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Loser of the Week
October 24, 2010

When I was in my early twenties, I was feeling pretty good about myself as I set off to work one morning.

I was wearing a suit, my car was brand new and spotless, and I was having a good hair day (for once). I just needed to fill up my gas tank and I could finish my grueling seven minute commute. I pulled into the station and noticed a cute girl filling her gas tank at the next pump. I stopped and put the car in park. She looked over at me and smiled. I smiled back. We were having a little moment.

I turned the car off and tried to think of something clever to say to her. Next, I reached with my left hand down between the car door and the seat to pull the lever to unlock my gas lid—but I pulled the one next to it instead. The one that releases the back of my seat.

I can only imagine what she thought as she saw me disappear from view as I flew backwards. In an instant, I was fully reclined and staring up at the ceiling and laughing. By the time I got my seat back up and squared away, she’d driven off. Probably shaking her head and laughing.

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