There’s always something in your past that you wish you hadn’t accidentally seen, that’s scarred you moving forward. Man, if you could only take it back, you could save yourself a lifetime of therapy.
Feel bad for these guys though. There’s some things that shouldn’t be witnessed by outside eyes.
“I used to do a little work after school at a local comic shop. One day after school I was bagging comics when the owners buddy came in. “Look at these! Came out great!” He had a stack of glossy amateur porn, featuring the shop owner, his buddy, and the owners wife fucking. He laid them out all over the counter and they started pawing through the stack excitedly. From what I could see it looked like the three of them enjoyed one another’s company equally and vigorously.
Then they noticed I was there. I got sent home early with a stack of free comics.” – Barkingpanther
“Growing up with my little brother and single Mom we never had a lot, but she made sure we always had a safe and decent place to live and there was always food on the table. She never really ate much, I remember dinners of baked chicken, beef stew, salmon (it was a lot cheaper a million years ago)… good food, nothing terribly extravagant, but always nutritious, yet she barely ever ate.
When I was 10 I saw her eating pb&j on crackers in her room after dinner. That’s when I realized there was never enough food for all 3 of us, she would cook what we had for my brother and I and she would eat the bare minimum, always out of sight, so that my brother and I wouldn’t worry about the actual level of poverty we were at. I never asked for another material thing from her after that night.” – superfly355
“I found my dad’s will. I was on his computer while he was at work (actually I’m searching for his porn) and ended up finding a strangely titled word document. At first it didn’t seem like a big deal. It contained a note to each of his kids. It wasn’t until I got to the last one, my youngest brother, that I realized it wasn’t just a will. The start of that line read something along the lines of “If anything is going to make me change my mind now it’s writing this part”. I realized I had found my dad’s suicide note. I was about 14 or 15 at the time and I had no idea how to go about talking to him about it.
I decided to just keep it to myself. He started buying us gifts and stuff and I would get really scared and I still just kept it to myself. I remember one day on the weekend I woke up in my bed to a loud bang coming from my dad’s room. I laid there in bed for probably half an hour frozen. Once I worked up the strength I went to his room and opened the door…
He wasn’t in the bedroom. I was so confused until I saw that the bedroom window was open. What had happened is that there was a gust and the wind had slammed the door shut, but my paranoid brain had heard a gunshot. After that I was laughing hysterically and I don’t have much memory of the day past that.
Shortly after this incident my dad had returned most of the gifts he bought us kids and I slowly started to believe that he had changed his mind. I never confronted him about it until last year, about 14 years or so later, but I never fully accepted that he was ok now.
I called him distraught about a separate matter and he started talking to me about depression. He told me on his own about he had considered taking his life, and went in to detail about it, and all I could do was cry and tell him “I know.” We talked a lot longer after that and we were finally able to put it all to rest.” – arcklocal
“I was at Target when I was around 9. I decided I wanted to go look at the trading cards so I went down to the toy aisles. Walked down and heard a kid crying. I turned the corner and see this mother obviously frustrated at her fussy kid. The kid then throws himself on the floor as he’s crying… Next thing I know, I’m watching this woman start running her child over with their grocery cart. This wasn’t a one and done either, this lady was pushing it back and forth over the kid like she was aggressively shampooing a stain on her carpet.
I looked in sure disbelief and she noticed. After she was done making the child feel her wrath, she swings her head in my direction and gave me a look that said “you’re next if anyone finds out about this”. I noped the fuck outta there and found my mom who just so happened to have seen the whole ordeal from another aisle. Safe to say we were talking about it for the remainder of our Target visit.” – monarch
“When I was 11 my dad took me, my younger brother (9), and my younger sister (5) to the movies. Got there, my dad settled us in our seat and told met to watch them so he could go get popcorn/candy. The movie we were at was The General’s Daughter which, if you have seen it you may recall, opens with a VERY graphic rape/murder scene. I sat there in horror not knowing what to do and therefore did nothing. Once we got past that scene I am sitting frozen, my brothers the same and my sister is crying. Now at a much more mellow plot point and my dad strolls back in and asked what he missed. Didnt even know the word rape at the time to describe it so I had to explain what happened without it. Mom looked into what movie we were seeing after that.” – Chicken_Al
“Many years ago, I worked a graveyard shift on a major network reality show as a tape librarian. One night, one of the producers comes in with her camera woman and AC, all three of them white as ghosts. They hand me a tape and have me file it away for shipment to legal with the instructions that absolutely no one be allowed to watch its contents.
