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People Share The Best Loopholes They Have Ever Exploited

There is nothing like a good loophole.

If reading detective novels taught you anything as a kid, it was to look for the phrasing and the ways that something could easily be turned on its head.

When you do, and you're right, it's the best feeling on earth.

u/whiter96 asked:

What is the best loophole you have executed? And how did you find it?

Here were some of those stories.

50. Don't It Always Seem To Go That You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone?


My cousin and I were at Chuck. E. Cheese and we had just finished using up all of our tokens and headed to that one machine that "eats" your tickets. However, once the machine took all our tickets, the paper that came out was pink instead of white. For some reason, this was incredible to our young minds. We went up to the prize counter with our pink paper and showed it to one of the workers. She said it was probably because the machine was almost about to runout of ink. To our surprise though she said that this was a "special ticket" and that we could take any prize we wanted (the amount of tickets didn't matter). I was extremely dumb and got a pink diary when i could've got something so much better. To this day I wish I could travel back in time to change my decision and pick something better. Smh.


49. Rewards Up The Wazoo

Starbucks runs at work. I'm lucky enough that most of my coworkers are too lazy and busy to use rewards apps and I always offer to pick up coffee. I rack up points like no other. Sometimes when they Venmo me they round up.


48. Hundo For Sale

I exploited an oversight in the session programming for an online quiz thing I had to buy for some physics class in undergrad (basically it locked 5% of your grade behind a paywall). Can't remember the exact details, but by having a practice quiz open in another tab I was somehow able to trick the site into allowing me to reset the actual graded quiz (by default you weren't allowed to do that) and get 100% on a next attempt.


47. I Made My Own Bank

I discovered this by accident, I overdrew from my checking account paying for something. The money did not bounce and instead the bank charged me $35 for an overdraft fee.

So from this one time I was really broke I had literally 50 bucks in my account and needed 500. So I went to the ATM and withdrew 500 bucks anyway knowing that I would get my paycheck within a week. And my credit cards were maxed out and could not use them. Not a brilliant hack but only cost me 35 bucks to get 500 bucks.


46. I Tipped Myself

I worked at a busy restaurant that gave 10% off your bill if you had a AAA card (American Auto Assoc.), so whenever somebody would pay their tab in cash and then leave, you would grab the AAA card that one of the servers had, apply the discount, then close out the tab.

If a customer's tab was $50 for example, you would swipe the AAA card, get 10% taken off ($5), then close it out, thus giving you that extra cash on top of what they left as a tip. This was handy whenever they under-tipped or stiffed you, and technically, it wasn't really stealing....


45. I Got Off The Plane


My ex girlfriend not checking us in for a flight netted us €400 euros each and a night in a hotel.

We were traveling to Gibraltar from London for a few days for just to visit her family. She hadn't checked us in online and they over booked the flight. The airline in question had a policy that if the flight was over a certain distance(3 hours if I remember correctly) then the affected passengers would be given compensation of €400 per person. In addition to this, they put us in an airport hotel for the evening as there was only 1 flight per day to Gibraltar from that airport.

So, it's around 8am, we now have €800 to spend, a night in a hotel and all day and night in London to go enjoy ourselves before coming back to fly the next morning. Best loop hole ever, which the airline closed a few weeks later


44. Hell's Angels

Not that big but when I was around 12-14 my family would drag me and my cousin to biker meet ups/parties. Basically just a lot of friendly bearded dudes and their families enjoying a weekend camping/drinking. We got bored a lot and soon found out that they were taking a 4euro pawn on ever beer glass. And because many people were drunk, a lot of glasses were just never returned and we spend the whole night collecting glasses and pocketing the money, the hosts got annoyed after a while but didn't really care. I think we made around 60euros each that night.


43. The System Ain't Shit

Used to work at a certain grocery store. They had a promotion if you bought a $100 pre-paid visa gift card, you received a coupon $15 off the next purchase. There was not stipulations around it, so i realized i could just use it on another purchase of a visa gift card. I almost emptied the shelf of the gift cards gaining an extra 15 on each one. Ended up getting like $200 at the end of it and spent it all on food and gas. No regrets.


42. Take The Tip!!

Just yesterday I discovered that Aliexpress doesn't check wether you already have an account by address, phone number or name. They currently give $4 off every purchase from a new account, so I wondered if I could just use another email to make a new account and get another $4 off, and it actually works. Even with the same bank account, all details the same.


41. Hundreds Kept On Comin'

Not me but a friend. So my friend's family was sturdy financially, so what he would do is get a hundred dollar bill and give it to his mom to store for him. Once his mom put it away he would go and get it. once his mom would attempt to get it she thought she had lost it and would give him $100 is replacement, so it was like he was duplicating his money.


40. We Hacked Overboard


In high school, we had very strict security on the school computers; so strict, in fact, that we weren't allowed to use the programs necessary for our intro to programming class.

Luckily for us, our teacher told us "any program can be accessed IF you change its name to notepad.exe"

He shouldn't have told us that... We were able to access everything, including the county school database and remote access of any school computer in the county.


39. Extra Money For A Moment

A very long time ago I worked at a large shipping company. We could get extra money by submitting sales leads. If our lead resulted in increased volume, we got a kick back.

I and another co worker found a system that listed every company in the US that had a shipper number with us, who used a competitor's software. This list was nothing but companies that shipped with us, but also shipped with our biggest competitor. We started coming in on weekends, unpaid, just to enter sales leads. That year I got a full snowboarding kit (board, boots, helmet, clothes, and season pass to the local mountain) all with sales lead money.

