Everyone loves free stuff. Free giveaways, free food, it's all great. But sometimes, what you want is going to actually hurt your life, or in some cases, damage your company brand. This list takes a look at a bunch of times when getting - or even giving away - free things comes back to bite you in the you-know-what.
Sometimes, the thing you get for free turns out to be awful, making you sick or actually losing you money on the whole enterprise. Other times, when you're giving something away to promote, the demand may be so heavy that you just can't handle it, leading to angry customers who, oddly enough, are mad that they're not getting something for nothing. Even "freeware" - free software programs you can download right onto your computer with the click of a button - isn’t always free. If you're not protected by awesome antivirus/computer security software, the programs you're downloading can leave you vulnerable to phishing scams, your data being shared without your knowledge, or your information being hacked.
Finally, there are the scams: People exploiting loopholes to get things for free, ultimately resulting in their arrest; people exploiting loopholes to take from an independent developer who just wanted to get their name out there, but not go bankrupt doing it. Still more devious, there are those people who managed to put an information-stealing virus in free items unbeknownst to the giver, harming the receivers in the process. This is why we can't have nice things.All in all, free stuff is good. But if not handled correctly, it can really backfire. Enjoy this list of those hilarious, and sometimes tragic, times free stuff totally backfired.