This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Examples Where One Person Ruined it for Everyone

One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Sometimes society creates fantastic perks for people, but that one guy finds ways to take advantage and then ruins it for the rest of us. 

Here are some shining examples of cool things ruined by one person’s selfish (sometimes abhorrent!) actions. 

Free Light Bulbs

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Back in the day, electric companies would replace light bulbs for free if you returned the used ones. It only took one hardware store to sue for the practice to stop. 

Now we all have to pay for lightbulbs because of one company’s greed. 

Toothbrush Mustache

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Charlie Chaplin donned a magnificent stash, but his contemporary, a German dictator who will remain nameless, destroyed the look for the foreseeable future. 

Fun fact: Charlie Chaplin and said German dictator were born four days apart in 1889. 

Shoes on an Airplane

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Someone tried to smuggle explosives in their shoes, and now everyone has to take their footwear off when going through airport security lines. 

Sushi Licker

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Many Japanese restaurants used to serve sushi on a conveyer belt. Patrons would take what looked good as it passed by. 

Unfortunately, one sicko thought it would be funny to lick the sushi as it rode by, thus eliminating the practice. 

Inappropriate Coaches

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When people abuse their positions of power, everyone suffers. Obviously, the victims have the worst of it, but the stories destroy the prestige of the profession and cause people who are dedicated to their jobs to take extra precautions to limit the potential for abuse. 

In professions like coaching, where coaches need one-on-one interaction with the players and must sometimes catch them or help when they’re injured, the stigma can hurt performance. 

“Fifth One Free” Food Stamps

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Most restaurants that issue cards allowing customers to get something free after several visits regret the decision. Customers find any possible way to take advantage, from stealing the stamp in general to demanding stamps for lesser purchases. 

Why can’t we just accept nice things?

Easy Open Meds

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All over-the-counter medication must be tamper-proof because one jerk in the 80s tried to poison a bottle of OTC pain meds. 

Millions of people must wrestle with annoying packaging to get their sweet relief. 


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Andrew Wakefield single handily destroyed the glowing reputation vaccines enjoyed. His now-debunked research caused millions of people to doubt the efficacy of vaccines, and it turned out he was an absolute hack. 

Kinder Toys

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We can’t blame the kid who choked, but we do blame the parents for allowing a small child to attempt to eat chocolate filled with a toy surprise. 

Now, kinder eggs can’t include toys. 


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One man invested millions of dollars into an impressive social media company and subsequently destroyed it. It’s practically unusable. 

New Twitter is a sinking ship as millions of users switch to other apps. 


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Time Flies – Savor Every Moment

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They often say time flies, and that’s true. We’re often so busy we don’t even notice the days and years slip away. 

Yes Time Flies – But Here’s How To Savor Every Moment

What’s an Empath?

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Empaths can read other people’s emotions. Find out how it works and whether you may have some empathic abilities! 

Learn More: Experts Reveal Top Signs of an Empath

Achieve Financial Independence with Stress Free Part Time Work

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could work part time at an easy, stress free job you love? Barista Fire is the path to financial independence that lets you do just that!

What’s Chaotic Neutral?

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Our favorite characters in film and shows tend to lean toward the chaotic. Find out why we love this character archetype so much!

Bored? Try Drawing!

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Drawing is a great way to pass some time. You don’t have to be good at it either! Here are 101 fun things to draw when you’re bored