BTS - Beat The System. My economics teacher taught me that acronym at school and it's stuck with me ever since because there is literally nothing more satisfying than B-ing the S. In the days before the internet and smartphones, it was relatively easy. The classic one was the Nandos reward card. It required a stamp that you could buy on e-bay and a scribbled signature to get a free chicken every time. Now it's all done by computers and I have to pay for my chicken and chips.
But all is not lost, fellow scammers. One genius has worked out how to BTS at none other than Starbucks, a company that deserves all the scamming it gets given that they don't pay corporation tax in the UK.
How do you do it? Turns out it's fairly simple. The scam was leaked by a disgruntled employee of the coffee giant on a forum designed for fast food workers to vent their frustrations. Brad Halsey, perhaps soon to be out of a job, explains,
"He purchased 365 Starbucks cards and registered every one of them online with a different birthday so that he gets a ‘free birthday drink’ EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. Even though I know exactly how he ‘beat the system’ there, he pretends that his app is just malfunctioning and it magically gives him the same free birthday drink every day."
So basically the guy spent $1 365 times on 365 different Starbucks cards, registering a different birthday to each card and then getting the free birthday coffee every day. Brad explains that he wouldn't have minded if it wasn't for the guy's infuriating order. The man would take the cup from Brad and say,
"Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla. That should take us to this line here where you’re gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge here…it should be halfway between this line and this line. Make sure to add the heavy whipping cream before the espresso, it changes the taste if you do it out of order. Then add your four shots, three regular and one long shot. That long shot is important, since you guys reformulated your machines, it’s been Hell trying to get my drink right. That long shot helps balance it. Then stir it for me, Mister Brad. Now do me a favour and add ice to the top there and it’ll be easy as pie."
So basically the guy's not a legendary scammer, he's an annoying w*nker. An annoying w*nker who, according to Cosmopolitan, is saving a minimum of $450 a year.
I don't drink Starbucks every day because I'm not from 1999 but if I did I would almost certainly be doing this. Just think of it as a socially unacceptable life hack.