People From Around The World Share The Best Loopholes They Used To Cheat The System

People From Around The World Share The Best Loopholes They Used To Cheat The System

Who doesn't love a good loophole? Well, maybe the people and businesses that lose a little when they don't pay particular attention to their deals and requests. But for the rest of us, a loophole discovered and used to advantage is a very good thing.

Just how far can a loophole take you? All the way to Australia is one answer. And then there are the ones that save you just a few pennies but are oh so satisfying.

Keep reading to learn the genius and just-dumb-luck loopholes that are out there. Some can be imitated, but others are just here to be admired.


46. Mad Brownie Decorating Skills Win Every Time

We used to play “server bingo” at an old chain restaurant I worked for. It was mid-November and we had a brownie dessert that was on special- it was literally our regular brownie dessert except instead of caramel drizzle there was raspberry drizzle and some crushed candy cane sprinkles. The rest was the same- two brownies, ice cream, whip. The last square of server bingo that nobody could get was to sell 20 of these desserts. They were also the same price as the regular brownie.

We were also responsible for decorating our own desserts. The kitchen would put up the brownies and the ice cream, so I would just ring in a Christmas brownie, and do it up as a normal one (if the customer didn’t actually want the Christmas one).

Won server bingo and won a brand new XBox 360 Slim (this was about 8 years ago, it was a wicked prize).


45. Pretty Sure They Knew What We Were Up To

Little community center/arcade where I used to live as a kid had an air hockey table in the back room. Somebody figured out that if you jimmy the coin slot in just the right way, you could get an extra 3-4 games out of one quarter until the thing was fully pressed in and you'd have to put in a new one. None of us had much money, so this was a lifesaver. The employees didn't really care because what money we did have was typically spent at the snack bar, so they made money off us anyway.

I kind of miss that place. They always had fresh watermelon for free for kids who had absolutely no money so nobody would feel left out.


44. You Can Still Do This If You Type With One Finger

Keyboarding/typing class in grade/high school. Every other day or once a week, there'd be a timed test out of 20. 10 for speed, 10 for accuracy. Everyone started with 10/10 accuracy and would have 1 accuracy mark taken away for every error. The first few tests I was doing fairly well, I'd get to the 7, maybe 8 out of 10 speed mark, but I'd make several errors in the paragraph or two. Keeping my mark somewhere between 8/20 and 13/20. Which was disappointing.

So I started typing one letter instead. "Okay class, here's your paragraph challenge test. And.. begin." Wham. Capital "t" and stop. Done. 0/10 for speed 10/10 for accuracy. Pass every time.


43. X Marks The Spot For The Excessive Loophole

A certain retailer had Xbox Credit at £10. Instant digital download. They also had an offer, £10 off your next order. I tried it with the credit, it worked. Sweet, free £10 code. Then I saw you could get a new discount code every 60 minutes. I got £1200 in free Xbox credit before the discount codes stopped working.



42. You Can Always Pack Your Lunch At The Salad Bar

My college campus had a cafe with Deli and salad bar, the deli sandwiches were way overpriced, like 8$ for a standard turkey sandwich. But the salad bar was very reasonable. (Subsidized to promote healthy eating)

So I found that the Salad bar had all the same ingredients as the sandwiches, the meat was just shredded. The Deli would sell slices of bread for $0.25 each, so I would just buy the bread, load up and weigh my “salad” and grab some free mayo and mustard packets, then build my own sandwiches for under 2$. Used that trick for my last two years.


41. It's No Coincidence I Knew When To Call

A local radio station had a contest where you call in when they play the same artist back to back to win a prize. Turns out they had a "now playing" and "up next" feature on their website. My girlfriend at the time would start calling in before the second song even came on. I won tons of prizes ranging from concert tickets to a laptop.


