Radio Contest Winner Sues Over Candy Bar

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craigdawg

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Minivan or home with a back yard? It's a toss up.
(06-23) 13:57 PDT Lexington, Ky. (AP) --

A woman who won a radio contest that promised the winner "100 grand" sued after the station gave her a candy bar — a Nestle's 100 Grand — instead of $100,000.

Norreasha Gill filed a complaint Wednesday in Fayette District Court against Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, which owns WLTO-FM in Lexington. Gill, 28, says the station and its parent company breached a contract to pay $100,000 to the contest winner.
The best part:
Before her family went to sleep that night, Gill says, she promised her children — ages 1, 5 and 11 — that they'd have a minivan, a shopping spree, a savings account and a home with a back yard.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2005/06/23/national/a083014D14.DTL
 

emw

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Sounds like she may get at least something, although who knows how long it will be before she sees it. If they fired the DJ (or he "quit") that's a pretty good sign that they knew something was up.

Plus the station manager offered her $5,000, which pretty much says that they knew they were at fault. I'm not one for frivolous lawsuits, but when companies try and pull this crap (without a disclaimer) then it's just wrong.
 

killuminati

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A prank in Florida led to a similar lawsuit that was settled in 2002. A former waitress claimed Hooters promised to award her a new Toyota car — but instead gave her a toy Yoda.
haha, that's hilarious! That's way better than 100 grand. A TOY YODA! LOL
 

eva01

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oooo can i have a savings account too, yay.

and how someone could afford a house with a backyard for only 100,000 is beyond me, because if her kids don't have savings accounts i am guessing she doesn't have any other money so she couldn't pay for the house anyways.

kinda funny to me, i woulda thought it was funny if it happened to me
 

emw

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eva01 said:
oooo can i have a savings account too, yay.

and how someone could afford a house with a backyard for only 100,000 is beyond me, because if her kids don't have savings accounts i am guessing she doesn't have any other money so she couldn't pay for the house anyways.

kinda funny to me, i woulda thought it was funny if it happened to me
Well, she wouldn't have to buy the house outright - just have enough for a decent down-payment.

Besides, if you don't have a lot (which sounds like the case here), $100,000 can seem like it will buy you the world. Hell, I'd like $100,000! :D
 

Capt Underpants

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eva01 said:
oooo can i have a savings account too, yay.

and how someone could afford a house with a backyard for only 100,000 is beyond me, because if her kids don't have savings accounts i am guessing she doesn't have any other money so she couldn't pay for the house anyways.

kinda funny to me, i woulda thought it was funny if it happened to me
You can get a house with a backyard down here for $100,000.

Our house is 2,000 sq. ft. It has a decent sized back yard (enough for a pool, a dog run, and a storage building, with room to spare). It cost us $108,000
 

mactastic

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Reminds me of the hotel that advertised it's 'Free Breakfast Bar'. Which of course meant you got a free granola bar.

I wonder if I'd get sued if I called the loan holder on my truck and reached an agreement to settle our debt to them for '100 Grand'. I bet they'd sue me real quick.
 

Dr. Dastardly

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Capt Underpants said:
You can get a house with a backyard down here for $100,000.

Our house is 2,000 sq. ft. It has a decent sized back yard (enough for a pool, a dog run, and a storage building, with room to spare). It cost us $108,000
A pool, a dog run and a storage building!? I'm looking at a place in Seattle and am stoked that I could fit a BBQ and maybe two chairs. :eek:
 

redAPPLE

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i'd say. where is the humor america? sometimes people get so uptight. it's unbelievable.

if this lady has enough time to listen to the radio, she also should have the time to go and find a job and get a savings account for the kids.

she is even teaching the kids "wrong manners". get a candy bar? sue them.
 

mcarnes

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I thought it was pretty funny -- 100 grand candy bar. But if she had her hopes up I guess it was kind of mean.

I saw an interview with the lady that got the toy yoda. She did not think it was funny at all (but the rest of the world did). :rolleyes:
 

Sun Baked

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mcarnes said:
I thought it was pretty funny -- 100 grand candy bar. But if she had her hopes up I guess it was kind of mean.

