A person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return.
I think of such derogatory flavors as sponges, coat-tail riders, free loader, and dishonest opportunist. In this last category I can think of several that I come across far too frequently:
- Folks who register domain names very similar to reputable ones in the hope that they will trick some fraction of the people who mistakenly visit their website.
- Law firms who exist solely to push one class action lawsuit after another. They typically only care about lining their pockets while ensuring that injured or affected folks who join will ultimately get little to nothing of any awards.
- All of these Car Title loan outfits that have sprung up all over town. Loan sharks looking to fleece desperate people in desperate times.
- Folks who publish books with similar titles and cover designs to best sellers so that they can catch the scraps that fall to the floor from someone else's feast.