They say curiosity killed the cat, but sometimes looking at something you're not supposed to can ruin lives. For these people, a simple question they had about a loved one, neighbor, or even stranger was answered by snooping, and they definitely didn't like the answer.
She Couldn’t Stop Scrolling Once She Found Out The Truth
“My ex-boyfriend had used my phone to access his Facebook account and never logged out. The next day, I received a message from my former best friend asking what I was doing that night. Not realizing I was still logged on to his Facebook, I replied that I was working. She replied with, ‘Since when do you work nights?’ I was confused for about a second before I realized I was on his account. I scrolled up and found they had been seeing each other behind my back. There were messages from other girls on there as well. My sister, speaking from experience, told me I knew all I needed to know to leave him, and it would just hurt more if I read the rest of the messages. I wish I had listened to her.”
This Woman’s Secret Relationship Is Too Crazy For Words
“At my old job, we had to build a mix between a fence and a solid wall for an arrogant woman. We stored our tools in her basement. When my Russian co-worker was storing some stuff away, he found a collection of notebooks on a shelf. He opened one and flipped through the pages. There were old photos glued in starring the client and her dog doing some really crazy, freaky stuff. He screamed like a little girl, so my boss and I bolted down the stairs, thinking that he’s in distress.
Then, every time she came out of the house to bring us coffee, her dog (a huge freaking beast but totally nice) was on her side. I couldn’t resist to pet the dog and say: ‘Now who’s a good boy? Making mommy happy and all, hm? My, what a long tongue you have.’ and all kinds of nonsense. My boss almost lost it when I said that and spat his hot coffee all over the site.”
They’d Never Look At Clowns The Same Way Again
“I was five years old and at my friend’s birthday party, and all our parents were there. My friend told us (there were six kids altogether) that his parents had a ‘secret’ and he wants to show us something. So we all crowded into his parent’s bedroom, locked the door, and he told us that if we searched the room for the ‘key’ which opens a black suitcase, we would find the secret.
So we turned that room inside out and finally found the key in an old shoe. He opened up a black suitcase and there were tons of smut and giant adult toys wrapped in plastic bags. We didn’t know what they were, so we thought they were pool floaties. Thinking back, we were whacking each other with them and doing all kinds of regrettable things because we didn’t know what they were.
My friend told us that the real secret was the collection of tapes, so we popped them on his dad’s TV in the bedroom and started watching them. That was the first time I ever saw a real man’s junk in real life. Unfortunately, it was also attached to a clown with a painted face; the clown was getting intimate with all the women in the room who also had their faces painted to look like clowns. It was super traumatizing. I never got over it.”
This Family Reunion Ended Miserably For This Poor Woman
“My mom was adopted in a closed adoption. When she was in her 20s, the government decided to unseal all adoption records, so she was able to find out a few things about her birth mother which eventually led to her finding her.
My mother was excited to meet her birth-mother. She didn’t have a great relationship with her adoptive parents, and I think she was emotionally invested in having a relationship with her birth mother.
After she found her, they spoke on the phone and arranged to meet. I didn’t get to go, but my mom talked about it non stop, showed me pictures, told me about their day together, and was over the moon. Then one day, I just never heard anything else about it. She never went to see her again, and I was really confused. My mom wouldn’t talk about it.
A little while later, I was in her room looking for something and found a letter addressed to her from her birth mother. It was 12-pages long but the gist was that, while she was happy they met and had been curious about her for years, no one in her life knew she’d ever had a baby, and she wanted to keep it that way. She asked my mother never to contact her again.
My mom has a lot of problems. We never got along, and we haven’t spoken in a couple of years. I hate her for a lot of things, but thinking about that letter still makes me feel for her. I remember just sitting there crying when I read it. She’s done some pretty horrible things to me, but I still feel sorry for her when I think about that.”
These Hidden Tapes Revealed Too Much About This Family
“I worked as a batch maker at a mid-sized paint manufacturer. I had previous experience in building maintenance, so when the maintenance guy got really sick and had to miss a few months, I stepped in to take care of business. His work area was separated from the rest of the plant to avoid explosions. I had to do a lot of metal fabrication and build a lot of things from scratch. His work area was a nightmare and finding parts and tools was really difficult.
