“I told you so” moments can be extremely satisfying—especially if people tend to disregard your advice.
Of course, everyone’s had at least one “I told you so” moment—my favorite is this gravestone in a Key West cemetery that literally reads, “I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK.”
It’s an eternal monument to the “I told you so” moment.
On Reddit, people are sharing the moments where they were proven right and got to be smug.
Although unfortunately a lot of “I told you so” moments involve being sick and not having medical professionals take you seriously.
“Since I was 14, my throat got itchy when I ate apples. I told my mom but she thought I just didn’t want to eat apples and forced me to eat them. Went to the doctor’s office and got a test for allergies. Turns out, I’m allergic to apples, peaches, and many other fruits.” — CayonSalad
“My newborn baby was projectile vomiting after every feeding. I took her to the doctor several times, always ended up being sent away with suggestions to try a different formula. I tried like 4 different ones, no change. The 4th or 5th visit, they sent me away again with the same recommendation even though I pleaded with them to figure out what was wrong with my baby. I left the office and drove to the ER instead. She ended up having emergency surgery that day. The surgeon said she would have starved to death (or maybe dehydrated?) had she gone much longer without the surgery. I gave the doctors in that office a piece of my mind.” — regals_beagles
“My sister and I were out sledding when we were kids at this place with a really steep hill. I had unknowingly gone down a sled path that had a jump in it, and when I landed it really hurt my back. So when I got back up to the top of the hill I told my sister ‘don’t go that way, the jump really hurts.’ She called me a baby and didn’t believe me that it really hurt so she decided she would go down that path on her sled. Well, she hit the jump and didn’t get back up, turns out she fell so hard she had broken her leg. When we finally got her back up the hill and to the car, I got to tell her ‘I told you so.'” — runner_available
“Working in a horse breeding barn – told a new employee that she might want to wear gloves when cleaning horse ‘sheaths.’ She said it wasn’t necessary. Next day, she’s complaining that even 10 washes wouldn’t get the stench off her hands. The mares liked her, though.” — ool9i
I work at a US Navy shipyard. My worst ‘I told you so’ moment was when a submarine had multiple issues with sanitation/collection tanks and the piping that led from the showers and toilets to the sanitation/collection tanks. Documented and pointed out the same problems over a 12 week period. Supervisors and the tank area manager didn’t give a damn and pointedly ignored my reports. Undocking day was approaching and the Captain of the sub wanted the boat out on time. So they moved up the tank closure schedule. So tank closing protocol requires several signoffs: one from a qualified civilian inspector, one from a qualified Navy Hull Technician sailor, and one from a qualified Navy Engineering officer. That tank in question failed all three concurrent inspections. Undocking got pushed back by 30 days until all problems found were corrected. Daily operations estimated costs were north of $10,000/day. Factor in the mandatory overtime and rework required and we were looking at maybe triple the daily cost. This is just people’s pay, I didn’t get to see the material cost overrun but I know for a fact that a lot of the materials got shipped in or fabricated in-house overnight. Needless to say, a lot of people on General Schedule pay got chewed out by the then-Shipyard CO in private.” — kingkazul400
“In high school I was at a party where everyone was getting drunk. I had come with two friends and near the end of the night this one guy there was losing everyone into his van to get late night food. He swore he was not drunk and there were so many people in his car, including the two people I came with, it was not a battle I was going to win. But it seemed like an obviously dumb situation; bunch of underage kids packed into a van driving around in the suburbs at 1:00 in the morning. I told my friends that this wasn’t a good idea and they need to get out of the van and come back gone with me (my house was within walking distance). They acted like I was a party pooper for a sec but then they got out. Next day I find out the guy driving ram a red light and got t-boned by a truck. The one kid in the back almost died and everyone got banged up. The friends I pulled out of the van were in the backseat along with him. Not saying I saved their lives but… I really may have saved their lives.” — ZendrixUno
“Was picking beans with my sister and mom. To this day I still don’t know why the fence was electric but it was. I touched it and I got zapped. It wasn’t too bad but it hurt. I jumped away and my sister saw me, I said that it was an electric fence. Of course she just thought I was pranking her. I was trying to tell her the whole time we picked beans but she didn’t believe me. Right at the end she touched the fence and she didn’t see it coming at all… Her face was just like, ‘Oh shi-‘ Loved the car ride home, ‘I told you… Idiot.'” — SpecialChosenBoi