Well fuck me, that was way too juicy to pass up (especially working insane hours 7 days a week for terrible pay) so as soon as 3 am rolled around and I was the only one still on set (aside from the security guards), I kicked back and popped that sucker in.
It was a video of a female contestant freaking out and repeatedly punching her boyfriend in the face until he bled. I get why it had to go to legal, especially since they were minors, but it was some grade-A Springer shit that would have made the show sooooo much more entertaining.
Anyway, it was not mentioned or shown on the show, so I’m guessing legal said “hell naw.” – xccr
“When I was in middle school, I went to use the restroom at lunch, and walked in on a group of girls trying to talk one of the most popular girls in school out of planning suicide.
At the time, I was the kid that the nerds picked on so that there’d be someone below them on the totem pole. I maybe should have felt bad for her, but I was just jealous because I felt the same way, but she at least actually had people who gave a fuck about her. And I probably should have told an adult, but I was so freaked out by knowing that I really, really wasn’t supposed to be hearing what I was hearing and what they’d do to me for hearing it that I just hid in the stall until they left and then sort of pretended that I didn’t hear it.” – maplecheese
“The other day I was looking for my old passport when I found a few of my dad’s old visitors passports. Now, my dad is older than most (he’s in his 70’s while I’m a teenager), so imagine my surprise when, listed under ‘children’ in the passport, there’s the name of a kid born in the 1970s. The best part is that the name isn’t on later passports of his, so I guess I accidentally found out I have a half-brother who I have no idea if he’s still alive or not.” – well___-_then
“When I was visiting Grandma and pop I ran down the hall to my guest room and glanced into the master bedroom to see dear old gram naked to the waist staring dejectedly into her mirror. It wasn’t the old boobs, but realizing the sadness of fading beauty in an old woman was much too revealing and personal.” – avalisk
“I was helping MIL cleaning out her closet. All was jokes and laughter until I pull out an unopened massive dildo. We were both paralyzed for a moment before she slowly took it out of my hands and mumbled something about the dildo not being what she tought it would be like and that she ordered it online. She then backed out of the room and threw it in a cupboard. We then proceeded to clean the rest of the closet.
I desperately wanted to tell SO about this awkward event but decided to spare him.” – Ninjakossan
“When I was 14 my mom moved out of our house. My parents had been having problems for years so it seemed inevitable. I was more relieved then sad, but my younger sister was a wreck. My dad tried to make us feel better by renting a movie and popping popcorn and having a good ole movie and snuggle fest in my sisters room. Well half way through the movie my sisters phone buzzes it’s a text from my mom saying “finally moved out, meet me at the embassy suites to “celebrate” our freedom now babe” Turns out she was cheating on my dad for about a year. Pretty sure neither of us were supposed to see that or know. And I definitely wish we hadn’t.” – dancingchipmunk12
“My now ex’s Facebook chats with all the women he was cheating on me with.
We lived together and just had the one computer so when I got to Facebook I found he was still logged in and a couple chat window things were already open.
They were a bit surprised to find out about his relationship with me.
Another guy.” – justisaur_rawr
“When I was 8 or so my old nanny/baby sitter (choose which you prefer) was showing me a video of her time with her boyfriend in Paris. After it blacks out for a few seconds it then suddenly cuts to her lying on her hotel bed completely naked, legs spread, telling her boyfriend to ‘come get it’. She jumped out of her seat tried to cover my eyes and told me to never tell anyone. I have now told potentially thousands of random strangers.” – Winnie-the-Broo
“An obese, greasy feller, sitting fully naked on a toilet, a mix of pain and confusion and surprise on his face as I walked into his stall at a Sizzlers restaurant.
Stayed with me for a while, not gonna lie.” – zackit