The thread quickly went viral with over 23,000 comments! Here are some of the top-voted responses:
2. "The fact that someone cut a chicken wing in half and managed to convince everyone it was two wings."
4. "The fact that existing customers aren’t automatically moved to better deals once their contract ends. They hope you won’t switch and will pay the premium."
"This is why I left my first apartment complex after a year. They wanted to raise my rent $120 per month. When I told them I would not be renewing, they listed my apartment for the same monthly rate I had been paying all along."
"I just quit my gym membership because of this. They had big posters advertising the new low rate, but they wouldn’t switch me to that without paying an exorbitant fee. Fuck them. I’ll never go to one of their gyms ever again."
6. "So many scams in dentistry. I’ve been in the industry for 12 years, and it’s amazing how common it is. So easy to tell someone they need a bunch of treatment they don’t really need."
"Years back, my dentist told me I might have a cavity in between the cusps of one of my molars, but he couldn’t tell for sure. He asked me to come back in a few days and he would drill into it to check. If it was a cavity, he’d fill it. If it wasn’t, well, he’d fill the tooth anyway because he’d just drilled a hole into it. Decided to go to another practice. New dentist carefully examined it, gave me a (free) dental X-ray just to confirm, and said, 'Yeah, that’s a stain.'"
12. "The funeral industry."
"When my mother died, my father bought the cheapest casket available on principle (my mother would have agreed). We got some strange looks at the funeral when everyone saw the obviously inexpensive casket. Unfortunately, a lot of people still equate the cost/quality of the casket with how much the person was loved or valued."
13. "Black Friday."
"Some companies are the worst about this. Whenever they advertise what discount you're getting for an item, it's ALWAYS from the MSRP. For example, a product could be $100 that they sell for $80 throughout the year, but on Black Friday, they'll list it at $70 and claim a 30% discount."
15. "Mascara ads that use false eyelashes on celebrities who endorse products they don’t use. We know you ain’t using boxed L’Oréal from CVS, Beyoncé."
16. "Rent-to-own — coming from someone who worked for a rent-to-own company for three and a half years."
"I worked for a rent-to-own company for about a year in California. Our only customers were people who had no chance at buying a TV, stereo, or appliance outright or even on credit. 'We provide a service for underprivileged clients!' No, you prey on unfortunate victims who have no other recourse but to come to you and pay 300% of the actual value. Couldn't stomach it and got out."
17. "Employers not giving raises that at least match inflation. Essentially paying you less money compared with the last year."
"It used to be normal to get yearly raises to match/exceed inflation as a sign of employee appreciation. Then they realized they didn't have to do that because fuck you, that's why. 'What are you going to do, quit and make me hire a new person at a low hourly rate? Boohoo! Don't do that!' What happened to organized worker rights, again?"
23. And finally, "How banks charge you for not making/having enough money. Monthly fees are waived by having direct deposits over a certain amount or a balance over a certain number. Overdraft fees charge you money for accidentally spending more than you had in the account, often even if you had it elsewhere at that same bank."
"Checks are ridiculously expensive. But if you’ve got thousands of dollars in your account, suddenly there’s no fee for anything. No fees for keeping your money there; no fees for checks.
I work at a bank. They can generate plenty of profit off of lending interest as well as the myriad partner products they sell like brokerage accounts, annuities, and varying forms of insurance. They don’t need to scam their poorest customers with fees they don’t charge to the rich."
Can you think of any other scams that are totally normalized? LMK in the comments below!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.