“What Is The Fastest Way You Have Seen Someone Ruin Their Life?” (20 Answers)

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Life is full of choices we make every day. Most of them are small, like deciding what you want to eat for dinner or what flavor of toothpaste to buy. But others, the big ones, have the power to completely redirect the course of your life.

Recently, people in this popular Reddit thread were sharing stories about exactly that. But instead of discussing their own experiences, they reminisced about the wrongdoings of others, which left their lives completely in shambles.

Scroll down to find the most chilling ones that might make you reconsider your own big choices. 

Daily Trend Blog also got in touch with No_Potential6463, the person who started this discussion in the first place.

You can find our conversation with them below!

Fastest Way : 1.

“What Is The Fastest Way You Have Seen Someone Ruin Their Life?” (45 Answers)

*World of Warcraft*. He had a full scholarship to a very good university that his family could not have afforded otherwise. He started playing WoW 60 hours a week and got expelled halfway though his second year.

Fastest Way : 2.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Friend graduated with me from pharmacy school, we were all set to start making 130k+ a year for the rest of our lives.

He sold 2.9 million dollars of oxycodone to an undercover DEA agent like 3 months into his first job. What a total idiot.

19 year prison sentence, lost his license, obviously, so now he’ll be a 45 year old unemployable felon when he gets out instead of a respected healthcare professional with a good wage.

Fastest Way : 3.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

 Mom had an affair and abandoned our family for said affair partner when I was a baby. Thought the grass was greener. Turns out the guy she left for was a raging alcoholic who just never could clean up. Pawned her jewelry for booze after he lost his job, hired escorts, the works. Put my mom through hell. Ended up dying of liver failure and my mom is alone now.

I think the guilt and shame has caught up to her. I’m not angry anymore. She made a mistake, but it has been one of the biggest lessons in my life. My dad has never spoken one bad word of her in my 35 years of life. He’s incredible and I’m thankful everyday he raised my brother and I.

Fastest Way : 4.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

 A friend of mine freshman year in college, took all the money his dad had given him for college and bought a ring and proposed to his girlfriend, who was a senior in high school. she said she wanted to wait until she graduated, which he took as a no, and in a fit of anger, threw the ring into the nearby lake.

His plan was his dad would be so happy he was getting married, that he would reimburse all the money he had given him. Instead, the ring was gone, he had to drop out of college because he couldn’t pay, and last I saw, he was working at a convenience store in town.

Even though she said wait, she still tried to get back together with him afterwards, and he said no, you weren’t interested when I proposed to you, you won’t be interested again.

Fastest Way : 5.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

 Narcissist/ egotistical brother-in-law disrespected my mother-in-law and wife (fiancée back then), claimed he was better than everyone else and that his friends were his only true supporters/ family. Moved out of their apartment to “launch his band” and “get out of the s****y and ghetto city” he grew up in.

He’s homeless now in the same city.

Fastest Way : 6.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

A patient of mine when I was a student nurse. 19 years old, male, dove head first into unfamiliar body of water. Instant C3-C4 quadraplegic. I was assigned to him for an entire rotation on the rehab floor. His girlfriend came every evening for a few days, then skipped a day, then skipped a couple, then didn’t come again the rest of the time I was assigned to him.

He was heartbroken, but she was younger than him and she looked very upset and scared whenever she was there. We had to clean him up after bowel movements (sometimes needed an enema to even have one). One day we were cleaning him, holding him over on his side so we could do it, and he broke down sobbing. It was so terrible. Over the years I’ve wondered what happened to him. Wish I had made a note of his name so I could have followed up.

Fastest Way : 7.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Gambling addictions! The UK is plagued by constant adverts for gambling sites, so many different types, and now you don’t have to leave your house or look anyone in the eye while you do it.

Vaguely knew a guy who blew all of his (and his wife’s!) savings in the course of a single evening. All online while she was sat in the room. The addiction had been there for a while, but that was the big one. I’m pretty sure he spent more than they actually had. Lost everything – she left him and the rumours were that he was gonna lose his house. I left that job a while later, so no idea what became of either of them, but I doubt it was good.

