Every traveler knows the thrill of finding themselves in a new place with traces of the past hiding around every corner. But while most cities only have remnants of the past scattered here and there, one small town in the Netherlands has barely changed over the course of hundreds of years.
It’s hard to convince anyone who steps foot into the town of Giethoorn that they haven’t literally walked into the past. It was established all the way back in the year 1230 AD by settlers who needed waterways to transport peat extract between two lakes lying at the either side of the town that exists today (the eastern and southern sides). The result? A town interwoven with tiny canals that are used for transportation instead of roads, which – wait for it – simply don’t exist at all. On the bays of these little currents of water are thatch-domed houses, with picturesque wooden bridges built every few blocks for it’s 2,600 inhabitants and a few especially curious tourists to cross by foot.
Thanks to its tiny waterways, it’s been nicknamed the ‘Venice of the Netherlands.’ Boats float along up and down the canals, many owned by the locals for individual use and a few available for commercial rides anywhere along the 4 mile-stretch of the flowing network. There are 180 wooden bridges in total around the town, making for incredibly easy – and beautiful! – transportation on feet and bicycles.
Thanks to the famous 1958 movie called “Fanfare,” Dutch director Ber Haanstra finally put Giethoorn in the spotlight. It now has a steady stream of tourism – but for unknown reasons, or perhaps simply because of the city’s magic, it never becomes overrun with tourists and retains its calm, pastoral charms.
Although Amsterdam is the most frequented destination in the Netherlands, anyone willing to travel there should definitely not miss the beautiful town of Giethoorn – just a couple of hours away by train.
45 People Share Sticky Situations, Asking the Internet if They’re Right or Wrong
Where’s the Leftover Lasagne?
This is an awkward situation. Sometimes people’s words can be easily misinterpreted, and that’s exactly what happened to this Reddit user. His girlfriend made a delicious lasagne for dinner, so he asked if he could take the leftovers to his family home for them to try.
She wasn’t happy to find out that he had taken the entire pasta dish, meaning that she had no lunch for the rest of the week. We think it’s safe to say that this guy dug his own grave.
Grocery Budget Battle
It’s hard being a new mom, and sometimes feeding can take a toll on your body. This mama decided to bottle feed her baby, but her husband wasn’t happy with the decision.
He wanted the baby formula to be taken out of her personal shopping budget, since it was her choice to stop feeding naturally. Making sure your baby is fed is kind of a necessity. So, is this a bit of a harsh decision? We’ll let you make the call.
Firing a Bereaved Employee
Yikes. We don’t envy the boss for having to make this call. Their employee was bereaved when both of his parents passed in a tragic accident. They granted him a month of absence, but upon his return, he started seriously messing up at work.
He failed to fulfill his basic responsibilities and started to seriously risk the reputation of the software company. The entire team began to notice his terrible performance at work, and they decided to let him go.
Should She Call Him Dad?
When a relationship breaks down, it can get messy. It’s even worse when kids are involved. This Reddit user was faced with a dilemma. He broke up with his ex and began a new relationship.
However, his ex’s daughter still called him dad, as she had grown up with him as a father figure in her life. His new fiancée wasn’t happy with the arrangement, as she felt uncomfortable that his ex’s daughter liked to refer to him as dad.
No Salad or Burgers
We’ve all experienced that awful feeling of throwing up, and being completely repulsed by the food that made us sick. This user was not happy when his wife served up the very meal that had made him ill weeks before. He specifically asked for no salad or burgers, but she didn’t quite listen.
Maybe it was an honest mistake, who knows? He threw the food away in a fit of rage. Was this an overreaction? The internet seemed to think so.
Fancy Dinner Mishap
Fine dining is definitely an interesting experience. You pay premium prices, but you receive top-quality ingredients, an ambient atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious flavors. However, there can be one slight issue with eating in such fancy establishments — the tiny portion sizes.
This Reddit user was absolutely furious when his steak arrived. He felt compelled to give the waiter a piece of his mind, much to his girlfriend’s dismay. What would you do in this situation? Keep quiet or complain?
Seat Change, Please?
Flying with young ones can be pretty tiresome and stressful. Still, that doesn’t excuse rude behavior. After sustaining some pretty serious injuries to her face, this woman had some cosmetic repairs done. And with that comes the healing process.
While this kind of facial scarring may not be something one sees every day, there are certainly other ways to calm your four-year-old down besides asking the lady next to you to cover up her face — and snapping at her when she politely declines. Naturally, after this particular Reddit user gave the father a piece of her mind, he began to backtrack and apologize.
Credit Card Chaos
Sometimes you can’t help but listen to that little voice in your head that tells you to do the right thing. This woman was shopping in a high-end department store, when she overheard a group of teenage girls giggling over a pair of expensive boots, worth thousands of dollars.
