I’ll Have the Crown, the Necklace and the Money, Too
What will you do if you found yourself in this kind of situation?
Imagine winning the top spot in a prestigious beauty contest. You smiled oh-so-prettily for the camera, waved with gusto until your arms felt like falling off, and cried buckets of happy (yet still dainty) tears for effect. Then three days later – after countless victory parties, press conferences and intimate interviews – you got a call from the beauty pageant’s organizers, telling you that there has been a mistake. You were told something like this:
I’m sorry but you did not really win. We miscounted. Yeah, I know. It’s an unfortunate mistake but there’s nothing we can do about it. So there. But we have good news for you. We’ll give you a refund of your entry fee, and you may join the pageant next year for free. You may also keep the crown and the necklace that came with the title – isn’t that great? But do inform so-and-so that she is, in fact, the winner, ok?
So crass, no? No wonder Christina Silva, the mis-crowned Ms. California U.S.A. 2008, sued the pageant organizers.