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Freeloading and mooching are colloquial terms for when a person uses resources that do not belong to them, for their own gain or benefit. A person who freeloads is called a freeloader or a mooch. When unpaid overuse of public resources occurs in the public sphere, it raises a free-rider problem. An example of freeloading would be an uninvited guest abusing the hospitality of their family members, friends, or neighbors, by staying at their house, eating their food, and using their things, without offering to pay for such use.

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