What is the most satisfying instance of revenge that you have witnessed or heard about?

An internet user recently shared an incident, saying, “My guidance counselor told me I wasn’t ‘university material’, and years later I pretended not to know her.”

Here’s the full story for your context.


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The Original Poster (OP) knows it doesn’t sound much like revenge, but it was oh-so-sweet, let him tell us!

Back in high school, OP struggled hard. OP had a step-dad who adopted him and then ignored him his whole life and a mom who was wrapped up in making his step-dad’s life perfect.

“Yeah, he was what some might call a textbook narcissist, with my mom as his ‘flying monkey’ (Wizard of Oz reference).”, says OP.

Throwback To OP’s School Life

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Anyway, school was a difficult time for OP, and he had a lot of anxiety and a hard time focusing. OP attended all his classes, and was always doing very well on his assignments, but had trouble completing them.

OP’s Counselor Was Same

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OP’s guidance counselor was the same all through high school, and every year would start with a meeting with her, and OP would explain he needed more help because he was struggling to focus.

“She brushed me off every time, stating that I obviously wasn’t trying hard enough because I had no excuse since my step-dad (adopted dad) was…wait for it…a social worker for the school board and personal friend of hers. Yeah, it was awful.”, says OP

The Not-So-Cool Advice OP Received Back Then

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At the end of high school, they had their obligatory meeting about what colleges/universities or trade schools to apply to. OP told her he was interested in psychology and would like to be a counselor or teach psychology.

She Scoffed

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“This woman scoffed. Literally scoffed at me. She said, and I quote ‘Please do not apply to university. It would be a huge disappointment for you. You are not university material, and you may be better with a community college or even a certificate in administration’.”, says OP.

How Does OP Feel About The Whole Thing?

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Next, OP says, “Now let me say THERE IS NOTHING WRONG with going to community college or getting a certificate in something. Nothing at all.

But this woman’s words would haunt me my whole life. I wanted to pursue something I was very interested in, and she essentially told me I wasn’t smart enough or capable enough to do it.”

Fast Forward To OP’s Late 20’s

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OP worked at a variety of small jobs here and there and became very depressed. OP finally decided one day that screw it – he’s applying for university.

Well, he got in and he graduated with honors. So, OP went to teachers college for another bachelor’s degree. Again, graduated with honors. And about 5 years ago, he finally finished his Masters in behavioral psychology.

Two Years Ago

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Two years ago, OP’s stepdad died, and who is at the visitation? OP’s old guidance counselor.

She came right over and started talking to OP immediately like she knew him like they were old friends. OP cut her off and said, “I’m so sorry, you must be confusing me with someone else”.

She looked absolutely shocked and said “I was your guidance counselor! For 4 years.” OP just shook his head and gave the best blank look he could give, shrugged and said, “Sorry, I honestly don’t remember you”.

OP Left

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When OP left, she looked a bit confused and disappointed. OP thinks she had hoped for him to have all of these good memories of her, and how helpful she was to OP as a teen.

But nope. OP wanted her to feel that she was nothing to him. Had zero effect (even though she did affect me, OP wasn’t letting her know that).

“I felt pretty good about that.”, says OP.

Good For You!

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“Good for you. She wanted kudos for a job well done and you showed her she wasn’t worth remembering.”

Well Played, Man!

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“Evil genius. Playing the long game!”, said one.

“Got to say, I like it! Good Job OP……I bet she’ll remember your words for the rest of her life…..just like you did her negativity!”, another added.

She Was Horrible Indeed!

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“She was horrible. I’m sorry she made you pause, and it’s so awesome you still went after your dreams.

Even for people who aren’t naturally gifted/quick to learn, that can be compensated by increased dedication. No excuse for her.”

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