Social media has kept us all connected in ways that have proven time and time again to be a double-edged sword. Sure, you can always easily keep in touch with people you haven’t seen for decades, but it also means people you haven’t seen for decades can also easily find ways to contact you, whether you want that or not.

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But just because people can contact you doesn’t mean you have to entertain them, something TV showrunner Tze Chun reminded his followers of after sharing an amusingly uncomfortable exchange with his former high school bully.

The anonymous jerk appeared to message him out of the blue, jumping straight into a half-assed apology for past behavior: “Hi Tze! Hope all’s well! I apologize if I threw you in the trash can in high school, but it was so long ago my memory may be incorrect and I might be confusing you for someone else.”

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When Chun replied with a simple, “No you did,” the bully got a little less enthusiastic, but didn’t really make the “apology” any better.

“I hope there are no hard feelings,” he wrote, essentially centering himself and his need for absolution. “Hope life is good, let me know if you’re ever in Northern California.”

Chun replied with a brief life update before mentioning that he has three kids himself now.

“Was just thinking if anyone threw them in a trash can I’d probably cave that person’s face in,” he wrote. “But hope you are well.”


Apologizing for past wrongs can be a good thing for both parties, but only when it’s legit — and no one is ever required to forgive.

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And Chun isn’t the only one who’s been receiving belated apologies from the worst kids in high school lately. Others had their own stories to share.

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If you’re going to slide into someone’s DMs decades after making their life difficult, at least be thoughtful about it.

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*First Published: February 18, 2023, 6:33 am