r/MadeMeSmile Happy Hours Jun 27 '22 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Wholesome 4 Evil Cackle 1 Helpful 10 Silver 3

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u/RelentlessExtropian Jun 27 '22

The beauty of not having to deal with being in trouble until I got home. Truly, a simpler time.

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u/Low_Floor_7563 Jun 27 '22

That was always a good reason to stay out even longer for me

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u/RelentlessExtropian Jun 27 '22 I'll Drink to That

Get your punishment's worth out of it.

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u/LiveFastDieFast Jun 27 '22

Exactly. And now days that same logic applies to work. “well shit, if I’m already gonna be 10 minutes late, I might as well make it 30 or so and take my time. I’m gonna get an earful either way.”

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u/newfer2222 Jun 27 '22

Also applies to college classes... at least until you have to take an extra semester.

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u/VapidConsultancy Jun 28 '22

And zero proof of anything you did or didn't do because we weren't posting about it on the internet. Wild times.

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u/HatarotheRogue Jun 28 '22

I'll tell you something. One time before cellphones and all that. My friends parents used to make homemade wine. This was the kinda stuff that would get you completely trashed after a bottle.

One night we took two bottles to go drinking. For some reason his mom came home I dont remember why. And her first instinct was to check her wine.

Somehow she knew we took the wine.

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u/WisestAirBender Jun 28 '22

Not doing anything for internet points.

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u/waka_flocculonodular Jun 28 '22

I got kicked out of college and didn't get any internet points from it. Learn from my mistakes, people!

(Also don't get kicked out of school, it's a lot more work. Stay in school, even if it means extending the time in which you get your education.)

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u/AntiqueIllustrator51 Jun 28 '22

Nah, I had a chemistry professor who screamed at me for 24 minutes (I kept track) because I was late to the first day of lab -- the one where you have 3 hours to spend 15 minutes counting glassware. At first he said it was ok, because I was the last one to show up (someone else snuck in mid-rant), but after 20 minutes of wasting everyone's time yelling that I had wasted everyone's time, he started to sense that maybe the room was turning on him, so he began saying he was a nice guy and everyone liked him. That's when I doubled over in hysterical laughter ("See? It's ok, he's laughing")...and now I have a permanent anxiety problem with punctuality that...regularly causes me to be late...thanks, Professor Head-of-the-Chemistry-Department-but-still-says-nu-kyu-ler

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u/MikaNekoDevine Jun 28 '22

Honestly, id have looked him dead straight and told him you are wasting more time lecturing me. In uni i walked in class late , “next one late to class is going to get an earful” - professor, friend walks in before he could say a thing in the sweetest and most innocent voice “Hello Sir” , he just looked dumbfounded look and says nothing.

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u/AntiqueIllustrator51 Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

Best excuse I have for my silence is it was the sanity version of frogs slowly boiling: I had no idea he'd go on for that long until he did. Then once he said he was a nice guy, that broke me. He eventually got that message, because the next day I sent a scathing email to the dean of students -- that's how I found out he was head of the department -- and I was given the option to drop or switch, but he had the only lab section that wouldn't set my degree back a year. Shit professor, too; had to double up on lectures to get by. Thank you, Doctor Other-Professor; you saved my semester.

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u/Shoondogg Jun 28 '22

I had a job where a minute late was treated the same as an absence. So if I wasn’t going to make it on time, I just didn’t go

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u/LiveFastDieFast Jun 28 '22

Yea if you’re gonna get a write up anyways, make it worth it haha

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u/KeepTalkingMandy Jun 28 '22

You could also miss work witout social media ratting you out

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u/hash303 Jun 28 '22

Social media isn’t ratting you out, YOU are ratting yourself out

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

Lol my highschool had a policy where if you were tardy you had to dump out your coffee or other drinks so people who were late would just chill in their cars until the last 10 minutes of first period class or at least until they finished their drink

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u/LiveFastDieFast Jun 28 '22

They let you have drinks in class?! That’s awesome, when I was in high school we couldn’t have any food or drink in class unless we had a medical reason.

Back to your point though, yea I for sure would have done the same if that was the rule!

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u/AntiqueIllustrator51 Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

I worked for Comcast in...I think it was 2018 when they changed their attendance policy where anything from 11 minutes to 2 hours was half a point against you, and anything over 2 hours was a full point against you. So people tended to either be on time, two hours late, or not bother showing up. Not a great system, especially for a call center heavily relying on public transit. Then they switched to what I called the "come in anyway" attendance policy, which made you use PTO until you ran out, then fucked you in the ass. Assuming you were an employee acting in good faith, on time, with good reasons to miss work -- like actually sick, actual emergencies -- and took no other time off, this accelerated how quickly you'd be fired for attendance by ~60%, IIRC. But if you were willing to give up 8 days of PTO, you could be 15 minutes late all year long. Interesting strategy. Would love to know how that worked out for them. I'm not in a position to know, since within the year, they they laid off my department: gave the building to our sister call center across town, which they closed because -- surprise -- too much turnover. Whodathunk?