Unfortunately we were stupid and greedy. If we'd have randomized the file, we'd have been fine, but sales in one state got flooded with these leads and complained that we were wasting their time with bogus leads. We got shut down.


38. Free Moo-sic

When Napster became legal I signed up for it. Then a month or two later I decided I didn't want it anymore and tried to cancel.

The only way to cancel was to call them. Of course, whenever you called, it would ring forever or if there was a connection you would be on hold with nobody ever answering. It was beyond frustrating.

Around that same my bank was issuing temporary internet credit cards. So you had a credit card just not a physical one. You could set the expiration date yourself.

On the Napster site you were able to change the payment type. So i changed it to the temporary credit card which had an expiration date the following month. I never got charged from Napster again.


37. Hip Young People Eating Salads

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 $0.25 each, so I would just buy the bread, load up and weigh my "salad" and grab some free mayo and mustard packets, then build my own sandwiches for under 2$. Used that trick for my last two years.


36. The Loophole We All Need

Mushroom gorge in MarioKart!!

If you jump on a mushroom at the start with a boost, you can climb the rock wall and go around the start post. Once you land you can drive through the start and basically you end up completing a lap in 10 seconds.


35. Now I Have Abs, Duh


Walmart price match. Got a $400 home gym with free delivery for $180, because Academy Sports had it listed at $180. The loophole was that while Walmart had free shipping, Academy only offered $150 shipping and didn't carry it in store. Walmart tried to deny it for BS reasons, but caved when they wouldn't hold up.


34. How To Drink For Free

Vending machine at University all those years ago... worth noting, my little "loophole" ended up breaking the vending machine a couple of times, but it worked more often than not (as long as you accounted for weight and weren't greedy).

Basically, it was one of those vending machines with an arm that would come up, the drink would dispense onto the arm and then a conveyor belt on said arm would send it to a swinging door on the side where you'd get your drink.

So the trick was, when the drink comes to the door, you hold the door shut. The machine was designed to try it a couple of times, and then give up and give you your money back... but the drink is still on the conveyor belt.

So then you use the money you just got back to order another drink, arm does the same thing, gets your new drink, only this time you don't hold the door and when the conveyor belt goes, both the newly bought drink and the previous drink gets dispensed to you - 2 for the price of one!

Trial and error showed that the arm on the machine had a weight limit (because it's never really expecting to lift more than 500ml at a time). If I tried this with 2 500ml bottles of coke, the arm wouldn't rise again with the weight of both and the machine would break (though I still got my money back). You could just about manage with a bottle and a can of drink, but you were safer getting 2 cans.

Good times when you're broke.


33. Seriously Cheating The Honor Code

GameStop used to allow exchanges on used games within a week of purchase for pretty much any reason. Would buy an expensive used game, beat it and exchange for something around the same price. Basically renting but you got to keep the game if you had to keep it longer than a week

Also my Zune's warranty was about to expire, still worked but tossed it in the microwave for a few seconds and exchanged it for a freshie at the same GameStop. My local GS has closed now


32. Embezzle From Corporations Yasss Honey

When you do a warranty exchange on an automotive battery at Wal-Mart, its processed as two transactions: an item return, then an item sale with credit.

During my late teens, i paid many bills with the cash i got from taking that return receipt up front for them to process for cash.


31. Is It Jenna Jameson Or Nah

Well in kahoot; I would always out my name as a fairly well known pornstar. This would mean if the teacher removed my name and said it was inappropriate, that would admit that he or she knows who that pornstar is and therefore watches porn. I figured out the teachers who watched porn or not. Even if the teacher removed my name, my friends will still laugh about it.


30. It Was Losing Too Much Money!


A bit late but there was a kind of slot machine at a bar where you put in 1€ and you had to press a single button at the right time to double the amount, with every correct hit of the button the machine would go faster and you could double it again on a right press or loose. The trick was to just play the first round over and over 1€ to 2€ stop and start again. Did this a whole evening and made 200€ after that the machine vanished and was never seen again :(


29. Salad-de-salad

Domino's out of Caesar salad. So I pick a tuna salad, remove the tuna and the olives, add croutons and parmezan and buy Caesar sause from the store. I've never been prouder of myself after figuring that out.


28. The Extra $30 Bought Me This GPS

I used to get reimbursed mileage for work. According to Google its 55 miles going down and around on the bridge. In reality I only drove 26 miles taking the ferry. Didn't save any time bc I had to leave early to catch the boat, but I made $30 twice a month going to that office....


27. Rosebud;,;,;,

Sims Bustin Out on GBA: If you have an auction with a data cable between 2 gameboys, you can sell an item to your friend for a ridiculous amount of money, they turn their gameboy off afterwards, you save, now you both have the money.


26. Think Of The Caffeine

The McDonalds near my work has a punch card system where you buy 5 coffees and get the 6th free. The thing is, they check the card at the register, see that it's a free coffee then give you the card back to give to the next window to punch your card. I accidentally learned that if you don't give them the card at the next window they don't check or ask for it. So ... infinite free coffee? Or until I'm ultimately and embarrassingly caught!


25. The Prime For Prime


Back when it was first introduced, Amazon Prime Student was just free shipping and there was no expiration. I happened to have just started grad school and met the only requirement- a .edu email address. You didn't even have to open a new account, just convert your existing one. A few months later someone at Amazon realized the flaw in this - their best future customers were all going to have free Prime. Amazon quickly changed the program to one year free Prime (now 6 months).

