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15 Times People Awkwardly Ran Into Their Exes

Most of your romantic endeavors are going to end in complete and utter failure. That's not cruelty, but rather a fact of life. The good news is that in the majority of circumstances, you don't need to worry about ever seeing an ex again.

However, there are those rare exceptions where fate has other plans — and the whole thing blows up in your face. To get a better understanding of what I'm talking about, have a look below and check out these 15 times people awkwardly ran into their exes.

Smoking is a dirty habit.

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"I walked out of my lecture hall one night after a long and brutal seminar and asked a group of people if I could bum a smoke. The guy I bummed a smoke off was talking to my ex. I simply took the smoke and left." - Reddit u/unknown

I hope you left a terrible tip.

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Reddit user ChezySpam was out on a first date and feeling pretty good about how the night was going up until that point. All of a sudden, he spotted his ex-girlfriend from across the room, and she wound up being his server.

Does the word "stalker" mean anything to you?

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Redditor diegojones4 was walking down the hallway at work, on his way to the bathroom. Out of nowhere, he spotted his ex-girlfriend walking in the opposite direction. It turns out that she'd applied for a job there, without telling him.

Anyone who would do something like this is definitely not your friend.

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Reddit user cpknab was looking forward to celebrating his best friend at his birthday party. Upon his arrival, he realized that his "friend" had invited his ex — and that the two of them were now dating.

This is why you should always make a point to get your keys back.

Phoebe screaming "My eyes!" on 'Friends'.
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"One night I was having sex at my place and my ex uses the key I gave her to show up to surprise me with a hook up[sic]. Instead[sic] she saw me having sex with her coworker. "- Reddit u/unknown

Let the music take you away.

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Redditor weareonatrain was attending a music festival with her boyfriend, along with 50,000 other music lovers. So it only made sense that she'd run into her long-distance ex-boyfriend. Boy, what are the odds of that?

Swing, swing, swing.

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Reddit user Joetheshow1 isn't afraid to let their freak flag fly. While out at a swinger's party, they happened to walk into the room and there was their ex. I don't think you could imagine a more awkward scenario than this.

I probably would've walked right out the door.

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In a since-deleted Reddit post, this user described a particular Valentine's Day dinner where she and her new boyfriend had waited months to get reservations. Coincidentally, so did her ex and his new girlfriend.

Grade school friends are overrated.

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Reddit user crazydiamond1974 was beyond excited for his son to start school and even more so to learn that he'd made a friend on the very first day. Then, he was made to realize that his son's new best friend was the child of his ex-wife.

I guess I'm going to have to find another deli...

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"He was in front of me. I bumped my cart into his and said, HEY! After staring at me for what seemed like 10 minutes, all he could muster was, 'I'm married now.' What a tool." - Reddit u/thatsassygal

I feel like this is your karma.

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Reddit user StabbyMcGinge broke up with the girl he was seeing because his grade school crush suddenly became available. The two of them were shopping at a store and guess who was there waiting at the counter when they went to get ringed up?

Give me the strength to accept that which I cannot change.

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Reddit user grantdroske's best friend decided to make a positive change in his life and get sober. When he walked through the doors of his first AA meeting, there was his ex sitting right next to him.

No matter what, never do this.

David from 'Schitt's Creek'.
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Reddit user schlem was sitting at a bar with his wife, totally minding their own business, when out of nowhere — his ex sat down right beside her. Both women were incredibly cordial, but it was still painfully awkward.

Sometimes, the universe gives you a sign that you made the right decision.

Jamie Lee Curtis saying "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
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Redditor rawbamatic was spotted at the mall arcade by his ex-girlfriend. She started causing a scene and yelling obscenities in his direction. When security tried to escort her from the premises, she took off running and the police were called.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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"She came into the bookshop I was working at. There was no chance of avoiding her in that case. Plus I had to actually serve her. Since she had dumped me twice that was particularly galling." - Reddit u/LucretiusofBorg