One of my first jobs was in a gas bar, you know, when the gas attendant actually put the gas in the car. Anyway, we had a pretty cheap boss who paid us something like $2.15 hr which I'm sure he thought was too generous. So what does he do? he buys a beat-up, old used pinball machine and puts it by the door of the garage to try and get his money back off us
. Anyway, when he went out on a service call, we'd get the phone books out and prop the front of the pinball machine up. The ball would get hung up on one of the pins and run the score way up....WHACK!!...free game!...WHACK...another free game
! We'd run up about 10-20 free games and play it in between serving cars through the day. At the end of the week, the boss gets his keys out to open the pinball machine to check his little hoard, only to find a couple of dollars in there. He was a little bewildered because the game was being played so much, and it took him a few weeks to figure out what we were doing...I remember him telling his wife "Those little B#$t@rd$ have been putting phone books under the machine!!"
Alas, the pinball game was taken away