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u/DryPrion Jun 28 '22

None of the punishments were ever worth it. Ever. My mom… wasn’t the most rational person. It got to a point I just refused to leave the house for any reason because I never knew what I’d do to set her off and come home to a surprise beating lasting hours.

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u/actuallyatypical Jun 28 '22

r/insaneparents understands. Just know that you never ever could've done the "right thing." It wasn't you, it was your mom using you as an outlet for her anger and frustration. There was no way you could've prevented it, no matter how much she tried to twist everything to make it seem like you had caused it. You were always the target, and she was always looking for ways to manipulate you. You've always been good enough, the problem has never, ever been you. The problem was her. It wasn't your fault. You were a child.

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u/DryPrion Jun 28 '22

Oh yeah, I knew from when I was a child that it wasn’t me, it was her. It gets pretty obvious when you’re getting beaten for doing something the “wrong way” even though you’re doing exactly what the teacher taught you to do.

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u/actuallyatypical Jun 28 '22

I'm really, really glad you know your worth. Not everyone makes it out of that with the same view, I'm super proud of you. Some people reading your comments with similar pasts may have needed to see that, and could be greatly helped or inspired by your story and how you realized that when it was always your fault, it was likely not really your fault. Sometimes those feelings of inadequacy that are beat into you as a child don't go away, and it makes me very happy to know that she didn't get to take you down with her. Keep it up, you're amazing.

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u/hamdandruff Jun 28 '22

With my dad it didn't even matter if it was worth or not because it was always SOMETHING. Punishment just didn't work anymore when it was for everything and nothing.

The most bs out of it was if he couldn't prove which one out of 4 was responsible(if something happened at all, even), we all got it to various degrees with the youngest two getting away with murder and my older brother and I the worst.

Little sister was a liar and a snitch too but I don't blame her and we good.

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u/a_lonely_boy_ Jun 28 '22

I'm sorry you had to go through that. At least now you don't have yo suffer that anymore.

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u/JahEthBur Jun 28 '22

At one point I was given a divergent time path. If I wasn't home by midnight then stay out until 5am because the fucking dog was always loud as hell and my mom couldn't fall back to sleep very easily. I was out until 5 am a bunch in my late teens and early twenties.

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u/inplayruin Jun 28 '22

Yeah, future me was always the best in dealing with things.

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u/blacksheetpartyRSVP Jun 28 '22

stumblesinat5am Oh, I fell asleep at [best friend's house]

-Really out partying let's say 15 years old.

Edit: somewhat earlier than 1998, but not by much

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u/Puptentjoe Jun 28 '22

Jokes on me. My mom literally waited outside the movie theater she thought I was going to, I did go to that theater. Super embarrassing.

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u/Hazzman Jun 28 '22

If the street lights were on I knew my ass was grass

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u/OnTheCob Jun 28 '22

If the streetlights were on, we were booking it home. “But I was at the other end of the neighborhood, I got here as fast as I could.”

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u/gorgewall Jun 28 '22

My mother used to tell me to "come home when it's dark".

I would often show up super late and say, "It wasn't dark, the street lights were on."

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u/whitechristianjesus Jun 28 '22

Oh, man. I've got so many "worth it" stories that wouldn't be possible in the age of smart phones.

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u/tallerpockets Jun 27 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy Heartwarming

“The moms always knew where you were” was told to me years later by my mom. I was a teen in the early 90’s and if I didn’t tell my mom where I was going because I snuck out to play ouija board in a secret tree fort with my buddies and the girls from down the block, she would figure it out. She would call all the parents and find out who wasn’t home then piece together who was together and that usually rendered different results. Like if it was Ryan, Chris and myself she knew we were close to home because Chris was a little bitch but if it was Dominic and Ian she knew we were up to no good and would leave the back door unlocked in case I was running from the cops. When I found this out I almost shat my pants! I just thought I was lucky but nope, mom would be reading by the window and when she saw me scale the fence she would sneak to bed.

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u/Aromatic-Ad9428 Jun 27 '22

What an awesome mom

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u/[deleted] Jun 27 '22

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u/LiteAsh Jun 28 '22

Lol that’s a very nice slice of telephone history. Your house had a private landline with multiple handsets that could talk on the same line. Before that, there were party lines. I didn’t grow up with those so I have no claim to explain how they worked or functioned in daily use. Prior to that, it was a coin toss if you had access to a telephone in your town let alone county, depending on your luck at being born in a different zip code than someone else.

Nowadays kids are almost accustomed to wanting their own smart watch extension phone line with the unlimited data plan to match their smart phone and tablet collection.

I miss my flip phone and want landlines in my home in the near future.

