Toxic Friendships That Ended For Petty Reasons

The petty reasons people stop talking to each other are a great way to remind ourselves that you shouldn’t be offended that your ex, your friend, or even a family remember “broke up” with you.

After reading some of these ridiculous reasons, you’ll find comfort in knowing that often enough, you’re better off without them anyway.

The Sugar Mama You Didn’t Sign Up For

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Photo Credit: Sharon Mccutcheon / Unsplash

“She insisted on paying for our meal a few times (even after I offered to pick up the tab, or at least pay for my share) and then ‘felt like she was paying for everything all the time.'” —everyones_wife

It’s not a date, just pay for your meal only and call it a day to avoid the gratitude debt.

A Strong Opposition To Doctor Who

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Photo Credit: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con

“I was watching Doctor Who in my college dorm. My roommate sat down and watched a few episodes with me in silence.

“He then got up and refused to speak to me for the rest of the semester, then moved to another dorm. To this day I have no idea what he found so objectionable.” —Luckboy28

Maybe he’s strongly anti-time travel?

The Whole Friendship Was Trash

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Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski / Unsplash

“She shunned me for a few months after without telling me why. Then she finally started talking to me again, and said it was because I left the bathroom garbage full when I left her house.

“Mind you, this was not a garbage can full of nasty things. It honestly slipped my mind when I was cleaning and packing to leave to empty the trash. ” —HermesCat

I guess some people have just never heard of communication.

Somebody’s Got Trust Issues…

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Photo Credit: Logan Ripley / Unsplash

“Accused me of stealing a doorknob. I didn’t steal it and never gave the guy a reason not to trust me.” —chrond0r64

The real question here is why would anyone even steal a doorknob in the first place, let alone who? And how do you twist it off without anyone noticing?

Big Boys Cry Too

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Photo Credit: Zach Vessels / Unsplash

“Friend of over a decade. His wife was threatening to leave. I came over one day to lend a shoulder to lean on. She showed up, tried to take a painting, punched a hole in it, and left.

“He was there crying (6’5″ burly bearded guy btw). They got back together a week later and he stopped talking to me.” —VicVarron

Chances are, the man was just too embarrassed because men don’t always feel comfortable looking so vulnerable.

It’s Not A Modeling Contest

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Photo Credit: Steven Abraham / Unsplash

“Became taller than him.” —MaxDanger69

There is a lot of information missing here. Let’s just hope this was a high school problem, where two boys were going through puberty, and one was embarrassed he wasn’t growing as fast. Anything else just seems too petty.

The Hierarchy Of The Job World Is Made Up

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Photo Credit: Ali Yahya / Unsplash

“She got trained in another position at work and suddenly thought she was better than me, even though I was trained in an adjacent position before her. Tried to make friends with all the people in her new position and invited them all out to dinner, told them not to tell me. It was really weird and stupid.” —PMYOURBOOBOVERFLOW

Work friendships are always weird, because you try to keep a line between professionalism and fun. There is still definitely a better boundary than this.

Someone Needed To Stand Up For The Lizard

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Photo Credit: Yu chuan / Unsplash

“I suggested she should clean her lizard enclosure more often, and she took it personally. I felt bad for the lizard.” —Lonely_Requirement76

Some people just can’t handle constructive criticism, even when it’s at the expense of poor helpless lizards.

Gaming Is No Laughing Matter

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Photo Credit; Stem List / Unsplash

“My actual brother blocked my number and cut all contact with me because…I won a Deluxo (A flying weaponized DeLorean) at a casino in Grand Theft Auto online…and he didn’t. He’s 39, I wish I was kidding.” —Paradoxicalravensoup

It’s funny how much importance we give to material things over people. People have their priorities and coping mechanisms, but often they need to be rearranged.

Weddings Are Overpriced

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Photo Credit: Alasdair Elmes / Unsplash

“I couldn’t afford to be her bridesmaid. I was experiencing hard times and living in poverty. She knew this and didn’t care. Her family was exceedingly wealthy and she was well-off.

