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A friend who worked in a second hand record shop told us about a Japanese guy who regularly bought "rare" records in their shop. One time, he was looking for a signed copy of "Never Mind the Bollocks".

They didn't have one. Four people and one magic marker later, they did. Ker-ching!

How have you been ripped off? Who did you rip off? Are you a British Gas customer?

(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:28)
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fags
I smoke. I used to live in Britain. 'nuff said

Oh, and a train journey to Bedford from London is 22 quid, although it's all on shitty thameslink
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:35, Reply)
Service stations
nuf sed
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:32, Reply)
I got ripped off. I've only ever bought Zoo magazine twice
And both times they'd used my stuff. It comes out again tomorrow. I wait with baited breathe.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:29, Reply)
Yesterday
I watched deal or no deal and then i had a shit
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:29, Reply)
School Again
Cookies. Not even full sized ones. Theyre about 4 cm across.
30p.
I'm sure some of you are thinking thats not much, but I have no income whatsoever, so trust me when I tell you its a lot.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:24, Reply)
Train journey
ANY train journey. Although 200 bin-lids Manchester to London return is my personal favourite. . . Especially when some of the journey (between Manchester and Crewe) has to be done by coach.

Marvelous.

Still, reminds how much I (still) hate Thatcher [spits vehemently to wash the taste of her name from my mouth].

Length? about 200 miles give or take.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:14, Reply)
I've had my images ripped off by:
ZOO
NUTS
Daily Sport

Frequently
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:08, Reply)
iPod
I bought a (hideously overpriced and over rated) iPod for myself last year.

Done? I have been.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:03, Reply)
I live in bristol
so get ripped off whenever i step on a bus, visit a shop or go for a drink.

i'm also under 25 so i'm going to get ripped off next week when i buy car insurance (insurance is 14x what i'm paying for the car)

apologies for lack of length, but the £50 i spent on this penis enlarger doesn't appear to have been money well spent
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:02, Reply)
12 Angry Men
My friend Tim was a Racquel Darian fan. She is some kind of pornographic actress.
Tim went to a speciality shop in Soho and asked if he had any videos starring Racquel.
"No problem" was the reply.
The guy disappeared downstairs for a couple of minutes, and came back with a video cassette with "Racquel Darian Hot Porn" hand written on the label. Tim handed over £30 and the deal was done.
A few of us were invited over to watch the film which turned out to be called "12 Man Jerk Off", and entailed 12 old men that knocked one out over the head of a clinically obese lady with a bad haircut. When they'd finished with their lady friend they started on each other.
The worst thing was that Tim admitted after we had left he still tried to be the 13th man "but it just wasn't happening".
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:02, Reply)
Golddust
I've had exacting requirements when it comes to what oil I put in my engine so most garages are happy if you supply the oil to put in your car, but they sometimes charge for "environmental disposal" of the old oil (ie tipping the used engine oil down the bog and charging you a tenner).
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:01, Reply)
in high school
I sold a guy catnip under the pretext it was a "Controlled substance" he smoked it right in front of me.

idiot.

also bail is such a rip.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:01, Reply)
Glitish Brass
I was supposed to but I didn't.

Believe it or not, there was a time when some of the people helping you change your gas and electricity weren't complete shits. This was, however, a brief window of about six weeks, coinciding with my employment.*

Being a nice person, temporarily out of a job, I thought I'd give it a go for a few weeks. It sounded good to be able to help people save money. Believe me peeps, I really did believe that was what I was doing. I was scrupulously honest, and had a pretty good time for a few weeks, always telling people if switching wouldn't help, never forcing anyone (I wouldn't know how) and just kind of getting on with it. I made ok money, never loads like some people, and enjoyed meeting new people. It was fun.

Until I started to realise that I never, no matter what I did, made as many conversions as my colleagues. I didn't mind that, really, but I was intrigued as to how they did it. We each spoke to the same number of people, each did the same hours.. What was going on? It all became horribly clear when one colleague asked me to hold his clipboard while he filled in a few last details. Naïve and curious, I asked what he'd missed. 'Signatures', he said. This charm deficient scum was forging application forms, based on real people's details -' I just need your name for this survey love, just to show my boss I've been talking to people. No, course you don't need to sign anything'.

Torn by fear of a knife in the neck if I snitched, and my basic honesty, I managed to get the words out and tell my Manager. I'd like to say that the perpetrator was sacked on the spot, that each of the people he'd dealt with was contacted and told to check their suppliers, that his commission was withheld. I'd love to say that, but no. I was told that 'sometimes, you have to be a bit creative' and while I was never actually, explicitly told to lie or forge, it was certainly implied. So I quit, there and then, and am proud that I did.


