iTunes Content You've Already Bought Can Disappear From Your Library
Based on the hype, the greatest advantage of buying your movies, shows, music, and naughty material over the internet is that things like availability aren't an issue anymore. There's no risk of anything being sold out, there's certainly no risk of getting a weird look from the store clerk, and as long as every single device you own doesn't spontaneously combust, the content you buy is yours forever and ever.
That is, unless you're using iTunes, in which case "bought" might not be the correct word.
Apple Inc.Along with all the other ... let's call them concessions ... that you've already made to Apple without realizing it.
A few months back, Anders G. da Silva wrote to Apple after losing three movies he'd purchased through the iTunes store. The initial response? They'd been Thanos'd out of his library because "the content provider has removed these movies from the Canadian Store," which meant da Silva could no longer watch them, even though he'd paid actual, non-disappearing money for them.
But don't worry! They offered da Silva a consolation prize! Namely, two credits for renting a movie. We'd complain about how much that blows, but the person in charge of that decision was probably really busy chasing down the last remaining owners of those movies through the badlands of Canada.
When CNET looked into this baffling cyber-heist, they discovered that the movies weren't gone from da Silva's account per se. Turns out he still owned the versions in the Australian store, since he lived in Australia when he bought the movies, but not the slightly different, presumably politer versions available in Canada. All he had to do now was somehow get an Australian billing address and credit card, switch his account to an Australian one (losing any credits or subscriptions he might have), download the movies to a device like some sort of caveman, and switch back to a Canadian account. So much more convenient than buying a Blu-ray!
It's Surprisingly Easy For Uber Drivers To Charge You A Fake "Vomit Tax"
The gig economy is nothing without honesty. Which is unfortunate, because as we're sure you're aware, people are terrible. Case in point: "vomit fraud," that hot new fad whereby Uber drivers throw a can of soup over the back seat of their cars and charge the latest rider an extra fee for "cleaning." Per Uber's policy, this can range anywhere from $80 for spilled or vomited drinks to $150 for a "Level 4 major bodily fluid mess," i.e. a Jackson Pollock situation.