For about a week, fans of Grand Theft Auto Online were able to park in a hanger and earn millions of dollars, which basically did nothing. This was all thanks to a character in the game, Lester. As Rockstar tried to correct this exploit, the fans gathered behind Lester and mourned the possible demise of the exploit.
Late last month, players discovered an interesting bug in GTA Online which involved Lester. In GTA Online players can pay a fee to call Lester and request a plane. If this fails for any reason, the money will be refunded to the player. The fans found that if they did a few things, they could trigger an exploit that would result in the reimbursement being sent to them as long as they wish.
According to GTA Data Miner Tezfun2 the error worked by breaking Lester's script. The players would park in a car in a hanger at the airport south of San Andreas. They would call Lester while they stepped on the gas pedal. If you are near a spawn spot that is in the hanger, the game has given $ 2000 every few seconds. As long as the players stayed in the area and did not leave this session, the money would continue to come.
This quickly became a popular way to earn a lot of money. Players shared photos of sessions where everyone was at the bar to earn and chill.
Lester became a popular hero in the GTA society. The fans began to tell memes and stories about how much they loved the hacker, the money-making saint and his money-keeper.
Not long after he discovered this bug, the exploit was corrected by Rockstar Games. As Tezfun2 explained, the patch fixed this bug by changing how corrupted data works in GTA Online . The game would now clear that data faster, making the money loop impossible. At least, Rockstar thought. Shortly after the patch, players discovered a new way to get the money rolling again.
Using a Mobile Operations Center, players were able to block two spawn locations and then call Lester. This would cause the planes not to spawn, resulting in a refund, and the money exploit was back in action.
This did not take long. On Thursday, February 28, 2019 Rockstar made another change to GTA Online to stop the Lester error. This one was easier and seems to have completely stopped the mistake. They eliminated the cost of finding an airplane. So there is no money to reimburse, so no more money for Lester. The church mourned the end of Lester's gift.
The interesting thing about this bug is that according to Tezfun2 it is not a new mistake. Technically, this error has been possible in GTA Online for years. It was recently discovered and shared with the community. He believes that other similar bugs can be found in GTA Online .
"This new glitch brought new ideas to people trying to discover glitches," said Tezfun. "Abusing features that repay your money in every possible way."
Rockstar does not seem to be in the woods yet.