Some rules just plain suck. They are frustrating and unnecessary and they make us want to pull our hair out. No one who has seen Empire Records sympathizes with the Music Town executives; we all cheer for Mark’s “Damn the man!” moment.
Recently redditor NotYetDomestic realized one of their co-workers was using a new rule to her advantage:
I work in a typical office building, but today I saw something interesting. My co-worker has been leaving around lunch to go to the gym. I had to get something out of my car and I saw her (in her workout clothes) eating a tub of fried chicken. I didn’t say anything but she walked back in 15 minutes later saying how sore she would be tomorrow. She “works out” everyday. My boss has a policy that if you’re going to work out you don’t have to clock out, which means she essentially gets paid to eat fried chicken in a jogging suit in her mini van.
Her scheming led him to ask, “What are your best examples of people cheating the system?”
MightyMofo‘s tuition is subsidized by hate:
I can afford college thanks to bigotry. I have two moms, and thanks to the law, my non-birth mom is technically not my legal parent, so when I applied for the FAFSA, I could legally say that I was raised by a single mother who works part-time. Financial aid is even sweeter when it feels like you’re getting revenge for living with people’s bullshit.
Afcjl12 was all about efficiency, really:
At my university I would always order delivery from a late night eatery and get a ride home with the delivery guy. Less expensive than a taxi, with a meal included.
Amitrippin’s found a good way to get past a micro-managing boss:
My boss will often check the “Date Modified” on certain files on our server to see if I have updated or even opened a certain file recently. So, I have installed a changer utility that allows me to modify the “Date Modified” on any file. This comes in most handy when my boss wants to give me weekend assignments. I just come in on Monday morning and change the “Date Modified” to Saturday night and he thinks I was actually doing something for work on Saturday night! I’ve actually received a lot of kudos for this.
Greyham0707 uses psychological warfare to deal with angry customers:
I work in the luggage claim department for a major airline. All day I hear customers yelling and complaining. What I did is borrow one of the wheelchairs from the airport and sat behind my desk all day long. Customers come in all angry, see me in the wheelchair, realize they are about to yell at a guy who is possibly crippled, and all of a sudden they turn in to the nicest people. Physically my blood pressure has dropped and in general I’m in a pretty good mood most of the time.
Mkultra5000 is a situationalist:
I once torrented the text book for a computer ethics class.
Superkiy played his college’s meal program:
When I was in college, I had this meal plan where the school essentially took my “actual money” and turned it into “campus dollars” that could only be spent at school dining halls and cafes. I didn’t mind so much until the end of the semester, when I was informed that any unspent “campus dollars” would go away. I had more than a hundred bucks left, and only a day to spend them.
I went to the nicest campus restaurant – the one where you’re supposed to take your parents when they come to visit. Basically, a real restaurant with waitstaff, that also happened to take “campus dollars”. I got the most expensive thing on the menu, and then called the waiter over. I asked him if I could tip him in “campus dollars,” and he said yes. I asked him if he would have immediate access to those “campus dollars,” in the form of “actual money,” and he said yes.
So I made him a deal. I gave him a monster tip, and he gave me half of it back in “actual money.” Many years later, I am still proud of this. I made a server’s day, screwed the Man, and got my money back.
Yokeyoke’s high school job continues to pay benefits:
I worked as a cashier at a grocery store throughout high school, so I know the produce codes for almost everything (the majority are universal). Anyways, at grocery stores that have self checkout, I might get a better lettuce like romaine and ring it in as iceberg.
Kfactors is a Good Guy Greg:
Whenever people come to the pool where I lifeguard and have guests with them, I always ask them if they live more than 50 miles away. (Our policy is guests from more than 50 miles away don’t pay guest fees.) If they say no I give them the look and ask them again. They usually say yes after that.
Saving customers two dollars like a boss.
Fazwataboog keeps it simple, but satisfying:
For me it doesn’t go much further than crapping on company time. Still, I like those craps so much more than the ones at home.
Alexemalexem is a real rebel:
I bring all my rechargeable items (shaver, cell phone, lap top, etc.) to work and plug them in there. I figure I must have saved at least $1-$2 last year in electricity.
Dingle_hopper1981 takes advantage of Ireland’s disregard for British taxes:
I’m from Northern Ireland, and when ordering stuff online I’d always write ‘Belfast, Ireland’ on it instead of NI. The post’ll still get there, as yes, technically Belfast’s in Ireland. The post would be directed via the Dublin sorting office instead of coming into the UK routes. Nine times out of ten, the Dublin sorting office would just send it on up to Belfast, instead of forwarding it to Royal Mail in London who would then slap a huge import bill on it (whereas the southern Irish postal service can’t charge me import, as I’m a UK citizen). The Republic of Ireland couldn’t give a fuck if the Queen’s out of pocket over a few quid.
IshotAbeLincoln has been scamming since he was a kid:
At the arcade if you pull the ticket out real slow and careful you can get an extra one.
Funkenwagnels managed to avoided the dreaded parking police in college:
The college I commuted to didn’t have enough parking for the commuters but roughly 10 times what it needed for the residents. One day I was forced to park in the resident parking and got a ticket. Every day I had to park there I’d slip the ticket under my windshield wiper and walk on into class. The cars around me would get tickets but they’d just leave the old one on my windshield figuring they already got me.
Never even paid it. Worcester State did a horrible job of enforcing parking fines 10 years ago.
Alibee123 is an in-flight rule breaker:
I was flying last month, and the plane I was on had Wi-Fi. There was a free 15-minute trial, and then you could purchase a chunk of time. I just kept deleting the cookies on my phone, refreshing, and logging back in. I stayed online for over an hour for free.
Vitey15 is not alone in his act, but it is gorgeous in its simplicity:
I used Limewire to download Limewire Pro.