*If anyone reading this begs to differ and thinks that any of these people are decent and honest please either a) tell them they are in the wrong job now before they have to work it out for themselves from the gnawing self hatred that gradually overwhelms them or b) if it's you, Leave. you will feel better, you will stop feeling like you need to be disinfected after work. Leave, now.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 17:00, Reply)
Car Insurance
Enough Said

Well, obviously not - the first time I crashed my car (I've had 4 accidents - mind you the 4th wasn't official as I never claimed on the insurance.... Anyhoo) - I had been quoted £300 for my (then) Toyota Corolla (I'm not proud) - After the accident which wasn't my fault* £850.

Gah.....

I've got a company car now :-D

* Well, the roundabout had oil on it. That's my argument and I'm sticking with it.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:59, Reply)
Sucker!
I'm such a sucker and would happily buy some magic beans if someone offered to sell me some.

A few years ago I got a letter from some company saying that I was going to be included in a book called "Who's Who of Britain's Young Business Elite" (I own my own company you see). To get a personalised listing and a copy of the book I had to pay them something like £60.

Being the complete sucker I am, I duly sent off my £60. Low and behold, a month or 2 later, the book arrived. It obviously had sod all to do with the real Who's Who books and was simply some dodgy company getting a list of company directors from Companies House and spamming them all.

I occasionally come across it on the bookshelf and it reminds me of what a tosser I am.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:56, Reply)
Hospital canteen
If you're forced to buy food at a hospital get a loan first.

When my girlfriend was in labour I obviously didn't want to leave the hospital so as I was there for about 24 hours I needed to eat.

Mars Bar 70p
Can of coke £1.20


If we go again I'm taking a fucking barbeque with me.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:55, Reply)
Name
only once?
did u thank the guy afterwards?...

sorry, lame joke
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:54, Reply)
VW service
Got my passat serviced a while back

VW charge £7.90 PER LITRE for oil. That means the oil for an oil change costs over £40.

Wonder what they'd say if I bought my own at Halfords and said "use that instead".
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:51, Reply)
Never been RIPPED off...
got wanked off once though
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:50, Reply)
Aberdeen
Lots of stories to come I reckon.

I fly to Aberdeen from Humberside airport* weekly - the price? A mere £300 to you sir.

If I was paying it I'd feel like they were yanking my pants down every week!

* Yes, Humberside has an airport (I was surprised too), no it's not very big and no, thankfully it's actually not near Hull
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:49, Reply)
Odd
In the Indian that I frequent (it's never a good sign when they know your first name) - the bill is always just about £23 each no matter what we eat and drink.

I suspect that I might be getting ripped off there...
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:47, Reply)
Not me as such
But at my school they sell bananas for 50p.


yeah
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:46, Reply)
I sell stuff on ebay
You pay a fee to list your item
You pay a fee when you sell your item

Then they pay with paypal (owned by ebay) and you pay again.

Then transfer it to bank account (pay again).

In the mean time post said item, pay at post office and lose bank interest while waiting for paypal to actually send the money.

Basically sell something for £5, get about £3.50 back. What a rip.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:46, Reply)
Tax
An obvious one methinks - I'm a higher rate taxpayer. I'm regularly ripped off.

Size? Bigger than my tax bill ;-)
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:46, Reply)
5th
bugger!
waiting all day for the new QOTW - away from my desk for 5 mins to grab a coffee and it changes while i'm away.
feeling very ripped off
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:42, Reply)
3d glasses
I once sold a pair of 3d glasses (green and red lenses kind :) old skool!) to a friend in primary school for 10p enabling him to almost touch the things in front of him! they were state of the art at the time. how technology has come on!
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:41, Reply)
third...
damn!

edit: we've just bought a new house and had to pay £10K in stamp duty...I certainly feel ripped off - bastards!
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:36, Reply)
i just clicked
the link for qotw as it was updated

now That's a spooky coincedence

the twunt below me didn't bother to post a message so i feel very ripped off (clicks ignore)

Yay!!! i was first!!!
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:34, Reply)
Ripped off
You all should feel ripped off, I hardly ever post in the QOTW.

I do live in Ireland however, and I do need to pay almost five euro for a pint of beer.
(, Thu 15 Feb 2007, 16:34, Reply)

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