Sometimes the limiting atmosphere of the workplace can weigh down on a person. Having to follow certain guidelines and policies can result in frustrating inconvenience and debilitation of the human spirit. If only there was a way to work around these rules... Apparently, such cheats exist. The following stories come from employees who took advantage of loopholes they discovered at their jobs and shared the experience on Reddit. How about taking five and seeing what you can learn from? Content has been edited for clarity.
'Wow. Looks like we owe you six months salary and benefits. Oh, and commissions on your opportunities.'
They actually ended up conning me out of my equity, which I tried to fight them on, but they just wore me down until I gave up. I was not even mad. To be clear, I loved the company. The CEO was a genius. I think I learned more from working there than any other company I've been with."
"When I was still in college, I used to work as a rep for a big telecommunications company. The store was in a somewhat wealthy neighborhood. People would come in to trade in their phones pretty often.
Of course, TelCom companies give people a crap price for their phone when they traded them in. I always offered the client the possibility to buy it myself with cash, for an amount that was in between the one being offered by our company and the one I knew I could sell if for on Craigslist.
I would buy around 5 to 10 phones per week and resell them for a profit. It was a win-win situation for everyone involved, except the company. Forget them anyway. They overcharged their clients."
"I used to work at Shoprite when I was 17 in a little town in northern New Jersey. They had two machines on the wall to punch in or out. There was one in front of the store and one in the back storeroom by the dairy department, which is where I worked.
We were only allowed 15 and 30-minute breaks, depending on how long the shift was. You had to punch out for these, of course. What the other teenage hoodlums and I would do was just walk out the front door for our break without punching out and take as long of a break as we wanted, usually 45 minutes to an hour. When we came back, we would use the dairy department machine to 'punch out,' go back to work, and use the same machine to punch back in 15 minutes later.
It worked for about three months before they caught on. I was politely asked to take an indefinite break."
"There used to be an old-school vending machine in our break room at work. It was that kind in which you placed the coins in the slots and turned the handle and the snack fell out. Every snack was 50 cents. You needed two quarters.
I figured I could manipulate a paper clip into a little 'U' shape. I would then place the ends in the slots, turn the handle, then pull the clip out, and Abbra Cadabra - free snacks. I got away with it forever.
I did it every once in a while because I'm not greedy. I showed a coworker how to do it and that idiot did it every day, sometimes twice a day. They pulled out the machine about a month after I showed him because he was greedy.
The moral of the story is to not teach people your diabolical plans for slowly taking over the world."
"My friend worked for American Eagle one summer. Their promotion at the time was 'Free movie ticket for trying on a pair of jeans.' TRY ON a pair of jeans for a free movie ticket.
After a week, her manager had enough of the riff-raff just trying on jeans for movie tickets and gave my friend a stack of the remaining tickets. There were probably 50 or so. We watched about 20 movies that summer for free. It was one of the best summers ever."
"I used to work on the checkout lane. At one point, the store management started to care about scan speeds. The top three people to scan the most items per minute got 'star points' which could be exchanged for several things, including a gift card to spend on the store. One star point counted as £1.
I figured out pretty early that it was measured by the time that passed between each item scanned. It was not timed in a continuous fashion or between a transaction. If you pressed the total button, it stopped the timer.
Most employees' method was to start scanning and press total at the end. However, I had my own method.