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Arnold Rothstein wasn't kidding when he recommended we should "look out for number one." Because if we don't, "no one else will."


Whether it's a person or a corporation, there are shysters out there who are looking to take advantage of you.

Sometimes, it's not that difficult to identify something suspicious, but it's up to you to call them out on their BS.

Curious to hear about the experience of keen strangers on the internet, Redditor GeneralEnvironment36 asked:

"What is your biggest "Oh that's bullsh*t" moment?"

Insurance And Large Corporations

These Redditors were almost taken for a ride by greedy companies but were wise to their ways

Really Bad Connection

"My utility company overcharged me $266.00 for random 'connection fees' when I'd already been a customer for a dozen years. It took weeks of arguing with them, speaking to various customer service reps (who each provided slightly different answers) for them to finally agree that they made an error and would refund the money."

"'Ok sir, our apologies for the error. You'll receive the funds via cheque in 6 - 8 weeks.'"

"Uhhhh, what the ever loving kind of bullsh*t is this? I have direct deposit set up with you, you withdrew the incorrect funds instantaneously. Just put the money back. Or e-transfer it to me. If I took 8 weeks to send you funds when I made an error you'd cut me off or send me to collections."

kor_hookmaster

Change Of Tune

"Got called into a meeting with a former boss. Turns out some product I'd shipped went to the buyer's house instead of the shop's address. My boss, someone from HR, and the sales person were in the meeting. Boss went up one side of me and down the other, telling me I'm an idiot for making the mistake, he thought I was smarter than that, blah blah blah. The customer canceled the huge order so we had to pay to get the product back. It was going to cost thousands of dollars."

"Then the salesperson gave me a copy of the order to look at. Yup, looks like I'd shipped it to the wrong place. So I grabbed my copy of the order, with my initials on it to say I'd picked and shipped it...and the addresses were reversed. The salesperson swapped them. I had no idea, I'm just in shipping. I ship to the 'Ship To' address. I point this out to my boss, HR, and the salesperson.

"My boss said 'oh, that's a simple mistake. Could have happened to anyone. No big deal. Let's just go back to work.'"

"What. The. F'K. I was livid. I asked why ten seconds prior I was an a**hole about to be written up but now that it's the sales person's fault it's no biggie? Never got an answer."

Papabearto2

Shady Insurance Company

"I looked at my health insurance statement/bill after an ACL surgery. The statement had a section that said 'here's what you would have paid without insurance: $101,895' but because I had insurance the 'negotiated rate' was like $6,000. So by paying for insurance I was saving something like $95k! Well, I started doing some research and discovered that the initial number over $100k is just a made up figure. The insurance company didn't pay $95k, they just 'negotiated' the cost down and claimed that means they covered that $95k cost that never really existed. I then did some more math and realized that I paid more out of pocket for my surgery between my deductible, copay, and coinsurance than my insurance actually paid. And those rat f'ks still take a piece of every paycheck. That was when I leaned just how f'king useless the private healthcare system in the US is."

backcountry8591

Billing Error

"I lived in a house share and through a series of unfortunate events, ended up with the water & power bill in my name. Then the utility company didn't read my meters for 22 months. A bill showed up one day in my name for $15,000. I wasn't the person in charge of the revolving door of short term roommates so I got stuck with most of the bill to the tune of $800/month. 2 years after I paid it off, I received a letter in the mail from the company saying there was a billing error and a check for $8000. A**holes. They ruined my life and I almost had to file for bankruptcy."

wine_n_mrbean

Lowest Wages

"The owner of the last company I worked for used to say 'low skill, low wages.' He'd pay his warehouse guys minimum wage, and give maybe a 2% raise each year. He'd also be shocked when guys would quit without giving notice because they found a job paying above minimum wage elsewhere."

"One time half the employees quit in a single week and the owner was confused why so many people quit at once. He even went so far as to call a meeting and ask the remaining guys if they'd quit without notice. When they all said yes, he told them he was sad to learn loyalty was dead. Those dudes laughed in his face."

Papabearto2

Being Served

We live in one of the most litigious countries in the world. These Redditors were furious over how much people took advantage of the system in the hopes of getting an exorbitant amount of money from them.

Exploitation Of Preexisting Injuries

"Came home to a summons last Friday. It was from a guy I got into a fender bender with (less than 10 mph, I was backing out of a parking spot onto the road) in 2018. He is trying to get $70k from me because of medical bills and lost wages. My insurance agency has been telling him to pound sand for the last 2 years (he was trying to pass off pre-existing injuries as a result from the accident). He was initially trying to get $30k from them. His 'last option' after getting nothing from my insurance is to sue me directly. My insurance is now hiring a lawyer on my behalf to fight him for me."

Sirhc978

Who Is Responsible?

"My daughter fell down in Walmart and broke her arm. She fell down on a clean, dry section of the floor. Not at all the store's fault. One of their loss prevention people asked me what they could have done to prevent the accident. I said, 'Not let eight-year-old girls into your store.'"

"Later on when relating the incident, people ask me why I still have to work. As if I was supposed to immediately jump onto the litigation gravy train. I'm making a mental note to not trust people with that attitude."

EvilSnack

Speaking Of Walmart

"Worked for walmart, can confirm this is basically what they would say."

