William Castle, a b-movie maker, allowed audiences refunds if a movie was too scary. Many abused it, angering Castle. The abuse stopped when he made refund seekers go to a "Coward's Corner" in the theater as a record screamed "Watch the chicken!" and a yellow light followed across the theater. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The State of Washington once forced Comcast to refund nearly 50,000 customers for charging them a $5/month "service protection plan" that actually did nothing. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
After author James Frey was caught fabricating parts of his memoir A Million Little Pieces, Random House offered purchasers of the book a refund. To get this refund, they had to send in page 163 of their book & a sworn statement that they purchased it under the assumption that it was a memoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_M…
Bottle bills are refunds that consumers can obtain if they return select beverage containers to supermarkets or other redemption centres. The refund is only available in 10 states and ranges from 2 cents to 15 cents per container, most commonly being five cents. ncsl.org/research/environ…
The creator of Comic Sans has only used the font once, to send a letter complaining about his broadband. He received a Β£10 refund theguardian.com/artanddes…
A "rain check" was originally a ticket given to a spectator at an outdoor event interrupted by rain that provided admission to a later event (instead of a refund), but has since become an informal term for a request to reschedule any event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
In 1898 Andrew Carnegie was so opposed to the American annexation of the Philippines he offered to personally refund the $20million the US spent purchasing it from Spain in exchange if it meant the islands would be granted independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
A devout Christian requested a refund for the game "Bioshock Infinite" because of an early scene where the player's character is baptized and it can't be skipped. kotaku.com/some-dont-like…
Today I learned about William Castle, a producer /director know for his unusual promotional gimmicks, such as wiring theater seats to vibrate and shake during the climax of his movie and setting up a booth for people to get refunds during a movie’s β€œFright Break” if they were too scared to see the ending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A Scalper tried to sell 50 tickets for The Interview and couldn't get a refund for $650 abc7.com/entertainment/th…
The film Homicidal (1961) features a 'fright break' before the climax. The break gave the audience a chance to leave and get a refund before it got too scary. People that left got their pictures taken and added to 'Coward's Corner' which was used to advertise how scary the film was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Today I learned of toy swapping. The act of buying a new toy and put an old/broken one in it's packaging which is returned for a refund. tfwiki.net/wiki/Toy_swapp…
Fraudsters in China cost Apple over $2 Billion by returning fake iPhones for refunds appleinsider.com/articles…
A man from China bought a first class ticket which came with access to a VIP lounge that had free food. He rescheduled over 300 times in a year to enjoy over 300 free meals. When investigated, he canceled the ticket and got a full refund. sploid.gizmodo.com/genius…
AEG Live, the owners and operators of Coachella Music Festival attempted to profit off of Michael Jackson's death by offering fan's 'Souvenior Tickets' in leiu of a refund to tickets to the 'This Is It' tour, which was interrupted by Jackson's death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ans…
The IRS uses two 58 year old computer systems for its Individual and Business Master Files, and they are written in assembly code, with data stored on tapes. The Individual Master File is the source where taxpayer accounts are updated, taxes are assessed, and refunds are generated. gao.gov/products/GAO-16-6…
The IRS uses 56 year old software to receive taxpayer data and dispense refunds. nextgov.com/cio-briefing/…
There is a 4000 year old clay tablet which is a customer's letter complaining about sub-standard copper and wanting a refund. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Defense Department spent an estimated $100 million for airline tickets that were not used over a six-year period and failed to seek refunds even though the tickets were reimbursable usatoday30.usatoday.com/t…
A man from China bought a first class ticket which came with access to a VIP lounge and flyers could get a free meal. He rescheduled over 300 times over a year to enjoy (presumably) over 300 meals. When investigated, he canceled the ticket and got a full refund. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
After UPS lost someone's bank draft worth $846K, they only offered to refund the $32 shipping fee. newsweek.com/ups-loses-84…
The reason why so many Americans owe taxes this year instead of getting a refund is because not enough money was taken out of their paychecks during the year kimt.com/content/news/30-…
Today I learned about Windows Refund Day - When Linux Users Demanded Their Money Back. In 1999, groups of open source software users staged an international protest against Microsoft. They demanded a refund for something they didn't want, but were forced to pay for: Microsoft Windows 98. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scien…
Australians are entitled by law to a repair/replace/refund on whatever they buy accc.gov.au/consumers/con…
There is a haunted house that makes you walk through alone and witness violent and sexual situations. You can say "safety" to be escorted out but you receive no refund. blackouthh.com/rules