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u/zarias116 Jun 28 '22

Trust me, do not get a landline if it's not a necessity for you. I get spam calls every god damn day from telemarketers, and there is no way around them I've tried everything. For any techy people who plan on replying to this, don't bother Ive tried it all.

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u/Weary-Statistician44 Jun 28 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored Evil Cackle

You just *69 get the phone #, reverse lookup the address, buy a plane ticket, fly there, hail a cab and burn the mother fucking call center to the ground.

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u/CornCheeseMafia Jun 28 '22

This totally worked for me.

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u/Motocamperman Jun 28 '22

That works for three or four days, then repeat. That isn't a complaint, I'm expressing that we have an opportunity.

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u/never0101 Jun 28 '22

Ah yes, simple!

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u/Deudir Jun 28 '22

Telecom employee, can confirm there is no solution

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u/talkmc Jun 28 '22

We got a device for our phone that you can program in the numbers you want to receive and it blocks anything not on that list

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u/ColdPorridge Jun 28 '22

Have you tried preemptively calling all possible numbers to identify the spam numbers so you can find out what they want before they ask? I’m sure they’d appreciate the initiative.

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u/craigmontHunter Jun 28 '22

My grandparents had a party line to their cottage until ~2015, the ring count was taped over top so you could see if the call was for you or anyone else.

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u/LiteAsh Jun 28 '22

Very nice. That was about when we cut my grandmother’s landline. The only calls to that line after her death were the few friends who never got the notice she had passed. Once those calls stopped, we reluctantly gave up the service to her line.

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u/Lucky_Number_3 Jun 28 '22

Damn I really was broke as fuck. I didn’t even know that existed

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u/Foreign_Fill7029 Jun 28 '22

Party lines. I didn't grow up on but told some stories. So, you and your neighbors all shared a phone line. All the party line phones would ring for calls. So multiple neighbors could and sometimes did listen in on your phone calls. I was told one of my grandfathers did this a lot for entertainment. Thus he'd gossip about his neighbors at the local tavern.

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u/lazyeyepsycho Jun 28 '22

lol we had a party line when I was a boy.....short long short was our ring.

fond memories of the phone ringing late at night for other numbers and dad screaming "they are not home clearly....goto bed!!!!"

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u/OgReaper Jun 28 '22

That is brilliant

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u/MisterValiant Jun 28 '22

That actually took me a second. That's incredible.

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u/Fast-Stand-9686 Jun 28 '22

Kids need that level of freedom to grow. My father showed me how to use PAM (cooking spray) on the door hinges so my mom wouldn't hear me sneaking in at 3 am. As a parent it's terrifying to think your kid is out rabble rousing but if you're honest with them and set appropriate boundaries it can be incredibly healthy.

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u/blade_torlock Jun 28 '22

My wife tells a story about sneaking back into the house through her window to find her mother sitting in a chair waiting for her in the dark.

This was in the early 80s. Her mother even lit up a cigarette in the dark as my wife turned around.

She remembers her mother saying we'll talk in the morning and leaving the room.

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u/not_this_again2046 Jun 28 '22

Was her mom Charlie Baltimore? WTF?

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u/blade_torlock Jun 28 '22

A flare for the dramatic, coupled with a love of cigarettes, seriously she would take her oxygen off and go smoke then come back in and ramp it up.

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u/bitches_be Jun 28 '22

Life is all about balance

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u/ArrrGaming Jun 28 '22

Ha ha straight out of an action movie.

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u/blade_torlock Jun 28 '22

They way she tells it, I think it gets a little embellished each time.

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u/We_renotonmyisland Jun 28 '22

1998 - I'm 16. My boyfriend has a friend who is having a house party an hour away in a vacationy area. I tell my mom I'm sleeping at a friend's house. This isn't a super close friend, but a name she's heard.

Now I don't even know my boyfriends friend because he goes to an all guys school. Cut to midnight. Everyone is drunk. Suddenly I hear someone call out - Hey is there a (my first and last name) here? Your mom is on the phone. Record scratch. I'm shook. Get on the phone and she lays into me and says I'd better get home as soon as it's morning and we're sobered up.

Come to find out she called a friend who knew the mom whose house I was "staying at" and confirmed I wasn't there. Then she went super sleuth mode making a trail of calls until she somehow got a hold of my boyfriends friends parents. 😐 A lot of kids got in trouble that night 🤦‍♀️

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u/KS1234d Jun 28 '22

rough couple a years (in teen time frame) huh?

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u/balletboy Jun 28 '22

Lol my mom didn't call she just drove there and said get in the car.

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u/SaraSmashley Jun 27 '22

My husband was suspended in the 80s for bringing a Ouija board to school.

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u/Cloned_Popes Jun 27 '22

Ah yes, the Era of Satanic Panic. Do you remember Judas Priest getting sued because a kid blew his head odd with a shotgun while listening to their music? Supposedly the record said "pull the trigger" or something when you play it backwards. And Tipper Gore! What a peach. Those advisory stickers are how I selected which cassettes to buy at the Wherehouse.

