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Diabolical plan

Updated on November 17, 2015

The plan in itself was completely 100% diabolical in nature. That's really the only word that could even begin to describe this concocted scheme. During World War Two there were many diabolical plans put into action against the enemy. Top secret covert operations, disinformation, and sabotage were just a few ways used to defeat the enemy. Now this diabolical plan certainly wasn't as serious as those used in wartime, but the end result proved to be just as effective. Now before I continue on, let me explain that the label diabolical was put on this plan by those who were burned by it, and not by those who actually conceived the plan.

Let's get down to the actual nuts and bolts of what this diabolical plan was all about in the first place. At the present time the soft drink maker Coca-Cola has a MyCoke rewards plan. To participate you just simply drink a Coke product, and when you are finished you save and keep the bottle cap. On the inside of the cap there's a code, and after accumulating enough of these caps, you can get some wonderful free products through Coca-Cola. Each cap is worth three points, and you can enter up to a hundred points per week into an account on the internet. So to boil it down, a person needs about forty bottle caps a week. That's a lot of Coca-Cola to drink, so the new art form and passion of cap collecting was born, and came onto the scene.

In the early days of this program, cap collecting was easy with little to no competition involved. The problem began as time moved onward and the program became more popular with more and more people collecting Coca-Cola caps. A couple of guys where I work were having a problem getting their quota of forty caps a week. In the early days of the Coca-Cola rewards program, the two had a free reign of all of the trash cans around work. They didn't have to dig in the trash cans, but simply pick the empty Coke bottles off of the top of the trash, unscrew the caps, and toss the caps into their pockets. Then they would move onto the next trash can. It was the good old days as the two of them called it. But just like the world, times changed and the two of them devised a plan to deal with the competition.

The two guys decided to saturate the factory grounds with bad invalid codes of Coke caps, and protect their turf. Between the two of them they had plenty of old coke caps laying around that they had already redeemed. So they took a black magic marker, and put a very small black mark on each of the used caps so that they would know it was one of their caps. They then loaded up their pockets full of these marked caps and headed off to work. (I guess some people have nothing better to do.) Once at work they both went all around the factory, and screwed their bad caps onto all of the coke bottles that were laying in the trash cans. They continued in secrecy, and repeated their devious plan for weeks, while unsuspecting cap collectors gobbled up what they believed were easy pickings. One day all of a sudden these two guys noticed that nobody else was picking up Coke caps any longer. All of those unsuspecting people believed that the Coca-Cola rewards program had expired, and there was no reason to continue on collecting caps. Most of the unsuspecting victims still to this day are totally clueless to what actually happened, and took place at their work place.

Therefore the devious, yet diabolical plan for getting rid of the competition worked out rather well for those two guys. And from what I've been told, the two guys continue collecting caps today with absolutely no other competition. Now in the grand scheme of things, this may not sound like a big deal to all of you. But to these two guys who masterminded this diabolical plan, their scheme brought them a treasure trove of free hats, shirts, music down loads, prepaid gift cards, and the list goes on with many more great prizes. I guess their Christmas shopping is just about done. I would also like to emphasize that in no way, shape, or form was I myself ever involved in this diabolical plan! :)

Could you spell the word diabolical before you read this hub?

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      6 years ago

      I like it. You can get all all the Coca Cola swag without the diabetes.

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      Powerful Pierre 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Thank God for laughter and you keep em comin'

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      6 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I wonder how many cardiologists are heavily invested in Coca Cola with incentives like this being promoted. I just have to believe that there are cardiologists behind this.

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      Gary Eby 

      6 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      A nice humorous bit. Yes to the healing power of laughter. Thanks for following me. Hope you enjoy my Hubs about positive solutions to all "diabolical" problems. Namaste....Gary

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      6 years ago

      Hi TheHoleStory

      Great hub. Surprising what some people will do just to get some free prizes.

      Voted up and awesome.

    • AnnRandolph profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this hub! Great writing!

    • greekwarrior profile image


      6 years ago from Sylvania, Ohio, USA

      Hilarious story sounds like something I would do rated up and funny

    • JasonL99 profile image


      6 years ago

      An amusing and original story - well done! These characters would do well studying game theory :)

    • Irob profile image


      6 years ago from St. Charles

      Human nature

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      6 years ago from India

      Diabolical indeed. Humurous and an interesting read too. :)

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      6 years ago from Missouri, US

      What a diabolical little story haha! I really liked. If they were going to spend so much time and effort they should have went for bigger fish! I know I would have, that is if I ever participated in diabolical plans! ;)

      Voted up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I remember collecting bottle caps.. in fact I use to work at Coca-Cola bottling company.. Years and years ago.. LOl

      great story


    • SANJOG MAHESHWARI profile image


      6 years ago

      How could you discover the dubious plan without getting involved in the game? It's not 'diabolical', dear. You have a way of telling stories and I admire it. Keep it up.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have to admire their moxy. If only they could channel their evil genius towards good works. lol

      I like to start my day with a chuckle so I thank you for that.

      Voted up and funny.

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well I guess that is another way to avoid having to drink the coke. If they did that they would both weigh 300+ pounds and not be able to run around the yards all day!

      Good Hub :)

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      Scott Biddulph 

      6 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      Interesting, good reporting. WP

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      6 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub— interesting with a funny outcome.

      Voted up—DF

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Free enterprise at its finest. These guys should work in political campaigns. Up/awesome!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Are you kidding? What lengths people will go to get something for free, and how much work for a cap..I give them credit though as they spent many hours on something they believed in, which is more that I can say for most.

      Loved you approach to the subject and found it very interesting/funny...kudos for another up-hub...

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      6 years ago from Ireland

      The lengths people go to sometimes! A diabolical tale that is indeed funny and engaging to read

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago

      Great writing and funny too. Greed never ends well. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Voted up and funny because this hub is so interesting and humorous to me. You are a good writer because I, for one, kept right on reading to see how it would end. Love your "smiley" at the end...apparently you did keep track of the goings on? I could not have done what these guys did, it was selfish...and you used the exact word I would have used: diabolical. Perfect title. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Good writing. Shame on them.What goes around, comes around cheating people!


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