To ask - what have you unbelievably got away with?(276 Posts)
Normally I get away with nothing, however there was one day not so long ago I had to get something from the server room at work and I accidentally knocked over some strange thing with lights on. It looked like Johnny Five's head and was rather warm. I put it all back and crept but when I got back to my desk they said everyone in the building had lost their connection to the system!! I kept nervously silent while the IT bloke spent the entire morning trying to sort it out, listening to my colleagues moaning about not being able to work. To this day they don't know it was me!
So has anyone else got something they secretly got away with and can't quite believe it?!
I once accidentally shop-lifted a 12 pack of loo-roll. I'd hung it on the hook in the middle (between where the child's legs would be if one was sitting in the seat). Emptied the trolley, packed up the shopping on the other end, paid and left.
Wasn't til I was putting the trolley away I noticed it still hanging there.
Thought about going back in and explaining and paying. Couldn't be arsed. Each wipe was a mini triumph! Didn't do it on purpose, but felt like I was fighting the anti-consumer fight!
Nothing. I'm the kind of person that gets blamed for other peoples shit.
I've find that with a big pack of nappies, granny.
They were right in front of me, but DS was being a pickle in the seat and I didn't notice.
I've somehow remained unscathed after a very misspent youth and car a car accident or two. Goodness knows how I've got away with my life, tbh.
Calling my manager a cunt, twice. Tbf she deserved and she knew it hence me getting away with it.
Also a few things I blamed siblings for that I shall take to my grave.
Having a secret job without my ex knowing. We were together at the time.
He was very abusive, wouldn't let me work or study, tried to keep me pregnant, etc. I got a job as a dinner lady/ lunchtime playground superviser at the local secondary and saved enough money to LTB
I used to live in South Korea. I had to go home for a funeral so I asked my Korean boss to reassure me I had the correct stamp in my passport so I could come back into the country. He assured me all was fine.
When I flew back, I got ushered away at immigration and into a little office, and they were saying i'd voided my visa and would be deported by coming back in as I didn't have a multiple entry stamp. Because I was sure I did, I argued the toss with them, was making noises saying I had a train to catch, this was really tiresome after coming off a long haul flight etc etc. I was absolutely adamant they were wrong and I was right. I was SO bolshy at 22
Eventually they let me go, and the immigration guy walked me out, apologising for inconveniencing me, and be even went and fetched my suitcase as i'd been so long it had been taken somewhere else, and he shook my hand and bowed and apologised again.
When I got into work the next morning my boss looked at my visa and said I hadn't had the stamp after all, and couldn't believe I'd not been sent back home.
Upshot was my working visa was void, and I got sent over to Japan for three days to get a new one. I got the company to pay because it had been their fault
Also a few things I blamed siblings for that I shall take to my grave Isn't that called "childhood"? I don't see that as things I got away with, I see it as things my DSis didn't get in there first!
Undersea - I'm happy you're in a different place now. Good for you!
Undersea that's amazing! Congrats
At the supermarket the other day, went to pick up some special insoles for work (glam I know) - a bit spenny (£12 a pair) but viewed as investment as I work in a bar. Used the self service checkout for them and other bits and thanks to the bagging area messing up the weights managed to get them for free! Thought about calling someone over when I realised but chanced it. Utterly chuffed - would have otherwise come out of my tips.
This is one of those questions that makes me realise I am an arse!
I have got away with cheating in a few exams, writing coursework for cash, getting a boss sacked (deserved), stealing clients, being drunk at work, being caught up in a violent crime, crashing my car and motorbike, doing endless interviews and reading all the CVs and letters during the process rather than before, not employing people for spurious reasons, faking admin for audits and pinching a dog so it could have a life worth living - if it makes me sound any better I gave a woman the wedge of cash she left in the cash point the other day and practically had to chase her down!
Dh and I walked out with 100 pounds worth of shopping for nothing when we went through self service and realized the receipt said our card had been declined.
Went back in and explained to customer services and paid, but got a discount for being honest. (Paid with the same card which had over 500 on it so unsure why it was declined at all!)
I was shocked that we got away with it though. We'd loaded the car and gone to drive off when I noticed!
It was back when self service was a new thing and I've always been unnerved using them since, especially as the machine did the whole "thanks for stopping at tesco" thing so it went through all of the sequences as if I'd paid successfully but I hadn't
I had one of those net shopping baskets, in M+S. Forgetting to pay, I walked out of M+S and over to Curry's and only realised that I still had over my arm the lightweight net basket (complete with unpaid-for goods from M+S), at the point when I reached for my purse to pay for the electrical goods I was buying.
No-one batted an eyelid. I went back to M+S and paid, as if I'd never left the shop.
6 months of doing sweet fuck all at work. My boss was a monstrously vain bully. He'd bullied 2 people out of the team. Everyone lived in fear. Once I'd decided I'd leave I thought I'd do as little as possible whilst being lovely. Whatever you did, however many hours, his main aim was to show you it's not enough.
I met him first thing every day. I fed his ego, enthused about his leadership, no longer tried to do stuff except things he directly said. Yes, boss, I'll send the email immediately, boss, very sorry I hadn't thought of it, how lucky we are to have you and your wise foresight, boss. How do you cope, you work so hard. What an inspiration you are. 20 min every morning. Then online shopping, park, lunch, some job hunting and off home 2 hours early.
IMiss when your brother goes on about that time he got grounded for weeks when he didn't even do it, I'd count that as getting away with something.