Fastest Way : 8.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

This is from someone who wrote into an advice column but it has stuck with me lo these many years.

The guy wrote about how he had begged his wife to swing with the couple next door.

She was **dead set against it but he pestered her about it for a couple of years** and she finally, **reluctantly**, agreed.

When the time came, the guy was very disappointed to find the neighbor’s wife was not as “tight” as he had anticipated. Meanwhile his neighbor was giving his wife what looked to be an out of body experience.

It made him EXTREMELY angry and resentful of his wife for enjoying it so much. I think he said something like “I can’t even look at her without wanting to punch her in the face.” The columnist told him off and advised him to file for divorce.

The guy wrote an update stating a few months after the “swinging” occurred, the neighbors divorced and his wife left him for the guy next door. They married soon after.

He felt blindsided and betrayed.

Fastest Way : 9.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Back when I was delivering pizzas in a fairly nice area, some kid put six rounds of .380 auto in my chest to steal my camero. Later found out this kid had a full ride at UF, straight A student, from a very wealthy family. Just started rolling with a bad crowd I guess. Got caught when he brought the car home, and the next morning it went out on the news. His own dad turned him in. Aside from some wicked scars, I made a full recovery.

Fastest Way : 10.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Guy I went to middle school with met a 13 year old on Fortnite and traveled from Pennsylvania to Georgia to try and hook up with him. Kid understandably got spooked and told the cops, who nailed him in a sting down there when he’d already traveled down. Turns out he had a COLLECTION of CP on his computers. Is currently doing 15 years in federal prison.

He had a good job in a private school and was a basketball coach, and well respected before then. The scary thing was that he was also a tutor at a special needs school on top of that, and if he’d wanted to take advantage of that he could have. As an aside, he was a complete douchebag to me since I wasn’t one of the popular clique, so any tiny shred of sympathy I’d have for him was never there to begin with. Enjoy prison, chomo. 

Fastest Way : 11. 

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

My roommate in the army got drunk and damaged a door in the barracks. He got an article 15 which is basically a fine. He refused it and got sent to jail for a month or two. In jail, he took a swing at an officer. He got sent to federal prison.

I lost track of him at that point.

If he’d simply signed the article 15, he’d have lost $150 but been fine afterwards.

Never saw someone f**k their life up that quickly before or since.

Fastest Way : 12.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Dude with a Six-figure IT job stole a $600 laptop *knowing we lojacked ALL laptops.*

He waited a month and then booted it up on his home network. The laptop promptly sent us his IP address and network name…which was his last name.

Boss called him out on it, he broke down and confessed and was fired.

This is not the dumbest part of the story.

He was the *second* person in IT to steal a laptop and get caught and fired. And yes, he knew all about the first guy.

WHAT….the f**k. It has been years and I still can’t wrap my head around it.

For your amusement: when we did the final interview with his replacement we did it as a group and each asked him a question and answered any questions he might have. When my turn came I asked him “Do you ever get the urge to just…steal stuff?” and the whole team lost it. Boss was not amused but it all worked out. Guy had a great sense of humor.

Fastest Way : 13. 

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

This isn’t like, a single instance where a person f****d up their whole life in one go, but I was there for the domino that brought down the whole house.

Was working at a Gas station. Lady wanted smokes but didn’t have her ID. I refused to make the sale, she was upset, got angry, stole a banana. Well, police frequented the store because it was the only one that was open 24hrs in the town. Cop watches her take the banana after her fit and promptly stops her in the parking lot before she can leave. At first, he was just going to have her return the banana as a sorta petty way to get back at her for being a huge b***h about the whole situation with the smokes.

Five minutes later, he’s still got her stopped and two more squad cars roll up with their lights on.

Turns out, Lady had 8 warrants in 3 states for various drug and theft charges.

She got taken in, ostensibly extradited to the other states for charges, and raked over the courts over a pack of swisher sweets and a f*****g banana.

Fastest Way : 14. 

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Two I didn’t see first hand but I am aware of.

