19 Iconic Revenge Stories That Feed The Petty Inside Me

Sarah Kester
Jim Halpert from The Office
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The world is divided into two camps: people who dream about petty revenge and those who actually do it. 

The latter are the folks who seek retaliation in ways a person wouldn’t expect. Like one person who left birdseed all over their backstabbing roommate's car or another who messed with the food of rude customers

For more inspiration, here are 19 iconic revenge stories that feed the petty inside me!

The painting

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Pettiness runs deep in some of us, like this Redditor who exacted revenge when they were 10!

After a girl copied the bird they were painting in art class, they put her painting in the sink and left the tap running.

The alarm clocks

Alarm clock
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"In response to a (admittedly pretty good) practical joke, I hid seven battery-powered alarm clocks in the perpetrator's room. Set them to go off one by one roughly every 40 minutes between 2 and 6 AM. Last one was hidden in the ceiling." - u/pancakesareyummy

The ends of tomatoes

Rubbing palms
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Fast-food workers have a lot more power than you'd think!

Annoy them and you might end up with a surprise, like this one Redditor who gives rude Subway customers the ends of the tomatoes in their sandwiches.

The unlucky penny

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"Whenever I was at work I would keep an eye on some of the coins I had in my till drawer that weren't 'legal tender' in my country. I would then give these to customers who were assholes to me in their change. Muahaha." - u/ScarletRhi

The egging


Once you get older, you get annoyed at things like people parking on your street and littering.

So after this Redditor had enough of a 16-year-old leaving his McDonald's trash in his yard, he began egging the teenager's car!

The wedding dress

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"I found out my wife was cheating on me, so I kicked her out and sent her packing back to Missouri. She emailed me asking for her wedding dress so she could marry the guy she cheated with. I hung the dress in a tree, burned it, and sent it to her the unholy remains in a ziplock bag... Postage Due." - u/intensenerd

The vomit

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One Redditor vomited all over their 3rd-grade classroom carpet after the rude teacher refused to let them use the bathroom several times.

The teacher should've just let them go. Then they wouldn't have had such a big mess!

The flip-flops

Jim from The Office
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"I had a drunk guy wake me up and try to fight me one night in a hostel. I was cleaning up in the morning and he was asleep on the couch. I took his flip-flops and put them in the lost property. so petty, I know." - u/gentlemanofleisure

The tantrum

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One movie concession employee knows all about how kids' minds work.

That's why they will loudly ask rude parents if they want to add candy to their orders. They know the kid will beg for it. Pretty smart!

The pick-up order

Prank call

"My former employer is a well-known pizza joint that treats its employees terribly. I left and took another job and for a couple years afterwards I will still make large online orders for pickup that I never intend to get." - u/WIENER_POOP

The bartender

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When you're at a bar, nothing is worse than a gross guy hitting on you or watery drinks!

The latter is what one Redditor does whenever a customer is rude to them. They fill their drink up with ice!

The jukebox

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"Some [expletive] at a bar told me that he hated smooth adult-contemporary rock. So, I went to the jukebox and just played 'Free-Falling' and 'Last Dance with Mary Jane' for an hour. I literally got 'Petty' Revenge." -u/deleted. Tom Petty that is!

The marked territory

John Tucker Must die
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One Redditor had enough of a girl at school having a crush on her boyfriend.

So, even though there were other people available at an event, she asked the girl to take a cute picture of the Redditor and her boyfriend.

The "burrito"

Petty hat
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If food in a fridge isn't yours, don't eat it!

"Had a coworker who would eat people's food, even leftovers, out of the work fridge. We put cat [expletive] in a burrito and he didn't realize something was weird till about 3 bites in." - u/Jmersh

The mailbox

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One dad knew exactly what to do when his mailbox kept getting hit by cars driving by.

He got an eight-foot I-beam and buried it about four feet down. The next time a familiar car hit it, the car got wrapped around it so that the mailbox/pole was sticking out of the middle of his car.

The pee pan

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One Redditor's roommate had a creative way of dealing with apartment neighbors who would throw crazy parties frequently.

He peed on a metal pizza pan and stuck it in the freezer. After the neighbor's next crazy party, he pulled the pan out and slid the frozen disc of pee under their door to melt on the carpet.

The "broken" TV

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"My brother in law did something to irritate my wife back when they were in high school. My wife turned off the TV, wrote 'broken' on a piece of paper taped to the TV, shut off the power strip, and flipped the batteries around in the remote. Took my brother in law several days to figure it out." -u/SteevyT

The birdseed


When this Redditor caught their roommate telling lies about them to mutual friends, they sought revenge.

They threw birdseed on their car every morning and evening. When she came home from a trip, the birds wouldn't leave her car alone.

The tablecloth

Jim Halpert from The Office
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"Went to a restaurant for brunch. Upon receiving my bill I noticed a $3 charge for table linen. As I was leaving I folded up the tablecloth. The waiter said what are you doing? I said, I paid for it I’m taking it home. And I did." - u/pierced7

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