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  1. About 5 years ago while participating in a different “life hack experiment” I was purchasing a large number of pre paid credit cards. I would spend most of it but always had like $2 or $3.97 left and couldn’t figure out how to spend that tiny amount of money. One day I was washing my truck and I had like 5 of these mostly used up cards in my console when I noticed they had installed a “credit card” swipe machine to pay for my wash. I figured I’d just use the cards up $1 at a time so I swiped one I’d written $1.29 on, it worked…and kept working and kept working until I’d maxed out at $30 and the car wash machine must have just shut off. Now I was excited about my discovery but the real thing that caught thoughts was “Why did this automatically shut off?” so I swiped another $2 card and did nothing…the machine just kept racking up the charges, I turned the dial to stop and it just kept going…I found that you had to actually go to the machine you swiped on and push stop to stop the thing from charging you more. Now, having friends that work in and own various gas stations and service centers I know there are millions of little “gotcha’s” where they don’t steal from you or con you but just kind of slide a buck or two past you if you’re not paying attention…and I knew this was one of them. Which is why I didn’t feel bad about washing my truck 4 times a week at $1.97 a shot for the next 2 years until they finally figured it out and started taking “$15” pre-authorizations.

    Also, just a P.S…I found that essentially any service designed to trick you into signing up hoping you’ll either forget to unsubscribe or that makes is super hard to unsubscribe were perfect for my unused balances. Tons of free month trials of streaming sites, VPNs, porn sites, Microsoft Gold, the list goes on and on

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