40. Dr. Pepper Bottle Cap Peeper

Back in the 90's Dr. Pepper ran a promotion where you could win stuff from the bottle caps, including a free Dr. Pepper. You just paid for the new soda with the winning bottle cap. I learned that you could look up the bottle and barely read what was written on the inside of the cap. I bought one Dr. Pepper and continued to "win" maybe 30 or so more Dr. Peppers. As a teen, an unlimited supply of soda was amazing.


39. The Prom Theme Was 'Luau' Of Course

Not very impressive but at my high school we had to wear a buttondown and a tie to class every day. One of the kids realized that they never specified what kind of buttondown it had to be so he wore a Hawaiian shirt to class with a tie. Technically it met the dress code so it stuck.

Pretty soon most of the school started wearing Hawaiian shirts with ties to class. We looked like a bunch of ridiculous Jimmy-Buffet-goes-Mormon types but it was worth it to spite the system. They changed the rule to ban Hawaiian shirts a week later.


38. The Dress Code That Only Tried To Cover Arms

I still use the loophole of jumping on a shuttle bus out of LAX to a parking garage(/or hotel, yes) and then calling an Uber/Lyft from there to avoid the airport prices. Brings the ride home down to $10 from $40.


37. 'I'll Get The Next Round' Said Every Employee

A (very) old place of work decided to have a Christmas party and provide everyone with a few vouchers each for free drinks. They'd arranged with the venue that employees would hand over one tag for any drink of any size, and would settle up in the days after the event.

The problem was that these vouchers were simply tags that you'd put into a filing cabinet sleeve (and write on) with a colored sticky dot on them. They distributed the tickets half an hour before we closed for the party.

Guess what was stocked in the stationery cabinet? Filing tags and sticky dots. They had no idea how the bar bill was nearly £10,000...



36. A Clever Move In Any Language

My Spanish teacher gave us a little ticket whenever we did really well that we could use as an extra point in any quiz or test. I found out I could just photocopy it at the school library and used 50 of them on my final


35. A Jerk Company Gets A 39-Hour Work Week

Had an employer who would subtract "break hours" from your pay, regardless of how many hours you worked, or if you even took a break. So if you worked 40 hrs/5 shifts, you'd get a paycheck for 35hrs. Worked 44hrs/5 shifts, get a paycheck for 39hrs. I found the loophole was to work 39hrs because they wouldn't subtract the 5hrs from you until you hit 40.


34. We Didn't Even Care If The Cable Guy Kept Us Waiting All Day

My dad figured out a good one back in the 80's. Just like they do now, back then cable companies would give you a free weekend trial of a premium channel (HBO, Cinemax, etc) in an effort to get more people to sign up for those channels and pay more. However, our cable company's method of giving you access to the special channel was to send a signal to your cable box which unlocked the channel. To turn off the channel at the end of the free trial, another signal was sent. My dad figured out that the signal to lock it was only sent for a short period of time, so before the end of the free weekend, he would unplug the cable box and then plug it back up the next day. Since the box never got the signal, we would have a free premium channel for a while. Usually, after a month or two it would get shut off so we'd have to wait for the next free trial weekend.


33. Better Known As Bart Simpson Logic

In third grade, our teacher had to leave the room for some kind of emergency and left one of the students in charge (the "teacher's pet", of course). The teacher said that we were not allowed to talk, and if we did, we would have to write 100 times "I will not talk in class when instructed not to", or something like that. Well, my friend and I were bored, so we started writing out the "punishment", and when we were finished, proceeded to talk to each other until the teacher returned. The student left in charge wasn't sure what to do. It was hilarious.


32. The Ultimate Recycling Reward

A few years back, an online store had this promotion where whoever spent the most money over a month would get free round-trip airplane tickets to anywhere in the world. My friend (who's a genius) found that one thing you could buy on the site was a gift certificate. So he bought a $25 gift certificate and kept spending it on another $25 gift certificate. So he ended up spending $25 on round-trip tickets to Australia.