He is still annoyed by that injustice but I'm not admitting it was me all along. He's adamant other brother did it so even now I'm getting away with it still
I got away with fucking up my car in a very expensive way.
Bad bad day, close family death, horrible dental appointment and a tight parking space. Reversed into a bollard and shunted the whole exhaust system. Friend had a look and it need the whole lot replacing from back to front, including cat converter when they were still fairly new, so very expensive. On coming home from friends house I got shunted at a roundabout and they had to pay for all of the work as I didnt tell anyone that I had done it myself.
The guy was a total cock, verbally abusive and threatening etc, otherwise I would have fessed up.
Wearing the ugliest pair of floor to ceiling spanks under my wedding dress and my DH thinking the smooth lines were natural. I whipped the passion killers off in the hotel bathroom and changed into something lacey and racy.
Don't know if mine counts
I'm a teacher and my teaching assistant was raving about her new fiance and how romantic he was. Together over five years etc
I was recently happily married but prior to meeting dh I had a friend with benefits - turned out it was him! Of course I was asked to the wedding and I still work with her. To this day she knows nothing. He is a cheat but I can't risk it getting out.
I also set off the fire alarm at work by accident. I opened the tumble drier to get out aprons for art and the steam set the alarm off. I muttered to all about the inconvenience knowing full well it was me.
I lied to pass a school inspection.
wobbly I'd say yours counts!
Clambered around the sloping, barrier-less roof of an 18-storey apartment while drunk, for a laugh. My blood runs cold when I think about it now.
And MadHatter that happened to me!! They eventually let me in with a tourist visa, and my hagwon sent me to Japan a couple of weeks later on a visa run.
The apartment incident mentioned above also happened in SK..
In the first year of my first degree I lost the details of one of the modules I was supposed to be taking. I didn't know anyone else on the module and didn't know how to find out. So I didn't go. I didn't do any of the coursework. I didn't take the exam. (I was an idiot). I should have received 0% but someone in admin messed up and gave me a scraped pass mark. I still feel I don't really deserve my degree, as I didn't pass the necessary credits!
Loving these! I want to reply to all of them. One of my weirdest 'getting away with' things was a hire car on holiday. I pranged a parked lorry that had something sticking out at the side - most of the driver's side door panel peeled away, leaving a gaping hole with a roll of torn metal dangling forlornly off the edge. I found the local police station and reported it, but the cop basically said "What do you want me to do about it?" I said fill out a form or something, so he did
I had to drive about 200km back to the airport - luckily it was a warm night, as there was quite a breeze in the car. I rang the hire company and said I've damaged the car, what do you want me to do about it? Leave it in the multi-storey, they said, and drop the keys & paperwork back at the office. There was no-one in the office when I got there, so I left the police form with the other stuff and came home. I never heard another peep from them!
StiginaGrump, I've always aspired to be like you My stories mostly happen by accident, though, I seem incapable of getting a deliberate advantage. If you ever decide to be a life coach, let me know ...
Once I went to a friends and as soon as I got there she answered the house phone and instead of saying she had a guest there she proceeded to have at least a 30 minute chat on the phone (was latest in a string of rude incidents) so I text dh 'she is so fucking rude Been here half an hour and she's still on the phone!' Except i didn't text dh, I text my friend!
So panicking I grabbed a peice of paper and wrote 'help just sent dh a filthy message accidentally to your phone, so embarrassed, can I delete it before you see it!!' And held it up to her while she was gabbing away.
She laughed and wrote her PIN number on the paper, pointed to her phone and I unlocked and deleted the message!!
I was very young, had a very sheltered life, had never been away from my parents, but I was craving to be independent. Up to that point in my life I had never needed to fend for myself. It was my very first time abroad that I was all by myself, and I was studying. I was house-sharing with a bunch of strangers, each of us had a room and we shared the kitchen. The landlord also lived in the house and he was the most arrogant, the un-friendliest person I had ever met. He was intimidating in that sense.
The people I shared the house with, were all male, some were students and others working days/nights. It was a big-gish house.
One day I bought a small tin of wax which you heat up to melt and apply on your hairy bits. I tried to heat it up in the bathroom with a candle . Realising it will take a long time, I decided to quicken the process by burning a scrunched-up piece of newspaper as well, to make extra heat. I was doing all these in the bathroom (shared) by the sink, with the tap water running, just in case. The newspaper flame got big and I decided to put it out under the tap water so I threw the burning paper into the sink. It must have been a very cheap plastic sink, because the sink burnt, turned yellow and lost its shine straightaway. I panicked, tried to rub away the yellow bits where the burning paper had touched the sink. I wiped and wiped with Jif but sink was permanently damaged, burnt and stained. I quickly made my exit and pretended not knowing anything about it. Nobody asked me any question about it either. Although I heard landlord asking to one of the lodgers about it and he replying he had no clue what happened there. I don't think anyone thought it could be me and it was related to melting facial wax!
Shortly after, same house. I was alone and I was in the shared kitchen. I cooked something in the oven. When its cooked, i opened the oven door wide and took my meal out safely. In order to open the oven door, you needed to lower the door from top, towards the floor. Anyway whilst the oven door still open, i put the tap on. Can't remember why, i must have wanting to wash my hands or something. I splashed water and the glass on the oven door broken shattered all over the floor. I panicked but quickly wiped off all the glass pieces from the floor and threw away the evidence. There was still one more layer of glass left on the oven door so it was not apparent that anything ever happened. I am sure nobody noticed. And I even cooked meals in the same oven some time later and nothing happened apart from oven door getting a bit warm . So I learnt that oven doors have double-glazing.
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