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u/HarrisonForelli Jun 27 '22

the Era of Satanic Panic.

I guess you felt a little bit of nostalgia when lil nas x had made headlines because of the blood shoes, or the devil lapdance video.

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u/Scarlett_rose Jun 27 '22

It’s called Montero and you will give it the respect it deserves!! /s

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u/Azhaius Jun 28 '22

Yeah Satanic Panic never stopped, it just got less mainstream.

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u/droomph Jun 28 '22

And/or turned into QAnon

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u/Crystal-gx_915 Jun 27 '22

A Luigi board?

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u/Goldblums_Eyebrows Jun 27 '22

This is Reddit. It's a Waluigi board.

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u/ijunere Jun 27 '22

Your mom is sherlock Holmes

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

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u/Southern-Exercise Jun 28 '22

I feel for the Smiths and the Jones on party night.

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u/flechette Jun 28 '22

I once went to a lan party in 97 at a guys house and he was a friend of a friend of a friend. I knew most of the people but I didn’t drive myself and only knew the town I was in.

Mom showed up in person to take me home.

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u/shakygator Jun 28 '22

I remember once we were out and my mom came looking for us. Somehow found us at the pool hall we were not supposed to be at, and usually were not at, so I have no clue how she knew where we were.

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u/Southern-Exercise Jun 28 '22

A couple of friends and I took off on the bus one day and went downtown to hang out.

Someone who knew one of our moms saw us and that was that.

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u/science_vs_romance Jun 27 '22

This is amazing and definitely worthy of its own post.

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u/eight13atnight Jun 28 '22

This is incredible!

“…would leave the back door unlocked incase I was running from the cops”.

Teared up there a little bit.

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u/whatissevenbysix Jun 28 '22

Laughs in Third World speak where only 1 in 20 houses had a phone.

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u/OkSpirit452 Jun 27 '22

Where have you been all night?! Don’t you know what time it is?! It’s ten past ten!! Your father and I have been worried sick about you!! You go to your room!! YOU. ARE. GROUNDED!!

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u/youretheweird1 Jun 28 '22

You could've been DEAD IN A DITCH for all I know!

... it's always a ditch.

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u/dnz000 Jun 28 '22

Yea lmao as if anyone just disappeared in the 90s, if you didn’t check in shit would hit the fan.

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u/cultured_banana_slug Jun 28 '22

My friend's parents would set an alarm to go off at curfew. If he came home when he was supposed to, he'd go in and turn the alarm off so it wouldn't wake them up.

He was a good egg. He never figured out he could just leave the house again.

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u/sqdnleader Jun 28 '22

The official turning point in your maturity is the moment you start telling your parents stories and you don't censor the illegal shit

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u/dantanama Jun 28 '22

Bro my mom freaks out every time I tell a story about being a teen lol. "Oh, geez! I was a terrible mother how could I not know that was going on??!" I'm sneaky ma, don't beat yourself up about it

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u/Locke57 Jun 28 '22

I should not have told dad that his favorite sweater that I gave him was stolen. It’s like I killed a piece of his innocence.

But he kept wearing the sweater so… not all was lost.

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u/Alarming-Cow299 Jun 28 '22

I grew up around the time when GPS tracking apps were just taking off. My parents were the ones who introduced me to all the illegal stuff but I'd be dead and buried if there was a day where they did not know my exact location. It didn't matter what I was doing so long as they knew all the details.

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u/Motocamperman Jun 28 '22

I don't tell my parents 99% of my young life. The 1% I share makes them freak out. I wouldn't mind sharing more in my current circle but my parents are connected to that circle.

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u/claymcg90 Jun 28 '22

Mom's shocked face. Dad laughing his ass off. Good times

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u/rodneyjesus Jun 28 '22

Mine was a streetlight cue. Once the streetlights turned on, you had 10 minutes to get home or your ass was grass. God help you if you went down "the big hill" and had to walk your sorry ass back up dragging your poorly-geared bicycle that didn't stand a chance. Oof

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u/ChicoBroadway Jun 27 '22 Take My Energy

Ah, that sweet, petty-crime-filled freedom.

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u/BrownSugarBare Jun 27 '22

The "Don't come home til the street lights come on" summers!

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

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u/BrownSugarBare Jun 28 '22

LMAO, maaaaany a message left like that 😂

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u/joshformayer Jun 28 '22

My dad would just whistle for me to come home lol

Now I use that same whistle at concerts instead of applause

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u/BrownSugarBare Jun 28 '22

My mum would yell out the back door, someone else's mum would hear and then holler my name. It was the loudest version of broken telephone and I always got the message.

