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Thebigfella tugs our coat and says: Are you a LibDem minister, a cheating partner, or maybe you have an annoying friend you can't be bothered with? Tell us of promises you've broken, or if you've been on the receiving end.

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:40)
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The worst incident I can think of involves two broken promises (A two for one offer on this week’s QOTW if you will). This tale happened back during the 80’s when I was due to go abroad.

I had agreed to go out of the country on business and despite the shabby conditions of the place I was due to go I really had no choice (My employer had brought up a number of issues regarding my family so I had little comeback). After arriving at the airport and getting on the plane I realized that I didn’t feel like going through with it and notified my travelling companion who was a little bit pissed to say the least. But I knew he would not inform m bosses until the plane landed at its destination and left the plane before takeoff (Failing to go and do my job and report it to my employers - broken promise number 1).

I then set about sorting out a few personal issues and accidentally managed to be spotted by a workmate while at the shopping centre.One thing led to another and I ended up having a bit of an argument with him, which eventually led to me breaking another promise, I said that I would kill him last. Sorry Sulley I lied.


John Matrix
Apologies for length and a movie reference that only a handful of people will recognise.
(Flips over damaged yellow Porsche that managed to repair itself somehow and drives away)
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 15:15, 12 replies)
I was promised a chocolate and apple birthday cake for my fifteenth birthday. Chocolate and apple cakes were my favourite thing in the whole world when I was a teenager. OK, second favourite. Five weeks beforehand my sister hit thirteen, developed teenage acne overnight and decided chocolate was the cause. In the interests of fairness, all chocolate was banned from the house. I AM STILL WAITING FOR MY FUCKING FIFTEENTH BIRTHDAY CAKE.

And .. relax.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:58, 3 replies)
Sticker Tears
I've never been one for making promises because I tend to try my best to stick to them and this causes a great deal of stress. Therefore, I'm too selfish to be selfish.

Anyway, I was reminded of another reason why I don't tend to lie/cheat/break a promise at work today. I teach English to primary school kids in Japan. They go absolutely mental over a sticker system I made to reward winning games or being creative with English. The only other group of people I've seen get that agitated and excited were junkies waiting for their methadone.

I forgot to bring my stickers with me last week for one of my lessons. I promised that I would bring them with me the following week and that I would give the winners two stickers as a reward. As I walked into the classroom today the cutest 6 year old kid you've ever seen came up to me with a massive, warm smile. She stuck out her hand in anticipation of her delayed prize... and then I realised I had forgotten them again.

She did not take this news well and I could see the spark in her eyes extinguish. She told me in Japanese that I had broken a promise and then she turned around close to tears and sat looking at the empty spaces on her sticker reward sheet. I've destroyed her trust in adults and foreigners forever.

Little bastard has made me feel guilty all day.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:57, 2 replies)
I'm revising.

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:47, 4 replies)
Note to Self
I promised myself I'd make it onto page 1. Broken it every time up to now!
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:45, Reply)
The non specific management promise
Is a tool we use to get something for nothing….or to get people to do their bloody jobs….it’s a matter of viewpoint.

The promise will be along the lines of "Don’t worry, we’ll sort something out.", "We won’t forget this" , "We can’t afford to pay you overtime on this occasion, but next time…"
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:39, 5 replies)
Well, a broken promise is a lot like a child's pinwheel
You have to be yourself or at least within the confines.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:32, Reply)
Broken promises
from the ex - I'll pay your dad back the 10k we lent from him. when my accident claim is settled. Just been told he has no intention of paying in or the 6k of his business debts which I paid for.......

more recently: I'll be less selfish, of course we can go out on proper dates occasionally, I'm not going to any more gigs before Xmas as I keep telling you that I can't afford to go out anywhere with you, I like walking, of course I'll come out with you and your dog.blah de blah de blah.......
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:19, 2 replies)
No, don't worry
It was just a squelchy fart.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:14, 1 reply)
I'll shoot on your tits, not your face.

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:06, Reply)
Of course I love you.

The cheque's in the post.

I promise not to come in your mouth.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 14:00, 1 reply)
I'm still waiting...
for life to begin. it's been a year and a half and everyone kept telling me 'life begins at forty, I promise!'

Well? I still got debts, a shit job and crappy neighbours. When's the good stuff gonna 'begin'? Eh?
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:49, 5 replies)
When I was 8, I promised
that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to the Queen, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

Now I'm an atheist and a republican. Sorry, Invisible Sky Pixie and Unelected Hereditary OverLady.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:44, 5 replies)
I promise I'll not get drunk and be home early!

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:41, Reply)
I did. Honest!
I promised to stop smoking. I got medicated and gave up for 3 months. This week i've been walking 2 snowy miles each way between home and the nearest working bus stop, I was so pick of this the other night that I bought some smokes and have been sneakily enjoying a couple each trip. Now i'll get teh cancer and teh guilt!
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:29, 3 replies)
When i take
over the world, I promise to make everyones death quick and painless......well almost everyone.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:25, 2 replies)
Useless promising
Usually, the promises i'm breaking are the ones i had given myself. There really is no point in promising anything to a person who will always be on your side if you chicken out.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:15, 1 reply)
Broken promise
I promised to do the washing up...time for beer
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:15, Reply)
I promised my dad
I'd post the story about his defeating the nazis singlehandedly and conquering the soviets. But alas, I'm too late.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 13:14, Reply)
I promise
not to post in this weeks QOTW.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:59, Reply)
I promised I would come up with a witty reply to this week's question.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:57, Reply)
"Of course you can go to that conference - it will be great to have a prescence there"
Which then turned into "Ah, we don't have enough money to send you to a fairly cheap conference, despite it being the one you're most likely to further you career at, but we can send everyone else (including temporary students) to a much more expensive one and then also a few people other than you to Hawaii. Also, despite myself having never shown an interest in it before, they've invited me to fly out for free to that conference to give a talk."

Thanks. No really, thanks.

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:55, 2 replies)
I promised
her I'd pull out.

...damn, just thought of a story for last week's question.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:53, 1 reply)
Freedom is a promise.

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:52, 3 replies)
There was much speculation in the B3TA camp...
...that this question would not be [and I quote] scatalogical enough. So I provide this not untrue story of an incident that occurred on a long road trip to visit grandparents:

"Mum! Dad! I'm dying for a wee. Can we pull over?"

Parents: "Of course we'll stop at the next service station. Just... Just...Tie a knot in it."

They did not pull over.

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:46, 1 reply)
"I love you and will never leave you".

(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:45, 1 reply)
Didn't we do this a few weeks ago?
"I love you" "I do" "No I don't fancy your sister/wank/watch porn", etc etc?
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:45, Reply)
I promised I'd never be one
of those sad fuckers who tries to be first.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:43, 3 replies)
I promise not to gloat.
(, Thu 2 Dec 2010, 12:43, 2 replies)

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