You have been wronged. It’s obvious someone desires bad things to happen to you, and in this case, it’s very obvious who it was. What do you do? Most people will be content to mutter a few curses under their breath towards their adversary, or do something simple like put a rubber mouse in his/her chair. Sadly, in the height of passion, there have been people who took their revenging to stupidly absurd levels in order to get payback. For example…
Faking A Kidnapping Over A Botched Website
Daniel Shea wanted to start a website for his yoga business. This wasn’t regular yoga, but Impersonating the FBI and Committing Felonies yoga. It’s very niche. Shea hired a company called Goozmo to make his website, and he HATED what they gave him – so much that he went online and bought a fake FBI hat and patch, a gun, a tactical vest, a Taser, handcuffs, and a knife to complete his disguise, as he explained to the real cops after the fact. He traveled from Oregon to Colorado, where he hired another man at a gym and told him this was all part of a prank on some friends. Then he raided the Goozmo offices.
Pretending to be a federal agent, Shea allegedly took employees “into custody” and demanded $50,000 for the $30,000 he felt he wasted on the website. Why? Because it ruined his life. Police say Shea tased these dudes, assaulted them with the knife, and threatened them with his gun. Imagine how he must deal with road rage or produce that goes bad right after he buys it.
Shockingly, they didn’t have $50,000 on hand, so the plan was to allow them to maybe mortgage their houses. Shea reportedly let them go to take care of their financials, with the threat that if they went to the cops, someone would murder their families. But they went to the cops anyway. He got super-arrested and charged with about a dozen crimes.
Attempting To Get A Woman Sexually Assaulted By Strangers Over A House Bid
Finding the right house is a big deal to some people. Half of all TV shows consist of couples staring into empty apartments and asking a glassy-eyed realtor, “But what about the amenities?” So the pressure is on, and when the right abode can’t be acquired, a person’s brain can slide past sanity’s pristine beaches.
Kathy Rowe was hoping to buy a new home in San Diego. She lost out to another couple, and decided that simply taking the loss and walking it off was not an option. Rowe, who had been voted one of “San Diego’s 50 Best Mothers,” began waging a harassment campaign against the people who got the house. She signed them up for endless magazine subscriptions, then sent $1,200 worth of adult diapers to them. Very bizarre tactics, but ultimately harmless. But then she relisted the house online as soon as the new couple bought it so that prospective buyers would constantly show up expecting a viewing. She sent letters to neighbors letting them know a sex offender just moved in, followed by Valentine’s cards allegedly from the husband. She even posted ads to the local high school letting everyone know of a New Year’s party at the house.
But finally Rowe took things to a nightmarish level that suggests maybe she shouldn’t be allowed in society. She posted pictures of the house in online ads looking for anonymous sex, under the guise of the woman who actually lived there. One claimed she really dug anonymous sex and that she liked it when guys tried to force their way into the house, because that was all part of the fantasy. Yeah, essentially Rowe was trying to trick strange men into raping this woman. As revenge. For buying a house she wanted. Two men actually showed up, because that’s the world we live in, but luckily nothing happened.
Rowe was convicted on several charges and later went on Dr. Phil, so, you know, problem solved.
Warren Buffet Ruined A Man Out Of Spite
Warren Buffett is famous for two things: being a billionaire and writing “Margaritaville.” Oh, sorry, wrong Buffet on that one. How does one get to be a billionaire, though? At least in part, Buffett got there due to his willingness to drop ungodly amounts of money for no other purpose than to destroy someone else. If you can’t use your wealth to take petty revenge on people, why be rich at all?
This isn’t a secret about Buffett, as he’s happy to tell the story. In 1964, he bought Berkshire Hathaway out of spite. Buffett had previously bought stock in the textile company as it was in decline, figuring he could sell it back to them after they closed another plant and make a profit. So another plant closes and the boss agrees to buy Buffett’s stock for 11.50. Except a couple of weeks later when the paperwork comes through, the offer is 11.375. They screwed him out of 0.125, and Buffett acted like they’d cut off one of his feet. Buffett literally bought all the stock he could find instead of selling it back to them. He bought so much that he became the controlling partner, and then he fired the guy who shafted hm.
By Buffett’s figuring, had he not bothered with this at all and instead invested in an insurance company like he originally planned to do with his money, he would have made $200 billion by now. For comparison, Buffett is currently worth about $85 billion. So is that the costliest revenge ever?
She Had Her Neighbor’s House Demolished
Many people dislike the next-door neighbor. But that dislike rarely goes so far that you’ll hire a contractor to literally demolish the house. Ana Maria Moreta Folch had some kind of terrible neighbor, though. Folch’s neighbor, and this is on record with the police, was unsavory. That was the reason Folch gave to police (along with her entirely baseless suspicion that the neighbor had broken into her car) for literally removing her neighbor’s mobile home unit.
Folch got her neighbor’s keys somehow, and when her neighbor was out, she told a contractor that the unit was hers, it was garbage, and it needed to go. So the dude, who had no reason to believe otherwise, proceeded to drive right through it with a bulldozer. Halfway through is when the actual homeowner came home. (Is it still called “coming home” if your home is actively being erased from existence?) Folch was arrested, even though she said she was just doing the neighborhood a favor. Perhaps she had that “I Am Legend” moment after her arrest when she realized that in fighting the monsters, she became worse than the monsters.
A Couple Planted Drugs On Someone They Thought Insulted Their Child
Imagine getting annoyed at the PTA. Imagine growing to hate the people who, since schools are usually underfunded as hell, just want you to donate a little money to get the band kids new instruments or the theater kids nicer lockers to be shoved into. Imagine being so downright angry at the PTA that you start plotting revenge schemes. Now you’re in the right head space to possibly understand this tale.
PTA President Kelli Peters was PTA-ing it up one day, keeping an eye on some kids playing tennis, when Jill Easter showed up to get her kid. Now, keep this part in mind, because it’s the basis for the entire Gong Show that followed, but an exchange more or less like this happened:
Easter: “Hey, why isn’t my kid waiting for me?”
Peters: “Oh, he’s probably just a little slow to line up.”
Easter: “I WILL GET YOU!”
Easter literally yelled that last part. Near as anyone can figure, Easter took “a little slow” to be a slight against her son’s intelligence. And so the battle began.
The Easters wrote to the school demanding Peters be fired from her volunteer job. They said she’d left their son unsupervised and it caused anxiety attacks. The school did not fire her, so then Easter filed a lawsuit against Peters, alleging Peters was stalking her and tried to murder her.
As the court shenanigans dragged on for a year, cops then got a phone call from a very concerned citizen. They had seen a car driving erratically near the school, and were concerned one of the volunteers was using drugs.
The cops came, and they found drugs behind the seat. A bag of weed, Percocet, and Vicodin. All in Peters’ car. But surveillance footage showed Mr. Easter entering the building at the time of the call. The drugs had the Easters’ DNA on them. Both Easters were found guilty of planting the drugs and given a couple months in jail. They were also sued by their victims for several million dollars. And they still have to deal with having an extremely slow child.