Some people just can’t take no for an answer. People break up for a number of reasons, but most would say it’s for the best. However, scorned lovers have a tendency to act out for the sake of rekindling a flame long gone. Here, people share the outrageous things their ex has done to win them back.
All stories have been edited for clarity.
Somebody’s Watching Me
“I told my ex I was getting an apartment because things weren’t working out anymore. This devastated him, but he insisted I keep the house, and he would find another place to live.
I agreed and he moved out shortly after.
In the course of about three weeks, my ex repeatedly broke into the house. My ex left tape recorders in the flooring of my house. I changed the locks twice but he still managed to find a way to harass me.
When I got the police involved, they took my statement and warned him not to contact me. I thought this would have settled things, but about a week later, I woke up to the sound of something shuffling around on the floor in my bedroom.
I threw off the covers and screamed bloody murder when I saw my ex army-crawling on toward me. Still screaming, I ordered him to get the hell out of my house. To this day, I really don’t think he understood why I was so upset.
On New Year’s Eve, I came home from work to find the power cut. It was FREEZING in my house. When I called public service, they told me that the other person on the account called and said we had moved out, so they came and ‘tagged it out.’
I was quivering with anger as I explained what was going on. The power company said due to the holiday they wouldn’t be able to send someone out to get me back up for three days.
I had to take my dog and my pet turtle with me to stay in a hotel for two nights. About another week later, I had settled in back home. During another night of fitful sleeping, I heard something just outside my window. When I got up to look, I saw my ex jump off the back porch and run toward the woods.
I called the police another time and talked to the same cop that handled my case before. He said to call back if my ex came back. I was frustrated by his response, and told him, ‘Well he’s not gonna come back again today.’
Amazingly, about a half hour later, I was laying in my bed and saw a shadow move very fast by the window. I just knew it was him.
I grabbed my cell and called the cops again. Not five minutes later, I heard sirens screaming outside. A total of three cop cars came down the street in a huff. I waited as I heard them yell at my ex. I then got to watch him get arrested right outside my door.
After being terrified for the last month of my life, I felt so relaxed and safe. I ended up oversleeping for work that night because it was the first time I could sleep comfortably in my house for a long time.
Everyone at work knew what had been going on, so I woke up to a bunch of missed calls from my manager and a couple of co-workers freaking out and asking if I was ok.
We laugh about it now and refer to my ex as ‘the low-crawler’, but I assure you, at the time, I was terrified. You’d think that after almost seven years, you’d know someone.
I really wonder if he thought that after doing all of those things, I was going to take him back.”
Through The Storm
“During Florida hurricane season, I was staying at my mom’s house to ride out a storm. I had just gone through a breakup with a hunk of a guy who literally drank raw eggs for breakfast and was all muscles.
He was attractive no doubt, but during our relationship, I discovered he was emotionally immature. My ex would frequently throw cards and game pieces about whenever he would lose to me. Other childish behavior prompted me to break things off.
As the storm worsened, the roads were closed and the wind was whipping. The street was flooding and everyone was hunkered down trying to tough out the storm.
I was looking out the window as the storm unfolded. Suddenly, I saw an all too familiar car pull up in front of my mother’s house. My jaw dropped when I saw the driver get out, rain and wind threatening to blow him away.
It was my crazy ex coming to prove his love for me in the absurdest way possible.
He climbed on top of the car and calmly sat Indian style. He held out his hands and touched his forefingers and thumbs together as if he was doing yoga in the middle of the storm.
I feel bad that the police officers I called had to risk their lives to rescue my ex while he had his unusual tantrum that day. After they talked him down from the car, they told my ex to leave. He drove off into the heavy rain, never to be seen again.”
What About Now?
“I had recently gotten out of the Navy and met the girl of my dreams. Not too long after we announced our engagement, my ex-girlfriend emerged out of nowhere and began calling and harassing me at work.
