Restaurants often have coupons, reward points, contests and other policies in place to drive up sales and customer satisfaction. Most of the time, these initiatives yield positive results for both the restaurant and the customer, yet there is always the occasional deviant out there that finds a way to game the system. Some of the time it's a harmless way to score a little extra bonus, other times, it can cost the restaurant a lot.
We scoured Reddit to find just these incidents, showcasing the innocent, the clever, and the downright shameful ways people exploited a loophole at a restaurant. Content has been edited for clarity.
I had an unreasonable amount of points. Every time I spent points, my total would not go down, so there was some kind of weird glitch with my card. I ate salad every day for a couple of weeks. Then, one day, the card just didn't work anymore. It was a good run while it lasted."
"When I was in high school, there was a McDonald's that my buddies and I would go to near our bus stop on the town square. One day, I noticed that there was a 'burrito' on the menu that was about a dollar and change. I only had, maybe, $3 on me, so I said 'Why not?' and ordered one.
A few minutes went by and the manager came out to apologize that they did not have the ingredients to make said 'burrito.' They allowed me to have any combo meal for the same price.
'Sweet!' I replied. 'I'll get a crispy chicken meal!'
I repeated this for the next week until they finally had the ingredients to make the burrito. It was an awful burrito."
"When I was a kid, Hostess snack cakes had this promotion in which every snack cake or fruit pie had a game piece that was always a potential winner. It had six spots to scratch off. You had to scratch off the correct three that said 'WIN.' The other three had 'XXXVOIDXXX' printed underneath the scratched-off surface.
Well, if you held the piece up to a bright light bulb you could just barely see the ones that had the X's. I ate a LOT of free fruit pies that summer."
"I was a server at a huge themed restaurant that offered a 10% discount on your bill if you had a AAA membership. One of the servers had a AAA card. Whenever a customer paid their bill in cash and then left, we would borrow her card, swipe it, get the discount off the open tab, then close it out and pocket the cash.
For example, if somebody's tab was $50 and paid with cash, you swiped the card, got $5 taken off, close out the bill, and the extra $5 from the discount would then be yours, on top of whatever tip they left."
"There is a Chinese buffet my dad and I used to eat at often. Before 3:30, it was about $8, but after 3:30, it jumped to around $14. At that point, they would bring out the frog legs and seafood and stuff.
What we did was show up at around 3:15, get a small plate, then, when the frog legs and seafood come out, we would devour them. Basically, we paid minimal price for the evening food."
"I used to work at Domino's. We had a 'Who Can Sell The Most Bread Products?' contest. This including sales on cheesy bread, garlic bread, Cinnastix, etc. I was winning by a good margin on the last day of the contest.
My co-worker was complaining about not winning, so I snuck to my car and called the store with my cellphone. She answered. I ordered 25 cheesy breads. She took the order. When I came back inside, she was jumping up and down calling me a loser and reveling in how she had just slid into first place with less than an hour left in the contest.
I asked her to read the name of the customer. It was my name spelled backwards. The prize was a $100 gas card. I split it with her anyway."