When redditor u/trexradar87 asked, "What's your best/funniest personal example of petty revenge?" the internet poured in with their wildest — and pettiest — revenge stories. Here are some of the top-voted responses:
1. This cheating ex:
2. This hilarious ad:
"A guy at work pissed me off, so I placed this Craigslist ad with his phone number: 'Two free goats. Hablas español.' He spent the rest of the day getting calls every 15 minutes or so."
3. This wet revenge:
"This kid stole my water bottle. I opened it up and left it inside his backpack."
4. This pissed-off brother:
5. This crushed lunch:
"Someone in my office would always crush lunches with his gigantic lunch box. Either he ate bricks or lead — I don't know, but I always came to the office fridge and found that my lunch was in pieces. So, after three bouts of this, and numerous notes from myself and other colleagues, I carefully removed his lunch box, emptied the contents (a gigantic sandwich, a Twinkie, chips, some vegetables, and a few other bits), and ran over them with my car. I carefully packed it back in, and put it back. He kept his lunch in a cooler by his cube from then on."
6. This mystery mouse:
"I once had a colleague I hated (he was very condescending and really arrogant), so I put an extra Bluetooth receiver in his computer for a computer mouse and kept the mouse in my drawer. I would just open my drawer and it would mess him right up. Kept it going for like two months. He was about to murder the world when I thought I better stop."
7. This sunscreen sprayer:
8. These surprise treats:
"I used to buy small treat bags of gourmet cookies from a local bakery a few years ago. I would eat maybe one a day, but they were a treat for me. Back then, my husband and I had a retail store and a few friends that would hang out at the store...and they would just help themselves; they had no self-control and wouldn't even ask. I would buy the bag of cookies for me, and they'd be gone. I'd try to hide them but couldn't.
So, I bagged up a bunch of dog treats from the local pet food store that looked like cookies for people and were about the same size as the ones I bought from the bakery. I placed them where all the guys could see them, waited, and yep, they tried them.
They asked if they were a bad batch or maybe the bakery missed an ingredient or two in the dough. I waited until they tried to eat more than three each...then told them they were dog treats. They never touched my cookies again."
9. This pet-tea payback:
"My missus leaves tea bags in the sink, so I put them in her wallet."
10. This salad dressing drinker:
11. This "helpful" classmate:
"I had a guy in school who would always skip class and then ask for my notes. We had a group project worth almost 40% of our grade and he did zero work. ... So, instead of just saying no the next time he asked for notes, I took the low road and began giving him edited versions.
I would leave items out of lists, incorrectly define things or just straight-up write stuff that makes no sense. An example of the crap I would put in: 'To calculate return on investment, subtract your yearly earnings from your current bank balance, then multiply by Echer's factorial (4.22).'
If he had even once bothered to crack the text he would have figured it out, but that apparently would have been too much effort for him. He retook that class."
12. This petty punishment for the ~entire~ class:
"In third grade, I was falsely accused by the hall monitor of talking during quiet time. Even after my dad came in and spoke to the teacher, she still punished me by keeping me from watching a movie and eating cinnamon bread with everyone else. The day before the class watched the movie and ate snacks, I unplugged the breadmakers before we left school so no one would get any. I figured if I can't have it, no one can."
13. This sandwich thief:
14. This confused coworker:
"Speeding up a coworker's double click speed and watching him squirm when his normal double clicking speed isn't working."
15. This magic trick:
"When I was a kid, I got the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Magic Handbook — it was full of kiddie experiments and pretty fun. My older sister had upset or annoyed me about something, so I tried out one of the 'tricks' from the book: You fill a cup with water and corn kernels, put some tinfoil on top of the cup, and then the kernels eventually pop, and it makes noise against the tinfoil.
I put it under her bed, and it took a few days to 'work,' so I completely forgot about it — until one night, I woke up to my two sisters whispering. It had popped in the middle of the night, and she thought there was a rat under her bed."
16. And this fabulous new wardrobe:
"I put glitter in my friend's laundry in university. He had pranked me the week before, and a week later, he was doing all his laundry at once. I got some glitter from the craft store and put half a vial into each of his loads of laundry. He was fabulous for months afterward."
What's the pettiest thing you've ever done for revenge? Let us know in the comments below!
Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.