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u/steamygarbage Jun 28 '22

And yet I'd be back at 9 or 10, on a school night. My best friend walked with me half of the way and we'd scream bye bitch love ya until she turned the corner on her way back. Good times.

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u/we_are_sex_bobomb Jun 28 '22

2000’s parents: “I can call my kids whenever I want!”

90’s parents: “I wish I could call my kids whenever I want.”

80’s parents: “I have kids?”

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u/RosemaryGoez Jun 27 '22 Silver

My moms have built in GPS or something. I was a 90’s kid/00’s teen and I could go to a shack in the middle of the tundra to drink with my friends. But when I’d get home, they would ask how the shack was and name everyone I was with.

They knew I was scared to drink more than one wine cooler because I assumed it would immediately render me unconscious, so they never stressed.

The only time they did bust in was when I was 16 and at my friends house for her birthday. I told them the party was at her mom’s house down the road, but we were really at her dad’s place while he was out of town. There were a bunch of older guys there and everyone was drinking and getting high. I of course took part in this because I was an idiot. I was making out with some dude on an inflatable when my Irish mom busted in and ripped the poor guy off of me, while my Inuit mom pulled me up and drug me outside.

They’d gotten a hold of a bunch of other parents and it was like a war zone of angry natives and petrified teens. The college guys were running away from the house clutching their discarded clothing.

It was the worst night of my life.

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u/maximusamare Jun 27 '22

Graduated high school in 1999. My parents would ask for a phone number where they could reach me and I’d give them a rando pay phone number in the middle of nowhere. Never a problem

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u/Signal-Blackberry356 Jun 27 '22

they never wanted to reach you

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u/annihilatress Jun 28 '22

I would write down the real number but "accidentally" transpose a couple numbers

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u/Delilah_Moon Jun 27 '22

Caller ID ruined the party for everyone. Don’t even come at me with *69 - it showed up as Anonymous and your parents knew Becky’s number was listed.

Parents in the 80s/90s would instill fear in even the most aggressive of Karens with their neighborhood networks.

My parents had a bell. A fucking farm bell in the suburbs. Rang that thing every time I was supposed to come home. The entire neighborhood knew to send me home when that bell rang.

If you were a little asshole - you better believe when you came home your Mom already knew what you’d been doing. Half her fun was letting you lie about it to see how far you’d go.

Mothers of Gen X and Millenials deserve serious applaud. They kept us safe, taught us to fix our snacks, and let us “free range” on our bikes until we couldn’t peddle anymore. All while rocking the most unflattering denim and craft sweaters.

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u/HarrisonForelli Jun 27 '22

. Rang that thing every time I was supposed to come home

RING RING RING RING RING

DELILAHHHHHHHHH DINNER IS READDDDYYYY

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u/kohasz Jun 28 '22

TINA COME GET DINNER YOU FAT LARD

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u/OmfgTim Jun 28 '22

I remember flipping through the phonebook to find my buddy’s number, and ask his mom if he can come out and play.
I’m typing this and realizing, wow, it’s wild that everyone’s name and number were basically public domain in those phonebooks.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

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u/DanielVip3 Jun 28 '22

I have yet to find anything except for social accounts when I look for any person, including myself, family and friends on the web... Except if they own a personal website where they disclose the contact informations, there is no way for me to find the number of anyone I know.

How is this defined "free to find"? Of course, you can find a lot of things such as first and last name, pictures, events in someone's life, even birthday maybe, but most of the time phone number and email are private on social networks and so, unless you choose to, it's not public domain.

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u/Luminous_Artifact Jun 28 '22

Phone companies used to charge extra if you wanted your number to be unlisted. That always felt like such a rip-off.

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u/raven_haired Jun 27 '22

Omg, we had a fucking farm bell too!! We got made fun of so much for that.

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u/LithiumLost Jun 28 '22

*69 told you the last caller, *67 blocked the number

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u/dimension_42 Jun 28 '22

Still does! Give it a try. My wife uses it if she's working from home and has to call patients to reschedule.

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u/Nonono-- Jun 28 '22

Our rule was the lights.

When the street lights come on, play time is over. Hop on your bike and go home.

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u/WildHebeiMan Jun 28 '22

My parents had a bell. A fucking farm bell in the suburbs.

My god I bet you hated that thing. And now when you look back you really appreciate it.

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u/JackODouls Jun 28 '22

My mom had a bell too! We could hear that thing from 2 miles away!

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u/howfuturistic Jun 28 '22

My mom had a bloody steel triangle that she would clang when it was time for dinner. This was in Houston, TX. In the mid 90s.

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u/Sad_Olive6904 Jun 28 '22

My mom had the same big triangle bell. It was 1986 and we lived in northern NJ!! So embarrassing but it built character.

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u/SaraSmashley Jun 27 '22

Kids these days will never know the struggle of a busy signal when they needed to tell Nikki that Brian DID like her.

