No one likes playing by the rules, especially when they’re forced upon us. The good news is that rules tend to be black and white, meaning there’s typically a gray area. Many people use this area to generate a way around them. You just have to be clever enough to figure it out. Once people find that loophole and beat the system, it usually feels like a victory. There are some brilliant people out there who found a way around the rules, even if it could’ve led to an embarrassing moment.
Whether it was making a fake parking ticket, painting the walls with an endless supply of paint samples, or teachers who organize “spontaneous” meetings when the school bans planned ones, these people are an inspiration to us all. They stuck it to the system by making up their own creative ways to get things done by thinking outside the box. Check out how they beat the system in 50 hilarious ways here. Because of these, maybe we’ll think twice the next time we get too focused on simply following the rules.
50. Vodka Burrito
We’ve all attended a festival or concert at least once or twice where booze wasn’t allowed. It’s frustrating because you know how much alcohol costs once you’re inside. Luckily, there are ways to beat the system, just as this person posted on their Twitter account. They decided to put vodka into a water bottle, and then cover the bottle with a burrito wrap, making it look like a delicious meal. If we didn’t know there was a bottle of vodka in that burrito, we’d probably try to eat it. The “vodka burrito was a success.” Let’s hope they had a good night (via Twitter).
When a sign says “NO bicycle riding, rollerblading, roller skating, skateboarding,” etc, what are you supposed to do? Walk? No thanks. This guy beat the system and discovered a very inventive way to get around the rules. The sign didn’t say anything about riding a unicycle, so technically, he’s allowed to (via Eighties Kids).
Imagine having to write a letter home to eat? That just seems wrong. This person on Reddit posted, “I was forced to write this to eat.” They beat the system by pretending to write a letter. Even so, that’d be a hilarious, and possibly concerning, letter to receive at home when your child is at summer camp (via Reddit).
When you go on a shopping spree, you don’t want your partner to discover the amount of money you spent. When this woman’s husband found out about her expenses at ULTA, she convinced him it meant utilities, and that she paid the utility bill. The tweet earned close to 600,000 likes on Twitter and 150,000 retweets (via dailymail.co.uk). If our partner was gullible enough, we’d probably do the same.
This student on Reddit beat the system by taking the ‘single page formula sheet’ to an entirely new level. They said, “only allowed a single page formula sheet? Challenge accepted,” and proceeded to write the formulas in minuscule handwriting to fit that single page piece of paper. Let’s hope they got an A on that exam (via Reddit).
This group of schoolboys beats the system in one of the cutest, most clever ways possible. When temperatures soared, these boys were told they weren’t allowed to wear shorts under the school’s uniform policy. But the boys were told they could wear skirts since the girls could if they chose to. The next day, at least 30 of the boys came in wearing skirts borrowed from girlfriends and sisters. Some even shaved their legs. Talk about equality (via The Guardian)!
Seriously, we had tears streaming down our faces after seeing this Twitter user’s post. We’ve all been there: parents go away for a weekend, we invite our friends over for a party, and hope our parents don’t find out. Unfortunately, this Twitter user’s dad has a camera in the living room, but that didn’t stop them. They said, “my dad went to Vegas for 5 days and put a camera in the house but that ain’t stopping me.” This person is a genius. They put a fake photograph of their living room in front of the camera. We can only imagine what sort of party they had that weekend (via Twitter).
This bar sold drinks to its customers on the sidewalk. Technically, it’s not okay if your business takes up that much space. We don’t blame the government for issuing this policy, but this bar had a tactic to beat the system. They set their patrons up on a truck. It’s clever and sneaky, and we can only pat the bar owner on the back for thinking of this one (via My Health Gazette).
When your mother tells you it’s too nice outside to play games inside, what do you do? Take the games outside, of course! This kid totally beat the system by taking his computer outside, so he could continue playing his games. That’s a prime example of killing two birds with one stone (via Eighties Kids).
When your best friend can’t make it to a party, it can be a letdown. Thanks to technology today, we can still see our friends, even if they’re not physically present in front of us. These friends in particular took it to an entirely new level. When their friend couldn’t make it to the party, they used an iPad and clothing to improvise. It’s genius, to say the least. It almost looks real (via My Health Gazette).
