15 Heroic Lifehackers Who Tore Up Society’s Rule Book

It’s no secret that alcohol sold in venues is expensive. At the last music festival I went to, I had to finish my wine as quickly as possible before it was inevitably confiscated by security. I then had two options: stop drinking, or pay four times the price for the same drink. I chose the former.

Whilst venues claim that the expensive price of alcohol acts as a deterrent for loutish behaviour, it does not. People still get ridiculously smashed, but thanks to the organizers’ ridiculous confiscation of their alcohol – they wake up the next day with a headache and an even bigger pain in their wallet.

So, this means it’s time to get creative. Smuggling alcohol in to venues has never looked easier thanks to these hilarious and rather outrageous ideas…

1. If they asked about the weight, you could just say you were very big on salad…

2. Burrito smuggling is definitely catching on…

3. This girl didn’t even try to hide what she was doing…

4. So close and yet so far…

If it means saving money, people are willing to get seriously creative, and why shouldn’t they? I’ve been sold drinks at festivals for $10 when I know they cost $2 in the store – and the store was making a profit on that in the first place. On top of the price of entry, expensive drinks are nothing more than a scam.

There’s no doubt that the people on this list are the envy of their friends and family and anyone else at these events who didn’t have the foresight to plan ahead when it came to their drinking. But, as you’re about to learn, it’s not just the younger Twittering generation who’ve gotten creative smuggling alcohol…

5. Baguettes are the perfect shape for this operation…

6. A crafty, thrifty mom…

7. Okay, this mom has just taken it to another level…

8. Now it’s a business for some companies…

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for enjoying alcohol in moderation. However, people go to concerts and music festivals on special occasions, usually after working hard to pay for the tickets, and, to be honest, if they are clever enough to hide their drinks this successfully then they deserve to save money.

What makes overpriced alcohol even worse is when it’s accompanied by a mandatory service charge. That’s often the case on cruise ships where people can be forced to pay 25% tips regardless of whether or not they thought the service was good. In fact, some cruise ship servers get tipped for simply cracking open cans of beer!

9. This guy went to extreme lengths to get his fix of his favorite tipple…

10. How to expertly beat the ridiculous cruise ship prices…

11. This one is far from subtle…

12. Now that’s just ridiculous…

If you don’t have the time to get seriously creative with your smuggling, my advice is to drink before you go out. If it’s your aim to get drunk or tipsy, you can simply top up the alcohol you’ve already consumed with one or two of the expensive drinks on offer.

Another advantage to pre-drinking is the fact that you’re not putting yourself at risk of getting thrown out the venue for drinking smuggled alcohol. Some concert tickets can cost over $100, and you’ll be wishing you hadn’t tried to save on that $15 can of beer if you get thrown out.

13. Make it look like you’ve got an unusual obsession with drinking suncream…

14. Crafty, but the weight of the tube would give it away…

15. You have to laugh at this one…

16. Great alcohol smuggling minds must think alike…

So the next time you’re going to a venue where you know there’s going to be overpriced alcohol, maybe you’ll decide to get creative to save a buck or two. However, it’s probably a good idea not to get too carried away. You won’t enjoy the event at all if you end up lying face down in the gutter…

If you need a reminder of why not to smuggle, here are some epic fails that’ll remind you of the consequences!

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