Everyone already enrolled in Prime Student got grandfathered but was also limited to just free shipping. This was 2009 and Prime video and all the other stuff was not that big a deal yet so I didn't really care. A few years pass and Prime Video and all the other stuff starts to become a big deal but my wife had her own Prime account so I just piggybacked off hers and continued to enjoy my free Prime. Apparently most of my fellow Free Prime Students sucked it up and moved to regular paid Prime because sometime in the 2014-2015 time frame my free limited Prime got switched to free regular Prime. I assume it became more cost effective to just lose out on $10 a month than to maintain two classes of Prime.


24. Oooooooh

I signed up to Deliveroo's free trial of plus membership, basically gives you free delivery with every order.

The debit card I used to sign up to the trial had expired ages ago so when it came to the end of the trial and tried to charge me they couldn't get payment... but the I still have the plus membership.

I've currently got lifetime free delivery.


23. Glitched In My Favor

When I was a kid, I had Spiderman 2: Enter Electro for playstation. I played that game all the time but I was like 8 and I wasn't very good at it. Not to mention I didn't speak English and I couldn't follow the tutorials. At one point there's a lizard boss which has a ton of damage resistance. You're meant to kill him by running around the lab while he's chasing you, grabbing a special formula that brings his resistances down, this way you can actually do damage to him. Well I didn't know this and kept trying to punch him to death with his super tankiness for months. At one point the game bugged out and the boss got stuck inside a texture where he couldn't attack me but I could attack him. I spent about 15 minutes punching him and winning. I was the happiest kid ever. I only learned the proper method of doing it years later and facepalmed really hard.


22. Read Capitalism For Filth

So, I worked at this grocery store in high school that was, in a word, a sh*thole; you know, one of those places where, as long as the customer leaves a good review, f*ck everyone and everything else. We disregarded employees, store policies, and even laws on a few occasions to keep people smiling.

Anyhow, Christmas came along, and we were all promised bonuses. Which, of course, was utter sh*t. Managers got 2.3k+ added to their December paychecks, and hourly peons got $10.00 gift certificates . . . to the store . . . that expired on December 25th . . . when we weren't even open.

Naturally, a lot of pissed employees. And who could blame them, the store was essentially using our 'stipend' to pad their own pockets. I was (still am) quite petty, and asked the managers if we were allowed to buy anything with our certificates, and he she clarified that we could get anything but liquor. Told all the employees to buy gift cards to other places (since we sell $10.00 ones by the racks), and the cashier on duty had no choice but to ring us through.

Managed to take a little under $980.00 from a greedy grocery store, and give business to a few other places in town. Woods Co., if any of your managers ever read this, f*ck you and everyone who looks like you! :)


21. Fake Security

For all 4 years I was in college in a major US city, one of the faculty parking lot gates could be opened with any card with a magnetic strip. The lot only fit about 20 cars and was odd shaped as it contoured a hillside. There were 3-4 spots that were never occupied at the very bottom of the lot. I never bought a parking pass.


20. It Keeps Going


My family gets pizza every Friday. A few months ago, papa John's started taking ~45 minutes to deliver our pizza. So avoid the 3rd time it happened my mom called and asked if we could have a refund because our pizza was cold and made wrong. Papa John's gave us a credit on our account.

Next week we used the credit, pizza showed up 45 minutes later. We called and got a refund, papa John's put a credit on the account.

I think we've had 6 free pizzas in a row now.


19. Smart Smart Smart

I discovered that on a journey of 30 rail stations, they only checked your ticket when you enter and when you leave.

So instead of buying a ticket for all 30 stations, I bought a ticket for the start station to the next station, and from one before the last station to the last station. 2 journeys of 1 station each.

One tenth the price.


18. No More Two For Ones

Not really a loophole,but... back in the late 90's early 2000's when the self service lottery machines first came out if you bought the 'longer' scratch-offs, like the $10 ones, when you grabbed the ticket you would still have to tear it off the next one. If you could get a decent grip you could grab the very bottom of the next ticket and pull it out too! Now the machines just drop the single ticket so I guess they wised up.


17. Being Creative

If I draw really well during my classes my teachers won't care about me not doing my work. I have this teacher in Senior Seminar who got mad at me for taking a 3 minute break (since the class was about an hour and a half long). Anyhoo, she didn't get upset over the kid sitting next to me who took apart his computer and put it back together. Lately, I've been drawing Freddie Mercury and trying to do it realistically, she hasn't said a word and neither have other teachers.


16. Protection Or Just Anger


This loophole angered me so much.

The situation: I worked for a man who traveled so frequently that half my job was handling his itinerary and ticket purchases. Unfortunately, the previous person in my position had left without letting us know the password to get in to his account for one of the airlines, and IT had deleted her email, which was linked to the account. This airline charged an additional fee if you called them to make reservations rather than use the website.

I called the airline to update the login password. I was told that only the person named on the account could do that. Of course, said person was currently on a flight, and, frankly, too important to make such a minor call. I explained the situation, but no matter what I said, I was told no, it was for the account holder's protection, no one else could change the password.

So I asked her if she could change the email address. Yes, she could, and five minutes later, I was in his account.


15. Bunga Gone

On the Teenage Mutant Hero (Ninja) Turtles arcade machine when I was a kid, if you pressed start after inserting a credit it said 'Cowabunga', but if you hammered start really fast it went 'Cowacowacowacowacowacowacowacowacowacowacowa' as long as you hammer it and get free credits for each press.

Can't remember how I figured it out but I was very happy.


