are the unfortunate stories of those who learned the limits when to stop helping someone, or found out that helping others but getting nothing in return can sometimes turn into a vicious cycle that's hard to escape.

  • 1

    Couldn't Meet Her Even Less Than Halfway

    Posted by u/LifeIsSweetSoAmI:

    Was donating baby/toddler clothes to a mom in need through one of those Facebook donating pages. She didn't have a car. I did, so I drove 30 minutes away to deliver the stuff all for free. Got in a bad accident less than 5 blocks from her house. So I texted her to see if she could come get what she was able to because my car was totaled. She wouldn't walk the 4 blocks then reported me to the group and got me kicked out for "not following through." I ended up with a fractured sternum. Yeah... never again.

  • 2

    Fast, Furious, And Finished

    Posted by u/ItsmeHazzardous:

    I had a pickup truck, and anyone with a truck knows that means all of a sudden everyone and their cousin that is moving wants help.

    I had an old acquaintance from school. We weren't close, in fact he was a bit of a bully, but he seemed chill enough almost 15 years later. He asked me if I still had a truck, and if I could tow his car someplace. I said sure, throw me a couple bucks and rent a trailer and I'm your guy. Have the rental arranged, and I'll show up with a hitch and we're off to the races. I told him that I work midnights, and I'm gonna be tired, so the faster it's over the better for me.

    Well, I showed up, and he didn't have the trailer. OK, fine. We go get the trailer, and head over to his place. We get the car in, its all dandy. I ask where we're going. We're going 2 hours away. OK, that sucks. [He says he's] just gonna race the car at the drag strip 2 hours away - do a couple runs and we'll head back.

    Well my phone died, my truck didn't have a clock, he's off racing, and I can't find him anywhere. I finally manage to find him (had to be 4 hours later) and tell him its time to go. He says sure, just one more rip up the track. Fine. He disappears again, can't find him. I've got the truck running at this point, ready to tell him getting the trailer and the car back is his problem unless we leave right now.

    I'm exhausted. I barely slept, and I'm cranky. I see him flashing a big huge wad of cash. I think, well, at least I'm gonna get paid a decent chunk for my efforts. We get the car loaded up, and head back the 2 hours to our city. Drop the car off, drop the trailer off, and drop him off. He says thanks, and gives me 10 bucks.

    I'm astounded. I tell him "dude, this doesn't even cover gas. It was supposed to be a half hour, and it was pretty much all day." He goes "well, its all I've got on me, sorry man."

    And that was the last time I ever hauled a car... god just typing this out made me p*ssed off.

  • 3

    Faithless Friendship

    Posted by u/superwhovianlock:

    I stood by my best friend when she cried to me about her husband cheating. And he definitely was cheating. They stayed married and said they'd work through it. Six months later she was [sleeping with] my husband behind my back.

  • 4

    Couch Ouch

    Posted by u/archangelmlg:

    I posted a futon on marketplace and the first person that hit me up gave me a sob story about needing something for their kid to sleep on.

    I was only asking $20 for it but they asked if they could get it for free. My wife and I agreed to give it away, so I took it to our meeting spot at Home Depot.

    2 days later this guy had the futon posted in marketplace asking $50. My wife and I Facebook stalked him and his wife and everytime they posted it, we would hijack the listing letting everyone know the story of how they got the futon.