A Quizno’s store manager kept her abandoned store open for months by using the cash from sales to buy bread and discount lunch meats. With paychecks bouncing and vendors refusing to deliver on credit, she used cash from the till to buy cold cuts and bread each morning. She paid herself and her crew in cash, too, tallying each day’s wages on the back of their worthless paychecks, deducting the amount that would go for payroll taxes.
The only person to ever create 3 companies to go public on the New York stock exchange was a trucker who only got into it because his family could not afford to send him to college. He ended up creating the entire shipping container industry, as well as the ships that carry them.
There is a fee imposed by local businesses that called a TIF in Niagara Falls which is entirely voluntary to pay, tourists can ask to have it removed from their bills if they know about it. It pulls in roughly 15 Million a year from tourists with no regulation or tracking on where the money goes after being collected.
Warren Buffett made enough money selling Coke Bottles and magazines door to door to buy a 40 acre farm at the age of 14.
In Japan, you can hire handsome men to show up at your office and watch sad videos with you until you cry, then wipe your tears for you.
A company in England accidentally sent letters to some of its wealthy customers that began “Dear Rich Bastard”. One customer who did not receive the letter complained, certain their wealth was enough to warrant the “rich bastard” title.
Private companies that control prison phone calls charge over a $1/minute, apply large connection/usage fees…and work to ban inmate visitation.
Best Buy used to have a fake internal website that looked exactly like their actual internet website, but with marked up prices, so they could price gouge in-store customers.
A man named Robert Wiggen, who spent 3 years in prison, started a website that posts mug shots taken from police department websites and makes them easily searchable on sites like Google and then charges money to have the images removed. His own mug shot is absent from the site.
Elvis’ manager sold “I Hate Elvis” badges to make money from those who otherwise wouldn’t have parted with their cash for Elvis merchandise.