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24 Unethical But Extremly Useful Life Hacks

Sometimes you have to bend the rules to make things go your way. From this Ask Reddit thread.

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Don't call into work "sick". Call in saying that you have "family problems". That's the end of the discussion.

3. Free hotel rooms.


"Hampton Inn Hotels have a 100% money back guarantee policy. If you aren't happy for any reason at all they are required to comp your room. You can do this nearly as often as you like. I work for one and we regularly have the same people complain about things. One woman has like 180 free rooms complaints on her profile, but we still have to comp her. The only way around this is for the hotel owner to set up a review of the incident on a per case basis with Hilton. It's easier just to comp the room and move on. Hilton pays the hotel back anyway."

4. Getting discounts at Target.

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As part of the employee training at Target, they teach you that if a customer argues over a price, and the full price is under $20, to just give it to them for whatever price they claim. It's cheaper for the company to move on to the next customer than to call in a price check.

6. Getting an interview.

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"Someone posted the other day that they add positive industry buzzwords to their digitally-submitted resume in white print, because they won't actually show up on the document, but the sorting algorithms select his resume for an interview and it gets through to HR."

7. Free windshield repair.


Got a broken windshield? Next time your driving and see a cement truck or any kind of truck carrying rocks or dirt follow it. Call the 1-800 number on the back and say a rock flew out and hit your windshield. Once they verify there was indeed a truck at that location there's a good chance they'll offer to replace your windshield for you.

10. Getting other people to do the work for you.

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"I would email my class or section and offer to lead the team in writing a study guide, and dole out assignments (e.g. portions of the class material) to the group. Thing is, I would divide the work among everyone but myself and directly email EACH person their assignment with no cc's. That way, everyone wrote their chapter, sent it to me, and I just compiled it and sent it out, having done no study guide writing myself. Worked EVERY time."

11. Unlimited free refills.


"I used to keep a cup from McDonald's in my car at all times and when ever I was driving and wanted some soda I would just walk in any McDonald's and refill my cup. I did this for weeks."

19. Craigslist bargaining.


"When buying something on craigslist, I use my spam email to lowball the seller by a lot, then I use my regular email to give a reasonable offer that is still a good amount under the asking price. I almost always have my offer accepted."

21. Extra Big Macs


McDonald's is very customer-service driven. You can finish your Big Mac, take the empty wrapper to the counter, tell them it wasn't good, and they'll likely just give you another one. They're not in the business of alienating customers over a couple patties. Ronald's in the long game. He's got you for life.

22. Study guide ponzi scheme.

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Send out a mass email to the class the day before an exam saying I have just finished my study guide, and offer to swap it with other people.

Never actually made a study guide. People would send me theirs and I would them send them each others back. Win win for everyone.

23. When you're running late.


"When I know I'm going late to be for something, I'll call ahead and tell whomever I'm meeting that I was just pulled over for speeding. Thus giving myself an excuse for being late, and demonstrating my commitment to whatever it is I'm late for. Only works once, but it usually works pretty well."

24. Look away.

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"The first trick I learned in the FBI: If you're on a stakeout and you want someone to stop looking at you or think you're not looking at them - pick your nose. They immediately turn away and think you're just some jerk picking his nose."

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