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AIBU to ask what cheeky things you've seen people to do in order to not have to pay

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IronFists234 Sat 18-Nov-17 10:23:37

First off, this is supposed to be a cheeky fucker thread. This is not a thread laughing at people making attempts to cut back to save money. Just want to make that clear!

This thread is inspired by my friend I went swimming with yesterday. Our local pool does wrist bands that indicate what time you entered, so yellow for 2-4, blue for 4-6, etc...

My friend was very adamant we HAD to go swimming at the 4-6 slot. I didn't question it but found her insistence odd.

It turns out she had blue bands from her last swimming session! She had just kept them and not handed them in confused

When we entered the pool she shouted "oh don't worry I already have the bands" to the pool employees. So not an outright lie but they assumed she paid!

It's a busy pool as well, so I doubt they notice she hasn't paid

I asked her why she did it and she said she'd paid once and if she could get in for free by keeping the bands, why pay?

any other stories like this?

My father also once said he went to a barbecue where the owner requested everyone bring a 'portion of coal' but I still think that was a joke (or hope)

whifflesqueak Sat 18-Nov-17 10:29:40

at my wedding my sister in law took all the bottles of wine off her table and put them in her capacious handbag.

She doesn’t drink, but apparently told others that they would make good gifts. I don’t know if anyone else at her table wanted a drink...

ClaryFray Sat 18-Nov-17 10:34:40

My gran will continue to go back to make up counters in boots, Debenhams and house of Frazier, and ask for samples. Sometimes she'll do all three shops in the same time. The same sample, she hadn't bought makeup in ages.

She also has a habit of ordering things in restaurants, eating them and complaining about the size to get out of paying.

Oh and she insisted on coming to a wedding fayre with me, DF and DM, and there was a lady standing there with various trays of cake samples, she bagged a handful of samples from each tray!

We stopped going out with her for the above reasons! She's not poor, at all. Just greedy and thinks he world owes her something

Melonsonic Sat 18-Nov-17 10:37:01

A woman invited herself to my wedding and then turned up with three uninvited guests. They stuffed their faces, drank loads and then nicked some bottles of wine to take home.

DontTouchTheCharredCrotch Sat 18-Nov-17 10:42:19

My dad. God he's the worst, he's a dickhead anyway. But I remember one time he went up to a sample stall at a fair and literally picked up an entire tray of samples and ate them! I was mortified. And my mum was sure to buy lots of things from the stall owner to make up for it....
my great nana bless her heart lived through the war as a child and it was obviously a hard time in the years after too. She would always eat paltry portions (a tablespoon of mash, 2 table spoons of peas and a sausage), shop at tesco at night and get the reduced sausages at 10p or so, then cover them in vinegar and freeze them. She'd then use them one by one. When she died (I was a teen at the time) she had saved £64000 in 2yrs, out of her pension of 40kpa . She didn't have housing costs, spent about 15 pounds a week on food and was so so cheap. I remember her yelling at me for throwing an old shirt out. She listed all the things she would've done with it to avoid waste...

i do miss her and her friends though. There was still such a huge community spirit and it's sad that it's gone now. She had 2 friends and when she went to do her monthly "staples" shop, for flour and such, they'd all buy huge bags then go to my nanas and split them into tubs and bags to save money buying seperate bags... my nana would knit clothes for her friends granddaughter because her friend couldn't knit due to arthritis but her friend could make gorgeous puff pastry so she'd make sheets of it for my nana and bring it all around wrapped in baking paper... god love them!
I'll stop reminiscing now! grin

falange Sat 18-Nov-17 10:45:04

This should be called Tight Stingy Fucker thread. I hate people who do things like this. Apart from the old people post. That’s ok.

CheekyFuckersAreEntertaining Sat 18-Nov-17 10:47:33

SIL opens bottles of coke in supermarkets, walks round drinking them with the kids and leaves the empty bottles on shelves. I once waited until she was putting her shopping on the conveyor belt and said, "Oh don't forget these!" And put the empty bottles on the belt.
She also calls companies who's couriers have left deliveries on her doorstep and claims they didn't arrive.
She then takes back the replacement delivery back to store for refunds.
She once bought a £250 games table for her DS and over 6 months later tried to sell it on Ebay. No one wanted it for a decent price so she ripped the cover up and took it back as faulty. They replaced it as they wouldn't refund so she sold it for unopened and brand new for £200.
She buys expensive items and gadgets, gets bored of them, breaks a piece and takes it back for a refund.

She's not cheeky though, she's an outright thief.

DontTouchTheCharredCrotch Sat 18-Nov-17 10:48:24

It's ok falange she was a self proclaimed stingy fucker 😂 It's one of her quirks I loved though. She wouldn't have stolen wine from someone's wedding or something like that though. That's not stingy that's just arsehole territory imo.

Getupandtryagain Sat 18-Nov-17 10:53:39

FOF travels a lot on planes, mostly for pleasure. He has a doctor's note saying he has claustrophobia. Once presented at check-in the airline will make sure he has a seat at the front on the plane (to avoid any 'issues'), which often means asking people to move. On a long haul flight this can mean a seat in business class. He's not ill and I only hope that karma will catch up with him. This is effectively fraud.

CruCru Sat 18-Nov-17 10:58:30

It’s not so much being a cheeky fucker but I went to school with someone whose pRents had a massive thing about paying for parking. They would drive around for up to two hours looking for a parking spot that they didn’t have to pay for. It must have cost them a fortune in petrol.

