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.
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?Giphy
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 PlaneGiphy
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 OverboardGiphy
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, DuhGiphy
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!Giphy
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 :(
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....
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 PrimeGiphy
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.
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 GoingGiphy
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 AngerGiphy
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.
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 all...an 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 WinGiphy
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!
And there are just as many grievances for which we are not at all sorry.
Curious to hear about people's track record of their questionable behavior, Redditor NanoPKx asked:
"What is something bad you have done with no regrets?"
Is it petty theft or flat out stealing? You decide.
The Parting Gift
"'Forgetting' to bring back a company ipad after they forgot about me having it. Actually they never asked for it back so I still have it and use it."
"I stole a barn kitten while delivering packages for FedEx. He kept climbing my legs and getting into the van, sitting under the wheel when I tried to back out (it was a steep driveway, no way to swing the van around). I called the number on the package, looked the name up on facebook, called the local non-emergency to get contact info, all failed."
"So I took him. Now, if you're not from a rural environment, you might not understand that barn cats like that are 'no-man's-cats.' For all the owners know, he got sick or got got by a coyote. And he would have died, because when we got him to the vet he had a nasty upper resp infection and some other nasties."
"Now, one deformed nasal passage and the cutest snore later, we have a bonkers little orange cat with the heaviest penchant for snuggling I've ever seen (his name is Monty btw)."
"Edit: I forgot to pay my Cat Tax: https://imgur.com/a/HIXS4us"
"Edit Part 2: Monty loves the attention. Thank you for loving him as much as we do :3"
"MmmmMMMMRrrrrrrrrrrAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW" -Montgomerey Valentine, 2022
The Dirty Treat
"A housemate of mine kept eating mine and my girlfriends food and even though I asked him to stop the only thing he would ever say is 'I thought it was mine' then keep eating it."
"Well I bought my girlfriend some ice cream she really enjoys and she put the half she didn’t finish back in the freezer. Well when she want to get the rest it was gone and it made me madder than I think it probably should have."
"The very next time I saw him and somehow keeping a straight apologetic face I told him how he accidentally ate our sex ice cream and that bits of it had been on our parts etc. I told him I felt guilty not to tell him and that I had to apologise for him to eat such a thing."
"I will never forget the face he made when I told him. A face of pure self disgust and shock to which all he had to say was 'I wish you never told me that' and proceeded to move out around a month later."
"Although he didn’t actually eat sex ice cream, like why the f'k would you put it back after use anyway? Sometimes I wonder if I went to far but in that moment I just did not care at all. He still doesn’t know it isn’t true and I’ll probably never see him again."
"F'k you Vitas buy your own food."
Vengeance is sweet.
"A drunk driver hit my parked car, left a huge dent in the front driver’s side door, and then drove away. I happened to be looking out the window at the time and saw the whole thing, including his plate number. Cops got there not long after and took my statement. After a couple days and a couple phone calls, I found out nothing was going to come of it because he was the son of the sheriff the next county over."
"Fast forward a couple months, I see his car parked behind a local bar within walking distance of my apartment. I got out my hunting knife and sliced all four of his tires, and made a couple trips around it destroying the paint job. Yellow Pontiac Sunfire, and I still remember the goddamn plate number even after almost 20 years."
For The People
"I was a GM for a retailer that was going out of business. During the liquidation I let my employees that worked until the end store product they wanted to buy in a closet I claimed I didn't have a key to. Oh the final days I sold them all the items they requested for 95% off. 70" tvs, ipads, gaming laptops whatever they requested."
"Years ago I worked for a wealthy dude who was married to someone semi-famous. He would waltz in every morning and talk about the fantastic dinner he had the night before, how he hung out with some other famous person or whatever else."
"He paid me peanuts. I had a hard time making ends meet."
"I was the office assistant and IT guy. So it comes time to get a new computer for one of the designers. I spec something out, and show it to him. It was a ripper of a machine for the time (early 2000s). But it wasn’t expensive enough for bossman."
"So I added a really high end graphics card. Boss was happy then. The card added nothing for the designer: they only did illustrator and photoshop."
"So I came in that weekend and swapped the graphics card for my aging one from home."
"No one ever knew. Or cared. And I got a new graphics card."
When times are tough, people had to do what it took to survive.
"In college I was so poor I would steal toilet paper from the supply closet in our major building."
Hungry College Buddy
"I stood watch for a college friend who was going hungry because he’d been disowned and his roommates had made living with him intolerable after he came out."
