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AIBU to ask about petty things you've done?

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Fibbertigibbet Wed 28-Nov-18 17:22:39

Just that, really! I thought it would be a fun thread to ask about petty things you've done just because you can. I want to hear about your parking fares paid with 1p pieces!

I'll start: I had an ex who was (when I looked back after the relationship ending) emotionally abusive, sexually coercive, and generally awful. Years after we broke up, he self published the book he'd been working on whilst we'd been together. It was a dystopian novel which revolved around a huge corporation doing some terrible things, and when I googled the name of the book to be nosey, I found that a real corporation with that name DID EXIST in Brazil. I may or may not have sent an email to make them aware of such defamation and gone to the effort to have Google translated it into Portuguese grin

ThatssomebadhatHarry Wed 28-Nov-18 17:28:32

When my dh annoys me I leave google searches in his work laptop so his business partner sees such as ‘My penis is only 4 inches’ and ‘how to get rid skids before my wife sees them’.

KMoKMo Wed 28-Nov-18 17:30:34

@ThatssomebadhatHarry grin I spat my tea out.
I do this to my husband on his iPad too when he’s annoyed me
Google search of ‘why did I marry such a tool’

Mistlewoeandwhine Wed 28-Nov-18 17:46:11

On the very petty scale, I hated a head of department I had, when I was a teacher. She brought us all a basil plant each for us to take home and grow. I left mine, unwatered, in my desk to wither and die. A visual metaphor for my relationship with her.

Hairytangerine Wed 28-Nov-18 17:47:32

I try not to be petty.

Might want to in my head but try to be an adult

brainstormer123 Wed 28-Nov-18 17:48:43

Hairytanergine- aren't you just perfect 🙄

PawneeParksDept Wed 28-Nov-18 17:49:33

Oh god the last of these threads got WILD
And somebody actually flounced from the forum after people reasonably reacted in a horrified way to the "petty" (actually incredibly callous) thing they'd done.

I once poured salt in my abusive fathers coffee after he called me fat. No regrets.

PawneeParksDept Wed 28-Nov-18 17:50:21

I hasten to add I was 12 at the time.

Witchofzog Wed 28-Nov-18 17:51:26

My ex dp used to wear these awful y fronts he was ashamed to be seen in but liked because they were comfy. When he used to annoy me I would hang them on a home made washing line at the front of the house for every one to see when he was out. I am sure the neighbours didn't give a fig and he never knew but it made me feel better.

I love that @thatssomebadhatharry grin

Justaboutawake Wed 28-Nov-18 17:51:29

Years ago when I’d had a row with DP and we were giving each other the silent treatment I cooked dinner (for both of us as I won’t just cook for one), served his on a plate and left it on the kitchen counter without telling him. After I’d eaten my lovely hot bangers and mash he came for a nosey in the kitchen, saw his dinner and ate it stone cold.
The next time we weren’t talking he tried to do the same back to me so I beat him to it by going in the kitchen just as he’d served and chucking my whole dinner in the bin to spite him. Although I recognise I may have cut my nose off to spite my face on that one!

mrsmuddlepies Wed 28-Nov-18 17:52:00

Petty things which include illegal and unreasonable behaviour are against talk guidelines. I am with you hairytangerine.

Snowwontbelong Wed 28-Nov-18 17:52:56

Our bloody awful maths teacher had greasy hair.
We clubbed together and bought him some head & shoulders for Christmas!!

LovelyGirlNOT Wed 28-Nov-18 18:03:02

An abusive ex left his sporty 'weekend' car on my drive and wouldn't shift it. It was an attempt to continue a hold over me. It was there for weeks, he would say he'd be round to get it then just not turn up. I got fed up of it, so I chucked a brick throùgh one of the windows, phoned the police and said there'd been a vandalism attack on the car, but assured them not to bother coming out as we'll never know who's done it as ex has lots of enemies and there's no cctv in the area/my house. I just required a crime number for insurance purposes. Police were more than happy not to bother investigating it.

Sent ex a text saying car had been bricked, police have no idea who did it but here's the crime number to claim on insurance.

I knew with some certainty he wouldn't have insurance on it.

The car was gone two days later with lots of complaining about how he couldn't afford to have it repaired as it wasn't insured.

I was very >> grin

Oobis Wed 28-Nov-18 18:18:21

When I was a teen and having awful relationship issues with my mum (sister just gone to uni coinciding with menopause) I used to run all the scent off the Avon catalogue smell pages before she got home

Oobis Wed 28-Nov-18 18:18:36


OliviaStabler Wed 28-Nov-18 18:19:22

Not something I did, but something I saw the other day. Two lines waiting to get on the escalator at a Tube station, one to walk down on the left, one to stand on the right.

Man gets on the escalator on the stand side then immediately moves left and pushes in front of a woman in the line walking down. There wasn't a natural break, he literally shoved his way in.

About 10 steps further down there was a gap on the right hand side so she zips into it, zips down a few steps then zips left and pushes in front of him just like he did to her.

Couldn't see or hear his reaction but I did think 'Good for you! Maybe now he knows what it feels like and not do it again.' grin

Fibbertigibbet Wed 28-Nov-18 18:24:00

OliviaStabler Brilliant! I might try this next time I'm ousted by some dickhead on my commute rather than just thinking murderous thoughts grin

Meralia Wed 28-Nov-18 18:29:36

I once hid my husbands bag of pastries that he bought from the local shop, he spent ages looking for them, even went back to the shop to see if he’d left them on the counter. He wasn’t impressed when I fessed up laughing at how silly he was and presenting him with his pastries. He felt I’d taken it to far.

Hiphopopotamous Wed 28-Nov-18 18:34:13

When my DH annoys me I unpair all his socks and put them back in non-matching pairs.

LadyFlumpalot Wed 28-Nov-18 18:34:54

In a previous house we had a tiny little shower room built into the corner of a room with windows. The light pull also controlled the hot water cut off.

DH was being a total grumpy arse after a bad day at work, properly taking it out on me. He stomped off for a shower and after a few minutes of the shower running I popped my head round the door, yanked the light and the hot water off and slammed the door, leaving him in a freezing cold shower in the pitch black.

Yes it was petty, yes it was mean, yes I felt guilty a bit later....

thisisthend Wed 28-Nov-18 18:36:26

Complained to the bank because I couldn't get a mini statement and I got £25 as an apology, so obvs work the hassle.

chilledteacher Wed 28-Nov-18 18:36:55

@Hiphopopotamous love that!! grin

marmaladecats Wed 28-Nov-18 18:39:01

There was a dad at nursery the other day who annoyed me (didn’t hold the front door for me even though I was coming up the path and would have been there in seconds) so had to wait ages for staff to answer and let me in. I was out first and put our buggy away and twisted all the padlock numbers round so he’d have to spend a while getting them lined up correctly (normally we just twist one number so it’s super easy for the next parent to undo)! So petty!

ItchySeveredFoot Wed 28-Nov-18 18:42:30

marmalade at our nursery there are signs saying don't hold the door open, even if you recognise the other parent.

user1493413286 Wed 28-Nov-18 18:42:40

If DH drops and leaves little bits of stuff on the floor for days such as bits of change, receipts etc I have been known to tuck them into his side of the bed. He won’t even notice them on the floor but he definitely notices it in his bed!

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