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u/BunnyTengoku Jun 28 '22

Or the betrayal when a friend goads you into smack talking somebody over the phone only to then have that somebody reveal themselves as having been on three-way calling.

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u/CadeFromSales Jun 28 '22

The only experience I have of this is watching that one scene from Mean Girls

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u/ScaredLettuce Jun 28 '22

Stone cold.

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u/Duder_4 Jun 27 '22

Those were good times lol, bike over to my friend Tony’s house we’d smoke some bud and cigarettes and play wwe on PlayStation his mom would cook and it’s some of my fondest memories, we’d go out and play in the bamboo and just talk about all kinds of shit

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u/AgentFernandez Jun 28 '22

which WWE game?

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u/HumbleSuggestion2046 Jun 27 '22

In a number of ways a cell phone is certainly a leash.

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u/Soren_Camus1905 Jun 27 '22

I feel like I’m always on call and obligated to respond. Sucks

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u/onetwoskeedoo Jun 27 '22

Gotta start spacing out responding so people get used to you not answering right away

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u/thebeasts99 Jun 27 '22

Lol. I feel targeted in this comment

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u/bitter_leopard34 Jun 28 '22

It’s the reason why I was glad I didn’t have a cellphone in high school.

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u/jsgnextortex Jun 27 '22

Now, this is an interesting way to describe it, I may steal your phrase in the future, lol.

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u/nightmuzak Jun 27 '22

On the contrary, you’re more free because you always know exactly who called and that you aren’t going to miss them if they leave their house in the next five minutes. When I had a landline, especially before Caller ID, I was glued to that fucker (and the house) and there was always anxiety if I came home to find the message light blinking. What did I miss? Is someone in the hospital or jail? Did the restaurant change my schedule again and now I have to be in 20 minutes ago?

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u/__Visegrad_ Jun 28 '22

Man I know parents who are getting their kids phones as young as 5/6 with data plans just so they can have location tracking on them lmfao.

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u/OldSchoolSpyMain Jun 28 '22

Generally speaking, they mean well.

The way parenthood works is: Everything is fine when it's fine, but when something happens to your kid, it is quite literally the worst feeling in the world to you.

If you aren't a parent, you may not understand that feelings involved. Most don't until they become parents. Hence the phrase, "You'll understand when you have kids someday!", retort that parents give kids when the kids complain. It's true.

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u/ronchee1 Jun 27 '22

Yeah. Sometimes it can be ruff

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u/oXAshySlashyXo Jun 27 '22

Getting hounded all day with texts and calls.

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u/rhodesleadnowhere Jun 27 '22

Nothing like having your mom show up at a friends house looking for you 🥴

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u/youaintgonlikeit Jun 28 '22

"Don't forget your quarter for the pay phone." Different world.

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u/Blackstar1401 Jun 28 '22

Quarters were for suckers. Call collect and use the name for location to be picked up.

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u/cloud_botherer1 Jun 28 '22

Weoddababyeetsaboy

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u/PersistentPuma37 Jun 28 '22

the *exact* reason penny loafers exist: To always have change on you, so you could call home if a boy got "too handsy" in the 50s.

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u/De5perad0 Jun 27 '22

Leave your cell phone at home and you can know that joy again. Unless they know your friends numbers.

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u/CountingCastles Jun 27 '22

I don’t leave my phone at home but it stays on silent at all times. I live in a perpetual state of “do not disturb” and I enjoy it very much

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u/De5perad0 Jun 27 '22

That sounds very nice!

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u/lesbiantelevision Jun 28 '22

I just found out I can silence all unknown calls on my phone today, and that made me pretty happy.

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u/Singlewomanspot Jun 28 '22

Laughs in latch key kid

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u/MissSeaYouEnTea Jun 28 '22

Calling home collect.

“MomI’mAtAmy’sHouse.”

“You have a collect call from ‘MomImAtAmy’sHouse’. Would you like to accept the call?”

-click-

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u/mama_emily Jun 28 '22

lmao. I generally hate this comparison shit, and I got nothing but love for Gen Z, but this made me laugh

Just “I couldn’t get ahold of you” is no longer a valid excuse.

Also a few months into the video door bell trend, and all other cameras in your house, I thought “oh my god, how do kids throw house parties anymore?!l”

Which makes me a lousy excuse for an adult but I had a feeling

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u/SoGnarRadar4 Jun 28 '22

This does not mention the mom network of land lines. They were the Illuminati of my town. Even moms of kids who left years ago were involved. If there was a mom that stepped out of line they were dealt with in the most passive aggressive ways imaginable. Still makes me shudder thinking about all of those eyes watching me everywhere I went.

If you’re still watching I didn’t plan that weekend. I was thrown under the bus by the first idiots you caught. But you probably know that already.

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u/TheG00dFather Jun 27 '22

I was 17 in 1998 so I don't know shit about fuck. What makes them look like it's 1998? Or what is the trend?