14. Free Lunch

I'm a truck driver and stop every day at the same place. There's a McDonald's next door. On the receipt was a link to fill out a survey. If you filled it out and wrote down a number on the receipt you could turn it in for a free Mcdouble or a medium fries.

So I made two separate orders and got two receipts. Filled out two surveys that took 15 seconds each.

The next day I used the receipts to place two separate orders for one free Mcdouble and one free fries to see if my suspicions were accurate. I got two receipts and indeed, the survey link was printed on each receipt. I ate free lunch for 2 months before I started intermittent fasting.


13. Looking Important

When I was in the Navy, I got stationed at a huge shipyard with very little oversight. I walked around with a form laden clipboard for an entire work week, looking at random objects and writing on my clipboard.

When questioned, I would look at the person's name tag and ask their supervisor's name, then write on my clipboard.

I eventually stopped and started actually doing my job due to boredom.

No one caught on or tried to stop me. Clipboard+scowl=immunity.


12. The Robin Hood Of The Modern Age

In high school I worked as a cashier at a major grocery store chain. Our store offered a loyalty card that accrued points for discounted gas. Every $100 spent = 10 cents off per gallon at the store's gas pump. Many customers would come in who didn't have/want a store card.

I filled out an application for a store card with fake info and a dummy phone number and used it on any customer without a card. This resulted in them not missing out on store deals and me pretty much never having to pay for gas throughout most of high school.


11. Such A Bop

Not really a loophole, but back in junior high, my school took a poll, asking what our favorite song was, and would put the results in that year's yearbook. Naturally, me and all my friends wrote down, "Wii Sports Theme". It was a simple google form, and me and my friends were the only ones who realized you could submit a form more than once. So we submitted thousands of entries saying "Wii Sports Theme", and saw the song in the #1 spot in our yearbook at the end of the school year.


10. I Wonder What The Code Was....

In 2006, me and a friend were in an intro to programming class in high school. Our teacher told us about this Microsoft programming contest for high schoolers, so we decided to enter. They had the goal for what you were supposed to do, an example, and the code they used for that example.

We realized that the rules didn't say it had to be original code, just that whatever we submitted would belong to Microsoft. So we took their code, tweaked a few lines to make it work for the test scenario, and submitted it. We ended up tying for second, which was good enough to win us each a pocket PC.


9. Perfect Defense

I was maybe 4 or 5. Mom and dad are having a party, all adults over. I'm told to not go into the living room to bother anyone unless there's an emergency, but I can go into the kitchen/get drinks/etc.

So the party's been going on a while, I go to the kitchen to get myself a glass of water. (There's a stool so I can do this for myself easy enough). While in there, I notice a plate of freshly iced sugar cookies. A whole plateful. I love sugar cookies and I love icing. I wonder if I can have one.

Then I reason, it's not an emergency, so I can't ask, so might as well take the whole plate.

Mom came to find me later furious (with Dad on her heels). She asks me what I was thinking of, taking the whole plate of cookies. I said "I wanted to ask, but you said only ask in case of emergencies."

Dad started cackling. Mom deflated, and said "I DID say that didn't I."

Didn't get in trouble.


8. My Spite Made It Work

Back in the 80's, 2nd year Fortran programming and the final project was to write a program that would print Roman Numeral equivalent of any number inputted on the command line up to some large number -can't remember what the highest number was that we had to go to but it was quite challenge for the time - pre OOP and all. My program would trip up on a certain number and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why so I just said, f*ck it and buried a direct if statement for that one number deep in one of the subroutines. As luck would have it, my program was the only one that worked and I felt rather smug (and a wee bit guilty) as he congratulated me when he handed them back.


7. Work/Werk/Work


Had a salary job, contract said "you are paid $X for all hours work as complete compensation. No overtime pay will be granted, you are expected to work as long as it takes to finish your work"

Little did they know, they didn't specify a minimum hour requirement. Being a fast worker, I basically showed up whenever I wanted. The only thing that kept me at work longer than a few hours each day was my supervisor, he was a cool guy so I stuck around with him.


6. None The Wiser

I don't recommend trying this because I was honestly just really lucky but... One semester I had a handful of lab reports due for a class, all on the same due date at midnight. I ended up finishing them hour late at 1 in the morning. I went ahead and submitted them anyway (because why not?), but the next day my professor emailed me back to remind me there was a no late-work accepted policy in the syllabus, work submitted late would receive a zero with no exceptions, etc.

I politely responded with the point that technically a time zone was never specified for the assignments that were due, and that at the point they were submitted there were still places where it would've been considered on time... He ended up accepting them with full credit.


5. A Winter Celebration

I moved to the mountains to snowboard for a year, after a year of aimless university. The student seasons pass was like half the price of the normal pass. So I signed up on the web for a few courses, got the student pass, then dropped the courses before any payment was due. Saved like $700. I actually didn't think they'd honor the price considering the university was in a prairie city ~2000 miles away.

I got over 150 days on that seasons pass.


4. Coding Comes In Handy

I once got a traffic ticket that required me to take online driving school. This involved a lot of tedious clicking, and you couldn't press NEXT until a certain amount of time had elapsed. On the clock at work, I wrote a script to do the thing for me. <sunglasses emoji>


3. I Fought The Law And The Law Did Not Win


Got pulled over when I was 19. Driving without a license. Got my truck impounded and was accruing daily impound fees. The impound lot couldn't legally release the truck unless the registered owner had a valid state license or permission from the court to release it.

