Big stink caused over lovely ring Facebook prize…

January 7th, 2013 55 Comments By Andy Dawson

Over on Facebook, a competition launched by a County Down jewellers called Skillens has caused a ripple of controversy. You know the sort – click on ‘like’ on a photo and you’ve entered. Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll be chosen at random to win the big prize.

In this case, the big prize (a lovely ring) was won by Mrs Lynda Speers. Look – here she is!

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As can happen, there was some dissent from jealous types on the Facebook page after the big win, some of which Lynda answered herself.

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Oh. Hang on a minute. That doesn’t look good. Lynda seems to have answered from the Skillens account, which means she must have had the log-in info for it.

Naturally, a fresh storm erupted after THAT was posted, leading to the boss man of Skillens posting a lengthy denial that any kind of shenanigans had taken place.

‘Mrs Lynda Speers is not an employee now or at any time. Any real customer will know this, I only employ one full time member of staff in the picture, who was not allowed to enter.

After Linda collected her prize, won fair and square, a small number of people took it upon themselves to ruin her good fortune and make comments claiming all was not right with the win. This was grossly unfair, and had Lynda crying her heart out during Sat, I tried to delete these people who seemed to be a vindictively harassing her. When Sunday evening came she contacted me again, very distraught, I was exhausted and needed to sleep for a few hours, so I offered to add her as an admin to delete posts that were unfairly taking shots at her. Instead Lynda, not realising that her post for the next for hours would appear as Skillens decided to answer rather than delete and hence to my surprise when I checked here late that evening, a total mess had started, when all I wanted to do was protect her from further nasty comments by inconsiderate people.

Lynda won fair and square. She was not an existing customer and a total stranger. WE exchanged phone numbers and I asked her to let me know how she was enjoying the ring in the future.

She is currently being cared for by family who fear for her health, that the stress of all this will cause a heart attack or the like.

Lynda has had her moment of joy robbed from her from the moment she won by people who have been extremely mean. This must stop, she is a very decent lady, and going thorugh a mini nervous breakdown it would seem, yet has done no wrong. Any existing customer knows my staff, and knows this is a witch hunt.

This was to be the first of four give aways this year, which you all had a chance of winning. However in a few days time when people have had a chance to read this I shall remove the page as all it has done is cost me time money and heartache.

It’s not hard to wish someone well, I ask you search your hearts and ask yourselves what if it had been me that won?”

Stirring words there. Since then, the Skillens Facebook page has been deleted altogether, although we’re sure that we haven’t heard the last of this…

[Thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader Nickie]

Comments (55) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by skeptic January 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    they said there were several other similar competitions like this one, could any of the winners come forward and state it was won fair and square? Was there a photo taken of them with the prize and champagne? That would be a good way of silencing critics. Instead all trace of their online activity has been taken down. Not,I have to say , conducive to the actions of someone trying to clear their name. If Skillens wish to clear their name they should start presenting proof that they are being unfairly accussed.

  2. Posted by gd January 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    are you haven a laugh or what do you actualy think that people are that bloody thick maby you should run for goverment with cok and bull storys like this you a joke you riged the feckn thing just be a man or woman and admit it and stop lien to yourself and the good honest people who entered your comp and fell hard done by your just been a fool now.nobody beleaves you and im not a bit surpized your a muppet to think that they would lol

  3. Posted by Kneejerk February 22, 2013 at 3:02 am

    @GD, the comment above this one: who are you to play judge and jury when you’re incapable of spelling even simple words, use no punctuation and have the grammar of a four year old? You mock the government for being stupid, when you clearly are uneducated and kneejerk yourself. Keep off the internet, go back to junior school and start your education again from day one: starting with your ABCs, you absolute cretin. How you can call anybody a fool is beyond me, you are possibly the most stupid peson I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter.

  4. Posted by gullibleisjobone March 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    in short.. who cares.

  5. Posted by bobert June 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    @kneejerk
    oh the irony of your comment.

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