Think you’ve got the perfect “flex” up your sleeve? Well, think again. Reddit users have shared 17 embarrassing instances where someone’s “flex” ended up falling flat on their face. Ready, set, cringe:
17. Saying How Big Their Mortgage Is
“Dude, you’re just bragging about how crippling your debt is.”
“I have a friend who told me their mortgage was 1.3 million dollars….come to find out it was actually a 700k mortgage that her husband told me on a separate occasion. Like, why lie let alone brag about it.”
“The bigger the mortgage, the more valuable the home. She wants to appear wealthier than they actually are.”
16. Saying “I Haven’t Read a Book Since High School.”
Kissowa mentioned, “This is not a flex. Not being interested in reading, having issues with it, or having had [awful] teachers ruining it for you is one thing, but saying it like you’re proud of it tells me a lot about the type of person you are. None of it is good.”
Another user agreed with that and said, “I was about to say this. Why even brag about something like that? Anti-intellectualism is a huge turn-off.”
15. Boasting about How Many Followers You Have
Mcminer128 started the conversation by saying, “If they disappeared tomorrow, nobody would even blink. They’d just watch some other idiot.”
Someone else agreed and mentioned, “Especially considering how cheaply you can buy them.”
Another user explained why people are obsessed with followers: “I’m (33) and my gf was just telling me about how her friend just passed 9K followers on Instagram. I was like okay and what does she get?? Said friend has spent and continues to spend tons of money and her free time all in hopes of one day being an influencer. I actually feel bad for her because it’s taken years to get just to that point. I’m actually all for people who post good content, but she just shows stuff off like going on vacation and then hoping to get something free.”
14. Saying “We’re like family here”
Let’s kick this list off with the suggestion from Feeflet: “We’re coworkers who work for an organisation that pays us money on a contractual basis. Relationships will always have a limit. It’s not family. And if you feel like it is, you might want to protect yourself.”
“That ain’t a flex, it’s a red flag in my experience!”
“Working with people who you become good friends with has its ups and downs. The positives are you work with people you like. But negatives are when it comes time to really do business and someone isn’t pulling their weight it can be hard to deal with. I’ve known managers that let employees walk all over them at work because they are friends.”
13. Talking about How Little Money they Spent on Their Weddings
“Any time wedding costs are mentioned, commenters go nuts one-upping each other. “Well I only spent $2 and we married at the bottom of a gravel pit. I wore rags rejected from Goodwill and we served McDonald’s scavenged from the Dumpster.”
“My first wedding was done on the cheap and we flexed about that for YEARS after. We loved bragging about how much we DIDN’T spend. And to perfectly bookend the story, the divorce was amicable so we didn’t spend much on that either.”
12. Being “Brutally Honest”
Forsaken_Ambition_83 wrote: “Being proud about being “brutally honest” when they’re just rude.”
You know the type. They’re the guys and girls who seem to think they can say whatever they want without a thought for your feelings. When questioned, it isn’t their fault – they’re just telling the truth and have no control over it. It’s who they are. Take it or leave it.
Someone else added, “I have a coworker who, in my 6 weeks at my new job, had said in every single conversation that she has no filter and will tell it like it is. Congratulations? You have the maturity of a child and cannot read a room? You have no empathy or manners? Good for you.”
11. Riding Bikes/ATVs Down City Streets
TheSchoeMaker suggested people who “ride motorcycles/atvs super fast and recklessly down city streets doing wheelies and swerving in and out of traffic” are attempting to flex but failing – a comment that attracted over six thousand upvotes.
Piggybacking off it, someone else wrote: “What annoys me is that those guys are never the ones I see getting tickets. It’s always the poor dude driving 10 miles an hour over the speed limit just trying to go to the grocery store or whatever.”
10. Adults Boasting About High-School Achievements
Willing_Impression_5, thought the biggest flex that’s actually not a flex is “when adults brag about high school sports achievements like that’s their whole personality.”
9. Boasting About How Much Alcohol They Can Drink
This suggestion earned almost 10k upvotes. It came from Shadow948, who put it like this: “Bruh I’m such an alcoholic I can drink X amount of alcohol.”
8. Riding In Limousines
Bakerzdosen contributed this one, elaborating that, “I think it was David Spade who made the job about it saying [roughly]: ‘whenever I see someone riding in a limo, I think ‘wow, you have $300.’”
7. Driving Loud Vehicles
This flex comes from sev45day, who said “Driving around in a super-loud vehicle such as a low-riding Scion with glasspacks. If you own one of these, you look like an ******* and everyone hates you.”
6. Claiming They’re An Alpha Male
Jonsbryhill wrote, “Proclaiming you’re an „alpha male“. In fact, it makes you look like a complete idiot and everyone hates you.”
Piggybacking on those sentiments, another Redditor brought up the Tywin Lannister quote from Game of Thrones: “Any man who must say ‘I am king’ is no true king.”
5. Making Expensive Car Payments for Unnecessary Vehicles
Canijustgetawaffle suggested this idea. They wrote, “My coworkers flexing their 900$ car payments for new cars they didn’t need to buy with high interest rates.”
Many Redditors agreed. One said, “I was in a forum where some dude was bragging about his $3000 car payment. My mortgage on my house and my rental is less than that. he claimed he could write off 100% of it as a business expense for his wife’s business. He was doing a whole lotta things wrong.”
4. Saying “Do You Know Who My Parents Are?”
Rurouni318 hates it when people try to flex by saying, “Do you know who my dad, mom, or parents are?” Their chosen response?
“No, no one cares.”
3. Saying “I’m My Own Boss”
Another popular comment that earned almost 23,000 upvotes came from Skwerilleee, who put:
“‘I’m my own boss’ – MLM Participant.”
Others posted similar thoughts and suggestions. One said, “I love it when people in Instagram have a like T-Shirt company totally online and their bio says CEO lol.”
2. Living at Work
A similar “attempted flex” that someone noted was about the people who rave about working so much. Reddit user Kbyyru voted for, “The “I never take a day off” types who live at work. How bad does your home life have to be?”
1. Never Taking Paid Time Off
This was the most upvoted response to the Original Poster (OP), and it was backed up by countless people in agreement. One wrote:
“My dad argues with me all the time “Off again? I don’t know how you can do that all the time, you’ve taken off more this year than I have in the past decade” “I earned it. I pay my dues, I go to work, this is what we get.” “Oh so just because you have the time, you just HAVE to use it?” Damn right. He is maxed out on PTO, and it’s use or lose. He just loses it every year.”
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