A few weeks into my new job, I was searching for some pipe fittings. I dug through bins and boxes. I found old uncashed paychecks and some adult smut, nothing too crazy. Then I saw a box under a workbench. It was a black, plastic box like a tackle box. I pulled it out from its hiding place and popped it open. To my surprise, I found an old mini DV camcorder with black tape covering everything except the lens and buttons along with 25 mini DV tapes. I am a curious person and this was intriguing. I slipped into his office, plugged the camera into a TV, popped in a tape and immediately dropped my jaw to the floor. It was obvious the camera was hidden in a bathroom closet. A woman was showering behind a curtain and then she was just out of the shower, nothing on, toweling off, completely oblivious to the show she was on. I was a little baffled, it seemed my co-worker filmed his wife secretly.
Here’s where my regret kicks in. Over the next week, I would try a new tape every time I had a free moment. Most of the tapes showed his wife but some were women of the night changing for the camera.
Then I popped in the tape that shook me to my core. It started the same as most. A high point of view from a closet facing a bathroom mirror. The wife had nothing on, doing her hair in the mirror when a young woman walked in, late teens or early 20s, blonde and attractive complaining about some family event. The girl then stripped down and got into the shower. This is a different twist, filming your wife is one thing, but your daughter? That’s a whole different beast. The wife was still looking at the mirror when the daughter got out of the shower. The daughter then grabbed her mother’s chest from behind and commented on the look. What the heck? Then the younger daughter came in. WHAT THE HECK? I’m not great at guessing age, but I don’t know if she’d be ‘legal’, she also stripped down, her sister and mother commented on her chest with touching and weighing. WHAT THE HECK? They goofed around in the mirror, touching, giggling, and spanking. They did their hair and makeup and left. Written on the tape was the word ‘Great.’
I didn’t know what to do, so I put everything back where I found it and thought about what to do. I decided I would show the box to my manager and say I hadn’t watched the tapes but it looked fishy. When I went back to work the next day the box and tapes were gone. I couldn’t be around that guy anymore after that. He gave me the creeps. I warned the female employees to watch out in their locker room. They already knew he was a creep, just not to the extent I had seen.”
His Fantasy Turned Into A Nightmare After This Discovery
“We had a Tahitian family living next door to us and the eldest daughter was a total hotty. My female cousin and I were crushing real hard on her. She brought her telescope over and we’d spy on the hot neighbor.
On one particular day I’d gotten home to look through the telescope, and who do I see there in the room with the hot Tahitian girl? My cousin. She completely ruined the whole spying on the hot chick with a telescope for me!
My friends always wondered why I didn’t just watch the two of them getting it on, but I told them that I couldn’t because I’ve always thought of that cousin of mine as being a sister to me, and I wouldn’t want to watch my sister fooling around, even if it’s with an exotic Tahitian hotty!”
After Finding This Family Secret, Their Mother Knew Their Childhood Was Officially Over
“When I was a kid I was rummaging through some boxes in my grandma’s apartment. I came across papers that were from a court hearing; my aunt was violated by two off-duty police officers in my hometown. In her statement, she was walking home from a party when they pulled up beside her. They told her they were on duty and would bring her home.
I have never felt so horrible for sneaking around. I remember crying to my mom later that evening and the look of horror on her face realizing how quickly I was about to grow up.”
This Brother’s Secret Might Have Finally Come Out Of The Closet
“I eavesdropped on my older brother fooling around one night when I was 15 years old. Our house had a central vac with an outlet in each room, and by putting my ear up to my outlet, I could hear my brother’s room because the cover on his outlet was broken.
I listened to my brother going at it for a while, getting a good laugh out of it, and making plans to spy on whoever came out. He didn’t have a girlfriend at the time, so I was very curious who was in there. Our doors were close together, so I left mine open a bit and lay in wait right by the door so I could peek out. After a while, the noise stopped, and I heard footsteps toward the door.
I saw my brother come out and go straight to the bathroom. I heard him taking a leak, then he walked back. He left the bathroom light on, so there was some light shining on my door. I ducked back a bit to not be seen, and so I missed the next person coming out of his room. They walked into the bathroom too. Then I heard them peeing. It was a guy, standing up peeing.
I saw his best friend walk out of the bathroom and go back into the room. I waited a while to see if a girl came out too, but no. That was it.
I was so surprised I crept into my sister’s room, woke her up and told her what I saw. She never mentioned it again, and I never told my brother. He has since had many girlfriends, been married and all that. It weirds me out to this day. Not because of what he did, but because it was so unexpected. Caught me totally off guard.”