"I was loosely affiliated with an off campus program with local churches that gave free student dinners on Thursdays. We would go to church to eat, then bring dishes into the kitchen."
"Anyway, he would go in there and steal stuff like peanut butter, literal bread (not an allegory), granola bars etc. while I watched out for the pastor."
"Eventually we both got caught, the pastor for the college students got a bit mad because he was responsible for us while we were there to eat. And I think it was offensive on some level to steal from church. But then he saw what my friend was taking, and asked him if he had enough to eat. My friend shamefacedly said no, not usually."
“'Okay, fine. Put the food back, and come with me.' Took my friend grocery shopping instead, got him connected with the food pantry and community garden at church instead."
Based on these examples, people didn't twice about their actions in the heat of the moment.
Within reason, we all gotta somehow get by.
But do you think their actions deserve punishment?
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When a person sees someone they care about going through a struggle or crisis, their instinct is to uplift them with positive advice.
But sometimes, the wisdom imparted by friends isn't always helpful or relevant to the situation.
Curious to hear from strangers online who could do without specific knowledge, Redditor Saibotnl1 asked:
"What life advice can just f'k off?"
These Redditors have a problem with how certain people have on outlook on life.
Time To Rest
"Sleep when you’re dead."
"Cool, but you’re going to be dead a lot sooner."
"People have it so much worse than you so don’t be sad!"
"To that I like to say, 'people have it so much better than you so don't be happy!'"
Your Life Path
"Almost anything relating to what age you must be in order to buy a house, have children, marry, have a profession, or do anything else. Seriously, everyone's life is different from everyone else's. Make your life the way you want it to be. If you so desire. Up to you."
On The Contrary
“Cheaters never prosper”
"Yes, they f'king do."
People can get out of any situation they find displeasing.
But others feel people should just "stick it out."
"Just ignore bullys or get someone else to handle it for you. I have never seen this work, only makes it worse. The only effective way I've seen to deal with them is by not making yourself an easy target and make them scared to f'k with you again. If going psycho on their a** is the only thing they'll respond to that's their fault. Also want to add in schools they will punish you for self defense but that punishment is only sitting around a few hours in detention or sitting around at home with a suspension. The punishment is temporary boredom, it's absolutely nothing compared to being bullied and when it's over the important message will still stand that you will not tolerate being a victim."
– User Delted
Remain to be Miserable
"Stick it out"
"Whether that's sh**ty jobs, shi**y relationships, shi**y living situations..."
"By all means don't just give up on things when you face challenges, but if something feels wrong or is wrecking your peace then take some control and change it if you can!"
"Easy for you to say," might be an auto-response to these suggestions for many people.
Invitation For Recklesslessness
"Live like everyday was your last"
Yall know what people do when they learn they have a single day left to live?"
A Possible Consequence
"I did that as a teenager and ended up homeless and addicted to heroin. Didn’t pan out for me too well."
"19 years sober though today."
A Practical Approach
"If I knew with certainty that I had one day left, I'd double-check all my financials, my will, and my insurance policies, make sure my wife had all of my passwords and knew where all the money was, spend the rest of the day with her and the kids, then call the medical examiner and ask to lie down on the gurney so that when I die they won't strain their back moving my remains out of my house."
Nose Stuck In A Book
"Work while they sleep. Study while they party"
"That's not a recipe for success, that's a recipe for a lot of white hairs, burnout syndrome and a stroke before your 40s..."
Doesn't Apply To Everyone
"Do what you love and money will follow"
"I love walking my dogs and grilling food for my friends but That sh*t doesn't pay the bills as well as my engineering degree!"
While people's intentions are good, they're better off keeping their two cents in their own pockets.
Not everyone likes to hear platitudes.
Sometimes, people just want to know they're not alone with their problems over listening to unlikely solutions that are nothing more than superficial pick-me-ups.
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Kids start going to school from the age of five, and for the most part, they spend more time at school than at home. Because of that, teachers can become very important figures in the lives of their students.
Some students don't have the best home lives. Some keep it to themselves, but others confide in their teachers.
Curious about various situations, Redditor Delicious_Mastodon83 asked:
"teachers of reddit what is the saddest thing you found out about a student?"
In Need of Parents
"Not a teacher but was a school-based therapist. Had a student (7 -8 y/o) I didn’t know knock on my office door and ask if I’d adopt her and “if you have room, my brother too, but if not, that’s ok, we can be split up. We’re split up now. And I don’t take up space. I just need a sleeping bag”. Broke my heart."