If you’ve ever bought Chipotle to-go, only to have your burrito or tacos soggy by the time you’re home, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s a way to beat the system. This father in particular asked Chipotle to get the cold ingredients on the side so they could reassemble the tacos at home. That way, your tacos are fresh and delicious by the time you eat them. We’re not sure why we didn’t think of that first (via Buzzfeed).
Some of us had to wear school uniforms as kids. While it was frustrating, it made choosing clothes in the morning a lot easier. Sometimes, though, you want to stand out from the crowd, as this Reddit user chose to do. They said, “my school requires a full suit and tie dress code. However, a coat is allowed in the winter,” which is how they beat the system. They showed up at school in a bear coats. The teacher can’t say anything because, technically, it’s allowed. They look amazing, to say the least (via Reddit).
What’s one way to avoid getting a parking ticket? Put a fake parking ticket on your windshield! On-campus, student Azodeh avoided getting parking tickets by slipping an old parking ticket on his windshield after parking his car. He’s had a 100% success rate. This is a great way to beat the system. If you get caught, you could just innocently explain you forgot to remove your old parking ticket off your windshield. There’s no way they can argue against that (via Buzzfeed).
When you’re not allowed to paint the walls, how do you beat the system? Use paint samples, obviously. This person somehow managed to collect tons of paint samples and place them on their wall. This is the first time we’ve seen anyone using paint sample to beat the system. That’s pretty clever and creative and it looks pretty good (via Reddit).
This hotel had a ‘no drinks at the pool’ policy, so these guys beat the system by creating a very long straw so they could drink at the pool anyway. Technically, they’re not breaking any rules, and it’s a clever alternative to the rules. Now they can fully enjoy their vacation (via Eighties Kids).
If you wreck two cars, welding doors together from both cars can work just as well, if not better. This guy beat the system when he wrecked his two Priuses, and then proceeded to weld the nonwrecked parts together and made a six-door car. Now that’s some skill. We’re wondering what the inside of the car looks like, and which door they use to exit and enter the car (via Reddit).
How else would you answer the question, “what country owns Greenland?” You’d say, “not Greenland” of course. Technically, this student’s answer isn’t wrong, and he beat the system by answering honestly and openly. We’re probably all wishing we were this clever when we were a kid (via Indy 100).
Kids don’t always listen to their parents’ directions. But, sometimes, they listen to a bit too closely and can end up mocking their parents, whether purposefully or not. Even though it can be frustrating, it’s pretty hilarious. Kids know just how to beat the system, and when a child is clever, you can’t really be mad at them. A mother shared a photo of her child’s grapes that each had a bite, with the caption, “my kid said I gave her too many grapes. I said just eat half of them.” Even though we know this isn’t what the mother meant, we can only applaud the child (via Pop Sugar).
Over the years, technology has advanced dramatically. We’ve come such a long way over the past several decades and continue to grow. These technological discoveries are changing the way we live our life. Sometimes, however, there are clever ways to beat the system, just as this meme says. To save money on a 3D printer, just buy a 3D printer, print a 3D printer, and then return the original 3D printer. That’s like inception. We have to admit, that’s pretty genius(via My Health Gazette).
A little reverse psychology never hurts, which is what this student attempted to do successfully. Their professor bumped their grade up to an A- using reverse psychology. By asking their professor to lower their grade, they ended up bumping up their grade. This is a prime example of someone who beat the system. Kudos, student (via I Waste So Much Time).
What’s the easiest way to fill out a CV and cover letter? Write the same sentence over and over again. This teacher asked their students to fill out a CV and cover letter as if they were a Marvel character. This student beat the system by choosing a Marvel character that only says, “I Am Groot.” It’s a phrase you say when you don’t know what to say next. This is brilliant. Kids definitely say the funniest things (via Eighties Kids).
When you can’t say exactly what you mean, what’s the next best option? Refer to an episode of The Office, of course. This girl beat the system by referring to The Office, Season 7, Episode 19, Minute 14:45, which says, “should have burned this place down when I had the chance.“ (via Daily).
Bad things happen to good people. It’s just how it is. Sometimes, people figure this out later in life, while others discover it while they’re still quite young. Luckily, this doesn’t mean it has to happen to you since there are ways to beat the system. Just because this child’s dad isn’t around, doesn’t mean they can’t have a parent come to school for ‘Donuts with Dad.’ This mother dressed as a dad and came to school anyway. That’s one of the most heartwarming stories on this list (via My Health Gazette).
