Times Justin Bieber Treated His Fans Like Trash

Justin Bieber is a talented guy: he can sing, dance, play guitar, and play drums, among other instruments, like nobody's business. He hasn't had the easiest time adjusting to the spotlight, which has been on him since he was a child — and those frustrations and difficulties have unfortunately begun to manifest themselves as contempt for the very fans, affectionately dubbed Beliebers, who got him here.

To be fair, he can be very sweet to his sometimes-beloved Beliebers, like when he doled out free hugs in Barcelona, Spain, recently...but he has his moments when his brattiness can turn downright cruel. Here are a few incidents when Biebs' behavior toward his Beliebers should really make him say "Sorry" and mean it.

​The 7-Eleven incident

In March 2011, Bieber and then-girlfriend Selena Gomez were checking out the snacks at a 7-Eleven. A fan greeted him, and it was pleasant...until he realized that the fan was recording him At that point, an agitated Bieber slapped the camera out of her hand and stormed out of the store.

The alleged groping incident

In January 2013, a Belieber named Jocelyn posted a photo of a singer kissing her on the cheek at a meet and greet. Pretty sweet, right? Until you look at where his hand his on her chest. The fan later tweeted, "Let me clear this up for people who can't read, no, I did not ask Justin to grab my boobs."

That time he made them wait two hours for a show just because he felt like it

In March 2013, backstage sources told The Daily Mail that Bieber threw a temper tantrum before a show at London's O2 Arena. Bieber was reportedly "in a foul mood" because he'd stayed out partying too late the night before. After berating his team and telling them that it was his show and he'd do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted, he left his fans—many of whom are young and likely have curfews—waiting for him for over two hours while he played video and computer games in his dressing room.

A source told The Sun, "He was arguing with members of his management, his family. It was a really uncomfortable atmosphere. His attitude was, 'I'm the star and I can do what I want.'" Another insider told Heat magazine, "His lateness was because he didn't get out of bed until late and sat in his dressing room playing games — even though his door was being knocked. He then threw a [fit] as he said he wanted a shower first, despite already being late."

Bieber blamed his tardiness on technical issues and claimed his fans were only waiting for him for an extra 40 minutes, not the two hours they described.

That time he spit on them

In July 2013, TMZ captured Bieber spitting from a balcony onto—or at least very near—a group of fans below. His rep denied the accusation, saying in a statement, "Justin didn't spit on anyone. No fans were below the balcony. TMZ superimposed photos of the fans next to Justin on a completely different balcony to make it appear like he was spitting on fans when he wasn't. In fact, earlier in the day, Justin bought his fans hot chocolate and played them some of his new music. Justin loves his fans."

However, TMZ denied that they Photoshopped any of the pictures and claimed that the rep was full of it.

That time he called a fan a 'beached whale'

In December 2013, Bieber mocked a fan by a hotel pool in Perth, Australia. A fellow hotel guest who witnessed the incident told News AU that he approached a group of four girls. "One girl who was gorgeous looking, with long dark hair and would have been about a size 14 — Justin looked over at her and said 'What are you, Hawaiian or something?' She said 'No, I'm not.' Then he said, 'You look like a beached whale.'" That's pretty bad, but it gets worse. The witness continued, "The girl said 'Are you serious?' and he said 'You should go on The Biggest Loser.' ... The whole pool deck heard him call this beautiful young girl a beached whale. Everyone heard. And there was silence. It was almost like his security were used to it."

Another guest added, "I saw Bieber make a gesture with his hands to imitate a large belly as he spoke to the long haired girl and I heard him say something about The Biggest Loser and he was pointing at her — and I saw the girl and her friends leave, downcast. I also told her not to take any notice of him as she walked past us, I'm not sure if she heard me. Bieber seemed to think he was funny, he was smiling and looking to his burly minders for their approval."

That time he lectured fans on Snapchat

In September 2015, Bieber preached a sermon to his Beliebers on Snapchat about taking photos with him and generally treating him like a human being. While he wasn't overly harsh, he did sound pretty patronizing in his speech.