Heartbreaking, But Industrious
"My mom taught at a school in a bad neighborhood in Chicago in the mid 90’s. There was a second grader that would save his milk and ketchup packers from lunch for his mom so she had something to eat when she got home from work."
"Not a teacher but a parent with a 9 year old son. Every day I pack extra in my sons lunch because he tells me he has a friend that never has anything to eat. It's winter and my son came home and told me his friend was turning up with shorts and shirt and holes in his shoes. So I sent in a jumper and long pants for him to wear and some slightly used but good condition shoes. I have been up to the school recently and the teacher pulled me aside and thanked me profusely for helping this child. Apparently teachers are not allowed to aid kids they teach here in Australia and they have already reported the issue 3 times to child welfare without results so I was the only one helping this child. The teacher told me before I started sending in more food and clothes, this child would steal others food from their lunches and look through the bins because he was so hungry. They doubt he gets fed at home. So now I make sure to always send an extra lunch and some school clothes/supplies when I can. I can only hope child welfare eventually does something but it breaks my heart."
Amazing Big Sister
"It was right after winter break and before class started I was just talking with some students and asked if they got anything fun for the holidays. One girl said on no, I don’t ever get presents, my mom is a drug addict. But I went out and got some stuff for my little sister so that she can have a real Christmas."
"She just said it so matter-of-fact. She was so used to being the parent to her little sister that she didn’t even care about her own childhood. It totally broke my heart."
The Importance Of Human Affection
"Second hand story from my mom, elementary teacher for 30ish years. She had a hug or a handshake out the door policy, just some small contact and a proper goodbye, and had this young boy who always picked the hug. She wondered why he always went for it, most kids would go back and forth depending on their mood that day, so she asked him why he was always so excited for the end of day hug? His answer, "It's the only one I ever get.""
Coming Out The Other Side
"Two teenage boys (16/14) with learning disabilities were on my caseload, they never missed school but often ditched class. They were homeless mid-year after they went home from school to find the locks changed, their Mom had abandoned them for a new boyfriend. She didn't leave an address for them to find her."
"*Edit: both eventually dropped out, however a couple of years later the younger brother came back to visit. He and his brother were both working construction, and his brother had gotten married, had a child, and was living with his wife’s family."
"The younger had roommates and was saving for a car. He told me it was a shame I didn’t have kids, because I would make a good Dad."
"People often persevere, even with the odds stacked against them."
"Not me but my daughter is a teacher, she has lots of stories but one that stands out for me is one of her kindergarten kids saying she was tired and her asking why, the little girl explained that she had been up all night with her mums newborn baby. She did this every night, fed her bottles and everything."
Luckily, He Was Resilient
"This year I had a 17 year old kid enroll at my school. He was sitting in my math class and I could tell he was struggling. After class I took some extra time to go over a concept with him. I asked him to read the question to me, and he sat there silently. He then looked at me and said “I’m not going to lie to you, I cannot read. I have no idea how to say these words""
"Turned out at age 17 he was illiterate and had been kept out of school by his very religious, controlling parents. Over the past few months he has worked very hard! Now he can finally read at an 8th grade level and he is STILL improving!!"
– User Deleted
A Heroic Teacher
"I worked in an inner city charter school. One of my students (`M10) had a sib (M8) in a lower grade. The mom was there every day in the beginning of the year encouraging them, helping them and generally being very supportive... until a CPS agent spoke to me asking about her behavior. After CPS left things went downhill. The boys showed up late to class even though they lived a half block away from school. When in school both boys were tired from sleeping in the car while their mom "went fishing". She also had two very young girls which she dragged around making the boys take care of them. One day the boys didn't show up and their teacher walked over to the house to find the mom had loaded up the fridge, paid the rent for the month and abandoned them. The teacher (a candidate for sainthood btw) took them in, adopted them and grew them up to be great men."
This is really heartbreaking stuff! Luckily, teachers aren't just another adult in your life; they can be your saving grace as well.
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TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains sensitive content about depression and mental health.
As the stigma around mental health lessens (however slowly), people are more forthcoming about the problems they are facing. One of the most common mental health issues is depression.
Depression can affect many different types of people. Factors such as gender, race, nationality, and even age have no bearing on whether someone suffers from depression or not.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, "...an estimated 3.8% of the population affected, including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years..."
