Whether you’ve sent a text to the wrong person or have had auto-correct hijack a few words in your message, a little part of you dies inside when a simple text message doesn’t go as planned. Sure, we’ve all been there, but it doesn’t make it any less horrifying when a text message goes awry.
In true Halloween spirit, we’ve asked the Reddit community and Zipwhip employees for the text messages that were so horrifying they wish they could take them back. We’ve rounded up 10 of the most embarrassing and cringe-worthy text message mishaps that will scare you into triple checking your next text message before tapping ‘send.’
1. The abrupt break up
I texted my wife from work to let her know that I was about to head home for the day. She was pregnant at the time and I accidentally texted her, ‘I’m leaving you,’ instead of, ‘I’m leaving now.’ Worst auto-correct fail ever.
2. Giving your sister a heart attack
I was giving my sister directions to the hospital where I was going to deliver my baby. I meant to say, ‘I hope you get here before the baby does!” but my phone auto-corrected ‘does’ to ‘dies.’ I gave my sister quite the scare, but thankfully she made it in time, and I delivered a healthy baby boy that day.
3. When auto-correct hates you My Android autocorrect is absolutely the worst! One time my boss texted me about something urgent. We exchanged a few messages, and my last message to him — instead of “talk to you later tonight”– somehow turned into “talk to you later finicky.” And the worst thing– I didn’t notice until I had to text him a few weeks later.
4. The unfortunate flirt
I was somewhat flirting with a woman named Heather and she asked for a selfie of me. I took a picture (normal one) and accidentally sent it to Hector, my old manager I hadn’t talked to in years.
5. The “please-kill-me-now” text to the ex
I am still really good friends with an ex, and I was chatting with him and my husband at the same time. I accidentally sent ‘I love you’ to my ex, but only realized my mistake a few minutes later and corrected myself. My ex said he spent those few minutes staring at his phone in horror!
6. The not-so-surprise party
One time, my sister texted me instead of my mom. It was about my surprise birthday party that they’d planned for the next day. That one was a little disappointing.
7. When multi-tasking was a bad idea
On a business trip at my last job, I was going back and forth one evening with texts to my wife and a colleague (separate texts) …wife texted her final ‘Sweet dreams?’ and I didn’t respond immediately, as I was multi-tasking.
Finally, I responded back ‘Sweet dreams ?’ Well, you guessed it … I sent my loving goodnight message to my colleague by accident instead of my wife. Of course, he laughed about it but warned of a potential HR violation (in jest, of course). D’oh!
8. When time with the mother-in-law couldn’t be worse
My mother-in-law came to visit when I specifically requested her not to (I was really ill and not up to it). She began picking at me and generally making me miserable. I texted my other half that I wished she would leave and said I was tired of her interfering.
Well, I realized I sent the text to Mother-in-Law by mistake as she sat two feet away from me on the other sofa. I heard her phone ping as I realized my horrifying mistake. Knowing she would react badly, I said, ‘Oh, that’s from me, I messaged you by accident,’ and told her I meant to send it to her son. Without looking, she handed me the phone and said, ‘Delete it.’ I felt truly awful, and it was a lucky escape.
I’ve learned my lesson – now, I don’t talk ill of anyone anymore even if they deserve it. And I double check who I’m sending texts to!
9. The let’s-forget-this-ever-happened text
I had a rough day and went to send my girlfriend a text saying ‘Hearing your voice always makes me feel better.’ I sent it to the guy I work with.
I brought him coffee the next day as a way to say ‘forget that happened.’ He still kind of teases me about it.
10. The case of mistaken identity
My boss’s name was Miriam, right above Mom in my contact list. You can guess who I sent, ‘I hate my boss so much!’ to. I was mortified because I realized right away what I had done and locked myself in the bathroom. Minutes later, my boss came knocking on the door asking if I was okay. I was 16 and it was my first job!