Most people can tell immediately when it's time to nope out of a situation. And indeed, when certain situations seem particularly scary or suspicious, you should leave posthaste. Not everyone has experienced these kinds of scary "Oh, hell no!" moments, but those who have, unsurprisingly, happily share their stories on Reddit.
Even if you've been lucky enough to avoid moments when everything goes wrong, you should always follow follow your intuition. Never trust a creepy situation if you don't have to, and always know where the exit is.
Stay Out Of The Machete-Loving Juggalo's Basement
From Redditor /u/generik89:
After a night of drinking with the bar closing I get invited back to an apartment owned by a friend of a friend to smoke some bud and drink a few more beers. I’ve heard about this guy before and heard he was a little wild, but thought nothing of it. He was kind of notorious for chopping a guys hand off with a machete when he broke into his house to rob him. I step foot into this apartment and there is spray paint everywhere. Like he had graffiti all over the place, which is different, but I wasnt super weirded out yet. Next thing you know we’re out of beer and my two friends who I came along with decide to go on a beer run and I volunteered to stay with machete man. The second they leave he starts pulling all kinds of guns and knives out to show me... I act interested and sort of am, but he starts getting weird like almost in a threatening way. Then he goes on to tell me he is a juggalo and starts explaining the juggalo culture.
In my head I am thinking WTF did I get myself into. Nothing good happens after the bar closes why am I here. He keeps insisting I must see his basement and all the amazing graffiti down there. I keep changing the subject because there is no way I am going into this lunatics basement. I go out to smoke a cigarette to get away from him and he follows me out. There’s a f*cking washing machine on his front lawn and he spray paints a face on it while I’m smoking my cigarette. We go back in and thankfully my friends return from getting beer and he goes from being weird to back to whatever normal is for this guy. I had never been more uncomfortable hanging out with someone before. I ran into him at a bar a few weeks later and him and his friends were trying to jump someone I knew. I was actually able to stop it from happening because he thinks of my as a friend so at least something good came from that night.
A Hooded Man Was Waiting To Be Alone With Her
From Redditor /u/burkdoggiedog:
Around three years ago my girlfriend was house-sitting for a family friend of my parents. Long story short it was the summer of her Junior year in college and she had found a good internship near me so she lived there while the family traveled all summer long. To set the background this house is in the rural parts of North Carolina, surrounded by woods on all sides, and the drive-way takes about five or six minutes to drive down on average. Her bedroom she stayed in was directly facing the drive-way and out to the woods. The second week she was staying there I drop her off maybe around 1:00 AM after we have spent all day up in the mountains hiking and spending time with friends. We say our goodbyes, she closes and locks the door, and I walk back to my car.
Not even 10 seconds after I reach my car I get this awful feeling that something is wrong, and right after that I hear my girlfriend's scream out the most terrifying scream I have ever heard. I rush back to the door but it is still locked, I try all of the windows and other doors (this house is three stories and around 5,000 square feet). Finally one of the bathroom windows on the basement floor is unlocked so I climb inside. I rush upstairs to where she is and right then I see a tall hooded figure bolt out of the room and jump through the front bay window. ( In her bedroom). I start to chase but they stand up and run into the woods so I stopped running after because I did not know if they were alone. We call the police and they come out and search the outer perimeter but that is it. After it is all said and done I ask my girlfriend what happened. She said that she went into the room she was staying in and had her back turned to the door. As she was setting her stuff down she hears footsteps and then a voice say, "Finally we are all alone."
They Saw A Ski Mask, So All Bets Were Off
From Redditor /u/SharkGenie:
I used to live in a kind of rough neighborhood. I went walking down the Dollar General near where I lived and saw a guy approaching the store wearing a ski mask. I immediately noped and started walking the other direction.
It was then that I realized it was January and below freezing out. I might be a coward.
When A Guy Holding A Four Loko Says Someone Is Getting Shot, Someone Is Getting Shot
From Redditor /u/swheels125:
Hard to top the stories from people who’ve been in the armed forces but here it goes. I went to a university in a not so nice area of my city. My senior year I lived off campus by a few blocks close to the edge of what most students considered the “safe zone." So one night I’m walking to the other end of campus to grab drinks with friends and when I reach the end of my block, a guy riding a bike with one hand, drinking a Four Loko, comes riding by saying “get off the block someone’s about to get shot.” I said “thanks” and booked it about 30 seconds before the shooting started. Didn't stop til I was on the other side of campus.