Depression displays in certain patterns, such as mood changes, physical difficulties, and social isolation. However, depression manifests differently in different people and feels different to different people.
Reddit users divulged what depression felt like to them when Redditor iodineseaspray asked:
"What does depression feel like to you?"
Some of this is sure to sound familiar.
The Worst Kind Of Boredom
"Like being more bored than you could imagine but also not wanting to do anything at all, even breathe. So you want to do something, but you can't imagine anything that you would like to do so you're just sort of stuck."
"So you then spend literally hours staring at a blank wall hating yourself, your life, and everything around you. Well, as much hate as you can summon in the absolutely mentally numb state you find yourself sat in day after day."
Lack Of Motivation and Energy
"Complete lack of motivation."
"Ignoring people that I love, and who are trying to help."
"I feel it extra at work. Letting things slide until you either get into trouble or trying last minute to prevent it."
"Funny those times when I'm working to save my butt, the depression goes away and i feel super focused and motivated."
"I try to carry that energy over but no, it's rinse and repeat."
"Insecure about absolutely everything, no hope for the future, dissociation from society and not knowing how to “act” anymore, feeling like I’m not as good at the things I always thought I was good at or that the “talent is wasted on me”, only food cheers me up and sometimes even that doesn’t work"
Loss Of Creativity
"This. It's like some numb fuzziness you feel in your brain. It's the worst thing ever for an artist who just wants to create but your brain comes up dry with a dense fog that wants to just lie down for a few hours"
A Mental Inability To Breathe
"For me, it feels like I’m in a lake with a ball chain tied to my feet, desperately swimming up for air, the only problem is the chain isn’t long enough. I can only get an inch of my head out of the water to breath, and as soon as a high tide comes, the water just floods over me and I feel like I can’t breath again. I live like this, constantly feeling like I’m struggling to breathe, weighed down by my own mind. It’s a struggle and I can’t really describe it in any other way, I’m jealous of people who don’t worry about depression"
"Like suffocating under a heavy cloak"
"Like being crushed. Like if the air was crushing my muscles and bones and I can’t breathe because I’m being crushed…"
"Kinda like that."
"Scrolling thru your steam library. Thinking you want to play something, either not settling on anything or not wanting to put the effort into the game. Going back to the scrolling."
"It feels like you're forced to play a game of Monopoly (represents life) and your just rolling the dice to appease everyone but you genuinely don't care about where you go, where you land, what you pick up, what you pay, what you gain."
"You kind of just watch it happen without interest and while people are cheering or oh no-ing for you, you genuinely don't care. Everyone is a piece on this board that hardly matters and you feel like we're all just running in a circle over and over again and it's boring and disinteresting as hell."
"You lose all curiosity for everything and just let everything happen and pass by you. No motivation, hardly any love, hardly any care. Feels like the world is in black and white and your waiting for the game to end became it's so absolutely boring and disinteresting, but it never does."
"You come to resent the game and eventually hate it because it feels like you're being forced to play it and suffer it's consequences when you never asked to play it in the first place."
"That's what depression felt like for me. Since then I've been medicated and recieved therapy. I'm doing a lot better now and I don't feel this way anymore, thankfully."
A Relation To Fantasy
"You know that scene in the Lord of the Rings where Bilbo is describing to Galndalf what having the Ring all those years felt like? "I feel thin. Like too much jam spread over too much bread." That's honestly the best way I've seen to describe it."
"I always say the closest thing to compare it to is a dementor in harry potter. It sucks every ounce of happiness out of you until there is only darkness left."
"Side note: chocolate always helps"
Fear Of Lack Of Justification
"Like someone close to you died yesterday. Expect no one has, and nothing has happened to justify how you feel."
A Physical Pain
"Physical pain in my heart, will start crying just by attending to the physical sensation in my body."
"I've always described it as having a shadow fixed to your brain which fuels things like indecision and negativity. You can do things to temporarily help but you can't truly shift it. Previous normality is forgotten. But it's amazing how much you can mask it."
"I found I didn't realise how bad I was until I started to get better"
"For anyone suffering with depression. Please, please speak to someone. Best thing I ever did"
Depression isn't something you can just deal with or get over. Learning to cope is not easy. However, as Redditor DavosLostFingers pointed out, talking to someone can literally save your life.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, contact the American Psychological Association by phone at 800.374.2721 or 202.336.5500.
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