21 People Reveal The Genius Ways They’ve Managed To Cheat The System

21 People Reveal The Genius Ways They’ve Managed To Cheat The System



Life is all about getting ahead however you can. Sure, your parents probably taught you respect, and how to play by the rules, and not to step on others for personal gain. At some point though, you gotta realize that if you can cheat and get away with it, it’s not really cheating!

Okay that’s obviously bad advice, but you didn’t come here for advice. You came here to look at memes and be entertained. So sit back and take it in. They may not all be ethical, but they’ll all make you feel a little less powerless in this world.

1. From user greyham0707

So I work in the luggage claim department for a major airline. All day I get to hear customers yelling and complaining.What I did is borrow one of the wheelchairs from the airport and sit behind my desk all day long. Customers come in all angry see me in the wheelchair realize they are about to yell at a guy who is possibly crippled and all of a sudden they turn in to the nicest people. Physically my blood pressure has dropped and in general I’m in a pretty good mood most of the time.

2. From user amitrippin

My boss will often check the “Date Modified” on certain files on our server to see if I have updated of even opened a certain file recently. So, I have installed a changer utility that allows me to modify the “Date Modified” on any file. This comes in most handy when my boss wants to give me weekend assignments. I just come in on Monday Morning and change the “Date Modified” to Saturday night and he thinks I was actually doing something for work on Saturday night! I’ve actually received a lot of kudos for this. I don’t feel bad though, because my boss is a huge dickhead.

3. From user blueboybob

My wife and I were at a super fancy restaurant in NYC. Reservations not allowed, expect to wait. We get there and are told we would be waiting about 2 hours. No problem we planned on this. Some guy right after us shook the reservation guys hand handing him $200. Next thing I know I hear “Table for 2 for Thomas.” Thomas being my name and I asked for a table of 2 I say that is me. They sit us and we order drinks and apps. 5 minutes later they say we are the wrong Thomas but we could stay since we had already ordered. Guess who was the right Thomas? The guy who paid $200 to skip the line.

4. From an anonymous user

I was flying last month, and the plane I was on had Wi-Fi. There was a free 15-minute trial, and then you could purchase a chunk of time. I just kept deleting the cookies on my phone, refreshing, and logging back in. I stayed online for over an hour for free.

5. From user HeyYouYoureAwesome

I knew someone who would hold 1 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.

6. From user superkiy

When I was in college, I had this meal plan where the school essentially took my “actual money” and turned it into “campus dollars” that could only be spent at school dining halls and cafes. I didn’t mind so much until the end of the semester, when I was informed that any unspent “campus dollars” would “go away.” I had more than a hundred bucks left, and only a day to spend them. Here’s what I did.
I went to the nicest campus restaurant — the one where you’re supposed to take your parents when they come to visit. Basically, a real restaurant with waitstaff, that also happened to take “campus dollars”. I got the most expensive thing on the menu, and then called the waiter over. I asked him if I could tip him in “campus dollars,” and he said yes. I asked him if he would have immediate access to those “campus dollars,” in the form of “actual money,” and he said yes.
So I made him a deal. I gave him a monster tip, and he gave me half of it back in “actual money.” Many years later, I am still proud of this. I made a server’s day, screwed the Man, and got my money back.

7. From user pbblender

Torrenting college textbooks. I love the internet.

8. From user kfactors

Whenever people come to the pool where I lifeguard and have guests with them, I always ask them if they live more than 50 miles away (our policy is guests from more than 50 miles away don’t pay guest fees). If they say no I give them the look and ask them again. They usually say yes after that.

Saving customers two dollars like a boss.

9. From user oob15

I get paid by my work even though I am on reddit for 5-6 hours per day

10. From user alexemalexem

I bring all my rechargeable items (shaver, cell phone, lap top, etc.) to work and plug them in there. I figure I must have saved at least $1-$2 last year in electricity.

11. From user Funkenwagnels

The college i commuted to didn’t have enough parking for the commuters but roughly 10 times what it needed for the residents. one day I was forced to park in the resident parking and got a ticket. every day i had to park there I’d slip the ticket under my windshield wiper and walk on into class. the cars around me would get tickets but they’d just leave the old one on my windshield figuring they already got me.

Never even paid it. Worcester State did a horrible job of enforcing parking fines 10 years ago.

12. From user MightyMofo

I can afford college thanks to bigotry. I have two moms, and thanks to the law, my non-birth mom is technically not my legal parent, so when I applied for the FAFSA, I could legally say that I was raised by a single mother who works part-time.

Financial aid’s even sweeter when it feels like you’re getting revenge for living with people’s bullshit.