1 – Lad I grew up with, nice lad from a rough family, he was the black sheep. He was intelligent, polite, didn’t fight, didn’t get in trouble, was well liked and so on. Some time around his 19th birthday he was on a night out with friends, got drunk and another lad bumped into him accidentally spilling his drink, his friend he was with got in the other guys face even though he apologised so the guy pushed him away.

The nice kid I grew up with punched the guy, he fell, hit his head and died. He got sent to prison for manslaughter. Completely ruined his life, in and out of prison multiple times since, fell into drugs and so on. He was the one who could have escaped his family reputation and gone on to do something with his life but f****d it.

2 – is an ex-girlfriend of mine and this happened before I met her. Studying to be a doctor, smart, beautiful, great sense of humour, proper social butterfly type who people just wanted to be around. There was a birthday party for her friend and she drove there to drop off a present, say hi and had to go home as she had classes the next day. When she was there she obviously declined alcohol but had a glass of lemonade someone offered her and got in her car to go home.

Drove the wrong way down a motorway and crashed her car into someone else, causing serious injury to both herself and the other person. Turns out that she’d been drugged at the party. I don’t know the exact ins and out off the top of my head but she basically admitted to guilt and spent 3 months in prison, her plans for life were ruined and she had to start over.

Never drove again, never drank again (even though she didn’t drink at the party, she flat out refused to even have a lemonade any more and would take her own bottle of Coca Cola or something in her bag so she could screw the lid on. Got SEVERE anxiety and depression etc.

When she told me I felt so bad for her because some a*****e drugged her and she ended up both injured, with a criminal record, a driving ban and her life ruined.

Fastest Way : 15. 

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

A well-respected pastor in my town got caught having an affair. He had a wife and 2 kids. Wife left him, girlfriend left him, wife got the house in the divorce, he lost his job and only sees his kids twice a month. It’s all completely his own fault and I don’t necessarily feel bad for him, but man, you have never seen a more broken shell of a person.

When he’s not with his kids the little time he gets with them, he stays holed up in his apartment, doing the work from home job he managed to get. He keeps completely to himself, barely goes out, is super quiet when he has to be out, and looks really rough. He’s like a ghost just floating around. The few friends who go and check on him every once in a while say that his kids are probably the only reason he’s still alive

Fastest Way : 16.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Married guy. Kids. Retail store manager. Idk 45 or 50yo

Impregnated 19 yo. Wife left him. Started drinking at work. Gambling. Girlfriend left him. Started sleeping in office. Lost job. Don’t know what happened to him after that.

Happened in about a year. F****d it royally

Fastest Way : 17. 

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

My middle school principal. He had a wife, kids and a house.

He lost it all when he was caught trying to pay a 15 year old for sex that turned out to be an undercover officer. He got charged and was put on probation for 3 years, lost his job, most likely won’t ever see his wife or kids again and I doubt any place will hire him

Fastest Way : 18.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

Goody two shoes mom of two lil kids, never a party girl, she’s the one who had 1 glass of wine and called it a night. 40th bday, her friends got c*****e. She’d never tried it. Did a line at home with friends. Fentanyl… Dead. Kids have no mom, and she gets labeled as a junkie.

A friend became a manager where she worked, so her work friend became her employee. Dude was older than her by like 15 years and obsessed with her, but she had no idea. She was a friend of his family, an auntie to his kids, she would have brunch with his wife regularly.

At one point, he got his hands on her keys while she was working and he had a copy made of her house key. He waited years for the opportunity to break into her house when she was away on holiday and he was seen by a neighbour, who called her.

He went from married with a happy family and a steady, government job to divorced and unemployed, he lost his house and custody of his kids in the divorce and now lives in a one bedroom apartment in another town.

Fastest Way : 19.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

A woman I worked with got her nursing license and got a job a month later ( where I worked) she proceeded to steal a bunch of pills that day and was fired and lost her license.

Fastest Way : 20.

40 Of The Quickest Ways People Ruined Their Perfectly Good Lives

I knew a funeral director who took a ring from the hand of a deceased person at the cemetery after the family had left the graveside and before the body was lowered into the ground. He did some jail time and lost his license and livelihood.

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