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Insurance
LIFEHACKS: You can just take all the luggage off the airport conveyer belt and leave with it. They don't check that it's yours at the door!
Title text: LIFEHACKS: You can just take all the luggage off the airport conveyer belt and leave with it. They don't check that it's yours at the door!

Explanation

This would appear to be a sequel to 1469: UV

Cueball reads through the terms that are handed to him, and finds some sort of loophole: claiming insurance money by intentionally setting his property on fire.

The lawyer foresees this, and explains this "cool hack" - which has known as insurance fraud - is illegal.

The lawyer is also already prepared for the following question - how he knew Cueball would be looking for loopholes.

The title text provides another example: While airport luggage security certainly is exploitable, following through with this particular "lifehack" is also criminal - a theft.

Transcript

[Cueball is standing in front of a desk, which a man sits behind. The man is apparently some sort of lawyer, and is handing Cueball a paper.]

Lawyer: Here's a page explaining the terms of your new fire insurance policy.

[Cueball reads the paper.]

Cueball: Hey, what if I-

Lawyer: And here's a page explaining that the "cool hack" you just thought of is called "insurance fraud". We already know about it and it's a crime.

Cueball: Oh. Right. How did-

Lawyer: I see a lot of programmers here.



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