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Loopholes That Clever Folks Exploited

Whether it was an idiotic promotion, lack of oversight, a glitch in the system, an escape room scheduling loophole, or a sandwich place that also sold discounted ingredients to its own sandwiches, these people found a way to play the game and save a couple dollars in the process. The commitment and dedication it takes to notice these loopholes is admirable, in a chaotic, roguish sort of way.

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    Text - Text - wolverine-claws 1.9k points · 20 hours ago In Sydney, Australia, we have the Opal card system for public transport. You load up the card with monies, and tap it when you get on and off public transport. Now these days, per week you get a discount on all your trips after your 8th. Well. That was brought in after people exploited the previous rule. After 8 trips, all trips were free. So people would ride the buses to and from stops, tap tap tapping away, leaving enough time between e
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    Text - Text - kms2547 1.6k points · 20 hours ago I am the lucky beneficiary of a loophole: Back in the 1960s, a 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 was a scholarship fund for people living in that old district's area (like me). The district is gone, but the scholarship still exists! I applied, and got the scholarship. I don't think there were any other applicants.
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    Text - Text - WyrmKin 1.6k points · 21 hours ago Read about a promotion on some site that you earned points based on how much you spent over a period of time. Apparently buying gift cards counted towards your total. The loophole was that you could pay for gift cards with gift cards. Someone just kept buying gift cards with their gift cards and earning free points that they spent on other stuff.
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    Text - Text - irishman19744 1.4k points · 22 hours ago Got back stage to guns and roses by photocopying a pic of there album and printed access all areas, put it through a laminator with a tag and walked right in, did the same for Soundgarden ,got through to the stage area, past 2 security points but got caught, lol, the guys were in shock with the boldness.
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    Text - Text - ATLL2112 21.9k points · 22 hours ago S Was at a bar. They ran a $2 shot special for any of the house stuff. I like vodka tonics though. However, those are $6. Me, having taken Algebra I twice, knew $2<$6. I ask the bartender how much she'll charge me for tonic water. She replies, "nothing". I proceed to order a $2 shot of vodka and a free glass of tonic water.
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    Text - Text - brass_buoy 14.5k points · 22 hours ago A kid from my high school was about 30 seconds late to class and the teacher refused to mark him "present" and made him go sign in as "late" at the office. In protest, he went and ate a sit down breakfast and showed back up with about 5 minutes left of class with his late slip. Teacher threw a fit that he skipped class, but since he never signed in, he didn't face any consequences
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    Text - Text - theysellcoke 13.0k points · 22 hours ago · edited 20 hours ago A man in China purchased a first-class plane ticket – and used it to eat a year's worth of free meals at the VIP lounge at Xi'an International Airport. The frequent diner purchased a first-class, fully refundable ticket aboard Eastern China Airline. He used the ticket to gain access to the airport's VIP lounge, where high- rolling travelers dine for free, according to a report last week in the Chinese-language newspaper
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    Text - Text - cranialscratch 10.9k points · 23 hours ago Local radio station had a contest where you call in when they play same artist back to back to win a prize. Turns out they had a "now playing" and "up next" feature on their web site. My girlfriend at the time would start calling in before the second song even came on. Won tons of prizes ranging from concert tickets to a laptop.
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    Text - Text - ButtholeBouquet 9.5k points · 23 hours ago A good shot but not eventually a real loophole was the "drink Pepsi, get a Harrier jet" guy. In 1996, Pepsi ran a promotion where you could collect points by buying Pepsi products. The more points you got, the more stuff you could get, such as t-shirts, free Pepsi, sunglasses, etc. They also had a commercial where they advertised a Harrier jet for 7 million points. One guy read the rules of the promotion and found that you could buy points
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    Text - Text - prvacya 9.3k points · 23 hours ago 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.
