13 Unethical Life-Hacks So Powerful, They Could Get You Arrested…

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If you’ve ever felt like being MacGyver was a feasible career choice, you’re no doubt crazy about life-hacks. But lets face it, most life-hacks require you to do a lot of annoying things like folding, or are linked to insane things like “How to turn toilet paper rolls into iPhone speakers”. BORING, we need real advice, Internet!

But the Internet finally delivered! Reddit asked for “unethical and possibly illegal lifehacks” — and man, some truly scummy ideas came out of it…

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…Of course, it goes without saying that we would never try any of these. *wink wink*

#1. Get (almost) free garage parking


This won’t apply to all parking garages BUT I used to park at one where, right before I paid my ticket at that vending-machine-type doohickey, I would walk back to the entrance gate, press the button for another ticket and pay instead with the new one. I would be charged according to my stay of 30 seconds (when in reality I had been there for hours). ~ MrDudeAbides

#2. Get free in-flight purchases

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You can use an empty Visa Rewards Bank Card to make in-flight purchases. The cards cannot be run while in flight so all transactions are completed once you land, so you can receive any item you want for free. There is no way to track the failed transaction because your information is not tied to the card. My friend is a pilot and I have done this for years. ~ jalapeno_face_

#3. Get all your buddies in the cinema for the price of two

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This may also work…

When we were teens we used to go to the movies on busy nights in large groups. Two people would buy tickets, enter the theatre. One person would head back outside with the two stubs and bring a third person in. Third person would exit with both stubs and bring a fourth person in. We sometimes repeated this until we had over a dozen people in the theatre for the price of two tickets. The ushers never saw the same face more than twice. ~ twerq

#4. How to get a guaranteed parking spot

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I went to a University where the student to Parking ratio was extremely terrible. You would basically have to show up 2 hours before class (if you lived off campus) to get a parking spot. Personally, I lived on campus, so for me parking wasn’t that bad unless I left the campus before 5 pm. So every time I walked to my car later in the day, I noticed that a parking spot right in the front (prime piece of parking) always had an orange cone on it. There was nothing wrong with it, it just had an orange cone. Later that semester I had to go get something out of my car in the morning, and see a guy drive up to the cone spot, get out of his car, put the cone in the trunk, and proceed to park. Turns out this guy has been doing this for months, using the cone to “reserve” his spot. Apparently no one ever questions or moves the cone when he places it back on the parking spot when he leaves. ~ Korashy

#5. How to write the perfect resume

how to write a resume
Post fake job offerings on websites such as indeed.co.uk for that position you’re interested in and watch the CVs/Resumes pour in, which you can then copy for your own advantage. ~ Leopatto

#6. Knock $300-400 off your flight ticket

enjoy flight

By adding a random one-way third leg onto a round-trip flight, you can sometimes fool the airline into dropping the fuel charges that usually add $300-400 onto the ticket. It’s called a “fuel dump” by frequent fliers. ~ goodmorningfuture

#7 Never pay for textbooks ever again

free text book

Buy all your textbooks and keep the receipts. Return to the store later that day or a few days later (most bookstores don’t give 100% refunds after the first week). Grab the book you bought off the shelf, take the book to the cashier and tell them you want to return it and show your receipt. If they require a reason say you dropped the class or are sharing the book with a friend. Get money back and leave.

I never paid for books and got money back on resell at the end of the term. Most cashiers they have, especially at the beginning of the term when you are buying books are temporary, student workers who don’t give a shit most of the time. ~ el_monstruo

#8 Get free food


When I was running low on food, I would eat the free breakfast at the hotel 2 minutes from my apartment. ~ Longandstraight19

#9. How not to pay for a tool you’re only going to use once

power tools

Need a tool only once buy it use it then return it to home depot, its the home depot free rental policy. ~ reagor

#10. How to get free city parking

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If you live in a busy city and want free parking for the day, go to a garage/mechanic that offers a free service such as tyre rotation or pressure check (many do), take the car to them early in the morning and say you can’t pick it up until the evening. Free parking for the day. ~ AntoneFinance

#11. How to get your application noticed


My dad once told me this when I started to apply to jobs & colleges. If there is a list of things that are posted on the site of what you are applying for, copy and paste them into your application with white text. If it’s run over by a computer, it will catch it, and send it to the interviewers, getting you an instant interview. If all applications are looked over by people, it won’t be seen at the bottom, and won’t matter to them. ~ RGiss

#12. How to get free fast food

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Free food from almost any fast food: go in and say they forgot an item or two from your bag. They always just give it to you. ~ jojo913

#13. How to rent a free movie from Redbox

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At a Redbox put in the promotion code “redbox”, “brkroom” or “breakroom”. Most places get one free movie a day for their break room for having the machine on site and don’t utilize this. If no body has used that code within 24 hours, it your free. ~ Survivor1984

On a final note, these unethical life-hacks are for entertainment purposes only, hence why they are unethical. Obviously, we don’t encourage anyone to actually try them — except for in a lucid dream where reality doesn’t matter, that is.[/showhide]