Sometimes Ignorance Isn’t Bliss
“She wrote in a journal and I never once thought of looking at it because it was none of my business. I never looked at her phone or asked who she was talking to. I trusted her and loved her. We went through a rough patch of about a year, and she started acting really shady. She would not show up home until late with no reason why, and always hid her phone when she was getting a text or call.
One day, I came home from work earlier than usual, and she had come home and wrote in her journal and left it sitting open on the kitchen counter. I was curious, so I just glanced at the open page and Bingo. She had been writing about how she couldn’t wait to see him and be with him that coming weekend. I looked further in the pages and found that it had been going on for quite some time. When she got home, I calmly told her to pack her stuff and leave, she freaked out and then noticed that she left her journal on the counter.
I regret it for many reasons, yet I also am glad that I did it. I had so much trust in her until I had good reason to doubt. Sometimes I think she left it there on purpose, but I’m not sure if she was quite that thoughtful.”
They Never Could’ve Guessed What Was Hidden In This Box
“I grew up in a relatively rural area of the United States, and a friend of mine lived in a home that was an almost joke-level redneck. There were huge isolated tracts of land, and he once actually discovered a car mowing his lawn.
It was this car that’s the focus of our story. He and his parents had no idea whose it was at first, so he went digging through it. In the trunk, after forcing it open, he discovered a heavy, steel suitcase that was shut and padlocked.
Being in high school, and having very little sense of self-preservation or caution, we decided we’d meet up on Friday after school, break open the case with bolt cutters, and see what was inside it.
We spent the week going back and forth. Was it illegal substances? Body parts? Money? We really hoped it was money. It was the most exciting couple of days of our young lives.
We did it. We got to his house that Friday, gathered around the suitcase, and cracked that thing open.
There were no illegal substances.
There was no money.
There was, however, four weapons and enough bullets to reload those four weapons to take on most of our little town and win. There were also these weird papers, some of them mentioning the owner of the car and presumably the weapons. They belonged to my friend’s strange uncle.
Because we weren’t entirely stupid, we packed it all back in the case and decided that we needed to do something with it. He hadn’t told his parents about the suitcase, so we were the only five who knew we had it.
So we bought some larger, tougher locks at the local store, each took the combination and buried it in his backyard.
To this day, I still wonder if his uncle wasn’t some kind of hitman. He was a strange, strange dude.”
This Kid Saw More Of Their Father Than They Ever Cared To
“I was about 14 and using my father’s hard drive. I was downloading old songs he had saved so that I could play them on my mp3 player. After I’d downloaded all of the songs I liked, I decided to go snooping.
Not knowing what I would find, I searched the folders for stuff, being mostly interested in pictures. Boy, was that a huge mistake.
After a short while, I found a folder full of pictures. I opened a random one and saw my dad’s junk. I quickly went to the next picture, but to no avail. My father had an album full of his wasted pictures, and most of them having his junk in them, saved on his hard drive.
After that, I learned never to go snooping on someones personal hard drive or computer ever again.”
Nice Guys Always Finish Last
“When I was about 16 or 17, I had a gathering of friends at my house. Our ‘group’ was three guys and three girls, and I had a crush on all three of the girls. They were all lovely, pretty, and more than anything, I really cared about them. Halfway through the night, the three of them sat in my garden, and I had gone to my bedroom to grab something, the window was wide open and I noticed that they’d started talking about fooling around with guys.
I sat against the wall under the window and eavesdropped. This is still the point in time where all the girls I knew, these included, refused to talk about messing around with their male friends and if they did, they made it seem that they had no interest. I took their word for it. Man, was I wrong. It turned out that all three of them had been fairly active, and not only that, but the guys they were mentioning were all from the same group, and I hated all of them. They were the stereotypical, slightly older jock dudes who charm the ladies then never talk to them again, and all three of these young ladies had completely fallen for it.
As I sat listening to them comparing experiences but also speaking about it in such a casual, matter of fact way, I really felt a small piece of me dying. I never realized how much of my innocence was contingent on my belief that my female friends were innocent. I was just so shocked and saddened that these girls had been so easily seduced and they felt nothing but excitement about the whole thing.”
Seeing These Pictures Made Him Sick To His Stomach
“Years and years ago, when I was 18, while I was visiting my then-boyfriend, I started browsing through his camera roll, and I found a picture of him giving someone else some affection with his hand. Though he and I had agreed on an open relationship to cope with a long-distance relationship, it had always been one-sided, so seeing the picture made me a bit sick to my stomach. We never spoke of his encounters, since they only served to make me incredibly jealous and paranoid. I can’t say I was a fan of that feeling. I’ve since learned to respect people’s privacy much more and that I should date people I don’t have to feel jealous and paranoid about for any reason.”
