Today Forbes reports on how the government crackdown of this practice is going.
Not exactly ethical, but it's not a crime -- at least not yet. The trick (it feels more like a scam) is to use a government program meant for promoting the circulation of dollar coins for everyday use. And it's not new: travel hackers have been doing it for years, and it's only recently that the federal government has caught on and done something about it.Now I’m being accused by my colleagues of having pulled off a scam in getting 2 tickets to Brazil for free by buying these coins. I disagree. The scam, the crime against democracy really, is the US Mint allowing purchases of legal tender using a credit card and then shipping FOR FREE! That’s absurd and to insinuate that I’m doing something unethical is scurrilous (Rand Paul is cool).
Printing money out of thin air to bailout failed banks is unethical but taking advantage of an idiotic opportunity that our idiotic government provides is appropriate. Besides the government is keeping me out of home ownership by handing wealth to those who don’t deserve it by allowing people to live for free in houses they bought but couldn’t afford. So when the rest of the world becomes ethical then come after me. Until then, GFY.