This restaurant can’t sell water because of the festival rules, so they found a way to beat the system. They’re having their customers buy one peanut for one dollar, shell included, so they get a free bottle of water with their purchase. That’s quite smart. Shockingly, they’re not allowed to sell water, a basic human need (via My Health Gazette).
If you’re operating an oven, you should know what kind of degrees the cookbook is referring to. That’s just dangerous. Let’s hope these people were playing a massive joke because even though it’s one way to beat the system, it’s a bit worrisome. Still, we’re curious about how this meal turned out (via My Health Gazette).
The English language is filled with homophones, which is why it can be confusing, even to native English speakers. Maybe we ran out of vowels and consonants to put together, which is why many of our words sound the same, even though they have completely different meanings. This picture epitomizes the confusion of the English language. Is it a “plain tie” or “plane tie?” We’ll never know (via My Health Gazette).
When your employer tells you that you can only consume drinks in a cup with a straw, how do you beat the system? Put your drink into a cup… with a straw. Even though it’s literal, it still follows the rules (via Eighties Kids).
Training a puppy to learn tricks is exhausting, especially if you have tons of other things going on during the day. This four-year-old beat the system by showing his dog YouTube tutorials on new tricks. We’ll never know if this dog learned any of the tricks, but we can certainly hope he did. The dog seems incredibly intrigued, to say the least (via NY Daily News).
We’re not sure how this barista managed to mess this one up, but they did. It’s hilarious and slightly concerning. We wouldn’t think that Marc is spelled with a C, like “Cark.” That’s not even a name. Maybe the barista was trying to beat the system and play a joke. We’ll never really know (via Reddit).
What do you do when your new job requires you to send in a photo of you wearing a suit, and you don’t have one? Thanks to technology, there are ways to beat the system and send in a photo of you with a suit, without actually wearing it. This person decided to strategically photoshop themselves into a photo wearing a suit. It looks real, and would certainly fool us (via Reddit).
Gender inequality still exists in many countries around the world. When Iranian women found out they couldn’t attend a soccer game solely because they were women, they decided to beat the system and show up anyway, dressed as men. They managed to fool the guards and make it into the game anyway. Fearless fans praised them and complimented their fake beards and wigs, which they used to slip past the security guards (via Times of Israel).
As humans, we question everything. It’s necessary for our survival. This graffiti artist decided to beat the system and take this question to another level, by asking a question back. It’s simple but pretty brilliant since they’re only doing what the original graffiti said to do (via Pinterest).
We’ve all spent hours looking for a parking spot in a busy city or town. It’s frustrating. Feeding a meter is another story, and you end up wasting tons of cash just to make sure you don’t get a parking ticket. This biker beat the system and found a clever solution to the horrible parking system. Their bike fits perfectly in between two signs, in the only area where you’re technically permitted to park (via My Health Gazette).
After this guy got nose surgery, the doctor told him not to put any pressure on his nose. Unfortunately, he wears glasses, and contacts were out of the question. He found a way to beat the system by creating a DIY glasses holder, using nothing but twine and a baseball cap. It beats walking around with blurry vision (via My Health Gazette).
This isn’t what most of us would think when we first read “please check.” Most of us would probably look in the toilet to see if we’ve flushed it. Some decided to draw a checkmark, which led to a new trend. Regardless, it’s one way to beat the system and make sure you flushed the toilet (via Know Your Meme).
In NYC, you’re only allowed dogs on the subway if they are held in a carrier, which equates to small dogs only. This guy beat the system by fitting his large dog into a bag to take him on the subway. It’s genius, and certainly a unique way to beat the system (via Eighties Kids).
Kids continually surprise us. When this father posted his daughter’s homework response on Twitter, he didn’t expect to get the response he did. It’s one of the best answers we’ve ever seen. When you’re asked to name the shapes, how else would you respond? Maybe she didn’t know all the actual names of the shapes, so she decided to beat the system and name the shapes. We can’t help but admit how adorable it is (via Daily Edge).
When a Denizlispor fan in Turkey was banned from the stadium for a year, he hired a crane to watch his side play. If you can’t beat them, join them… from afar. This guy beat the system and still watched the game. Technically, he’s not breaking any rules if he’s not in the stadium (via Twitter).