My ex was on a mission to not only sabotage my current relationship but desperately wanted us to get back together. She would call my place of work three to four times a day, demanding to speak to me. This went on for weeks and quickly became a pain in the ass for my secretaries who had to take the messages.
Whenever she managed to track me down, my ex rambled on about nonsense. She constantly asked how I was and if I was ‘really happy.’ I repeatedly told her to stop calling my job, but she wouldn’t let up. Eventually, I told my secretaries to not even bother answering when they saw her number.
Once she saw she couldn’t reach me at work anymore, my ex started showing up at my mom’s house. If she saw my truck outside, my ex was even bold enough to march right up the steps to my mom’s porch and knock.
The first time she did it, I was actually visiting my mother with my new fiance. My ex completely disregarded my current relationship. To make matters worse, she desperately tried to pull me away so we could ‘escape somewhere.’ I turned her down every time.
My ex insisted on finding out where my fiancee and I lived and never stopped until she found out. When she found out where we lived, my ex started coming over while I was at work.
To top things off, my ex had been married for five years yet was trying to chase me! My ex even tried to make my soon-to-be wife her best friend.
Then came the day when my fiance had enough. After another, ‘let’s get together, just the three of us, and do something’ request, my girlfriend finally told me:
‘Just tell her to leave us alone already!’
When my ex realized that nothing was going to happen between me and her, she finally brought her husband over one day. Over dinner and drinks, we learned the sad reason behind her behavior. My ex’s husband had reproductive issues that made it hard for them to conceive. My ex had been pregnant three times with no success. She explained that I was the only other man she wanted to father her children, but couldn’t afford medical assistance.
I felt bad for my ex, but the way she went about it was messed up because my wife was about an inch away from strangling the girl.
This is definitely, the furthest any of my old flames went to get back with me.”
All Your Fault
“My ex and I had been together for six years when we decided to start trying for a baby. He was over the moon excited about it. But when I got pregnant during our first month of trying to conceive, things took a turn for the worse.
He became abusive.
The last straw was when I came home one night from work and found him partying with some friends I had never met. This wouldn’t have been a big deal to me, but they were smoking weed in the house and I was three months pregnant.
I certainly did not want to be around that kind of thing, so I asked my ex and his friends to take the pot outside. Everyone could stay, but I didn’t want to be around the smoke.
That’s when my ex did the unthinkable.
He pinned me against the wall with his hands around my neck. He lifted me up so that my feet were a couple of inches off the floor. My ex then started screaming at me for what seemed like hours while I was struggling to breathe.
One of the friends heard the commotion and rushed to separate us. He pulled my ex away from me and stood guard while I sat on the floor trying to catch my breath. Once I pulled myself together, I called the police.
My ex was arrested that night, and I told him to never come back to my house. I told him we were over and done. I handed him the engagement ring he had given me about six months prior as he was being carted off by the police.
I immersed myself in my work and barely spoke to anyone for the next couple of weeks. The only people I told what happened were my parents.
Two weeks later, I saw my best friend wearing that same ring on her new Myspace profile picture.
I wasn’t mad that she was with him, but I needed her to know what happened so she knew what she was getting herself into. I invited my friend over for lunch and told her everything. Before she left, she promised me she was going to leave him.
The next day, I was called to the receptionist’s desk because I had a visitor. I wasn’t expecting anyone, but when I turned the corner, my heart sank. My ex was carrying a bouquet of roses in one hand and a ring box in the other. He gave the receptionist a fake name so I would come out to meet him.
He threw the ring box at my face and screamed at me for ruining his life. He then said I had to get back with him because everything was my fault. Security was quick to respond, but that didn’t stop him from cornering me so I couldn’t leave. My ex punched me in the stomach all while crying hysterically and telling me how much he loved me and needed me back.
Again, my ex was arrested, but this time he wasn’t given bail.
I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl a week after he was convicted. My daughter is the best thing that ever happened to me.”