31. Ben Franklin Would Have Been Proud

Back in the day, two 5 piece chicken nuggets at Burger King cost less than a single 8 piece chicken nuggets. Me and those 2 extra nuggets were laughing all the way to the piggy bank.



30. There Aren't That Many Scholarships That Pay For Fast Thinking

Back in the 1960s, the school district in my hometown was broken up and absorbed into the surrounding districts. Fast forward to 2003. I'm applying to colleges. I discovered that there is a scholarship fund for people living in that old district's area. The district is gone, but the scholarship still exists! I applied and got the scholarship. I don't think there were any other applicants.


29. But Who Keeps Track Of The Health Tracker?

My university was trying to encourage people to walk so if we download a specific health tracker that's connected to our account, it would convert steps into points. The points would get you stuff like free coffee, mugs, discounts for stuff and the most expensive prize: a university hoodie which costs about £30.

Now, the health tracking app is pretty basic, it won't let you log your steps manually however it does let you connect with other health apps. I found a health app that would let me add in the steps and I logged in an equivalent of 50 km a day and in a few days of logging manually, I would get myself a hoodie or two and I didn't get caught.

However, I told my friend about it, and he really perfected the method of getting more steps a day, because apparently there was a hidden physical limit to how far a person can walk in a day, but he managed to trick it by setting his height to be 1 cm and because the shorter you are, the more steps you need to take to cover the same distance.

In the end he claimed about 10+ hoodies and he would just get them for anyone who asks. The uni found it suspicious, so he received an email telling that the activity had to stop unless he could provide evidence that he walked that much.


28. The Keyboard That Never Ends, No It Goes On And On My Friends

I purchased a wireless keyboard at least eight years ago, maybe ten? It's awesome, except I broke one of the keys about two years later, so I contacted the manufacturer to see about just buying a replacement control key because it's awesome and I thought just the key would be cheap. But they said it's still under warranty and they sent me a replacement. About two or three years later, a similar thing happens and I'm all set to throw down $$$ for a replacement, but the replacement keyboard's warranty time started when they sent me that one, so I wound up with a replacement for my replacement. This just kept going on.

I'm currently on my third or fourth replacement keyboard. I've lost count.


27. Return To Sender Taken To A Whole New Level

When shopping online, this is a bit of a pain but if you're struggling financially you can always just spend the amount required for free delivery, and most places don't charge you to return items so just send back what you don't want for a refund and you got free delivery.


26. A Cuckoo Clocking Out Policy

Old job had a loophole about time. It worked as such. If you were scheduled for 8am shift you had 7 minutes to arrive and be on time. If you arrived past the 7 minutes you were considered 15 minutes late.

Loophole: it worked the same for clocking out. If you stayed and helped for an extra 7 minutes and clocked out. You got an extra 15 minutes of pay. During my tenure there, I would always ask if people needed extra help and make sure I stayed past the 7 minutes. This went on for a full year. Got probably close to an extra 24 hours of pay.


25. Let's Just Call That An Upsize, I Mean, Why Are We Labeling Anyway?

I used to work at Papa Johns to pay my way through college. There was a contest we had where if you got someone to "upsize" their pizza from like a medium to a large for an extra $2, you got points towards movie tickets. A large was simply $2 extra normally anyways. Anyone that ordered a large, I simply put in a medium and "upsized" it. I won every single week. My coworkers didn't notice this obvious loophole and it didn't cost the customer extra so I didn't have a problem with this morally gray area. Free movie tickets every week was a huge in college.



24. You Know It's Spring When The Truckbed Thaws

Instead of buying sandbags to weigh down the bed of my pickup truck in winter, I just shovel the snow right in there. When it warms up, the snow melts. No muss, no fuss. It'll be a cold day in hell when I pay for a bag of sand.


23. When You Already Know You're  Going To Change Your Mind

Buy a preorder to meet free shipping then after your real product is shipped, cancel.