My court date was like 3 weeks away and there was no way I could afford to pay the daily impound fees so I "sold" my truck to my friend who had a valid driver's license. He applied to transfer the title to his name and I turned in the bill of sale and he received a valid registration for the truck in his name. We both went to the impound lot and demanded the release of the truck. They brought it up front, he handed me the keys and I drove it off the lot. Impound people knew they got played but couldn't do anything about it.

He got the title in the mail a couple weeks later and "sold" it back to me. I gave him $50 for his trouble knowing full well he saved me well over $600


2. Never The Luck

When I was in high school a senior came to school with a bikini on. He argued that nowhere in the dress code did it say he couldn't, and the only thing close were "Shorts must be fingertip length" and "Sleeves must be X inches"

As he had neither shorts or sleeves, he technically wasn't breaking any rules. Obviously though, they didn't care. So I guess it's not really a loophole, but an attempt at one.


1. If You Can Avoid Tax, You Can Cheat Death

I worked in the US for a while, and since I didn't understand American taxes, I signed a form to say I'd pay tax on my earnings back home in the UK. Then, when it was time to sort it all out, I discovered the money wasn't taxable in Britain. So I accidentally avoided paying any tax at all!


Surprisingly Sexy: Things Guys Do That They Don't Realize Are A Turn-On

Reddit user finnjakefionnacake asked: 'What things do men do that are sexy that they don't realize are sexy?'

More often than not, when men try to do something "sexy" in an effort to impress a woman, it tends to backfire on them.

Perhaps it is the visible amount of effort behind what they're doing or the fact that they don't do it as well as the movie star they took inspiration from.

Either way, despite their best efforts, women tend to find this sort of behavior anything but sexy.

In fact, more often than not, men have a way of turning people on without them even realizing it.

As it's often the little things that can make someone blush, anything from opening a door or slicing into a ripe tomato.

Redditor finnjakefionnacake was eager to hear all the sexy things men do without their even realizing it, leading them to ask:

"What things do men do that are sexy that they don't realize are sexy?"

When They Don't Even Know Their Own Strength

"Was getting busy with a girl one time and her head was too close to the headboard, trying to save her a potential concussion, I moved backwards and grabbed her under her hips and pulled / lifted her about two feet down the bed towards me."

"The sound she made and the look she gave me is still in my head lol."

"Afterwards she brought it up and said it was incredibly sexy how I could just handle and move her around so easily with so little effort."- Mage2177

So, So, Hot...

"I once changed a radiator in my house and that, without doubt, got me more attention and flattery from the women in my life than anything else I've ever done."- Jasper-Packlemerton

It's The NOT Knowing...

"It’s a trap fellas, just live in ignorant bliss."

"Once you realize something is sexy, you will become a self-conscious dork about it and it will no longer be sexy."- PMMeUrHopesNDreams

What Just Happened Wtf GIF by SomeGoodNewsGiphy

Magic Fingers

"My bf and I went to eat at this restaurant before we knew we had feelings for each other."

"While I would talk he would either laugh or smile and once while doing so he circled the rim of his glass with his finger."

"I later found out that he did it unconditionally but I short-circuited while he did it."- AsasLowkey

To Each Their Own...

"An ex of mine once got turned on when I told her I put a hand on the wall when I pee."

"I’m not sure I fully understand that one."- PaleAleDale

One Hand, One Heart...

"My wife has told me taking my shirt off with one hand is a thing."

"That kind of blew my mind."- trugrav

"One- handed steering wheel grip, reverse parking with their arm resting behind the passenger seat."- getupandstudy

motor oil shot GIFGiphy

Doing It For The Thrills... And Then Some...

"My girlfriend was locked out of her apartment and I picked her lock."

"I picked the hell out of that lock."- paulo39Atati

Hits The Spot...

"My heart does a little flip each time my significant other, ever so slightly puts his hand on my back when we’re walking (to guide me), or if he’s trying to squeeze by behind me."

" I don’t know why that gets me fired up lol."- princess19977

Knowledge Is Power!

"Being booksmart."

"If I ask my boyfriend a history question and he randomly knows the answer to it or if I ask about a math problem and watching him figure it out is the hottest thing, like yea you divide those numbers baby."- maneaterlex

Matt Damon Math GIF by MIRAMAXGiphy

Nice And Oily...

"An ex said it was hot watching me change her car's oil."- SafeAndSane04

Compassion Is Always The Answer

"Caring for helpless things."- Maleficent_Scale_296

Speed Can Be A Turn On...

"There was a study done in Japan to see what school-aged ladies saw as attractive in their male counterparts and 'running fast' was like number one or two for elementary and middle schoolers."- Embershot89

Run Fast Running Man GIF by TRTGiphy

There's Someone Out There For Everyone

"I heard one million power in 'Rise of Kingdoms' gets you any girl you want."- Key_Vermicelli_3138

Strong And Efficient...

"Carrying as many folding chairs as you can at once."- KbossDPT2019

Most of the time, the sexiest things are also the most unexpected.

That being said, any good boyfriend knows that a wet t-shirt now and then can't hurt...

Most people think that by the time they're in their 30s, they'll have their life together.

It's only when they get to that point that they realize that's not totally true.

Maybe those in their 30s have a job, are in a serious relationship, and have a home. Perhaps they're married or have kids.

However, that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes.

According to Reddit, people in their 30s make all kinds of mistakes, and Redditors are ready to share what those mistakes are.

It all started when Redditor cthulhu34 asked:

"What’s a common mistake people make in their 30s?"


"Stay in unhealthy toxic relationships."

– Lavenderplatte

"Alternatively, leaving healthy relationships because you’re bored and want to have fun."