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

White wash denim jeans came back around, some of the tube tops came back around, doc martens came back around, etc, etc but none of that is 90s. People just remember the “90s” as 95-05.

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u/ReedoIncognito Jun 27 '22

90s teens lived in the sweet spot

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u/TheRealXen Jun 28 '22

Yeah but then your helicopter mom calls the cops and tracks your last known whereabouts and really just obliterates your social status for two school years.....

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u/MuForceShoelace Jun 27 '22

Yeah, but you also had no way to get hold of your friends except calling their landline and talking to their mom. Who then would listen to the whole conversation because the dumb football phone wasn't cordless.

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u/DMod Jun 27 '22

The cool kids had a second phone line! Other than that we would just show up at each other’s houses. Can you imagine doing that today?

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u/shaqshakesbabies Jun 27 '22

Yeah like 9 years ago in high school I showed up to a buddy’s house and didn’t tell him I was coming. Was just bored biking around and figured I’d see if they were home. Him and his brother acted like I was crazy and gave me shit for months. I didn’t like them much after that

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u/dimension_42 Jun 28 '22

Jesus, this brought back a memory. About 12-13 years ago, couple years out of high school, I was taking this big scooter (a 250 Honda Helix) out for a ride, and figured I'd just pop in to see my buddy. Dude is always home, so why not

Well, he wasn't home. But his wife was. And she was PISSED.

"Hey friends wife! Is friend here?"

"Um, fucking NO. He told me he was with you."

"...."

"...."

"....well, I'll be on my way!"

Turns out, this dipshit just needed a couple hours to himself, so he went to see a movie. Without telling me he was using me for this excuse.

I'm gonna go give him shit for it right now.

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u/J2Gud Jun 27 '22

do people not show up at each other’s houses? me and my friends do it all the time lol.

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u/expanding-man Jun 27 '22

You answer the phone, but it’s for your sister - or whoever - and you have no idea if she’s home because you’ve been watching Facts of Life reruns or some shit so you cover the talk-piece with your hand super half-assed and then scream her name … then, wait 5 seconds and casual say “she’s not here…” while the person on the other line suffers ear trauma and says she’ll call back.

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u/hazard224 Jun 27 '22

More than likely you were out with your friends a that time and if you weren't don't worry you all hung out at the same location so you were going to bump into them also hiding from their parents as well. 90's kid represent.

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u/Silverlitmorningstar Jun 28 '22

This was always the best feeling. My dads only rule was i had to call him when the streetlights come on to let him know where i was. on weekends i had to call him every hour past dark unless i was staying at someone's house. he would always fall asleep early so friday nights id find a pay phone around 9 or 10 pm and call and no answer because he feel asleep lol.

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u/OrangeLobotomy Jun 28 '22

It was a time when pay phones were your primary form of connection. The excuse was always “I didn’t have change, I’m sorry I didn’t call!”

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u/UnusualHospital9579 Jun 28 '22

Just come home when the street lamps come on honey. Now gtfo my house

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u/Typingdude3 Jun 28 '22

Hey, I’m Gen X and went to high school in the ‘80’s. Our parents knew we hung out at the mall, and the malls, movie theaters and just about everywhere else had public pay phones (which have now completely disappeared from the landscape). And our parents made us call in to them at 8:00pm every time we hung out at the mall to update them on where we were, where we were going, and when we’d be home. Sure, we could “forget” to call them but then you’d just get in trouble when you got home. Not worth it. So it’s not true to say our parents had no way to communicate with us when we hung out with friends. Malls had pay phones, and your friends homes had telephones. The grape vine was real back then and often your parents knew what you were up to if you “forgot” to call in.

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u/Berdarien Jun 27 '22

Mom "Be home when the street lights come on" Me '"We live in the hood the only street light is way down the block" Mom "And when it's on you better be home"

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u/Professor-Shuckle Jun 28 '22

Sometimes my mom would call the sheriff and he’d drive around town and when he found us he’d just say “your mom wants you home” and we’d walk home. Good times

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u/geekphreak Jun 27 '22

Back then no one knew where anyone was, and we were all fine with it.

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u/Past_Couple5545 Jun 27 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

We just walked into everybody else's houses. I remember gathering a bunch of buddies and "go explore", which usually meant biking to some hitherto unknown place. One Summer we ended up in a farm with a lake. It was hot as hell and everybody went swimming, until of course a small herd of cows joined us. We didn't quite know what to do and were scared to death. We biked furiously back to our small town. Southern Portugal, late 1980s. My child and teen years were a succession of such episodes. So free and wild.

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u/KmballKnn1son499 Jun 28 '22

Rule in my house was [You call home when you get "there!"], whatever the destination was.