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    Text - Text - kernco 8.8k points · 20 hours ago When the U.S. government issued the Sacajawea dollar coin, they wanted to get them into circulation as quickly as possible so they'd catch on (Narrator: they didn't), so they had a thing where you could order them and have them shipped to you for free. People realized you could pay for the coins using one of those credit cards that gives you frequent flier miles as a reward. So you order $1000 of coins, put it on the card, get the coins, deposit th
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    Text - Text - OccasionallyWright 8.5k points · 20 hours ago I used to work in a call center doing tech support for a dial-up ISP. The 10 hour plan was $9.99 and then there were various tiers including an unlimited plan for $50 or something like that. I ended up moving to a different city and called up the call center to set up internet and I asked for the 10 hour plan. The guy (who didn't know I used to work there) tried to talk me into a bigger plan, but I stuck with the 10 hour plan. Why? Beca
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    Text - Text - AprilGalleons 7.9k points · 21 hours ago In West Virginia there was a law that waived taxes for automobile title transfers between parents and children. A friend wanted to buy a car from his uncle. So the uncle sold the car to his father who then sold it to his other son who sold it to his own son, my friend. Three transactions. Zero taxes.
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    Text - Text - nxtplace 7.8k points · 23 hours ago My college campus had a cafe with Deli and salad bar, the deli sandwiches were way over priced, like 8$ 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 sale slices of bread for $0.25 each, so I would just buy the bread, load up and weigh my "salad" and grab some free
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    Text - Text - cad908 5.2k points · 21 hours ago NY State had a glitch in their Motor Vehicle system for a while. If you got a moving violation, you would plead guilty, and overpay it by $5. They would send you back a check for $5, but you don't cash it. They would not apply points to your license until the case was fully adjudicated. If you waited until a year passed, and then cashed it, those points would roll off, so you would never actually have any points showing on your license.
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    Text - skulltvhat 4.7k points · 20 hours ago Company cafeteria had an option to order a half burrito. However, the cost of two half burritos was less than the cost of one full burrito. On top of that, the chef would make a half burrito by cutting a new tortilla in "half" and generally gave a healthier portion than just a half. Thus, ordering 2 half burritos was equivalent to about one and a half full burritos and cost less than a full burrito.
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    Text - Ghostfeeder 4.1k points · 20 hours ago · edited 15 hours ago My microwave stopped turning on, so I went to Best Buy to get a new one. I tried the old one in another outlet and it came back to life so I reinstalled it. Returned new microwave to Best Buy. Went back home to see that the old microwave had now died again once more (for good) and then just drove right back to Best Buy where I bought the brand new microwave I just returned as an "open box item" for half price. Probably a fluke,
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    Text - UYScutiPuffJr 2.4k points · 23 hours ago There was a promotion a bunch of years back where Hoover included a plane ticket to select destinations around the world (from Europe) with any purchase of one of their products over $100. People could buy a vacuum that was like $109 and get a $600 plane ticket for it. Hoover ended up having to have people work crazy overtime to fulfill the demand for the cheapest model, and eventually they stopped honoring the promotion, which caused the people wh
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    Text - tokenerd 2.3k points · 22 hours ago Apparently you have 24 hours to claim an illegally-parked car (depending on the location) in my city so some "pros" will take a ticket on game days and actually save money on parking for football and baseball.
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    Text - Text - LoveHerMore 4.8k points · 20 hours ago · edited 18 hours ago S We used to run a ticket scam operation at the local Chuck E Cheese. We started small time, we used to cheat at the games like SkiBall while traffic was low and it was off times. After a few times of pulling that heist we decided to cool it because we thought it might be suspicious that we'd earn the mega bonus ticket payout regularly. We did similar things with other games but nothing paid out like SkiBall. That's when
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    Text - Joed112784 1.1k points · 21 hours ago One time the local mall was having a guitar hero contest back when those games were super popular. Whoever got the most points on a song throughout the whole day won tickets to see Stone Temple Pilots. What they didn't know was their contest was fatally flawed to anyone that actually knew the game. If you play a song on expert like cherub rock and hit most of the notes, you will naturally get a higher scorer than if you hit every note in a song like M
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