CheekyFuckersAreEntertaining Sat 18-Nov-17 11:00:11

Friend used to work in a large store and every year a well dressed woman would come in and buy a very very expensive cutlery set. (Think it was around £400) just before Christmas. She would then return it after Christmas saying it was a duplicate gift. The manager would issue a refund no questions asked as per store policy even though she had clearly used it because because she had made a piss poor job of washing it and there were smudges and bits of food left on them. After this happened three years in a row my friend was made manager. She kept the woman's details and low and behold, after Christmas she returned another expensive set only for my friend to tell her as it had clearly been used they were unable to issue a refund due to H&S.
The woman was not happy but hey, at least she didn't need to buy a nice fancy cutlery set for her festive season entertaining again!

expatinscotland Sat 18-Nov-17 11:00:51

My cousin is one of those who complains about a meal to get it for free.

misscheery Sat 18-Nov-17 11:01:03

@CheekyFuckersAreEntertaining jesus, sorry to say this but your sister is HORRIBLE. I’m sure none of the retail staff like her. Or anyone else for that matter. The thing with the couriers.... I just hope they don’t have to pay out of their pocket! Ffs!

CheekyFuckersAreEntertaining Sat 18-Nov-17 11:05:38

@misscheery it's infuriating. Her DB, (my DH) is nothing like her or the rest of their family who think this kind of stuff is fine. (Smashing the telly to get a new one on insurance type shenanigans)
I feel like a CF getting refunds in shops that are real and deserved, never mind doing it dishonestly!

rainbowlou Sat 18-Nov-17 11:10:46

I once watched a woman in a restaurant devour a whole lobster, she then complained that she hadn’t enjoyed it and got given another one which she polished off in record time.
When she asked for the bill she asked to speak a manager as she refused to pay for a meal she hadn’t enjoyed and had to have replaced.
She got 2 free lobsters and a glass of champagne as an apology!
(Her husband scurried off to the toilet when she asked for the bill which made me think she had form for this!)

Zaphodsotherhead Sat 18-Nov-17 11:11:40

I have a friend who runs a restaurant and quite frequently gets customers in who pick through the food and complain ('oooh, not much meat in this, is there?' 'Oh, this sauce is a bit lemony'), clear their plates and then expect not to have to pay. She says you can spot them as soon as they come in, as they examine the cutlery desperate to find a speck of dirt (there isn't one, she runs a clean ship!), so they can demand a free drink.

Some of them do it once a night at each restaurant in town. But word gets around...

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sat 18-Nov-17 11:40:41

Lots of these examples are effectively stealing though, aren't they. Dishonesty like this really pisses me off. angry(Well, all dishonesty does, but some people admire this sort of cheekyfuckery - not me, though!)

I don't know anyone who does this sort of thing, but I do remember a couple of times when I've heard of people claiming that something belonged to them when the actual owner had made the item themselves and it wasn't even available to buy! Unbelievable that anyone thinks that's an ok thing to do.

WhatWot Sat 18-Nov-17 11:40:49

My auntie. We went out for a hot pot meal where you buy fresh sliced meat, seafood, vegetables and cook them yourself in the stove in the centre of the table. She always produced some meat and seafood from her designer bag to plonk in when the waiters weren't looking.

Roussette Sat 18-Nov-17 11:40:55

I hate hate hate people like this... they're the ones who make our insurance premiums go up, make goods rise in price, make genuine customers find it difficult to complain etc. If there was ever the opportunity, I would grass these people up.

Someone I know at a hobby/club I go to, is like this. Sometimes coffees and cakes are laid on, and up pops ALL her family - husband, daughter, grandchildren etc. It's just meant for the members and last time by the time the genuine members got there, her family was scoffing all the cakes and not much was left.

Then at Christmas we get a reduced christmas meal, she tries to bring her family to that too! She permanently has bags, foil and tupperwares on her to scoop up anything and if anyone brings anything in (chocolates, cake, ) she takes far far more than anyone else and goes back for more before anyone else does.

BTW I've been to her house, she is not struggling...

Roussette Sat 18-Nov-17 11:42:52

She always produced some meat and seafood from her designer bag to plonk in when the waiters weren't looking

Isn't that reverse cheeky ?! She's bringing her own ingredients to a meal grin

Roussette Sat 18-Nov-17 11:46:35

Oh... and I have challenged her with an icy stare saying "I thought this was JUST for members???"

water off a ducks back, took no notice

TheAntiBoop Sat 18-Nov-17 12:10:12

It's people like this that means shops/restaurants etc take back any goodwill they may offer and it's the rest of us who pay the price

I've been out with someone who took the tip off the plate before giving it to the waiter - the tip that the rest of us had put in and was pretty much her meal for free. I called her on it and sh hasn't stopped bitching about me since but as I don't wish to spend time with someone who is willing to steal from friends I'm not really bothered!!

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sat 18-Nov-17 12:17:40

Just remembered one DH told me - when he worked in Tesco, some years ago, they had some cheeky fucker who picked a TV up off the downstairs display, walked upstairs to the electronics department, claimed he'd bought it but wanted a refund and had lost the receipt, and they just gave him the refund!!
I mean, why they did that in the first place was a bit mad, but what a brass neck! angry

Ginkypig Sat 18-Nov-17 12:23:01

I knew someone who used to swap stickers so she could get something cheaper

Ginkypig Sat 18-Nov-17 12:23:22

*price stickers

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