"One of my coworkers fell off of a ladder and broke her leg. Someone had packed a box too full and put it on the top shelf and so she lost her balance. Walmart wouldnt pay any kind of workmans comp or anything because they said 'she didnt do the company-prescribed pre work stretches prior to clocking in' and so that meant she was 'working unsafely', so it was her fault. She also got docked on attendance for missing the rest of the day and the next shift."

EcceMachina

Greedy Pizza Guy

"I hit a pizza delivery guy (100% my fault) He was out of work for 3 days while the shop fixed his car. My insurance company paid for the repairs and offered him the $50k from the policy limits. He refused. He tried to sue me for $100k for missed work and medical treatments. He couldn't provide proof injury or even a visit to the doctor. My insurance company hired a lawyer and he got $0. The original $50 grand is probably a lot more than a pizza delivery driver makes in a year but this guy got greedy and received nothing in return."

BlackSwann0316

Ignoring Dog Warning Signs

"Welp... A state Marshall came to serve me papers. I was in my back yard after work with my dogs running around playing. I was expecting a friend so i thought nothing of it when they ran down the driveway (out of my site). Instead of trying to go to my front door this a**hole walks past the white flags indicating an electric dog fence, and the beware of dogs sign. My female dog jumped on him. He then punched her in the head. At which point she NIPPED him. One tiny little puncture. He called the cops, and an ambulance... He asked the emt how many stitches hed need and they sort of scoffed and said u just need a band-aid. So he subsequently sued me for 15k citing that he can no longer live his life to it's fullest and lost partial use of his arm."

MattyRixz

Challenging Institutions

When grade school teachers feel like they are being challenged by a young student, their instinct is to punish them.

As kids, these Redditors were pushed into various zones of "punishment" by their teachers for doing nothing wrong.

Things were not any better at a youth group for one Redditor who was genuinely a very curious person.

Stuck In The Red Zone

"When I was in primary school, one of my teachers was, for some reason, telling us about bees. She said the normal stuff like the social hierarchy, different roles in a hive, ect. But then she gets into the differences of different types of bees' bodies, and tells us that bees sting with their feet. Obviously I raised my hand to dispute this, and explained that bees actually do not sting with their feet, and she tells me of for 'talking back' for a few minutes, and makes me move my name into the 'red zone' (it seemed like a big deal at the time, ok?). After the lesson, I go up to her and ask if she can look it up, and the says no, I ask why, and she yells at me again, leaving 7 year old me almost in tears. For the rest of my time there I had no respect for her, and she was one of the most hated teachers in school."

Interesting-Health36

In The Yellow Zone

"Aw man, when I was 5, my tutor told everybody to go to the front to sit on the rug. The person who sat beside me left their seat out, so I was unable to get past. So naturally, I push the seat in, as well as my own. Took barely any time, and although I was one of the last to get to the rug, nobody was waiting for me (others were slower). I was one of the furthest away from the front, so obviously it would take me longer to get there, and I knew this so went fast."

"The tutor told me off for 'dilly dallying' and 'wasting time'. She moved my name into the yellow zone. This was the first time I had ever had my name in the yellow zone (and the next time was 5 YEARS after that - I was a good kid). I was determined not to get upset as she'd told a kid off for that a few days prior. So she left me, a tiny 5 year old goody-two-shoes, desperately fighting tears for PUSHING IN TWO SEATS while on the way to do as she'd asked. Go to hell, Ms S."

IHateTheLetter-C-

Consequences Of Being Inquisitive

"First time I went to a youth group at my local Christian church, and I got kicked out by the pastors son, for simply asking questions. I wasn't trying to show anyone up or prove a point...I wasn't raised in a traditionally religious home, I really knew nothing at that time."

yellowgrizzlyfucker

Curses For Catholic School

"I identify with this so hard. In the 3rd grade, me and another kid got a 'referral' (basically one step lower than detention, it was a piece of paper we had to get signed by our parents that let them know we got in trouble) for pretending to push each other after an assembly. Mind you, we were not actually pushing each other, but merely miming the hand movements of a push, and laughing about it. God d*mn Catholic school, god d*mn Mrs. MacDermot."

SuicideBonger

Kicked Out Of Youth Group

"First time I went to a youth group at my local Christian church, and I got kicked out by the pastors son, for simply asking questions. I wasn't trying to show anyone up or prove a point...I wasn't raised in a traditionally religious home, I really knew nothing at that time."

yellowgrizzlyfucker

Attendance Rule

"When I was in college there was a class were you had to be present for at least 80% of the lessons or you would fail. Last 2 weeks of the class and I get really sick, Pfeiffers."

"I already did so much work on my assignment by then I didnt wanna fail the class on the stupid attendace rule. So I show up looking like a zombie, high fever, drugged on too much advil, naproxen and Redbull. The professor sends me home, and sais we will work out a way around the attendance rule. I thank her so much and go back to bed. Finish everything to pass from home, got a good grade. The b*tch failed me anyway because I wasnt present for at least 80%."

CoastalFred

Calling BS on a situation is a good thing. For the most part.

Whether it is someone trying to defraud you of your finances or even in casual situations where an unqualified person is spouting falsehoods to come off as an expert on a given topic, putting these charlatans in their place can prevent them from continuing to take advantage of others.

But just make sure you tell your smart kids not to piss off their teachers if they detect BS in class.

Otherwise, they may find themselves in the red zone and still talk about it after they've grown up.

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!