It’s a tough time for everyone—what with the global pandemic and everything—but it is during exactly these times that people show their true colors. Even while self-isolating, millions of people have helped one another by giving away their money, time, food, or other resources.
But some folks are never in a giving mood—it just isn’t in their nature. Last week, English comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi reminded us of this fact when she asked her Twitter followers about the “tightest” thing anyone has ever done to them (in American, “tight” means “stingy”). She offered up an example of her own, writing, “When I was an A level student (skint) a (rich, got a huge allowance) friend only half-finished her jacket potato in a cafe. I asked if I could finish it (no pride). She said ‘sure, you’ll have to give me 50p though,'” and then challenged Twitter to “Beat that.”
Whats the tightest thing anyone has ever done to you? When I was an A level student (skint) a (rich, got a huge allowance) friend only half finished her jacket potato in a cafe. I asked if I could finish it (no pride). She said ‘sure, you’ll have to give me 50p though’ Beat that?
— Shappi Khorsandi5667753324777 (@ShappiKhorsandi) April 29, 2020
Twitter was quick to provide their stingy people stories. Shame knows no bounds.
My housemate at uni (rich parents paid her rent, bills, gave her a hefty allowance and bought her anything she wanted) offered me (parents wouldn’t give me a penny, couldn’t afford proper meals) a few puffs on her joint. She later asked me to pay for the weed I’d smoked.
— Sutton Sal (@ambersalamander) April 29, 2020
Looking for somewhere to eat with a friend, they suggested Pizza Express because they had a voucher for 50% off. End of the meal, I put in half the money and they said, “What are you doing? Mine’s free – it’s my voucher!” I had to pay for the whole thing.
— Nick Doody (@NickDoody) April 29, 2020
“Hi mate, can you come shoot our bands concert saturday? We need some new pics online. You can? Great. The tickets are 40 pounds”.
— larsaalgaard (@larsaalgaard) April 29, 2020
Lianne was at school with someone who won millions on the lottery; she threw a party and everyone got two drinks tokens.
— Mark Watson (@watsoncomedian) April 29, 2020
My sister charged me £90 to look after my cat while I was on my honeymoon.
— Felicity Hannah (@FelicityHannah) April 29, 2020
Paid bill for dinner for 5 friends. Left cash tip of 15%. Later found out one friend TOOK BACK a few quid as ‘you should never tip over 10%, it’s insulting’
Let me remind you, I had just bought his dinner
— snooglesilky (@snooglesilky) April 29, 2020
Back when I used to smoke, I was in a pub in Wakefield & had forgotten my lighter. I asked a bloke who had his fags & lighter on the table if I could have light.
“Aye, they sell ’em behind the bar. 50p each”
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) April 29, 2020
When my Dad passed away I had to fly home to Ireland for his funeral, my ex husband had to take our three kids for a week , he docked me $300 from Child support for having them #Charming
— Fiona O’Brien (@RealFionaO) April 29, 2020
That happened to me! Big group, sunday roast. We all went up to the bar couple by couple to pay our share plus a tip. Last couple went up and I heard them say ‘Oh, only £4 left to pay, Bargain’. I almost sprinted up there to correct them ‘The extra is the tip, not for you!’.
— Amy Patterson (@AmysFutures) April 29, 2020
A self-employed ex-boyfriend once tried to charge me his daily rate to take the day off for my birthday.
— Lucie Fur (@Lucie_Fur99) April 29, 2020