One girl mentioned that she was using her dad’s credit card without permission. She felt the need to intervene at the cash register, much to the dismay of the shoe fanatics.
Spending College Fund on a Car
Fate works in mysterious ways. This Reddit user could not believe his eyes when he came across his old Ford Bronco from high school at a used car dealership on his way home from work. After selling the car as a teenager, he was taken aback to be reunited with the vehicle after so many years apart.
He bought it immediately, but his wife was horrified when she heard the price. He had spent his baby daughter’s college fund!
This Isn’t a Restaurant
There comes a time when you need to learn to cook and make your own meals. This ravenous Reddit user could not see what was wrong with asking his neighbor to cook for him, even though they were barely acquaintances. This is definitely an awkward situation.
No one deserves to go hungry. Still, we can’t help but think that there were alternative solutions for this hungry gentlemen. There’s plenty of Youtube tutorials out there! Cookbooks also exist. Come on, man!
No Need for the Cold Shoulder
It’s safe to say that raising teenagers is a tough job. Occasionally they sulk and need their own space. This dad felt upset when his son wouldn’t confide in him, and chose to be comforted by his mom instead. Moms do have a great way of getting through to emotional teens when they’re feeling a bit vulnerable.
We can understand why he would feel disappointed, because everyone wants to know that their child trusts them. Did he handle this badly?
Who Keeps the Wedding Money?
Whether family members end up fighting at the reception, bridesmaids demand particular dresses or second cousins complain about not receiving an invite, weddings can lead to a lot of conflict. This bride was not happy when her husband refused to take part in wedding planning.
She arranged the entire thing, and her family contributed financially. A huge fight arose when she wanted to keep the majority of the money that they had received as gifts. This is a tricky situation.
Escape Van Fiasco
Escape rooms are not for everyone. We can’t quite imagine why people enjoy being trapped in a room for hours, completing mind-boggling puzzles in an attempt to be released. Some people just find the challenge totally thrilling. This well-intentioned guy made a total mess of his fiancée’s birthday present.
He arranged a fake kidnapping as part of a new ‘escape van’ experience. His partner was completely terrified and ran to a local diner to call the police! Awkward.
Graduation Mom Guilt
Raising children with additional needs can be rewarding but challenging. It is even more difficult when you have more than one child. You have to carefully balance the schedules and needs of all of your children, and it’s easy to feel like you are prioritizing one child over the rest.
This mom was faced with a difficult scenario when her son had a meltdown on the day of her daughter’s academic achievement ceremony. This one is definitely a difficult dilemma.
Brother’s Tinder Experiment
Meddling in your sibling’s personal life is a recipe for disaster. This protective brother was worried when he found out that his 17-year-old sister was using dating apps. He decided to teach her a lesson about online safety by effectively catfishing her!
He posed as an older boy and began messaging her, only to arrange a meet-up to reveal his true identity. To make matters worse, her dad was also there to catch her in the act. Yikes.
Dad Joke Alert
It’s hard to resist a dad joke, even for all the non-parents out there. This doting step-father was devastated when his step-daughter started to act up, rebelling against him and delivering the classic, “You’re not my dad!” line.
He decided to give her a taste of her own medicine in the supermarket when she complained about being hungry. He retorted, “Hi Hungry, I’m not your dad!” Naturally, she got upset. His wife wasn’t happy with this retort either. Oops.
Petting Zoo Payback
Zookeepers have to deal with a lot in their job. Not only do they have to clean up after hundreds of animals, whilst also maintaining their welfare — but they have to deal with annoying customers, just like every other customer service job.
When dealing with two rowdy teens, this zookeeper decided to let nature do its thing. The customers were repeatedly annoying a llama, despite being warned not to. The llama proceeded to unleash a wad of smelly, disgusting spit.
Fake Firing Prank
When she was sick of being mistreated by angry customers, this high schooler working in a coffee shop decided to get her own back. When a fussy customer reprimanded her for serving cold coffee, she arranged a prank with her co-worker.
He walked over to the cash register and pretended to fire her on the spot. The customer immediately began to grovel, apologizing and trying to save her job. Was this a mean spirited prank or a stroke of genius?
Vegans Versus Carnivores
Most parents are dismayed when their child turns vegan. Suddenly you have to add a whole new section to your grocery list, which usually consists of overpriced meat and dairy substitutes and pricy, organic, fresh produce.
This woke teen decided to take things one step further by insisting that her parents stop buying, preparing, and eating meat in their own home. While he tried his best to accommodate his daughter’s dietary choices, this is where one dad drew the line.
Queen of the Castle
This wannabe princess threw a tantrum when her uncle wouldn’t allow her to use her family holiday home for her wedding. Granted, if our uncle owned a castle in rural Europe, we would probably want to take advantage of it, too!
