From skipping out on your bills to being dishonest during working hours, there are numerous ways of people "cheating the system." Reddit users shared various experiences, some of which will make you laugh out loud and others that will make you cringe.
Enjoy over 20 ways of people manipulating the system in various areas of life.
Lazy Coworker Finds a loophole
A person on Reddit shared how one coworker cheated the boss' system, which was that if you're going to work out, you don't have to clock out. So, she would put on her gym gear, go out, eat fried chicken in her minivan, and return to the office, complaining about how she felt sore...
Another user on Reddit wrote they knew a man who held one religious ceremony in his house every year so that it could be considered a place of worship and he didn't have to pay taxes.
Calming angry customers
Another person, who worked for the luggage claim department, wrote that they borrowed a wheelchair to rest. However, usually, angry customers saw a man in a wheelchair, and all of a sudden, they turned into the nicest people. "Physically my blood pressure has dropped, and in general, I'm in a pretty good mood most of the time."
Free rides and a happy meal
Among the best ways to cheat the system, one person wrote: "At my university, I would always order delivery from a late-night eatery and get a ride home with the delivery guy." They added it was less expensive than taking a cab, and there was also food as a bonus.
Another commentator shared how they used free 15-minute wi-fi on an airplane during the whole flight. They said: "I just kept deleting the cookies on my phone, refreshing, and logging back in. I stayed online for over an hour for free."
Cheating the system of a fancy gym
A former user of a posh gym explained how he got to use it for free for three years. This was an accidental discovery on his part after he kept forgetting his ID. He noticed he "was transposing two numbers in my ID, and they were still letting me in." So, he canceled his membership and had a free all-access gym for years to come.
The golden days of the internet
One comment got thousands of upvotes for beating the system and bringing nostalgia. The Reddit user wrote: "Using Limewire to download Limewire pro when I was in high school."
Robin Hood of cheating the system
A Reddit user worked at a camera store that sold warranties. People were forced to wait for months to get replacement parts, so the commentator found a loophole. "If the camera was so physically damaged that it was obvious it couldn't be fixed, we could take a pic of it and send that instead. The person immediately got a new camera." Hence he told the customers to break the cameras to get new ones.
Cheating the system all the way to Australia
One Reddit user alleged their genius friend spent $25 on round-trip tickets to Australia. An online store had a promotion, offering free tickets for a person who spends most over a month. The friend bought a $25 gift certificate and kept spending it on another $25 gift certificate numerous times.
Meal plan hack
A poster shared that while in college, he had a meal plan where the school essentially took his "actual money" and turned it into "campus dollars." At the end of the semester, he had hundreds of dollars, so he went to the nicest campus restaurant and made a deal with the waiter. He gave him a "monster tip, and the waiter returned a half in "actual money."
Cheating the college system
This Reddit user shared how they solved their parking issues. They wrote, "One day, I was forced to park in the resident parking and got a ticket." They kept the ticket. Then, they slipped it under the windshield wiper, so no one knew it was the old ticket.
The racquet cheater
One person walked into a local racquet club pretending they knew two people who worked at the desk. They kept going on the same day each week until "they DID recognize me and the smiles and hellos became genuine."
Staging the return
A person shared how their coworker would leave each day at 4 pm, claiming they were going to use the restroom. The coworker left everything untouched, though they would return the following morning at 9 am.
Lifeguard cheats the system to make others happy
A former lifeguard shared how he saved each customer two dollars. He would ask if they live more than 50 miles away since the policy was that guests from more than 50 miles away don't pay fees. If the customers said, "no," he would stare them into saying yes, they do live more than 50 miles away.
How to save $2 on electricity bill each year
One person shared: "I bring all my rechargeable items (shaver, cell phone, laptop, etc.) to work and plug them in there. They added they must have saved at least $1-$2 in a year in electricity.
Cheating the cable company's system
Reddit user confessed he has been canceling and switching the name on the cable bill between him and his wife to get new customer rates for ten years.
The wrong Thomas
A guy named Thomas and his wife were at an upscale restaurant in NYC. There were no free tables, so the Reddit's Thomas and his wife decided to wait. Another man showed up and handed $200 to the "reservation guys." Then Reddit's Thomas heard, "Table for 2 for Thomas." He and his wife sat down and ordered food, so it was too late once everyone knew they had served the wrong Thomas. The right one was the man who paid $200.
A Reddit poster simply wrote, "I graduated from college three years ago. I still use my student ID for discounts." Many were impressed with how he cheated the system.
Cheating the rent-a-car system
One commentator wrote, "My buddy used to rent a car once a year – the same model as his - and swap out the tires, air filter, whatever was worn or broken. $35 car rehab."
College system technicality
A person wrote they had a friend born in Cape Town. The young woman cheated the system on a technicality when she claimed minority status. She was an African-American on standardized testing and college applications, though the Redditor said she was "White as the yeti."
This Reddit user wrote that several years ago, there was a promotion at Wendy's. All you had to do was fill out the survey on your receipt to get a free burger. Initially, they did not notice you could take the survey on the receipt of the free burger to get more free ones. The Reddit user and their friends ate free burgers for days.
Cheating the health tracker
At the University, a Reddit user wrote that people were encouraged to use a particular app and walk more, so they would get rewards. The poster's friend changed their height to 1cm, hence cheating the system and getting free coffees, mugs, discounts, and several university hoodies, which cost £30.
Cheating the high school system
This Reddit user said they had to wear a button-down and a tie to class daily. Someone realized that the school never said which kind of button-down, so they wore a Hawaiian printed shirt. Everyone started doing it, forcing the school to change the rules.
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