"The way you ask or approach me when you want a photo with me is going determine if I take a photo or not. If I'm walking somewhere or arriving somewhere and you guys are asking me to take a photo, if I don't respond, if I continue walking, the likelihood is that I probably don't want to take a photo at that moment," he said (via People).

"Now, if you start screaming louder, that's not going to make me take a photo more. I want to enjoy the moment just as you're enjoying the moment, but I can't enjoy it if I'm not feeling there's any respect given to me in that moment," he continued. "So, if you're asking kindly, usually the chances are I'll take a photo. But if perhaps I don't, or I'm in a mood where I'm not trying to take a photo that moment, please just respect me and just treat me the way that you would want to be treated...I'd rather stand there and talk to you for five minutes and not take any photos, and us be able to have that moment, rather than chaos," he explained. "It's like, why did you travel to see me in the first place? Was it really to see me, or was it to get that moment of you seeing me so you could tell people about it?"

That time he bailed on a concert over spilled water

Sure, you're not supposed to cry over spilled milk, but what about spilled H2O? In October 2015, Bieber stormed off stage in Oslo, Norway, after performing just one song. The singer reportedly grew frustrated with his fans, telling the screaming Beliebers, "Are you listening? Ok, I'm trying to wipe the floor. Give me a second, yo!" When the crowd kept cheering and shrieking, he said, "I'm done, I'm not doing the show."

He later apologized in an Instagram post, writing, "Sadly it's been a rough week for me, long days no sleep, while having to be 'on' as they would say for cameras fans etc. In no way did I mean to come across [as] mean, but chose to end the show as the people in the front row would not listen. Hopefully people will understand where I am coming from," he wrote. "I don't always handle things the right way but I'm human and I'm working on getting better at responding not reacting. Unfortunately people were affected by this as am I. For the people in the back I am so sorry and for anyone I may have disappointed I'm sorry. Sorry for wasting the TV people's time. I'll be sure to make it up to you next time on tour. With love, Justin."

That time he complained about his fans' clapping

In November 2015, Bieber chided the crowd at a concert in Spain that was being recorded for television because their clapping wasn't up to his standards. "At least clap on the right notes," he lamented to the audience (via BuzzFeed). "Come on guys, stop, stop, stop...It's like this [claps.] If you're gonna clap, at least clap on beat."

The end of meet and greets

In March 2016, Bieber announced on Instagram that he was done with fan meet and greets for the foreseeable future.

"Love you guys. I'm going to be canceling my meet and greets. I enjoy meeting such incredible people, but I end up feeling so drained and filled with so much of other people's spiritual energy that I end up so drained and unhappy," he wrote. "Want to make people smile and happy but not at my expense, and I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression. The pressure of meeting people's expectations of what I'm supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders. Never want to disappoint, but I feel I would rather give you guys the show and my albums as promised. Can't tell you how sorry I am, and wish it wasn't so hard on me. And I want to stay in the healthy mindset I'm in to give you the best show you have ever seen."

That wouldn't be so bad if the fans who'd already purchased meet and greet packages for his tour weren't shafted by the deal. TMZ reports that many Beliebers purchased packages up to $2,000 that included concert tickets in "the pit," a standing area right near the stage that many consider to be the best spots in the house. The fans were offered full refunds, but if they took the refunds, they'd lose their concert tickets to the sold-out shows, leaving them stuck between a rock and an expensive, disappointing place.

The end of fan photos

In May 2016, Bieber announced that he wasn't going to take photos with fans anymore. "If you happen to see me out somewhere, know that I'm not gonna take a picture. I'm done taking pictures," he wrote on Instagram. "It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human. I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity. I realize people will be disappointed, but I don't owe anybody a picture. And people who say 'but I bought ur album' know that you got my album, and you got what you paid for – AN ALBUM! It doesn't say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo."