13. From user IshotAbeLincoln

At the arcade if you pull the ticket out real slow and careful you can get an extra one. Boom!

14. From user vballbub10

Old lady(80’s) at my college book store, walked in the back with a bag, placed 2 books in her bag, and then i watched walk to the front as she sold them back to the book store. I wanted to say something… but was too impressed.

15. From user AustinTreeLover


I used to work in a camera store that sold warranties. No matter how the camera broke, they would fix it or replace it under the warranty.

The only problem was that the store would ship off the camera to be repaired, sometimes for months, up to five times before replacing it.

So, let’s say your battery cover breaks off. You ship it off and six weeks later it’s back. But, it’s really a brand defect, so, the cover pops off again. They won’t replace the whole piece or give you another camera. You’re out the camera for months while it’s being fixed. They keep selling the defective camera and the warranties.

I got tired of fucking over customers. I thought it was dishonest.

I read the contract myself and found an interesting clause. 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.

When people would come in with a camera with a defect I’d seen 100 times, I’d ask if they just wanted a new one (the next model up, without the defect). They’d say yes and I’d tell them to take it out into the parking lot and run over it with their car. I’d pile the pieces on the counter, take a pic and give them their new, non-defective camera.

I slept fine.

16. From user bioexplosion

A teacher I had in high school always said to his students “if you can get away with cheating go for it”. Turns out he had gotten a raise for getting his masters degree, but never actually got the degree. This went on for over 10 years before the school system figured it out. Somehow he got hired at a new school too.

17. From user afcjl12

At my university I would always order delivery from a late night eatery and get a ride home with the delivery guy. Less expensive than a taxi, with a meal included.

18. From user duckmania

Papa Johns offers an unadvertised (maybe unofficial) deal where pizzas that were ordered but never picked up are sold for $5 just before closing. Size and toppings doesn’t affect the $5 price, so, my friends and I used to order family sized meat lovers pizzas and opt to ‘pay-at-pickup’ but never show up. We would wait till closing, pop our heads in and ask if there were any leftover pizzas on the rack for sale, thus, getting our huge pizzas for $5.

19. From user dingle_hopper1981

I’m from Northern Ireland, and when ordering stuff online I’d always write ‘Belfast, Ireland’ on it instead of NI – the post’ll still get there, as yes, technically Belfast’s in Ireland :P. The post would be directed via the Dublin sorting office instead of coming into the UK routes. Nine times out of ten, the Dublin sorting office would just send it on up to Belfast, instead of forwarding it to Royal Mail in London who would then slap a huge import bill on it (whereas the southern Irish postal service can’t charge me import, as I’m a UK citizen). The Republic of Ireland couldn’t give a fuck if the Queen’s out of pocket over a few quid ?

My granddad was a royal mail postman for years, he taught me that one ?

[EDIT] for anyone who’s confused- if you live in Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK), you have to pay UK import tax on stuff you buy from outside the EU. If you write ‘Ireland’ as your address instead of NI, the parcel will be sent to the republic of Ireland (different country, same island) who usually forward straight to you instead of sending it back to the UK so you can charged. It’s a sneaky way of avoiding import tax.

20. From an anonymous user

Back in highschool I discovered that if you call any “Questions/Comments” number on a food product, you could make up literally anything and get a coupon for a free whatever it was. So for instance we’d call Bisquick pancake mix and say we bought a jar of mix but inside we found three already-made pancakes… shit like that, just nonsensical stuff. We did it so much that we’d pile up the coupons, go to the grocery store and check out a full cart of groceries and just hand the cashier a stack of these coupons and not pay a cent for hundreds of dollars worth of groceries. We did that multiple times, and eventually the big companies (Kraft, General Mills, etc) catch on and you have to use different names and addresses. I’ll never forget the exasperation of the poor person on the other end of the line when I told them the chicken patties I bought just get more frozen every time I put them in the microwave. “The kids are outside playing hockey with the fuckin’ thing right now, this is bullshit!”

21. From user GleepGlopDC

In the good old days of Black Friday before stores like Best Buy started getting very crafty and clandestine with their deals (8+ years ago) there used to be a slight buffer where someone would leak the sales and the items wouldn’t be removed from the shelves. I don’t remember specifically but they had a system to prevent you from purchasing then pricematching retroactively. As soon as this happened I strolled on down to Best Buy, took a bunch of stuff that I wanted, and put it in their dryers and washing machines. Basically whatever hiding place that didn’t look like it got a lot of browsing or consideration. Then when Black Friday comes: sleep in, head to the store around noon and pull the door busters out of a washing machine.

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