There are plenty of reasons why a company will put this sort of rule into effect – they don’t want people to be late. They need people on the floor or wherever to keep the products or services flowing, and being late means there can be issues. On the other hand, something that is this strict is going to backfire, as we can see in the short tale here.
Being five minutes late is so common for so many people it might as well be every day, so if you’re going to get dinged the same amount, why not just take your time? Hit a park on the way to work and enjoy the morning sunshine. There’s nothing like it. Yeah, you’ll get to work, but there are more things to worry about than work.
Eating on the Airline's Dollar
You must salute someone who does something like this. Not only did this enterprising man discover a way to get a couple of nice meals out of the airline, he maintained the plan for a full year! Incredible. He had to swap out the flight every week, maybe even every day, but he did it and he just kept eating at the VIP lounge.
The story says that even though the airline finally caught on, they admitted there was nothing to be done about his scheme. It also tells us that he was able to cancel his ticket for a full refund after the end of the year, though who knows if he could have kept the deal going. It seems like a lot of trouble to go to, but a free, fancy meal is worth quite a lot if you don’t have any other options.
I Have the Slip and Everything
While this is less of a loophole and more of “making the best of a bad situation,” it’s still close enough so we’ll give it to him. This guy followed the rules to the letter, he just didn’t do what the teacher wanted. He had a late slip, had never signed in, and there was nothing that the teacher could do.
We understand that there has to be a moment when you become officially late, since as a kid sometimes your single job is to go to school, but marking someone as tardy a mere thirty seconds after the bell rings seems a little bit particular. Maybe even cruel. Did this protest work? It was a teacher. No, of course it didn’t.
Maybe We Should Change that Rule
Yeah, it seems like that little penalty wasn’t all that well thought out. Also, how bad must it have been during this time period (which we see to be 209 to 208 B.C.) for these commanders to realize they’re going to be late, shrug, and just pull an Uno reverse card?
Well, things seem to have taken a turn for the worse at that time, since it was following the death of Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty. This rebellion, and a number of others, helped to pave the way to the Han dynasty, which was one of the great golden ages in the long history of China. We assume the Han dynasty did not include this tardiness equals death rule.
And That Was When a Scholarship Meant Something!
Loopholes come in all kinds of forms. This one seems less like a rule that missed a spot, and more like something that was still on the books even though it shouldn’t have been. Still, it worked out great for this guy and who knows how many others. We’re guessing that he was going to school in the sixties or seventies, which meant that a scholarship covered way more than what one of them covers nowadays.
Back then, college was like a thousand dollars a semester, and not fifteen thousand. That might even be on the low end of things now. Good luck trying to find scholarships that will cover an entire semester anymore unless you get REALLY lucky.