A Christchurch amateur photographer was shocked to find a woman had won $1000 in a competition by using one of his images without permission.
By the time Peter Prue realised what had happened, she had spent the money on gift vouchers.
Prue’s photograph of the New Brighton Pier during a thunderstorm was taken from The Press’ Facebook page and entered in a competition run by the Westfield Riccarton shopping mall. The image won the We Heart Christchurch competition, and the woman who entered it was awarded $1000 in gift vouchers.
Prue learned about the competition win when the woman contacted him asking for the original file.
He said Westfield should take some of the blame for the incident.
"The terms and conditions in the competition were pretty pathetic.
"All they said was it had to be an original image.
"You didn’t have to establish ownership and copyright."
He was not angry with the woman.
"I’m a Buddhist, so I don’t get angry. I’m not angry with her. It is just one of those things," he said.
Westfield Riccarton marketing manager Kirstie McNulty said terms and conditions would be modified for future competitions.
"There are a lot of things we can learn from this. The terms and conditions could have been slightly more concrete," she said.
The mall had “come to an arrangement” with the woman over the repayment of the $1000.
"The person believed they had entered the competition in good faith," McNulty said.
"We also believe [the entrant submitted] their entry in good faith and that they did so without realising their mistake. It was a genuine mistake.
"Whilst the entrant had been originally advised of their win and awarded a component of the prize, this was subsequently withdrawn. The entrant has been co-operative and clearly understood their mistake and that their entry no longer qualified."
The prize also included a $2500 donation to the winner’s chosen charity.
"We, however, will still honour the charity component, and ‘‘gift’ the $2500 to a charity to be determined."
I just…I can’t even…
Young rugby fan gets stuck in vending machine
The prospect of missing out on a rugby ball was too much for one young fan who climbed into a Warkworth New World vending machine to secure his - and got stuck.
The lad created a few anxious moments for his parents and amusement for shoppers on Tuesday night after getting into the machine through the ball chute to score a ball and was then unable to get out.
In a further rugby connection, the supermarket is owned by former All Black Robin Brooke.
A chocolate bar helped calm the boy who had to wait 30 minutes for the vending machine agent to free him.
Unharmed by his adventure, the youngster then created a stir with rugby supporters among the bystanders, when Brooke let the boy choose a ball.
But when he picked a green Wallaby ball, bystanders quickly encouraged him to make a more patriotic choice and he left clutching his black and white New Zealand one.
Brooke did not know the identity of the boy and his family, and declined further comment.
Words that I occasionally mix up, even though they don’t mean the same thing: retroactive and radioactive.
Once again, our IT department at work has notified everyone in the company of an issue with sending and receiving emails by sending out an email to everyone in the company who might be affected by the issue and not doing anything else (such as, perhaps, updating our intranet news feed with the information.)
English teacher (Mexico City)
Renowned crap school looking for English instructor. Must have a minimum of PhD, must be American or better, and must put up with all kinds of crap in class.
Please do not contact if you expect pay or anything else as compensation.
Must be willing to work with Mexican hummer driving executives with 1200 peso suits and a litre of gel on their head.
- Location: Mexico City
- Compensation: close to nothing
- Telecommuting is ok.
- This is a part-time job.
- This is at a non-profit organization.
- OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
- Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
(via You Suck at Craigslist)
Uh, “Rona”? It’s cool that you find my picture attractive and all, but I speak from experience when I say that you would have to be an actual science-hating, homophobic military-fetishist and card-carrying fascist to be at 0% match/50% enemy with me on OKCupid.
I don’t even know how it’s possible to have a match that bad on questions about basic stuff like “Did human beings evolve from apes?” and “Should sex before marriage be illegal?”
I really hope this becomes a meme. There’s already a few variations out there but this is my favourite.
Stargate Universe: S02e14, “Hope”. Brody tries to make Volker’s surgery less stressful by playing him his favourite song, but struggles with the alien technology of the iPod.