I saw an interview with the lady that got the toy yoda. She did not think it was funny at all (but the rest of the world did). :rolleyes:
It was an April Fool's Joke, but she got the last laugh when she was awarded the vehicle.

After looking at Jodee Berry's success, this lady stands a good chance of winning the money -- which means the radio geeks get s-canned.
 

runninmac

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Whats the toy yoda about? I find when the USA is sue happy it can get pretty crazy and funny. Like when people break into other peoples houses and sue them becuase they got hurt while breaking in. :eek:
 

Chip NoVaMac

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redAPPLE said:
i'd say. where is the humor america? sometimes people get so uptight. it's unbelievable.

if this lady has enough time to listen to the radio, she also should have the time to go and find a job and get a savings account for the kids.

she is even teaching the kids "wrong manners". get a candy bar? sue them.

Not to mention that she might have known by listening to the station what sort of pranksters they were. Would love to hear a tape of her call in to the station, and the promo tapes that led to her calling in before passing judgment.
 

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killuminati said:
You can get a cardboard box with a newspaper down here for $100,000.
You can get an entire bloody farm over here for that much....

Problem is, the neighbors suck (there aren't any) and you had better forget about that shopping spree unless you want a two hour drive to the nearest mall worth a ****.
 

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Duff-Man says...all these radio stations need to do to avoid these frivolous lawsuits (and that is what they are) is direct people over the air to a website (or something) with contest rules and put the "prize" in the fine print...don't read it then tough luck. That is one of the huge problems in the USA these days...so many useless lawsuits and people with no sense of humour...if you can't tell a radio station promotion from a radio station prank then you don't deserve much more than a candy bar....oh yeah!
 

clayj

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This woman doesn't deserve anything more than she was promised... if the radio promotion didn't use the word "dollars", then "100 grand" could have meant 100,000 of anything... grains of sand, frozen peas, whatever. When she called in, she should have asked if it was 100,000 dollars, or something else.

I'm sure she went to 9 attorneys who told her she doesn't have a leg to stand on before she found one unscrupulous enough to take her case on a contingency basis. Even if she wins, she won't even see 50% of the award after the attorney takes his bite and the IRS takes theirs.

I hope she loses... she's already lost her sense of humor, apparently.
 

MBHockey

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another rip off of the original prank by opie and anthony...i listened to it live a while back, and then it was on ebaumsworld not too long after that.
 

Josh

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I think she has a point.

I mean, I guess it all comes down to how it was worded.

Did they promise "100 hundred grand" or "a 100 hundred grand"?

Big difference.
 

clayj

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Josh said:
I think she has a point.

I mean, I guess it all comes down to how it was worded.

Did they promise "100 hundred grand" or "a 100 hundred grand"?

Big difference.
She has no point whatsoever if they didn't say the word "dollars". She made a big, fat assumption that "100 grand" meant "100 thousand dollars", when those words were never actually used. It's her fault for making a bad assumption, and if the judge or whomever actually awards her any money, it'll be just more evidence that the American jurisprudence system is ****ed. (My asterisks...)
 

takao

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clayj said:
She has no point whatsoever if they didn't say the word "dollars". She made a big, fat assumption that "100 grand" meant "100 thousand dollars", when those words were never actually used. It's her fault for making a bad assumption, and if the judge or whomever actually awards her any money, it'll be just more evidence that the American jurisprudence system is ****ed. (My asterisks...)
i second that... she shoudn't get more than the candy bar if they never said "dollars" etc.

heck i learned that the hard way during physics,maths lessons:
teacher:"what's the result ?"
me (or any other student): "521,4"
teacher:" 521,4 what ? potatos ? kilogramms ? apples ?"
 

Veldek

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takao said:
i second that... she shoudn't get more than the candy bar if they never said "dollars" etc.
Perhaps she should get 100,000 candy bars :D

takao said:
heck i learned that the hard way during physics,maths lessons:
teacher:"what's the result ?"
me (or any other student): "521,4"
teacher:" 521,4 what ? potatos ? kilogramms ? apples ?"
But in this case it was the radio that didn't tell the unit, which would make it their fault.
 

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