So ... My sister rolled into the house at breakfast one morning. My parents were livid because she spent all night out with friends. They were reading her the riot act because they didn't know where she had been all night. My sister then walked over to the answering machine a pressed play. There was a trail of messages from ALL of the locations she stopped at that night. ... My parents were stunned. ... A new house was rule made that day, [Get home BEFORE breakfast.] ... My sister did not get in trouble for that night.

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u/CivilizedPsycho Jun 27 '22

I'm curious about how the numbers of teens disappearing have changed since cellphones and social media have become a thing. My instinct says kidnappings/etc would probably have gone down.

Your parents knowing where you are is a good thing. I had total freedom to do what I wanted as long as my mom knew where I was going and approximately what time I'd be home no curfew or anything.

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u/Past_Couple5545 Jun 27 '22

That's exactly why it felt so free; the unspecified danger and all that. Except in my country (Portugal) there was no danger whatsoever except car accidents.

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u/r3liop5 Jun 28 '22

Specifically in a comment about kidnappings I thought it was funny to read Portugal in the first comment considering the super infamous unsolved child kidnapping that took place there. I’m sure it is a really safe country statistically, but your comment immediately made me think of Madeleine McCann.

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u/Past_Couple5545 Jun 28 '22

Right. That's why it was such a strange occurence. There was a famous case earlier, the disappearance of a boy named João Pedro, which I guess underlines my point: imagine a place where 10 million people know exactly which kidnappings took place in the previous decade. Another case was eventually solved after the boy's remains were found in Serra da Arrábida many years later: he had just fallen to his death from a cliff. More recently I think people have become more concerned about that sort of thing, but I don't think that's because kidnappings have increased.

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u/1pt20oneggigawatts Jun 28 '22

I'm curious about how the numbers of teens disappearing have changed since cellphones and social media have become a thing. My instinct says kidnappings/etc would probably have gone down.

Is it really that difficult to take a cell phone away from a child? Throw it in a lake or run it over with your car. Ta da, 20th century

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u/nadajoe Jun 28 '22

This guy kidnaps.

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u/Bleezy79 Jun 28 '22

Growing up in a single parent household in the 80s, my sister and I basically had free reign of the neighborhood. We would naturally come home as the sunsets though. Man I miss those times.

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u/maythemetalbewithyou Jun 28 '22

Gen X parent here. I grew up in the 80s. I raised my kids like it was 1984. I told them I'm not gonna require them to call me every 30 minutes, or text me, no Facetime. Because 1) they're gonna lie, and 2) they'll figure out how to get around the monitoring. Besides, I told them they're not as smart as they think they are and if they're up to something they will eventually get caught. So they better make good decisions. One of them didn't and got in trouble. But it wasn't earth-shattering. Regular run of the mill teenage getting in trouble. But he learned. He learned better that way than any preemptive monitoring or obsessive texting that I would do. Don't get me wrong, I had rules. Break the rule and get in trouble. But the rules were simple; I tried to make them that way because we're talking about teenagers here. I also refused to monitor their grades. It didn't matter what their grade was 4 weeks into the semester, it only mattered what the final grade was.

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u/icallitadisaster Jun 27 '22

The cool kids had pagers back then though

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u/omigosh20 Jun 27 '22

The only people I knew with pagers were doctors and drug dealers.

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u/toocheesyformeez Jun 27 '22

Used to get my ass beat when I got home cause my mum had no idea if I was dead or alive if I stayed out late lmao

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u/XXXXXXXXISJAKKAKS Jun 27 '22

As kids we had walkie talkies

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u/Past_Couple5545 Jun 27 '22

With a range of 30 meters. I never new whether it was better to use the walkie talkie or just yell.

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u/waffles_rrrr_better Jun 28 '22

“If you’re not home by the time the street lights are on, don’t bother coming home. “ -mom

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u/j0eg0d Jun 28 '22

It was more like detective work for parents. My mom had to call everyone who knew me. Find my last known location. Search every area that someone said I was at. Basically get a sense of what I was up to that day and triangulate my patterns.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

This is where my status as a millennial-gen Z cusp really shows bc I never had this experience. Anyone else feel this way? As a '95 baby I got my first cell phone in 6th grade

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u/Acebladewing Jun 28 '22

Oh man, I'm going to miss curfew. Oh well, might as well miss it by 2 hours instead of 1.

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

the wealthier girls definitely had cell phones by 1998.

certainly they all had PAGERS, which gave them a little bit of leeway.. but still..

if you had a pager in 1998, you were basically expected to call home within a half hour because payphones were still around in abundance.

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u/bettywhitefleshlight Jun 28 '22

My mom whistled out the door like a fucking lunatic. Could hear it across town.

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u/pt_online Jun 28 '22

i mean, do not disturb is still a thing

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u/princeiseve Jun 27 '22

There were highschool kids with pagers and car phones in the 90s.

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u/MadamInsta Jun 27 '22

And the cell phone "brick" with the eight inch detachable antenna.

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