– numenik

Too Scary

"Romanticizing your 20s and fearing your 40s. (live where you are)."

– theresites

"This is so good. So easy to romanticize the past and fear the future. Life is organic and so are we. We will keep changing and often times in a good way (stronger, wiser, more confident etc.). I'm so happy to be who I am at 37."

– iamnottheuser

Compare and Contrast

"Comparing their lifestyle to other 30-somethings."

– Affectionate_Item_51

"This is a good one. Your peer’s success can seem perfect from afar and make you feel inadequate."

"But if you sit down and talk with them you will learn all sorts of shortcomings and difficulties in their life that will make you appreciate something about yourself and your situation."

"In other words we all just out here tryna function."

– ThunderBobMajerle

It's Never Too Late

"Thinking they are too old. Never too late to switch career paths or look for a new relationship or start taking care of your health."

– Mans_Got_Cheaks

"Almost 40, just started my MBA. Never too old!"

– AbsoluteCP

"It's absolutely never too late. I'm 42 and honestly feel like everything is getting better, ESPECIALLY dating and relationships in general. It's a relief to finally know myself and what I want."

"Also, I'm returning to study next year and looking forward to a career change. Having a beginner's mindset, always curious and learning. My dad is an inspiration, her had a stroke in his 60's and changed his life. After he recovered, he got a divorce, moved countries and decided to study medicine. He's now in his 70's living this dream and working as a doctor. It's never too late!"

"I feel and look younger than when I was 30! I know many people well into their 60's and 80's with this growth mindset and I'm determined to be like that until I die."

– Tank_Grill

Healthy Living

"Not exercising enough and eating a crappy diet. You can't get away with those things anymore like you did in your 20's."

– DeathSpiral321

"My doc told me at the end of last year that I'm not 16 anymore and now is the time in my life where I get to decide whether I want to see my daughters grow up or whether I wanna die of a heart attack in my 50s. Sh*t cut deep but I got the message lol."

"Dropped 40 pounds since January and might be in the best shape of my life tbh."

– Misdirected_Colors

Friends Forever

"Your 30s is when you are really in the thick of "adulting". It's easy to loose focus on what is really important to you among all the demands and responsibilities."

"Not Fostering Friendships: As you enter your 30s, maintaining and nurturing friendships becomes more challenging. It's a time when connections can fade, and forming new ones becomes harder. It's very important to invest effort in the friendships you currently have. Edit: A few people have commented about what to do when people don't reciprocate? My advise - keep trying! Everyone is under water in their 30's, they likely won't be able to make every attempt at outreach you make. But over time as things become less hectic they will remember you kept trying (without guilt) and will appreciate it and come back to you. But toxic people, yeah cut those out!"

– hyperside89


"Not Nurturing Your Romantic Relationship: Responsibilities increase in your 30s like careers, parenthood, and caregiving for aging parents. It's common for the most crucial relationship – your romantic partnership – to be inadvertently neglected. Avoid taking your partner for granted, assuming they'll always be around, or treating them as an outlet for your worst moments."

– hyperside89

Be Who You Are

"Not Preserving Your Identity: Similar to the previous points, your 30s come with a whirlwind of conflicting priorities that can lead you to lose touch with your identity. It's easy to forget what truly brings you joy and satisfaction. Maintain a hobby that gives your life purpose and regularly reflect on whether your job still fulfills your needs in terms of purpose, financial stability, and overall satisfaction."

– hyperside89

"I'm 33 and in the process of rediscovering who I am, what I like doing beyond just 'filling in time' and how I like to present myself. It's scary to be caught off guard by the realisation that you don't know you and just as scary trying to start down a path to change that."

"I'm happy with my job and my role as a mother. But as an individual... I just feel like a crusty 90's kid, wearing 00's fashion and focusing on everyone else's needs because it's hard to find a direction for me that will 'spark joy'. I want my wonder and whimsy back!"

– Makasaurus

Change Always Happens

"Thinking you're a finished product, not likely to change all that much."

– kat_Folland

"Have you tried not moving in the ocean? It’s damn impossible. You can’t be stagnant in the turmoil of this world."

– quanoey

NOT Forever Young

"Biggest mistake I made in my 30's was not enjoying them more."

"Young enough to party, still play some sports, and perfectly in place in any bar. You have energy, you have a circle of friends (that will get smaller, trust me)."

"Try to carpe a diem every once in a while, the decade passes VERY quickly."

– hockeynoticehockey

"Do whatever you can while you are young. 30s is a peak time. I'm 64 now, forced into early retirement, and I can't do half the things I "thought" I would be able to do in "retirement". Can't bend to do gardening, can't climb the ladder to get into the pool, can't handle a walk for more than a few minutes due to arthritis and more. I'm mentally "still young" but my body is telling me otherwise."

– saywhat1206

Life Is Tough

"Got laid off at 32? Just said F it, got 2 degrees in different fields (37 now). But I kept expenses really low and saved/invested a lot of money when I did work. I went from medical research, to analytics, to education, to computer science now."

"30's...uhhh not starting investing by 35, because that's the last stop on the compounding train."

"Also, I see people get wrecked by bad marriages/relationships. That's probably one of the biggest wealth and happiness destroyers I've seen."

"Also, waiting over the fertility window. People tried to have kids later on and it looks like an absolutely expensive brutal experience with the OBGYN visits and the $15k USD IVF rounds (multiples). Then dating over your thirties seems like a hopeless market from what I can see. I never really tried so I dunno (data analyst in me looked over the stats as a 5'7 East Asian male in North America, I'm out!)..."

