[This is part of the series: The Complete Guide To Economics 101.]
As referred to in economics, what is a free rider?
A Free Rider is a person that receives benefits but does not pay for them.
Two textbook examples are unions and fireworks.
One who does not pay union dues, but receives union benefits is a free rider.
Also, someone that peeks over the fence and enjoys a fireworks show for free is a free rider.