Skechers was sued for false advertising of Shape-Ups ($40M) and had to mail out half a million refunds cnn.com/2012/05/16/us/ftc…
A Continental Airlines Flight 11 went down in 1962 to a suicide bombing on board by a married man to help his family (Wife and a 5 year old daughter) claim $300,000 worth of insurance money. The policy was later voided and the widow was only able to claim a $3 refund. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
An upset theatre-goer asked Italian composer Verdi for a full refund after seeing Aida TWICE - Verdi agreed to refund him but minus his expenses for food. lettersofnote.com/2012/01…
Ryan Adams, was once requested to play "Summer of 69" at a concert. Ryan then ordered the lights turned on, found the fan who made the joke request, paid him $30 cash as a refund for the show, ordered him to leave, and said he wouldn't play another note until he'd gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
The hype surrounding the trailer to the 1989 Tim Burton 'Batman' was so tremendous that people would buy a ticket to a movie showing the trailer, leave after the trailer showed and never ask for a refund. flavorwire.com/463615/how…
A woman called 911 three times after she paid for Chicken McNuggets, which were sold out and McDonalds wouldn't issue a refund. foxnews.com/story/2009/03…
The band Oasis promised a full refund for a show, but after immediately regretting the offer, issued autographed cheques with the band's logo on it, in the hopes that people would frame them instead of cashing them. theguardian.com/music/200…
Subscribers with female names to pay online pornography sites are flagged as likely sources of credit-card fraud, because "so many of these charges result in an angry wife or mother demanding a refund for the misuse of her card". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Australians are entitled by law to a repair/replace/refund on whatever they buy accc.gov.au/consumers/con…
The Rhode Island state tax return features multiple emoticons, including a Frowny Face if you owe money and a Smiley Face if you are getting a refund tax.ri.gov/forms/2017/Inc…
On February 15, 1969, a woman name Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin in concert. Jones' impersonation was so convincing that nobody in the audience asked for a refund. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Today I learned of PeopleSoft, who guaranteed its customers that if it were acquired within two years, likely by Oracle, and product support were reduced, customers would receive a refund up to 5x what they paid for their software licenses. The hypothetical cost to Oracle was valued at as much as $1.5 billion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Once Creed fans sue over band's notoriously poor performance in which frontman Scott Stapp allegedly appeared drunk, had trouble singing and passed out. The suit asked the band to refund ticket and parking costs for all 15,000 fans who attended, at a cost of about $2 million. mtv.com/news/1478673/cree…
Fugazi's Ian MacKaye would still give ticket refunds to people escorted out of the band's shows for being too violent, and kept envelopes containing $5 bills in the tour van for this very purpose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
One of the video cameras used to film the Blair Witch Project was returned after filming for a refund, making their overall budget total even lower. unexplainable.net/info-th…
People affected by Hurricane Harvey / Irma (or other federally declared disasters) can amend their 2016 return to claim the losses there and get a refund faster vs waiting for 2017 tax return irs.gov/businesses/small-…
Nintendo created the 90day return policy concept, and electronic point of sales systems... which they gave to retailers to stop customers from returning months/years old NES’s for full refunds when the SNES was released. ign.com/articles/2014/06/…
In 2011 the IRS sent $46,378,040 in refunds to 23,994 different people at the same address in Atlanta, Ga. They also sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to another Atlanta address that very same year. cnsnews.com/news/article/…
Director William Castle made 1961's 'Homicidal' - designed with a 45 second 'fright break' near the climax of the film where scared patrons could walk out and receive a refund from a cardboard booth called 'Coward's Corner' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Your state government keeps track of any "unclaimed property" in your name- this could be tax refunds, reimbursement checks, old savings account money or proceeds from an inheritance. Most states have an online process where you can see if you have any unclaimed property! naupa.org/
A woman in Oregon filed a false tax refund of 2.1million which was given to her. No one realized the fraud until she reported the debit card they gave her the refund on lost/stolen oregonlive.com/politics/i…
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary once responded to customers' requests for a refund by saying, "You're not getting a refund so fuck off. We don't want to hear your sob stories. What part of 'no refund' don't you understand?" theguardian.com/business/…
If you are owed a refund, there is no penalty for filing late with the IRS. irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-…
In 2009, the Utah Flash of the NBA's D-League promised a game of one-on-one between former Jazz player Byron Russell and Michael Jordan. When Jordan declined, the owner hired a lookalike, but the fans weren't fooled, and they eventually all received refunds for their ticket prices. espn.com/nba/news/story?i…

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