22. Eggsellent Reasoning Skills

In high school, our science class had one of those projects where you had to drop an egg and build something to not have it break. The assignment sheet said, "fall six feet without breaking." This particular teacher was a stickler for following instructions, often taking points off for little things like not putting the date in the preferred format on stuff.

Come the day of the project, one of the kids who has no obvious egg catching contraption walks up to the front of the class where the measurer thingy was, lifts his egg up to about a half a foot above the six-foot marker and drops his egg. It splatters all over the floor and the teacher tells him he's getting an F.

That smug legend replies "Why? The egg fell six feet without breaking." I wish we had camera phones back then because the look of realization on the teacher's face was epic. The teacher tried to tell him that isn't what he meant but we all reminded him about "Always Following Instructions." He gave him an A and the next year the instructions were much more precise.


21. The Loophole Helped Him Come In Last But He Still Lost

When I was a kid my town had a "slow bike race" tournament. So the objective was to cross the finish line in last place, the key is to keep your balance. Well, the rules stated that each time your foot hit the ground you would have 5 seconds subtracted from your time. But it didn't say anything about keeping your foot planted on the ground. So once the race started I just stood there and waited until everyone else finished, waited a good 5 seconds after that, then just rode across the finish line.

Ultimately they didn't let me win which I think is wrong because they wrote horrible rules and a 12-year-old found a loophole.


20. No Penalty For Floating On Air Though

A night exercise with the Air Cadets (ATC) (UK) once. They had a bunch of different stations setup and one of them was a "cross this lake of death with these random objects" team building type thing.

Something like 10-second penalty for touching the ground. Double checked the rules with the Civilian Instructor, then told my team to walk across. Did it in under 1 min including penalties. The CI let us have it for me being a "smart-aleck kid". I think he respected the move as much as he hated me playing his rules. Not sure any other teams caught on, or if he changed his rules after that. Pro tip: Question everything.


19. That Time We Did Not Get What We Paid For

In college one weekend my girlfriend (now wife) and I were celebrating some special occasion. Maybe a birthday, don't quite remember. At any rate, I went to Kroger to pick up some steaks and I got this pack of two really nice filet mignons. They were normally priced around $25 for the two pack depending on total weight but there was a special going on so they were "only" $18 but we'd done well on our grocery budget that month and could afford the splurge so I got them.

Get to the checkout and it rings up the $25 price. Store policy was that if meats rang up with the wrong price they were free so I walked out with two free steaks. Of course, being a broke college student I walked my butt right back in there and filled up the cart with every last package of those steaks and they all rang up wrong so they were free. We ate a delicious steak for every meal for a few days after that. We were tired of it by the time we finally finished them.


18. No, You Do The Math

Math lesson. Teacher: For this project, you will work in groups of less than seven. Me: Sir, one is less than seven. ... Teacher: Ok, fine. Do it all yourself then.

I got 70% on this assignment, highest mark I ever got in group work.


17. I Only Park On The Day Of Rest

I own a car and live in the general DC area. My first six months here, I couldn't get a street parking permit because my name wasn't on the title (it was technically my dad's car, but for all intents and purposes it was mine). So I parked it in multi-day parking at a Metro station and only took it out on Sundays, when they don't charge fares for parking (I switched between parking it at Huntington and Franconia-Springfield every week). Boom: safe, monitored, free parking even while living in downtown DC. Saved the $250 it would have taken me to get a reciprocity parking permit, whatever the charge would have been to put my name on the title in my home state, AND the cost of parking it at a parking garage.


16. Milking The System, Literally

So at my college, they offer a promotion with a certain brand of milk bottles where you can buy one for 4$ and return the bottle for 2$.
Well, I recently found out the Safeway by my girlfriend's dorm sells the exact same brand of milk for 2$/bottle.