The Christmas Spirit Died On This Christmas Eve
“On Christmas Eve when I was a young lad, I was impatiently waiting for Santa Claus. I was quietly prancing around my room and formulating a plan to catch Santa laying out the presents under the tree. I heard a noise and my innocent mind thought it was my beloved Santa. I quickly activate my carefully crafted plan. I sneak out my bedroom very quietly, and tiptoe down the hallway and peer around the corner to where the tree is. Lo and behold it’s my dad putting out the very recognizable Santa gift. That was a Christmas I wish I didn’t go sneaking around on, and Christmas has never quite felt the same since.”
He Felt Like An Unwelcome Guest After He Found These Messages
“Long story short, I moved in with my future in-laws while my fiancee finished her medical degree. We’ve been dating for eight years and she graduates next May.
I have had almost no issues with her parents, which was a big part of our decision to leave our apartment and move in with parents to save money and further our education.
Well, as I’m sure many sane people would assume, living with in-laws was a big mistake.
I started getting these bad vibes in the house and hints that something was off. One night, I overheard her father complaining that I don’t ‘do enough around here.
I got paranoid and checked his iPhone when they were both asleep. Literally non-stop texts from now until LAST YEAR (Dec 2016 is when the text history stopped) to his wife complaining about me, and how he wants me out of ‘his house.’
The mom commutes to work every day, so she’s essentially gone from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but the dad is home 24/7 on disability, so he sees what I do and my day-to-day nonstop. At minimum, he texts her while she’s busy at work one to two times a week complaining about me: ‘I can’t wait until he’s gone,’ ‘guess what time ‘X’ woke up again?’ ‘wow ‘X’ is eating out for lunch for the third day in a row how hard is it to cook?’ ‘Doing yard work outside got no help from ‘X’ today lazy bum,’ ‘Guess who I saw up at 3 a.m. playing stupid video games again?’ ‘I’m going to vacuum when you leave for work early so ‘X’ gets up early for a change,’ ‘I need to use the jackhammer tomorrow, going to do it nice and early hope ‘X’ has earplugs!’
I work from home currently. I make decent money, but apparently because I’m not a blue-collar man like he was I’m a lazy piece of junk? Ever since I spent a good 10-20 minutes scrolling through hundreds of messages about me over the past half of year, I can’t even look at him anymore. I’m stuck here living with someone I now hate until Summer 2018. I regret being nosy and looking through his texts, I would rather be ignorant and him fake to me for my own sanity.
The good news is my fiancee is absolutely disgusted with him and pretty much is going to confront him when moving time comes, possibly cut off contact if it goes as bad as expected.”
This Mother’s Secrets Ultimately Tore This Family Apart
“My parents were having a nasty divorce because my father still loved her, and she was bent on taking everything she could from him. It hurt to watch.
I was really into computers, and my father had made sure I got as many classes and courses as he could get for me while I was growing up, so I was pretty tech savvy for my age. I noticed that my mother was spending an awful lot of time on the family computer after kicking my father out of the house, so I set out to find out why.
I found out she spent lots of time on her email, and since before becoming a teacher she used to be a secretary in the ages of typewriters, she typed rather quickly, so I knew she was having exchanges through there.
Next step? Obviously a keylogger and an antivirus exception in order to find out what she was talking about and with whom. It was her then-boyfriend, and that was the day a huge part of my innocence died after seeing all the hate and the venom in their words towards my father.
Due to former legal issues, I had a CPS-appointed lawyer, so I told her the whole story and stated that I suspected she was doing that, because of how many hours per week she was spending on the computer, in her email, and forbidding my sister and me from going to the living room, where the computer was located.
She told me how anything from her email would be inadmissible in court unless she saved it on the family computer under the common account, otherwise, it would be illegal.
So, I had to save all her emails to the hard drive and make them look like system files and backups, so I could use them as proof. I also doctored the creation and save dates, printed everything out and hid it inside the crawlspace between the ceiling and the roof, pretty far from the entrance to that space to keep it from being found.
I never looked at my mother with the same eyes again. We are on amicable terms now, but I still hold a grudge against her. She brought my father to the brink of suicide, and I doubt I will ever fully forgive her for that.”