15 Genius, Possibly Illegal And Unethical Life Hacks That You Probably Didn’t Know About


qv4fQng[1]Everyone loves a good life hack. It’s always nice to find out a way to do something or get away with something that you’ve never thought of before or tried.

Redditor phillies1989 knows these facts so he asked the anonymous masses over at “Ask Reddit” if they knew of any “unethical and possibly illegal life hacks.”

This is clearly not your usual life hack stuff here, but I have to admit some of these are pretty damn good. Now we’re DEFINITELY not advocating trying any of these out yourself, but they’re definitely interesting.


This won’t apply to all parking garages BUT I used to park at one where, right before I paid my ticket at that vending-machine-type doohickey, I would walk back to the entrance gate, press the button for another ticket and pay instead with the new one. I would be charged according to my stay of 30 seconds (when in reality I had been there for hours). ~ MrDudeAbides

You can use an empty Visa Rewards Bank Card to make in-flight purchases. The cards cannot be run while in flight so all transactions are completed once you land, so you can receive any item you want for free. There is no way to track the failed transaction because your information is not tied to the card. My friend is a pilot and I have done this for years. ~ jalapeno_face_

When we were teens we used to go to the movies on busy nights in large groups. Two people would buy tickets, enter the theatre. One person would head back outside with the two stubs and bring a third person in. Third person would exit with both stubs and bring a fourth person in. We sometimes repeated this until we had over a dozen people in the theatre for the price of two tickets. The ushers never saw the same face more than twice. ~ twerq



I went to a University where the student to Parking ratio was extremely terrible. You would basically have to show up 2 hours before class (if you lived off campus) to get a parking spot. Personally, I lived on campus, so for me parking wasn’t that bad unless I left the campus before 5 pm. So every time I walked to my car later in the day, I noticed that a parking spot right in the front (prime piece of parking) always had an orange cone on it. There was nothing wrong with it, it just had an orange cone. Later that semester I had to go get something out of my car in the morning, and see a guy drive up to the cone spot, get out of his car, put the cone in the trunk, and proceed to park. Turns out this guy has been doing this for months, using the cone to “reserve” his spot. Apparently no one ever questions or moves the cone when he places it back on the parking spot when he leaves. ~ Korashy

If you unplug the Ethernet cable from a Coinstar machine, it won’t charge a commission. ~ExertHaddock

Struggling to write CV, or can’t get a particular job?

Post fake job offerings on websites such as for that position you’re interested in and watch the CVs/Resumes pour in, which you can then copy for your own advantage. ~ Leopatto

By adding a random one-way third leg onto a round-trip flight, you can sometimes fool the airline into dropping the fuel charges that usually add $300-400 onto the ticket. It’s called a “fuel dump” by frequent fliers. ~ goodmorningfuture



Buy all your textbooks and keep the receipts. Return to the store later that day or a few days later (most bookstores don’t give 100% refunds after the first week). Grab the book you bought off the shelf, take the book to the cashier and tell them you want to return it and show your receipt. If they require a reason say you dropped the class or are sharing the book with a friend. Get money back and leave.

Never paid for books and got money back on resell at the end of the term. Most cashiers they have, especially at the beginning of the term when you are buying books are temporary, student workers who don’t give a shit most of be time. ~ el_monstruo

Bankruptcy won’t discharge student loans. Get 50k in credit, pay off student loans. make minimum payment for 6 months. Stop paying for 6 months. Let them go to collections. File for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy will cost you $2k.

You are now debt free. Honestly, this is the only get-out-of-jail-free card left for graduates who are underemployed. ~ spicy_fries

When I was running low on food, I would eat the free breakfast at the hotel 2 minutes from my apartment. ~ Longandstraight19



Need a tool only once buy it use it then return it to home depot, its the home depot free rental policy. ~ reagor

If you live in a busy city and want free parking for the day, go to a garage/mechanic that offers a free service such as tyre rotation or pressure check (many do), take the car to them early in the morning and say you can’t pick it up until the evening. Free parking for the day. ~ AntoneFinance

My dad once told me this when I started to apply to jobs & colleges. If there is a list of things that are posted on the site of what you are applying for, copy and paste them into your application with white text. If it’s run over by a computer, it will catch it, and send it to the interviewers, getting you an instant interview. If all applications are looked over by people, it won’t be seen at the bottom, and won’t matter to them. ~ RGiss

Free food from almost any fast food: go in and say they forgot an item or two from your bag. They always just give it to you. ~ jojo913



At a Redbox put in the promotion code “redbox”, “brkroom” or “breakroom”. Most places get one free movie a day for their break room for having the machine on site and don’t utilize this. If no body has used that code within 24 hours, it your free. ~ Survivor1984

Check out the rest of the questionable life hacks over at Reddit.



3 replies on “15 Genius, Possibly Illegal And Unethical Life Hacks That You Probably Didn’t Know About”

“Buy all your textbooks and keep the receipts. Return to the store. Grab the book you bought off the shelf, take the book to the cashier and tell them you want to return it and show your receipt. Get money back and leave.”

I used to send people to jail all the time for the same thing at WalMart. I would not try this. You will probably get caught, get kicked out of school, and be sent to jail. Why? Because some idiot on the internet called it a Life Hack instead of what it really is… STEALING A TEXT BOOK!!!

Yea. It’s a mostly unknown life hack. The cops have a fancy term for it called “stealing”.

Here’s another fancy life hack an old friend used to use for free stuff and money. Go to the mall and walk by the stores. When you pass one where the workers aren’t paying attention, you walk in and grab something off the shelf. FREE STUFF.

If you want money, grab something off the shelf and return it to the counter. If they don’t give a refund without reciept, you can still exchange for store credit, and get something you really wanted.


Most of these are pure fraud and not untraceable. It’s a bad idea to post this list here.

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