15. Great Prep For Free Food In The Break Room When You Graduate College

My college used to have a bunch of rooms you could book for meetings for free if you were a student or faculty member. Included the rooms were barebones, just chairs, and a table. And a coffee machine set to free vend. My group had "production meetings" booked every morning for our project.


14. The Only Thing Easier Would Have Been Language Credit For Eating French Fries

I took a 400 level French film course (that was entirely taught in English) and it counted as 3 years of foreign language credit.


13. It Didn't Set A Price For The Inner Child To Ride, So...

The merry-go-round at the mall food court said: "kids $2, adults ride free." I figured it meant adults ride free with a kid, but when my friend and I approached, the lady let us on free. We both battle depression, and having those 2 minutes of cheer together is such a good memory.


12. Sticking It To The Man.

An agreement I had with an employer on school reimbursement with additional pay.

I had to agree to remain at the company until X date and they would pay for my schooling + additional pay for various things. If I left, I had to pay the money back. (Edit for context - I received reimbursement + bonus at the end of every quarter based on completion of a class + a certain grade. I had already received ~$20k at this point) The parent company of my division changed after the agreement was signed and time came for me to get the cash owed to me. Head of HR refused to pay. I went to him and asked why I wasn't getting the check we agreed to. He stated that the agreement was with the previous parent company and therefore was no longer valid. He had this smug look on his face, but then he noticed I had a big smile on my face. I could tell he couldn't figure out why. I asked him again if there were refusing to pay and he said yes.

I then stated that I no longer have anything binding me here, because the contract stated "if I willingly leave the company, I have to repay the money." He agreed and asked what my point was. I then stated that if the parent company did change then I did leave said company, but I did not willingly leave. Therefore, I did not owe any money if I left this company as it was not the company I signed the agreement with. The expression on his face changed. I continued on with, "If I, hypothetically, put my two weeks notice in now, I would be able to leave without owing any money."

It didn't take him long. He realized by stating that the agreement was longer valid because the company changed that he gave me the information I needed to get out of the contract. He agreed to pay me the money. Spoiler alert, he was fired a few weeks later for various reasons. He was one of the worst HR directors I have ever seen.

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11. Free Parking.

The building where I work is STUPIDLY priced for parking. Basically no one parks there...unless you're taking something out of the building and you don't want to walk stuff blocks down the street.

It's one of those places where you have to pay a machine on the way out of the building, then put the paid ticket into another machine on your way out.

One day, I was taking something out of the building, came in, ran upstairs, came down with it, got in my car and forgot to pay. I figured I'd put the card in by the exit and see if it gives me an option to pay there or something. I put the ticket in, gate opens, no charge.

Try a few more times, figure out there's an unadvertised "first 30 mins are free" policy built into that parking garage. Have taken advantage of that MANY times since then.

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10. The Fast And The Furious.

I had a lawyer friend who leased a car from a dealer that had a really poorly written contract. Depending on how a car lease is written (and maybe depending on what state you're in), the dealer either continues to hold title to the car while it's leased to you (with the contract giving you right of possession) OR you hold title to the car while the dealership has a lien on the title so that ownership returns to the dealer at the end of the lease.

This contract gave the dealer the lien, rather than the title, BUT the way it was written, the entire contract expired at the end of the lease term, including the provision that returned the title to the dealer. So essentially, the contract disappears, my friend is left with both the car and the title to the car, the dealer has no legal rights to the car.

The dealership called her and asked when she would be returning the car, she says "I'm not." They said "Oh, you're buying the car?" She says "No I'm just gonna keep it, thanks."

The dealer sued her, then once they looked closer they realized they messed up the contract, and offered to settle. Since she wasn't completely confident that a judge wouldn't just find a way to justify giving the car back to the dealer, she settled but the settlement ended up being her buying the car for like 20% of its value.

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9. Pretty Sure That's Illegal.