But her demands were a little too much for her relative, as she wanted to take over the master bedroom and other suites for her guests. While it’s nice to accommodate your loved ones, this was too far.
Wife Cancels Job Interview
This one is a potential relationship ruiner! An unemployed newlywed was struggling to find work, when he finally secured a job interview. His fiancée, however, was not happy that his boss would be a woman. Instead of calmly discussing her trust issues with her husband, the meddling woman decided to go behind his back and cancel the interview!
What kind of person does doing this to their life partner? If you’re reading this, dude — get out while you still can!
No More Help
When you start a new job, it can be difficult to get to grips with everything. You don’t know anyone, you are trying to learn new things, and potentially struggling with confidence and self-belief. Having kind colleagues is a bonus, as they can help you out of any tricky situations.
However, this new start was not the ideal co-worker. She filed complaints about other staff and totally ruined the atmosphere of the office. So, her colleagues just stopped helping her.
Family Feud on Vacation
Family relationships can be complicated, especially if it’s a blended family. When this guy’s mother remarried, his sister had a hard time adjusting to the new family members. Instead of being kind and patient, she regularly lashed out and mistreated them.
Now, years later, she is attempting to reconnect by going on family vacations to their lakehouse. But, the rest of the family is struggling with the awkward vibe. Would you forgive and forget, or cut her out completely?
Fried Chicken Nightmare
Veganism strikes again. This guy lives at home with his parents, his older sister, and her newborn baby. She is a vegan, but the rest of the family members are happy meat-eaters.
This has started to cause problems with his sister, who has decided that no one is even allowed to eat meat in front of her child. It seems like a pretty odd decision. Surely, she won’t be scarred by other people’s dietary choices? She is an infant, after all.
Would You Keep This Sketchbook?
This is a tough situation. This Reddit user’s friend tragically passed away in an accident. Since her passing, she has treasured the sketchbook that was given to her on her birthday. Her friend had adorned it with drawings and paintings, as she was a talented artist.
When she was alive, her parents did not support her and criticized her art on a regular basis. Now, they’re asking for the sketchbook to be given to them. What would you do?
The Grandparent Problem
Another tale of family conflict. This Reddit user’s parents emigrated to the USA from Bolivia, but they were never truly happy in their new home. Upon retiring, his parents decided to move back to their motherland and leave America behind. However, this also involved leaving their grandchildren.
His wife was shocked and offended at their decision to ditch the family and go back home. He doesn’t know what to make of the situation, caught between his parents and his kids.
Adult Son Won’t Fly the Nest
Some parents are devastated when their children move out, while others celebrate their newfound freedom in an empty house! This mom was faced with a difficult decision. She fell pregnant with a new baby, but her home only had three bedrooms.
One of the rooms was being taken up by her 24-year-old son, who had never expressed an interest in leaving home. She wanted her son to be happy and safe, but her new baby needed a nursery.
Kids Behaving Badly
This Reddit user feels no remorse about her chaotic childhood behavior. After her parents divorced, her father remarried. Let’s just say that she didn’t get along with her new stepmom! She made their life a living hell, misbehaving constantly and wrecking things around the house.
Years later, her step-mom confronted her and asked for an apology! But, she was having none of it. Would you apologize for your bad behavior as a little kid? Or would you ignore them?
Coffee Shop Etiquette
This Reddit user was furious when a fellow customer showed zero regard for coffee shop etiquette. They would continually visit the store and conduct Skype calls on their laptop with no headphones on.
Not only is this incredibly rude and annoying for fellow customers, but it’s also risking the privacy of the person on the other end of the call. They decided to confront them for their ignorant behavior, but it was to no avail. They were totally ignored.
Babysit or Work Overtime?
This Reddit user agreed to provide childcare for their coworker, but they immediately regretted the decision when they were asked to work overtime. With mounting bills and the stresses of modern life piling up, they decided to ditch the babysitting and work the extra hours.
Money can be tight, especially with the holidays coming up. The coworker wasn’t very happy, however, as they also needed to work overtime and could not do so without a babysitter. What a dilemma!
My House, My Rules
Sharing a home often causes trouble in a relationship. This can be even more extreme when the house is only owned by one of the partners in the relationship. Paying different amounts into a household can cause an imbalance that can throw off the dynamic of a relationship.
This Reddit user was very frustrated when their significant other began telling them how to look after their own home, despite only paying a small amount of rent each month. No mortgage, no opinion!
Hating Your Wife’s Bestie
It can be difficult to get along with your significant other’s friends. You want them to enjoy a healthy social life. Still, you can’t help but pass judgment on the people they choose to hang around with. This husband’s patience was tested when he went out for dinner with his wife and her best friend.
Their relationship was already pretty strained, but then she decided to leave an insultingly small tip. Infuriated by her lack of respect, he stormed out.
