In life, random events can really throw you for a loop — especially if they are life-threatening. It can make you feel like the world is indifferent to your existence. But if you survive? You might feel like you dodged a bullet.
On Reddit, people are sharing the stories that made them feel like they escaped a tragic event.
Some stories are scary, others funny. Too many involve cars or appliances on the fritz. For real, be safe on the road, friends.
1. A Kind Stranger
“When I was a dumb young woman I lived in St. Thomas Virgin Islands. I worked in an area that could be very sketchy after dark. One night after work I got really drunk. I stumbled into a taxi to head home. So drunk I’m not even sure how I gave him my address. When we arrived I started digging in my pocket for cash to pay the taxi driver and he reached over and said ‘no, no baby. I’m not a taxi. I just wanted to make sure you got home ok.’ Apparently I had just jumped into a random car. I will be forever grateful to this stranger and much more careful in my after work decisions.” — mixednuts_trailmix
2. Child Molester
“When I was 10, I had a friend who had a Boys and Girls club adult mentor. My friend invited me to come meet him, and I was immediately creeped out. The way the dude smiled at me still gives me nightmares. Two days later, a local news story identified him as a child molester, and he had been molesting my friend for two years at that point. I will always trust my gut when it says ‘get the fuck outta here.'” — Mikeronomicon
3. Burst Gall Bladder
“Had gall stones and the doctor game me a choice between surgery to remove the gall bladder or antibiotics. I choose the surgery, which is very unlike me. When they started the surgery they found out the gall bladder had burst and the stones were in my body cavity. What was supposed to be a short procedure through the belly button turned into a 10″ incision to remove the stones. I was supposed to leave the hospital that day, but it turned into a week. However, if I chose antibiotics and went home with a burst gall bladder, I probably would have died of sepsis.” — Wu-Kang
4. Taco Bell Break
“I was on my way to Taco Bell in the back of a friends small truck. The cab was full so I was in the bed. We passed by my apartment on the way and I chose to have him drop me off (it was a bit chilly in the open air back there). By the time I got into my apartment I had a snapchat from the driver. It was a picture of his totaled truck. While he was stopped at an intersection, a drunk driver approached from the opposite direction going 100+. The driver clipped a bus causing an abrupt stop and his whole engine to rip out of his car, fly through the intersection and into my friends truck where I had been riding, unseatbelted moments before. None of my friends were injured. I think both the people in the other car died.” — tubahero
5. The Church Of Scientology
“I was dating a girl for a while, and despite living and working on the opposite side of town, she’d always be near this one neighborhood coffee shop that I frequented, so I’d randomly run into her there and ask what brought her to that neck of the woods. She’s usually reply ‘grabbing some coffee’ or ‘I had a hunch you’d be here and wanted to say hi.’
One day she up and moves out of the state with zero warning, and tells me that we aren’t dating anymore. I was confused, but it was casual so while it sucked I just thought ‘oh she probably had some family emergency or something and didn’t want to tell me.’ A few weeks later on her snapchat I see that she’s just making absolute STACKS in San Diego, and is always wearing the same uniform in these pictures. I was a bit confused but didn’t think much of it.
I started dating this other chick who frequented the aforementioned coffee shop, and after a month or two of dating, the first chick comes back and starts hanging out with her a bunch around the same neighborhood the coffee shop was in. A week later, BOTH of them are moving to San Diego, and want me to come with them, live with them, and work where they work. Something just felt EXTREMELY fishy, so I said no, and off they went.
Eventually a picture got posted with both of them in it, in front of a very strange but very instantly familiar building. The HQ of the Church of Scientology. The reason the original chick was always in that neighborhood is because kitty corner from the coffee shop was the local chapter of the church of Scientology. She got pretty ingrained in the church, and moved to San Diego to work for them, then came back to recruit gullible people to come back with her. And that’s the story of how I lost two girlfriends to the church of Scientology, and was none the wiser. Definitely glad I dodged THAT bullet.” — fullalcoholiccircle
6. Car Accident And Mass On The Pancreas
“I got into a car accident that seriously f*cked me up. During the initial scans to see how dented up I was from the accident they found a mass on my pancreas. Turns out I have PNETS, endocrine tumors. It was just sitting there, getting bigger. I took a bullet to dodge a bullet.” — Rounder057
7. Faulty Car Jack
“I left a store and it soon became obvious something was wrong with the car — I pulled into the Walmart parking lot I was by and yep — flat tire on the front left side. My rather pregnant wife, and 3 year old daughter get out. It was HOT. Got out the crappy scissor jack that came with the car and I was about to get started when my brother in law stopped to see if we needed anything — so I said maybe let them sit in your car while I change the tire.
