These aren’t your average, ordinary mistakes: they’re the kind that you think about often and cringe at. You wonder if other people also remember your moment of embarrassment (probably not, but how could you know for sure?!).
One moment of embarrassment I had recently was when I took the subway just two stops, as I did every day. It was early morning and I was so tired. The subway pulled into the final stop, and every single person exited the train, except for me. I thought it was the second-to-last stop instead, so I just sat there staring at the ground.
But no—it was the final stop, and the doors shut and locked behind me, leaving me a captive on this subway train. Instead of a bustling train car, I was alone in silence, with no idea how to leave. I felt so dumb, because I took this route every day, and still made a rookie mistake.
I was a little panicked about how to get out. But then, a conductor walked through and noticed me. He literally rolled his eyes as he unlocked the door to let me out onto the now-empty platform. I was bright red and utterly mortified, as well as late to work. To err is human, I suppose.
Check out these amazingly hilarious stories of embarrassment below. Then, check out these anonymous confessions, like one kid who admitted, “Mum wanted me to clean my room, I played a vacuum noise from YouTube.”