“Had a weirdly dark freckle. The color of chocolate. I showed spouse and he called me a hypochondriac and if I go to a doctor, I’d be wasting their time. I went to the dermatologist. It was melanoma.” — weaponizedpastry
“Someone started talking about a bottle of Newman’s Own salad dressing while at dinner with my family, and I said something like ‘I’m pretty sure that was started by the Actor/Race car driver Paul Newman.’ to which one of my siblings replied ‘No it was someone else.’ I grabbed the bottle and turned it around and started reading the label out loud. The first sentence was ‘Paul Newman’s career was acting, but his passion was auto racing.’ I stopped reading after that.” — Master_of_Beef_Stew
“Lawyer here. Fired a partner who I found some real irregularities in their spending habits vs. what they were making after he couldn’t provide a good answer to where it came from. Other partner left and started a new firm with them because they disagreed with my decision and refused to look at the evidence. Turns out he stole 500k of a clients money, got disbarred, and is now facing prison time. I told her to look at the evidence and she didn’t listen.” — bigwilliestylez
“I once owned a dog who was very stubborn and independent. She lived a feral life in the mountains as a young pup, and I feel like that played a role. She felt more like a roommate than a pet. She was having heart trouble when she got older so she had to get a chest scan at the vet. These two men came out to get her, so I gave them a heads up that she would absolutely dislike being flipped on her back and held there for the scan (flipping a dog on its back is putting it in a pretty submissive position).One of the guys interrupted me and basically said they were professionals and I had to just let them work. They snapped a muzzle on her and took her to the back. A few seconds pass, then I hear a crash and a few yells. One of the guys who took her comes out and sheepishly asks for my help. It turns out as soon as they flipped her on her back she kicked out of their arms, unclipped her muzzle, removed it with her front paws, then made a mad dash for freedom. I caught her roaming around the back of the vet’s office and she was perfectly well behaved while I held her for the scan. I felt bad for two guys she escaped from, but I had tried to warn them.” — MrBigTimeJim
“This dumb asshole woman wouldn’t leave the llamas at our petting zoo alone, even after I warned her. Eventually they had enough and spit alllll over her. Green goopy spit from head to torso. She threw up a bunch and I laughed. Until I smelled it and then I was retching too.” — craxiom0
“Bed frame wasn’t properly lashed down while moving, partner insisted the weight of the frame would keep it in place. Flew into the middle of a major intersection on a left turn. We dodged four lanes of on coming traffic to collect the pieces. I fixed my partner with a look that could peel paint, and he said ‘I know, I know, you told me so and you’re right. I’m sorry.’ I still give him s**t for it every time we move something. It’s funny now, but god damn was I pissed at the time.” — SynchronizedCalamity
“This is more of a ‘I told myself so’ but anyway: When I applied to medical school, one of the application essays had a prompt that asked us what we would do if we did not get into medical school. I thought I would take a risk since it was a reach school and I wanted to stand out. I kept thinking it wasn’t worth it and that I should just write a normal essay, but for some reason just went with the riskier option. I wrote that I would go to law school and become a lawyer specializing in prosecuting medical malpractice. I ended up getting an interview and had a good laugh about it with one of the interviewers. Did not get into that medical school.” — PMME_ur_lovely_boobs
“My aunt fell for an MLM after I told her that the company was bogus and that their papers were so full of grammatical and spelling errors, you’d be a moron to fall for it. She insisted it was legit and that I was jealous of her finally getting that Sweet American Dream fortune. It took her losing $15K to realize that it was indeed a scam and that she won’t get to have her Sweet American Dream mansion and poodles. Every time she acts like she’s a wiz at anything and tries to lord over people, I always bring up her Sweet American Dream $15K loss.” — illogicalfuturity
“I’ve talked about this cheating scandal at my high school before. Something I never mentioned was my friend was about to ask for the answers to a test that he really needed. Told him not to do it, wasn’t worth and all. Thankfully, he didn’t do it. When the whole scandal came out, three kids got expelled, eight suspended, I know a dozen more were caught but I don’t know what happened to them. My friend’s teacher ended up giving him and a few other kids an A just for being honest. Apparently, he was one of the few kids in that class that didn’t cheat.” — Hidden24
“I told my mom (who is a nurse) that I am sick and she said I was lying. After 2 months and a lot of blood coughed up she took me to the doctor. I had pneumonia and a double ear infection. I also had a bunch other issues that I can’t really remember. I had to take 7 medications and have to use a nebulizer daily. That was the biggest I told you so moment I ever had.” — nbryan88
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