8. Sarah Lacina
All it takes is one mistake for a winning track to become a losing one. Sarah Lacina might have honestly, sincerely, truthfully, wanted to give up her Chinese food reward to Nick because she felt bad for him being blindsided on his birthday. She even gave confessionals attesting that she didn’t expect anything in return and that she truly acted as a decent, earnest person.
The problem with that line of thinking, however, is that in Survivor, perception is reality. You don’t make those kinds of open acts of senselessness in such a public forum, especially when all these players know your reputation isn’t as sparkly clean as it was shown in Game Changers. Many others noted that Sarah was making a play, and that is enough to put her on the open target board.
Sarah still has a bag of tricks with her Vote Steal advantage and has allies like Tony Vlachos of Cops-R-Us willing to knock the side of her head and get her back on track. However, the fact that her name has been mentioned and she has received a vote (even if it was a fleeting option from a chaotic player) is enough to chip away at the good standing she had earlier.