Her son isn’t allowed to have food in the living room, which makes sense. There’s nothing worse than food that spills on a carpet, which usually ends up staining the carpet or attracting ants and bugs. This boy found a way to beat the system so he could have the best of both worlds. He had food on the kitchen side while watching his tablet on the living room side. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for (via Woman’s Day).
When you first started doing your laundry, it was probably drilled into you that you need to separate the whites and colors or else you’ll ruin your clothes. Well, this internet user shared a secret with us. If you lump everything together, nothing bad will happen. This is certainly one way to beat the system and save money on detergent and hot water (via My Health Gazette).
Just because your mom installed a lock on the bottom drawer, doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to get around it. For some reason, she forgot that you can still access the bottom drawers by taking off the top drawer. This kid outsmarted her and managed to access the drawer anyway. That’s one way to beat the system (via Reddit).
This Reddit user beat the system with their formula paper. They said, “when you get told you can only use one side of a piece of paper to write formulas for the final,” and showed us a photo of their ingenious way to beat the system. If you can only use one side of the paper, make sure you use every inch of that side (via Reddit).
This person beat the system by using the literal meaning of the sign. How could anyone argue with that? If a sign says it’s reserved for green vehicles only, and your vehicle is a green color, then surely that means you can park there (via Imgur).
Surprisingly, a university would ban review sessions during finals week. That’s the time you need support from your peers the most. Fortunately, there are teachers out there who don’t agree with this rule and found a way to beat the system. This user on Reddit said, “my university doesn’t allow review sessions during finals week… this was my Anatomy professor’s response.” The professor scheduled a “spontaneous” meeting between 4:15-5:15 pm. You can’t get in trouble if the meeting happens to be spontaneous (via Reddit).
When your sorority doesn’t allow members of the opposite sex inside you need to figure out a way to beat the system. This couple’s imaginative idea allowed them to hang out and watch a movie, even though they were technically not breaking any rules. They’re not allowed inside, so outside doesn’t count, right?(via Eighties Kids)?
This is one of the most ingenious ways to beat the system on this list. In 1942, a warship planning to escape to Australia had to make the voyage alone and unprotected in open water. The vessel moved slowly and had very few weapons on board. If they were noticed by Japanese bombers, they’d be obliterated. They decided to turn the ship into an island and only sail at night when the Japanese bombers wouldn’t see them. During the day, they parked next to other islands and covered the exterior of the ship in twigs, leaves, and bushes, hoping to camouflage the ship. Their plan worked, and they made it to Australia (via Business Insider).
Ambulances in America are notoriously known for being expensive. Why would you pay $3,000 for an ambulance, when you can pay $10 for an Uber? It takes the same amount of time and saves you thousands of dollars. It’s one way to beat the system since you’ll need that money for your hospital bills (via My Health Gazette).
Some people choose to beat the system head-on, like this guy at the shopping mall. Some rules that exist don’t have any logical reason behind them. For some reason, you’re not allowed to eat or drink at the shopping mall, even though there’s a food court in the shopping mall. This guy decided to eat and drink anyway and ignored all the rules. That’s brave (via My Health Gazette).
We can’t get enough of this bad boy. He beat the system by wearing socks on the opposite foot. That’s some serious game. How can the rest of the guys on the planet compete with him? He’s breaking every simple rule about sock-wearing. We can’t even argue against him. After this guy uploaded this photo to the internet, we’re sure he made quite a few fellas jealous. He probably even received many flirty text messages from interested women (via My Health Gazette).
When life bans pumpkins, use pineapple instead. Alex Schwarz, a 19-year-old university student found a way to beat the system when his university told him they weren’t allowed to have any pumpkin jack-o-lanterns in their dorm room. Since they didn’t mention anything about pineapples, he found a way around the rule. He said, “some higher-ups sent an email to all the RAs in my dorm and the one next to ours saying no pumpkins because they rot and might attract bugs and rats.”
He found a loophole and used a pineapple, which faced mixed messages. His own RA said it was fine, as long as he threw it away before it began to rot, but another RA down the hall banned the pineapple. They were unable to find a rule that banned pineapples, so the idea prevailed. He definitely had a Happy Halloween (via Teen Vogue).