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! :)