“She was a spoiled brat and always got her way. She said I should make her wedding a financial priority. I didn’t have money to put gas in my car. ” —[deleted]

They say you can’t put a price on friendship, but this friendship seemed worthless.

Sloppy Seconds

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Photo Credit: Krists Luhaers / Unsplash

“‘Cause I didn’t give him free movie tickets to go on a date with my ex… To the movie theater I worked at.” —Sexysexsex6969420

Isn’t there a universal law somewhere that friend’s exes are off-limits unless you get that friend’s blessing? There should at least be one about rubbing it in their face.

Blame Google Maps

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Photo Credit: Henry Perks / Unsplash

“She gave me the wrong address for a party, I typed it into Google Maps, and it took us to the wrong place. (She drove, I was the passenger.) She never spoke to me again.” —nowherenewhere

The real blame should have been put on Google Maps, it tends to lead many astray.

It Starts At An Early Age

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Photo Credit: KrakenImages / Unsplash

“I was going to be moved from one kindergarten class to another. She very kindly told me that we couldn’t be friends anymore, since we would be in different classes. That was in 1986 and it still hurts.” —wind_stars_fireflies

Maybe the real issue stems from early traumas, and since we don’t properly address it at the time, it carries over into our present-day relationships, especially the romantic ones.

“My Girlfriend Says I’m Not Allowed”

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Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle / Unsplash

“I can only assume that the relationship was dysfunctional and short-lived.” —NeedsMoreTuba

See, if you’re single right now, you should at least be glad you don’t have to deal with someone feeling like they have the right to dictate who you can and can’t talk to, not that it’s ever really okay.

The Friend You Never Asked for

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Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao / Unsplash

“A friend would show up at my house at random with coffee I didn’t ask for, pay for bar tabs behind my back, constantly offering rides I didn’t need, etc. All she wanted in return was my time, not even for anything major, she just wanted a buddy.

“But I had a job and responsibilities, and it got to a point where she was monopolizing my time. I had a frank discussion with her, and got the ‘BUT I DO SO MUCH FOR YOU’ in response. She never spoke to me again.” —RaccoonPissGolfCart

Do Not Interrupt A Woman’s Makeup Routine

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Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash

“I was talking to a friend and they decided to put on some mascara. They poked their eye and then started to yell at me saying it was my fault. They demanded I apologize, but I wasn’t going to take the blame for something that wasn’t my fault.

“This person held a grudge for like two years. They tried to drag mutual friends into it too…” —lferry1919

I mean, I get the frustration of having to fix smudged makeup, but it happens.

“I Wasn’t ‘Excited’ Enough That She Got Engaged”

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Photo Credit: Colin Maynard / Unsplash

“I’m not the overly emotional type, so this shouldn’t have been all that surprising to her. I did congratulate her, but that wasn’t enough.

“Went to the wedding regardless and then we never spoke again.” —mostlymitia

Friends are there to share your joys and pain, but that doesn’t mean they have to scream and jump around to prove they’re happy for you.

No Negative Vibes

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Photo Credit: Courtney Nuss / Unsplash

“Because ‘we talked to much about our problems.’ The problems were ‘oh my back hurts so much after working for so long’ and he was the one mentioning it all the time…” —mostlymitia

Isn’t half of adulting just complaining with other adults so that you all can collectively find the courage to keep going?

You Can’t Sit With Us

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Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez / Unsplash

“She got married and told me that she could no longer be friends with people who were ‘Single.’ A year later she wound up in divorce.” —cooldart61

This anecdote was basically the premise of the Mean Girls movie. Who cares whether your friends are single or taken?! They should be independent regardless.

Define “Vibe”

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Photo Credit: Mark Decile / Unsplash

“I’m not a ‘vibe’ anymore.” —no-one-rly

What are people deciding is “a vibe” these days? We’re all entitled to have our own vibe, and that vibe should reflect whatever makes us happy, whether it’s working out, partying, or working. It sounds like those two just grew apart.