Cooking Pot Custody Battle
This Reddit user has gotten herself into a custody battle over a cooking pot. Yes, you read that correctly. After her sister-in-law threw out a damaged pot, she asked if she could have it to save it from being thrown out.
When she arrived home, she was able to clean it and restore the pot to its former glory. Now the sister-in-law wants it back, but she won’t budge. It’s an awkward situation for everyone involved. Who should keep it?
School Nurse Drama
After a nasty head injury when playing sport in school, this Reddit user did what anyone would do, and took a trip to the school nurse’s office.
Things took a weird turn when he received an expected phone call from his parents, who were worried and asking him why he was hearing strange voices in his head. One thing led to another, and he lashed out at the school nurses for trying to get him sent to a psychiatric ward.
Angry Grandparents vs. Xbox Advice
This well-intentioned shopper overheard an elderly couple excitedly discussing their decision to buy their grandson a brand new Xbox console. However, the model that they had picked up was an older one and not the top of the range Xbox that they seemingly wanted to buy.
He stopped the couple and tried to explain this to them, but he was greeted with an enraged response! They thought his advice was rude and patronizing, yelling at him on the shop floor.
Baby Name Problems
Choosing your child’s name is a massive decision for any parent. This is made even more complicated when there is debate over whose surname the child will take.
While he was happy for his wife to keep her own name when they were married, he was dismayed to hear that she also wanted the baby to take her name. Does he have a right to be upset, or should the mom have the say since she is the one giving birth?
Roommate From Hell
Everyone has had to deal with bad roommates at some point in their lives. Maybe they leave their dirty dishes in the sink, or never clean their hair out of the shower drain.
This Reddit user was infuriated when their ignorant roomie decided to blast music at three in the morning, despite their warnings that they had to get up early for an exam the next day. Would you confront them, or suffer in silence? This user decided to speak their mind.
Tracking Device or Smartphone?
Modern technology is crazy. It’s weird to think that you walk around every day with a device that can be used to track your precise location at any moment. This Reddit user was faced with a moral dilemma when they found out that their controlling father had been asking their sister to track their location.
The family relationship wasn’t exactly strong, to begin with, so this just caused more problems. Now, no one is speaking to each other. What a mess.
Undercover Wedding Venue
Any newlyweds or soon-to-be brides and grooms will know about the wedding tax. This is when a venue decides to charge a significantly higher amount for weddings than other events such as family gatherings, birthday parties, or corporate dinners.
Some cheeky individuals like to beat the system by pretending that their wedding is just any other event. However, in this case, the venue found out and demanded that the full price was paid. Would you come clean, or keep lying?
Cheeky Chess Opponents
It can be difficult to keep your younger siblings in check. This Reddit user was not happy when they overheard their sibling playing chess with a Danish friend. When their opponent got confused over the difference between “check” and “checkmate,” they decided to taunt and tease them.
While kids will be kids, this seemed like a step too far. The user decided to berate their step-sibling for being rude to their pal. Would you intervene, or let them play on?
Long Lost Ex-Friends
It’s weird when people from your past show up in your life. This Reddit user was shocked when she heard from an old friend, who had made her life a nightmare when they were kids. They became friends in school and quickly began attending religious groups together.
But, as many young girls experience, the friendship turned sour. When her friend asked to reconnect years later, she flat-out refused. Would you forgive and forget, or turn your back on a toxic friend?
Fake Professional Name
When this copywriter struggled to find work, they decided to try an experiment. As their last name was not of English origin, they decided to try using their future husband’s last name. The trick worked, and they were able to secure regular work.
This was a controversial move. Some people think this is a way of turning your back on your heritage, while others think that it’s an ingenious way to cheat the system and get ahead. What do you think?
A Babysitting Nightmare
If you’re a babysitter or someone who likes to help friends out with childcare, you’ll know that the behavior of the kids will make or break your evening. This Reddit user was at the end of their tether, as they had tried taking care of their friend’s kids on numerous occasions.
They acted like spoilt brats, eating her food, spitting it out, and smashing the screen of her iPad. It’s good to help out your friends, but at what cost?
Public Proposals Are a No
Some people like grand, romantic gestures. Others prefer to keep things lowkey and private. This Reddit user got herself into a bit of a sticky situation with her boyfriend’s family. His sister had recently got engaged, and the proposal was a public affair with many onlookers.
She had been texting her boyfriend about it, warning him to never pull a similar stunt. Somehow, the sister in question read the messages and felt upset that she had criticized her big moment.
No Drinking for Mommy
Most waitresses don’t expect to encounter a situation like this on their shift. A moral dilemma like no other, this waitress overheard a customer talking about being pregnant. However, they had been ordering cocktails all evening.
The waitress asked the bartender to start making virgin beverages, which she served to the unsuspecting drinker. Service staff is told that the customer is always right, but this seems to be the exception to the rule. Drinking while pregnant is highly dangerous.