I'm not sure if they do this anymore, but many years ago, while an employee at HomeGoods, the store had this promotion where, employees could get these scratch-off cards that reduced the cost of an item by 1/5/20 dollars each time they found a price sticker on the floor. Each card had three scratch-off areas, and the catch was that you could only scratch off one.

However, if you used a lamp, you could see which scratch off area was the 1/5/20 - meaning that you could very easily rack up a 20 dollar gift card for every sticker you found on the floor.

The idea was that if employees collected these fallen stickers, regular, nefarious shoppers, couldn't stick them on something of far greater value and check out at that price.

There were no rules on how many an employee could have, or combine, because most folks who worked at that store were middle aged women who really didn't care.

But then there was me - a starving, broke college kid, who worked in the back room unloading trucks, and who also was occasionally tasked with stocking shelves. In short, I was the only person who seemed to care about this promotion, and my bosses, who wanted to show their higher-ups that they were putting the corporate programs into effect, were happy to oblige each sticker I presented with a scratch off ticket of my own.

Now HomeGoods, while normally a purveyor of fine garbage, also occasionally has very nice, very high end, house-wears on the cheap (comparatively), these items, like cook-wear, linens, comforters, etc, are more often than not, usually much more expensive than the rest of the store's stock, and take a while to sell.

For me, the guy who unloaded the trucks, this meant that when I saw something absurdly nice, I could put it very high up into a loading bay, and just let it sit for a while, because the senior citizens I worked with would never go up to get it.

At the end of a 4 month summer, I'd amassed about 1100 in these little gift cards, and with them I bought:

  • A full set of AllClad copper core cook wear (a new piece came in once a month)

  • A Queen sized down comforter, duvet cover and sheets

  • Pillows

  • Nice flatware, Plates and Glasses

  • A dozen useful kitchen tools

To this day, ten years later, I still have all the AllClad, which alone retail for 800, and some of the kitchen tools.

All of it for free.

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8. Music To My Ears.

When I was at university, I really wanted to keep up my musical hobbies as I wasn't doing a music-related degree. As time went on and my studies got more intense, I felt pretty bumped out that I couldn't just chill out and play piano. I applied for an application to use the music facilities but was denied.

One day, I had a class on the other side of the campus. As I was leaving the building, I could hear a piano in the distance. I walked towards where the sound was coming from until I found myself at the front of the music room building. It was literally a block of floors, each floor with half a dozen rooms, each one with a piano. As I walking towards it, someone held the front door open for me (which required a key pass that only music majors had access to) as they must have thought I was heading in to practise - I went along with it and walked straight in. I surveyed the entire building to find that almost none of the rooms were being used. I therefore not only had access to the music rooms but a whole choice of pianos as well.

I started taking advantage of this situation. Every day, I would wait outside the music building, waiting for someone to innocently walk out while I pretended to walk in. As this went on, people got to know me. The fact that I could also play piano made it less suspicious that I was just some nobody up to no good. Eventually, it got to the point where the tables would turn. Other students forgot their key passes and asked me to let them in. In other words, music students were asking a non-music student for access to their pianos. This went on until the day I graduated. You can imagine the shock on the faces of the friends I made from the music department on graduation day when they saw me receive a degree in a completely different subject.

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7. Better Ingredients, Free Pizza.

My stupid local Papa Johns gave out these promotional $5 for a large pizza little plastic cards at a homecoming my freshman year. The thing is, this coupon didn't have an expiration date or use limitation, and since it was plastic no one collected it. I used that bad boy like once a week for 3 years until they eventually refused it in my senior year lol.

6. Home Is Where The Wifi Connects.

Free internet access during the early days of the internet. AOL if you signed up for that free month, call to cancel they would give you a free month or two. Cancel at the end of that period then sign back up with a different checking or savings account. Same process, by that time the original account would fall off their list of known accounts so you could go back to that one. I got 2 years of free internet that way, and got my mom perma-banned from AOL.

