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Shady Life Hacks That Are Actually Genius Guilty Pleasures

Darren Ryding January 30, 2023

Visa Gift Card

Some of these shady life hacks are immoral but not illegal. However, there’s no denying that the following tip is stealing. But it’s also fascinating to see what people will do or try to save a few bucks. The Redditor recommends using a Visa Gift Card to save cash on offline purchases. Yes, it’s genius but it could get them in a lot of trouble.


This is a big risk but there is plausible deniability if somebody realizes it. The problem is that it is becoming more difficult to use this life hack. These days airplanes have wifi connections and airlines are smarter. They may reject gift cards or immediately process payments so exercise care or it will backfire (via slantview).

Free Toilet Paper

Students always find useful but shady life hacks. This is a classic of the genre but it’s also one of the most pitiful. Anybody who does this is probably a wretched soul but that describes most of the college population. Stealing toilet paper can save people a lot of money over a prolonged period.


All of those dimes and nickels add up over time. Even wealthy homeowners may benefit from this tip if they find themselves in a tricky situation. Sometimes we find ourselves caught short without toilet paper but the shops are closed. They could pop into the local bar and steal their toilet roll to solve the problem (via Matthew97424).

Corporate Emails

Many shady life hacks aren’t illegal but we frown upon them. The following is a great example because it involves bothering people. However, anybody who ever used a company’s customer service won’t care. They want to resolve their problem and probably hate the business now anyway.


It’s not always easy to find this type of information but it’s out there. Many other Redditors responded to this comment and agreed that it works. Technically, it’s the wrong thing to do because it’s not the director’s remit. But they work for the same business and want it to maintain its reputation so it’s a win-win (via smithincanton).

Disney Life Hack

This is one of the worst (maybe even the worst) shady life hacks that we’ve come across. It’s incredible the lengths that people will go to if it means making their life easier. Also, the sad truth is that money makes the world go around. That’s the case at Disneyland but we’re not talking about buying fast passes.


Shockingly, some parents will go this far because it’s completely immoral. They don’t care about the disabled person’s welfare and are taking advantage of their condition. On the one hand, it’s good that they have a nice day out. But it’s wrong to use somebody’s body for something this self-centered (via well_uh_yeah).

Keep The Receipts

It’s always smart to keep the receipts of something that will only be used once. The following account explains how a summer theatre always brings back its electronic equipment to Walmart. Nobody can blame them for wanting to save money because they probably don’t have a big budget.


This is a very specific example but it’s possible to use this in other walks of life. Some people buy suits and bring them back the next day after they wear them once. This involves a lot of care because they can’t spill anything on them. Also, they must keep the tags on the clothing so it may not always be practical (via BridgetteBane).

Car For Sale

There are two types of shady life hacks on this list. Some of them are naughty but also a little bit funny. The other is a disgusting act that only a specific type of person would dream of using. This is an example of the latter because it demonstrates a lack of empathy for bereaved families.


There’s nothing illegal about this but it’s also wrong to deliberately take advantage of people in this way. It’s different if they’re advertising the deceased person’s belongings. But it takes a special type of shamelessness to cold call suffering family members and exploit them for an automobile (via Koproller).

Lost Luggage

The following life hack may take more effort than its worth. They recommend buying a starting pistol for a race because the airport will be very careful with the suitcase. We’ve no idea how to register these devices or if they’re expensive. It may be much easier to use an air tag instead.


However, the disadvantage of an air tag is that it doesn’t stop an airline from forgetting a bag. The passenger knows where their luggage is but it’s far away and there’s a lot of inconveniences. This life hack ensures the airline won’t mess around and will ensure the bag arrives at its destination (via JTfromOKC).

Blame Children

Some people use their children as shady life hacks. Mothers always do this because they treat their prams like battering rams. But some parents take this too far and engage in illegal activity. The following story is hilarious but also shameless. We learn how a father tried to steal things by using his toddler son to take items.


It’s a clever tactic because it offers plausible deniability. Some security guards are smarter than we give them credit for. This could likely backfire one day and they’ll catch him telling the child to take the device. Nonetheless, he thinks that this is an acceptable risk. It’s like a modern-day version of Oliver Twist (via MikeHoltPHD).

Honest Person

Here’s another example of using a tiny detail to deceive another person. In this case, we’re talking about selling expensive secondhand items. The Redditor advises mentioning a detail that they would have overlooked. This lures the person into a false sense of security because they think the seller is honest.


It’s important to appear apologetic about this minor issue and perhaps to offer a planned discount. This also means that they can hide another more serious issue that they don’t want the potential buyer to know about. Yes, it’s one of the shadiest life hacks ever but a very useful one (via ReasonablyConfused).

Catfish Hack

These days many people meet online through dating apps. But it’s impossible to know if someone is using filtered images or deceptive angles in their pictures. Don’t worry because this Redditor found a way to confirm their validity. The only problem is that it makes them look like a creep.


Technically, it’s not wrong to see if someone is a catfish. But there’s a danger that people could abuse this when they learn how to use this hack. Maybe they’ll become stalkers and check out their match’s social media without their knowledge. It’s a little dubious, but this is the power of the internet (via DanielTheFirst).