I loosed the lug nuts, jack the car up, pull the lug nuts off, and tire is a little stuck. I lay down partially under the car to pull on the tire. The next thing I hear is my brother in law shouting LOOK OUT — so I just roll away from the car and the very next thing I hear is crunching metal. The crappy jack had snapped in half, dropping the car all the way to the ground where my arm/shoulder had been like 1 second earlier. No damage done to me, but I had to walk the adrenalin rush off for a few minutes after that. Fortunately we had triple A so they sent a guy to come fix it. The tow truck driver said he’d seen those jacks snap a bunch of times. So if the only jack you have for your car is the crappy screw type jack – please buy a better one. PLEASE. I do not expect to come that close to getting injured and not have anything happen twice in one life time.” — ConsultantForLife
8. Broken Chain Saw
“I was cutting a tree with a chainsaw. The saw wasn’t mine, it was old, and I don’t know how well maintained it was. The chain broke and came whipping back at me. I didn’t even react, it was too fast. I didn’t feel any pain, I turned and saw the chain was hanging, half stuck into a tree behind me at head/neck level. The tree was directly behind me, in a straight line from the chain saw. Somehow the chain whipped off, curved around my head/neck and buried itself in a tree 3 feet behind me. If it had gone straight I would be dead or disfigured. I didn’t even try and take the chain with me, I just called it a day, walked off, and didn’t pick up another chain saw for about six or seven years.” — dances_w_dingoes
9. Boston Marathon Close Call
“My father competed in the Boston marathon the year of the bombing. Thankfully he finished about 90 minutes before the explosion and we already away from the race.” — Brick_On_A_Stick
10. Avoided A Plane Accident
“Me and my girlfriend at the time were traveling from New Zealand to my family back home in Sweden. We both decided to spend a bit more money to fly back (to NZ) through Paris instead of Amsterdam, just because we wanted to see the Eiffel Tower. It cost us maybe an extra $50 and we got to see it on the landing and then take off, but never actually set foot in Paris proper because we were poor students.
When we landed in Auckland, New Zealand, jet lagged to shit, we turn on our phones and notice that we have about 50 missed calls from our travel agent, which was odd. When we call her, she sounds super relieved and out of breath. She tells us the flight she originally suggested to us, the one from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Ukraine.
My brain couldn’t process that information at the time, but once I woke up the next day it hit me like a ton of bricks. $50 made the difference between seeing the big steel thingy that has so many photos of it and being sent to Sweden in body bags piece by piece. Sometimes the absurdity of my existence comes over me, and this story always gives me goosebumps. One hell of a story to tell over beers, though.” — Haxxer
11. Icy Conditions
“I was as living in Utah and going to work at 5 in the morning. It was January and there was a fair amount of snow on the road. I was crawling down the icy hill that I lived on that has a traffic light at the bottom. I was about to go through the intersection since it was green for me when I noticed a snow plow that definitely wasn’t going to stop at his red light. Luckily I was paying attention and was able to stop before the light. I definitely would have been t-boned if I had kept going.” — blanksource
12. Car Crashed Into A House
“I stayed out of the house overnight while in high school. My dad was pissed off and told me that I better be home that night. I didn’t listen and instead stayed at a friends house with my girlfriend. At around 2 am a kid from high school drove a Denali into my house. It ran directly into my room and destroyed my room, bed and anything else around. He was estimated to be going around 60mph. My dad is blind and thought that I may have been in the room. He was searching for me frantically my mother said. I remember getting a ton of phone calls from home knowing that I was going to get into trouble for staying out against my parents wished. The next day when my gf dropped me off at home, I found a massive wood board and tarp covering my room. I would definitely not be here today of I had stayed home that night. Best case scenario I’d be a paraplegic. I guess sometimes it does pay to not listen to your parents.” — yeahdude4930
13. Partying In Mexico
“Partying in Mexico dance club, Tijuana. I went to bathroom, on the way there was a group of people smoking pot, they offered, so I took a hit. I proceeded to go into the bathroom and pee. When I came out of bathroom, the group of people smoking pot were being arrested by federalis (Mexico police). I just kept on walkin! Mexico jail is the last place I would want to be.” — Hollywood899
14. Avoiding Getting Peed On
“Was coming back home from a night out. Noticed my shoelace is undone, stop to tie it. 10 feet in front, exactly at the place I would have been if I haven’t stopped, a drunk guy from the first floor of an apartment building sits on his window, pulls his di*k out and starts pissing on the pavement. Biggest ‘phew’ I had in a while.” — wuxy95
15. Shooting At The Grocery Store
“I’d planned on doing some grocery shopping one afternoon after running other errands in the morning. By the time I got done with my morning errands, the weather looked quite gloomy so I decided to leave the groceries for another day. Just as I got home I got frantic texts from a friend of mine asking if I’m okay and to respond immediately. Apparently around the time I decided last minute to forgo shopping, someone opened fire at that exact grocery store I planned on going to. If I remember correctly, fortunately nobody got hurt and the shooter got apprehended quite quickly.” — [deleted]
16. Moved Just In Time
“Living in southern Vermont, I work for a small software company, wife teaching at a small local college.
We decide to move to the southwest, wife gets a job, we sell house & move cross country. Within a year my company was sold and most employees let go, wife’s college closed. We would have been stuck with a hard to sell house and the only possible jobs at least an hour away. Happy where we are, timing is everything.” — Bechimo
17. Sex Offender
“I went out with some friends to a bar, the bouncer kept flirting with me so I flirted back. He seemed funny and charming enough, so as I left the bar he ran out to ask for my number, which I gave him. We texted for a bit and had plans to meet up for our first date…the day before this date he tells me that he loves me. Which throws me off completely, I then tell him that I do not love him. I don’t even know him. He says that is okay, but I have to admit that I have never felt this way about someone before…wtf??? No lol. As the time nears to meeting him I just get this overwhelming anxiety and obviously just don’t want to go, but I felt bad about just canceling on some guy who seems to be nice, and other than the weird love outburst, has been really sweet to me through our limited interactions. Cue detective work…after some intense searching, I find out this dude is a registered sex offender for attempted rape by excessive force and violence. It even says that he has a high risk for repeating. I am so glad I didn’t dismiss my feelings and decide to go on that first date, who knows what would have happened.” — Keishamarie4
18. Abusive Relationship
“Got out of an abusive relationship and kicked him out right before quarantine and lock down all started. I was stuck in a house but I was free from Hell.” — Lady-Hood
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