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5. Dolla Dolla Bill Ya'll

I found a vending machine in a college dorm during the summer that had been stocked with Susan B Anthony dollars instead of quarters. The best part is that you could use it as a change machine. Feed a dollar bill in, hit the change button, and four dollars in coin would come out without having to buy anything. I still have no idea how someone screwed up that badly but I did pretty well for myself before it got fixed.


4. Rock On!

When I was a freshman in high school my geology teacher told us we had to make a presentation about igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic types of rock. He explicitly said he didn't care how we did our presentation, but it needed a visual. I asked him to specify how much he doesn't care about the content of the presentation and what is allowed to be up for interpretation. He clarified that you could do a song and dance for your presentation if it was relevant to igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.

I did an interpretive dance.

Relatively no effort, a sprinkle of shame, and a reluctant A-.


3. Summer Games.

In the summer of 2009, a new water park, Aquatica, opened up in Florida. My cousin and I went nearly every single day, from open to close, for two months. It's my favorite out of all the water parks I've visited with many awesome rides and attractions. But, for the purposes of this question, we'll be focusing on just one ride and a couple other things: the River and some of their restaurants.

See, the park had lockers where people could store their stuff: small, and large lockers. Smalls were $5, large were $10; but if you brought the key for the large lockers back, you'd get back $5. There were also three restaurants in the park: one was a buffet, one had great chicken tenders and fries, and another had awesome burgers. Luckily for my cousin and I, there was a pass you could get that let you eat unlimited at all three restaurants for the entire day.

Now, the keys did come with a wrist strap so you could always have your key on you and not lose it, but most people would stick the key in their pockets and go into the river, not realizing that it wasn't the typical lazy river and, in fact, had some pretty powerful jets under the water to keep things moving. Even full grown men can have trouble standing in the middle of the river, due to how fast it was going.

Well, my cousin and I figured out within the first couple of days that people were just losing their keys and loose change all over that river. We could've done the responsible thing, which was to turn in the lost keys and pocket the change, but we were teenagers.

So what we did instead was turn in the keys, yes, but as if it was our own key, and we'd pocket the $5. We would alternate who would turn in a key, as well as time it so that each time we did turn in a key, it was with someone brand new, further lowering the chances of getting caught. We'd turn in an average of about 10 keys every single day. We'd then use that money, plus whatever change we'd gathered to buy the eating pass, and pig out. Add into that the fact that my dad was actually giving us money so we could buy the food pass, and we were turning quite a bit of profit that summer.

He spent his money on hair stuff, and I spent mine on video games.

Best summer ever.



2. Catch Me If You Can.

I've got a good one.

A friend of mine takes time to read the fine print on all sweepstakes/deals. Anyways, he was able to find a nice loophole with an airline deal through Hertz car rental. The deal basically gave you 10k frequent flyer points for X airline every time you rented a car from Hertz.

So this guy, using a Hertz gold card that allowed him to skip the line, check out a car, and drop it off without interacting with anyone (e.g. like scanning into a building or kiosk instead of speaking with a doorman) took a week or two off work to run this quick play. He took a sedan from "Hertz A", drove 5 miles to "Hertz B", dropped it off, picked up another car from "Hertz B", drove back to "Hertz A", dropped it off, picked up another car, rinse and repeat.

He earned a few million miles with the airline and hasn't paid for a ticket since. He'll be flying first class for the rest of his life. I believe he only paid $5 per Hertz trip. Genius.


1. So I Never Had To Argue For A Later Curfew

When I was in high school I had a curfew of 2 am in high school, many years ago - literally last century. I was told I had to be home at 2 am. I took this literally. I would get home at 2 am. I would then go into my room and immediately go out the window and get back into the car with my friends and go back out. After a couple of years, I finally pushed my luck too far and when I came home at 6 my mom and stepdad were already awake and waiting for me. They were pissed. What did I have to say for myself?

I told them I was required to be home at 2 am. They didn't say anything about staying. Still got in trouble.