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14 Dirty Business Tactics Everyone Should Be Aware Of

14 Dirty Business Tactics Everyone Should Be Aware Of

by Ayoub Mask

Each and every profession has its own dirty little tactics that are only known by the people who happen to be in charge in that field. These secrets are honestly supposed to be kept secret and hidden from public consumers since they might drive them away from a particular product or service. But we're lucky enough to have found some pretty fascinating and very shocking truths about each field thanks to the people over at r/AskReddit.


1. icandoittwice

Dish Network's door-to-door salesmen will tell you that's it's fine to use your parent's name and Social Security Number for your account if your credit prevents you from getting service. This is not ok, it's identity theft.

2. JoeyZasaa

I waited tables in a restaurant and one time I decided to pour a cup of soup into an empty bowl (a bowl of soup costs a good bit more than a cup of soup at the restaurant). The cup filled up the bowl to the top.

3. icarusOW

 know a guy who does pest control who specializes in raccoon removal. He takes the raccoons from one house in one neighborhood, then takes and releases it in another neighborhood then waits for the people there to reach out to him to remove the raccoon from their home.

4. quietman85

I worked in the collections department of Discover Card for a while. One thing they did (maybe still do), to lure customers to them is offer 0% APR for the first year. People would jump on this and transfer all their debt onto their new Discover Card, and then the company would "conveniently" not send the first month's bill. In the fine print of the agreement, it states that if you miss even one payment in that first year, your APR will jump to 29.95%. Half of my calls were to these new customers who would then proceed to throw a fit, because they didn't ever get the bill, and I had to explain to them that it was their job to know when the bill was due, and sending one was just a courtesy extended by the company. I hated hated hated that job. It ate away at my soul.


In France it's hard to fire or lay off people, so when big companies need to clean house a bit, they move the office to a new location quite distant from the current one. In the process they reduce the office size from 50,000 seats to 30,000 because they've estimated that amount of people will resign rather than endure a 4 hours commute... But officially "totally you still have your job if you want, we are not laying you off, but I need you in the office everyday... Or you could resign if you don't like the new location..."Nestle did that and apparently it's fairly common now for multinationals around Paris

6. mymusekilleditself

When my grandmother was in the hospital, her landscaper and handyman both contacted me to tell me she hadn't paid them and they'd been trying to to reach her and on and on. I'd already paid both bills from her account and when I questioned them, they remembered real quick.

7. kochikame

 1286 points 1 day ago If you ever get a demonstration of a service from a company they will always use their very best, most experienced staff but once you've signed up you might find you've got the dregs that they couldn't foist on anyone else working for you.

8. IAmKnightSolaire

Petco will sell you non-aquatic plants specifically for your aquarium that will poison everything in the tank.

9. AnyOlUsername

If you're in the UK, working for an agency or temp work for a company, you will accrue holiday pay. However, the company or agency is not obliged to tell you that.After a certain period, if you haven't claimed it, the agency gets to keep it so often they'll 'forget' to tell you about it.They are obliged to payout if you've requested it in writing, though.

10. MattsWorldoWonders

Debt collectors will have "detectives" call you from a number that appears to be a legitimate law enforcement agency when you Google it. It's actually a spoofed caller ID using a legitimate agency's fax number. The "detective" will threaten arrest and throw around names of local judges. The debt collector will claim to not know the "detective" who left the message, but will be willing to take care of your debt.EDIT TIME: Yes, it's illegal, but it's very hard to prove and that's why they do it. Law enforcement or courts will only call you in the case of theft (like a hot check) but will never call for an old debt. It's civil and they don't have jurisdiction.


11. surfnsound

Jacking google business pages. Basically if a google business listing isn't claimed and controlled by a company, a competing company can weasel their way in and direct people to their business by, say, changing the phone number.There was an article recently about how drug counselors in the Philadelphia area had it happen to them. Their listing phone number was changed to an 800 number, which directed callers to an inpatient rehab facility in Florida. It was discovered when one of these counselors started noticing his patients suddenly not showing up. He called one of them and found out he was at this facility in florida.

12. Mode1961

In Nova Scotia Canada severance pay is paid on the average of your last 30 days of pay. This means that some companies will actually reduce your hours to minimum your last month with them if they are going to lay you off. Happened to me wife. She worked for this company for 5 years, worked 35+ hours per week, suddenly she wasn't getting shifts. BOOM, layoff notice. Happened to other folks too.

13. HarrysonTubman

Maybe not dirty, but incompetent contractors will often way underbid jobs. So if you request a bunch of quotes, and all the bids are relatively close except for one that's way lower, there's roughly a 100% chance that guy will screw it up and you'll have a nightmare on your hands. Sometimes you get what you pay for.Also, FWTW, if a bid is high, it probably means they don't want the job.Edit: For everyone asking why you would bid high rather than just reject the job, it's considered unprofessional to just not bid a job. It's leaves a sour taste in customers' mouths when you just outright don't even give them a price. Reasons you don't want the job could include.

1. You're out of manpower and can't staff it.

2. There's something about the job that makes you not want to deal with it. For example, fixing an air conditioning that wasn't installed right means you could be looking at a job that is actually going to take months, still not be right after you're done, and the customer could blame you, not the original contractor. No thanks.

3. Customer is an asshole or difficult in some way. He might have non-asshole friends, however, you don't want him badmouthing to. So the goal is don't piss him off, but also try not to work for him either.

Edit 2: Should have put this in the original comment. Sometimes they will outright steal from you or half do a job, take the money and run. They count on you being either too poor or too passive to take them to court.

14. fathqua

When I was in the process of moving into my current home I transferred the title of my old home and land to my sister because she was buying it and moving in when I left. Within the next few weeks she started getting all the "welcome to the neighborhood" coupons and flyers. She didn't even change her address, so I assume companies track title changes with the register of deeds. The sketchiest was a pest control company claiming to have an existing account on the property and recommending she continue to use their services. They detailed dates and changes; referenced termites. It was all lies. All the dates shown were while I owned the property and I never even heard of this company before she received that letter.

All types of businesses and professions have their own secrets. These might be seen as scams but it isn't always the case. Maybe the man or woman sitting at the top of the pyramid is the real bad guy. Or, maybe the employee has something to hide! Check out these employees who got busted on Facebook by their bosses. Ouch!