"Oh yeah!!! Health! Working out is crucial. After 40 it gets super tough to achieve any exceptional fitness goals. That's the best case scenario. Some people come down with nasty metabolic diseases like diabetes, and the CVDs - hypertension, cholesterol, and heart disease - these are very difficult to reverse and they kind of stick to you with more aggressively the longer they persist."

"Also, daily brushing/flossing, apparently dentists are expensive in older age. Brushing avoids cavities, flossing avoids gum disease and cavities."

"Also, not constantly learning about economics and economic/social/technological/political trends, because the pace of technology will wipe out people's economic opportunities faster than their head can spin. I see a lot of people get broad sided by economic malaise because they didn't get their financial house in order before a crisis hit. Life can be rough!"

– Deleted User

I'm not 30 yet, but I sure will learn from these stories!

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Photo by Flavius Les

When people are out in public, it's sort of implied that we all stay on our best behavior.

But walk down any street on a New York day, and you quickly realize most of the world missed the memo on this matter.

Or they got it and just crumpled it up and tossed it in the garbage.

This makes us all spectators to some serious nonsense.

Oh the things we can never unsee!

Redditor Defaultuser9148 wanted to hear about the most messed up things they've witnessed others do, so they asked:

"What is the most f**ked up thing you saw someone do in a public place?"

I try not to look at people in public too much.

I've already witnessed more than my fair share of crazy.


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"Saw a coworker take off his shoe and sock, pull up his foot, and bite his toenails DURING A WORK MEETING AT THE OFFICE."


"Covid is over, they said. Return to the office, they said. The exposure to corporate culture will be good for you, they said."


Look Away

"I used to deliver janitorial supplies to businesses. Part of my route was in the Kensington section of Philadelphia it's basically zombie land there and the whole neighborhood is filthy, idk how people can even live there. Needless to say, I've seen A LOT. But the one thing I saw that really stuck with me was seeing a naked man covered in his own excrement... He was clearly very disturbed. No one paid him any mind either. It was surreal."


Rinse and Repeat

"I once saw a homeless man rinse his mouth out with water from the windshield cleaning 'bucket' at a gas station."


"Just saw something similar here in San Diego on Friday. Pumping gas and a homeless guy in a trench coat in 90-degree heat asked me about my dog in the car as he dunked his head in the windshield bucket. Asked me for a dollar right after too while dripping."



"I was waiting for a bus in the ‘rough’ part of town when I heard two men having a full-blown argument on the other side of the bus stop… one was being extremely aggressive whilst the other sounded confused at the verbal lashing he was receiving. It went on for a couple of minutes and the meeker one was nearly in tears, so I decided to walk around the other side of the bus stop to take a look at what was going on."

"When I poked my head around the corner the poor guy was crying but his aggressor was nowhere to be seen, I asked if he was okay to which he said 'Yeah, don’t worry about him, he’s all talk.' I nodded and turned around just as the nastier man re-emerged to berate his victim… only it wasn’t another person, it was the same guy shouting at himself with an alternate personality. Until you see these things up close you don’t realize how disturbing it must be to suffer from such mental health issues."


It's heartbreaking to see people like that.

The Disturbed

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"Saw a kid follow around a toad at a state park for a bit, pick it up, and ground it against a tree, eviscerating it in an instant. An adult immediately grabbed them and took them off yelling as the kid didn't look bothered by the interaction at all. It was surreal and disturbing."



"A scary a** woman was yelling at people in a store. The manager told her to leave. She screamed insults at him as security escorted her out. When I left the store, she was still screaming at him. He was blocking her from going back into the store."

"Then she did something I never thought I'd see in my entire life: She reached into her pants, pulled out a bloody tampon, and threw it at the manager. She missed but it stuck to the glass door. She laughed as she ran off. I wanted to vomit. I never want to see anything like that again."


All is Well

"21st B-Day at a Festival in FL called Langerado. Was incredibly drunk but I'll never forget this... unfortunately."

"So, we're listening to a band called Umphrey's McGee and everyone is having a good time. All is well. Heaven on Earth. Until I turn around."

"There's a guy, late 30s or early 40s by himself and he was having quite a time."

"He kept shoving his hand [in his pants] and licking his fingers afterward. At some point, he started chasing people and then some poor souls working security had to deal with him. Ewwww."


In the Bathroom

"A woman at my old retail job I used to work at came in dry heaving to our restroom. It sounded like she was about to give birth. Nope, much worse. She goes into our restroom and shi*s all over the stalls, the floor is coated. It became a complete swamp. This woman proceeds to take off all her clothes and leave them there. She walks out of the store nude, screaming."


Stop It!

"Woman recording a mother and her two children after the mother collapsed and was unresponsive in a Costco. Asked her to stop, but she looked at me and scowled, so I amplified my request which was 'Stop recording, you completely demented, witch!' and the immediate unfavorable attention that got her compelled her to stop. The woman who collapsed, and her small children were terrified, screaming and crying, and it was awful. Can't imagine why you would want footage of such a thing. Just remembering makes me sad and hope that everything turns out alright."


When you gotta go, you gotta go!!

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"In my hometown, I was using the mall food court bathroom which is usually a bad idea... but I had to. While I was taking the worst poop of my life, the people in the stall next to me were getting on the whole time. I can't image someone being that horny next to me in my worst time."


Some people will do it anywhere.

I would run to another restroom if I could make it!

Do you have any wild stories for us, let us know in the comments below.

