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» Abusing freebies

CDs. Lots of them.
There's a certain company that sells royalty free music to people, so they can use it in their own productions etc. They also offered a gift certificate to people who newly signed up, which was enough to buy one song.

Needless to say, that wasn't enough. So I found out that I could sign up for new accounts using spamgourmet addresses, which would be forwarded to my gmail. I set up loads of new accounts over the course of a few hours. If I logged in on the site with the original account, I could apply all of the "gift certificates" to the same account.

After saving up hundreds of dollars worth of credit on my account, I started thinking about what to spend them on. The site had a special offer on their entire music collection on CD for $700. That seemed good enough. Sooo I placed the order and waited.

And waited.

And waited some more.

I had nearly forgotten about it when a large parcel arrived. It contained about 30 or 40 CDs with all of the music that this company had ever produced on them.

Obviously I was very impressed with myself for scamming them out of 350 worth of music. So when they emailed me about having new collections of music available on CD, I started creating more accounts.

It didn't work. They had stopped allowing you to apply gift certificates to one account.

Argh.

I think a box full of CDs is still enough to be counted as abuse though. So ha.

No apologies, I'm a rude arsehole.
(Fri 9th Nov 2007, 19:21, More)

» Anonymous

Anonymously, eh?

(Sat 16th Jan 2010, 18:18, More)

» Cheap Tat

hmm
I buy EVERYTHING in Poundland. Therefore, I've got loads of crap stories about it's crapness.

I bought the Hyundai batteries once. They leaked inside my 20 generic japanese mp3 player and it broke :(. Not to worry though, I got another one for free! After that I only commandeered batteries from my school. They used them once in productions and then had to throw them away because they didn't want them to fail at a "crucial" moment. Free batteries!

I'm surprised that OneEyedMonster could even buy a screwdriver to be honest. They got into trouble with Trading Standards or something because they were selling lighters and stuff to under 18s. Even though I'm sure we could legally buy them anyway. The point was, from then on you weren't allowed to buy anything "dangerous" without id. So, of course, we weren't allowed to buy:

Allen keys
Screwdrivers
Silly string
Airhorns
Lighters
A pair of pliers
Windscreen wash
A laser level thingy ("you could go out and blind someone with that!")
And a load more.

In fact, that's a lie. They let me buy the windscreen wash after I pointed out that if I wanted to kill myself, I wouldn't drink Poundland windscreen wash to do it. Although she did say "the receipt's got my name on so I'll rip it up and you can buy it". How incredibly deviously illegal of them. They seem to have given up on enforcing this now though.

Vaguely on topic, who else is annoyed that none of their staff seem to be able to be polite to customers/speak english? There's some woman at my local Poundland called "Gifti" that wouldn't let us buy a basket of airhorns. Couldn't imagine why. I wouldn't really mind usually, but she was really rude about it and then called over the supervisor (who was incredibly obese) to shout at me and my delinquent friends. So of course we got the number of the Croydon branch, got Gifti on the phone (told the person it was a family emergency cos she wouldn't get her otherwise) and taught her how to call the customers "sir". Then we got the supervisor (couldn't remember her name so identified her as the "fat one") and said the same thing but with more shouting. Ahh fun times.

That said, I'm amazed by the cheapness of their CDs (although the DVDs are useless and degrade after a few months) and their card readers and usb hubs are excellent quality. So feel free to call them on 0800 731 5622 and express your satisfaction.

That is all. (apologies for length, it were only a pound)
(Fri 4th Jan 2008, 18:51, More)

» Darwin Awards

Back in the days of GCSE DT...
I was building a power supply from an old computer PSU. Simple stuff, just connecting the outputs to various sockets, and adding an LED or two. After finishing, I put it all back together and all was seemingly well. However, attaching the outputs to shiny things made it switch off for no apparent reason. So I took it apart again, but neglected (by purely accidental means) to remove the very powered power cord. Of course, whilst poking around inside, the inevitable happened and I got a sizeable shock. Made me arm feel all funny, it did.

"Hm. That was a bit dangerous," thought I. So I unplugged the cord, and continued poking, albeit with a numb-feeling right side.

Unfortunately, it had conveniently slipped my mind that PSUs contain a few large capacitors. They hadn't been discharged.

Yup, numb-feeling left side for the rest of the day.

Length? About a metre, and full of electrons.
(Fri 13th Feb 2009, 0:22, More)

» Cheap Tat

Cheap headphones
Many months ago I bought a cheap 20 Japanese mp3 player. It was actually quite good, but that's another story.

The headphones, on the other hand, were awful. They were like those ones you used to get in easter eggs before they banned them because people thought they were chocolate and ate them and died. Obviously.

Anyway, I had been not-very-happily using them for a few days when they broke. The wires connecting each earphone to the plug had snapped. Now you may think that the bits were therefore useless, but they weren't.

Me and a friend each wore an earphone in Maths, causing my teacher to come over and demand that we take them out.

We didn't.

She then told us to give her them, and whatever they were attached to. Imagine her dismay when we pulled them out and she only ended up with two earphones and a couple of bits of wire. Cheap tat? I think not :D (she threw the bits in the bin though. We retaliated by stealing her board pens.)

She was a fantastically awful teacher though. Most lessons involved playing catch with her pencil case/planner, throwing her umbrella out the window, pushing her chair downstairs (with somebody on it, the deputy head of year was coming up at the time! Unfortunately I was in isolation due to another related incident so didn't see this one). If there's ever a "crap teachers" qotw then I might have to submit all of said incidents for your viewing pleasure.

Length? About 20cm for each wire...
(Mon 7th Jan 2008, 13:25, More)
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