That time he threw a fan's gift out of a car window

In May 2016, Bieber came under fire for throwing a fan's gift of an Argentine flag out of the window of his SUV in the Big Apple. The fan, who traveled to New York City from Argentina just to see the singer, wrote on Facebook (via The Daily Mail), "Yesterday I was at the hotel at 10 a.m. and I stayed for hours outside waiting [for Bieber]. When he was going out, guards told us to back off, so I grabbed the flag and threw it at him. Of course it was not my intention for it to fall close to his face, so I apologized a thousand times. He looked at me...grabbed the flag, threw it on the pavement and shut the window. I'm 15 and he could have treated me better since I apologized and he could hear it."

That time he went on a rant after a fan tossed a gift onstage

In July 2016, a fan at an Atlantic City, N.J., concert threw a hat onstage to Bieber. He wasn't impressed, telling the young lady, "Take this moment to listen, and try not to give me a hat or whatever you're trying to throw onto the stage right now, because I probably don't want that s**t." In fairness, he quickly added, "Sorry, maybe that was a bit mean...I just wanted to take this moment to acknowledge the fact that we all have a purpose, that we all have a meaning to life and it's not, like, we just don't live to die. And this life is not all struggles. I know that sometimes when we wake up in the morning, and it's like, 'God, another day.'" He concluded his rant with, "Sorry for throwing your hat, but you ruined the moment."

That time he told a group of fans that they suck

In September 2016, a group of fans approached the singer on the street in Norway. His response? "You guys suck." Classy! Eloquent! Love you, Biebs.

That time he complained his fans were too loud

At an October 2016 show in Birmingham, England, Bieber lectured his fans on their volume. "Can you guys do me a favor? Can you guys just relax for about two seconds?" he asked the audience. "I get it, I get it, but I'm like two feet away from you. And I can hear you. I appreciate all the love, it's amazing. But can you show it in a different way? Screaming is just so obnoxious." He added, "I get it, it's been in our blood and it's ingrained — you go to a concert and you scream and stuff. But if you could just scream after the song, enjoy the song, and then take a chill pill for a second and listen to me speak...I don't feel like I'm being heard sometimes, and it gets a little frustrating. When I'm speaking, can you guys not scream at the top of your lungs?"

That time he stormed off stage because his fans were too excited

In October 2016, mere days after the Birmingham mishap, Bieber stormed offstage during a concert in Manchester, England, when his Beliebers wouldn't stop screaming during his set when he was trying to speak in between songs.

"I appreciate all the support, I appreciate love, I appreciate the kind things, but the screaming in these breaks has got to stop," he fumed. "Please and thank you. I don't think it's necessary when I'm trying to say something and you guys are screaming." When they didn't oblige, he dropped the mic and walked off, but eventually returned, telling the crowd, "So the reason why I got upset is because I traveled across the whole world to come here and I dedicated my life to this. I dedicated my life to performing, I dedicate my life to bringing smiles to people's faces, and I feel like people just aren't giving me the same respect back, and courtesy. That's all."

He later explained himself further. In a since-deleted tweet (via People), Bieber wrote, "People tend to want to shut you down. What I mean by that is ... people try to twist things, some people don't want to listen. But I simply feel like, if I didn't use this platform to say how I truly feel, and if I didn't use this platform to be the man that I know I am, and speak from what's in my heart, then I'm doing myself injustice, and I'm not doing anybody in this audience any justice."

He added, "There's going to be times where I say the wrong thing, because I'm human. But I don't pretend to be perfect and I hope to God that, you know, I don't say the right thing all the time because if that was the case then I'd be a robot, and I'm just, I'm not a robot. There's times when I get upset ... times when I get angry, there's times when I'm going to be frustrated. But I'm always going to be myself on this stage."

That time he told a Belieber off in the street

In March 2017, a fan tried taking a selfie with Bieber on the street in Melbourne, Australia, while he was munching on some finger foods. It didn't sit well with him, and from his words, may have almost made him lose his appetite. "Look at your respect level," he said with contempt to the fan as he stormed off. "Look at you — you make me sick."