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Whether or not we liked going to school growing up, we can likely all agree that we had one of those teachers who really didn't belong in the classroom.

From terrible tempers, little patience, and other bad behaviors, there are qualities that absolutely shouldn't be exhibited by a teacher.

But at least in some cases, the teacher gets caught in the act.

Redditor Ok-Discipline-4312 asked:

"How did that teacher get fired at your school?"

Creepy Phone Calls

"In the early 90s, a female student at my high school was receiving obscene phone calls."

"When police interviewed her, she told them, 'He sounds kind of like my history teacher.'"

" The police put a tracer on her phone, and the caller did turn out to be her history teacher."

- mythrowaweighin

Passing the Torch

"My high school had a notoriously stoney gym teacher, who was also hilarious. Every year, he did a miscellaneous object raffle during a random lunch hour. He basically just gave away whatever was in the lost and found box."

"Well, my junior year, one of the objects was a large and elaborate 'vase.'"

"Basically, he handed a student a giant f**king bong. He retired a few days later."

- Forever_Man

Rolling with the Punches

"A teacher used a sick day rather than a vacation day to fly to Japan to fight in MMA. He got caught and was fired for improper use of time off."

"He lost his fight and chose a different career path afterward."

- flickmypoodle

Questionable Drinks

"They used alcohol on the job. They had a bottle in the top left drawer."

"It took years to catch them, though."

- ray458

"I had a few teachers like that. One lady had a can of Tab every day (remember Tab soda? laughing out loud)."

"Some kid made a mark on the bottom with a pen or something and found out it was the same can every day. She was refilling it from a bottle in her car."

- AdWonderful5920

One Word: Embezzlement

"Embezzling from the students. For quite a few years, she would collect money for this 'senior trip' that never seemed to materialize."

"She was arrested a few years after I graduated. I wonder if she's out of prison yet?"

- Aeolian78

"Holy s**t, I just had a repressed memory pop up in my head. We had a 'ski club' when I was in 8th grade, and the teachers constantly collected money from us for our 'ski trip' that we never took. I wonder where all that money went?"

- whimsy_xo

All for the Prom Queen

"S**t, there was a vice principal that wanted her daughter, who went to the same school, to be the homecoming queen super bad."

"So she hacked into dozens of parents' district portal accounts and stuffed the ballot for her daughter."

"Not quite 'steal the money' or 'embezzle' bad, but still 'go to prison and never work in education again' and also 'your daughter isn't going to college now' bad."

- thewrongbakedpotato

A Sweet Future

"My middle school choir teacher was a closeted gay man. He had a long-term boyfriend but none of us knew about it, until one day a parent saw them at a HOUSE PARTY making out."

"They spread rumors throughout the school and multiple parents immediately removed their children from his class. The parents complained to the school and got him fired."

"The good news is, he eventually quit teaching and opened up a bakery with his partner, which did very well and got featured on 'Cupcake Wars.'"

- xain_the_id**t

Sprinkled with Annoyance

"A teacher threw a donut at an annoying student."

- AdEffective3077

"What a waste of a perfectly good donut!"

- No-Swing-2099

Possible Repercussions

"Because of me, I think. Once in primary school, I was messing around with a classmate, and she threw a sponge at me, making me chase her around the classroom."

"The teacher tried to stop me and grabbed me by the neck, making me fall on my back. It didn’t hurt, but I was surprised."

"I don’t remember how, but the principal and my parents got involved, and we never saw the teacher again after that. He was sort of a substitute teacher, and from what I can remember, he was pretty well-liked even by me."

- jeremydeoderant

Incredible Road Rage

"He cut off my grandpa in an explosive road rage incident, pulled him out of his truck, and beat him to the ground so bad that my grandpa was in the hospital for weeks."

"Thankfully, my grandpa was okay, but his job (and his marriage, and social life) didn’t survive."

- NykxMarie

High School Drama

"At my school, the new French teacher started screwing the old computer teacher, who was married to the geometry teacher."

"At the end of it, just the geometry teacher had her job and all the other two teachers' money because she divorced the computer teacher and managed to sue the French teacher as part of an alienation of affection suit."

"Then she hooked up with the metal shop teacher."

- mama_bear_740

Three Strikes, You're Out

"The teacher called up a female student to work a problem on the blackboard. The student didn't want to participate. After some verbal back and forth, the student went to the blackboard and muttered something under her breath."

"The teacher grabbed the student's hair with both hands and proceeded to slam her head into the blackboard. 'You (slam) will listen (slam) to me (slam)!'"

"About three seconds later, the teacher realized what she was doing and released the student's hair. The student looked at her, said, 'You are sooooo fired,' and left the room."

"We had a new math teacher the next day."

- reference999

The Dispassionate Teacher

"My memory of this is kinda hazy since this happened 10 and a half years ago."

"She was telling at us, I don't remember if anything specific triggered her episode but she said s**t like, 'I don't give a rat's a** what you think,' and 'I wish I could use the paddle.'"

"Although the one thing I'll always remember was before she sat down, she said, 'I'm going on Facebook, I don't care what the h**l you do.'"

"I guess she got fired the same day, because we had a sub after lunch, and we had a new short-term sub every few days before we got a long-term sub for the rest of the year."

- mariofan426

That Would Do It

"He taught me physics for three years and became principal for two years."

"Then they realized he didn’t even have the teaching qualification."

- pol9500

It's obvious why these teachers were quickly removed from their roles as teachers and unable to ever teach again.

But the thought that these things ever happened in a classroom are deeply unsettling.