Man eats Ryanair scratchcard, but everyone swallows it

27 February 2010

Bitterwallet - Ryanair logoBullshit PR alert ahoy, skipper, AROOGA AROOGA. But the BBC is reporting it, it must be true! A man eating a winning scratchcard worth 10,000 Euros smacks of stretching credibility like a freak show schlong, but when you learn the scratchcard was won on board a Ryanair flight? Meh.

The story goes that the passenger won the scratchcard while flying from Krakow to the East Midlands on Thursday. Upon learning he couldn't claim his prize money immediately, the passenger stood up and in a fit of rage he scoffed the ticket. Ryanair is now donating the prize money to charity, and allowing the public to vote which organisation receives it.

If only the story hadn't broken on a gambling website with a string of blah cut and paste straight from a press release:

“Yesterday’s events prove that while Ryanair’s scratchcards offer large cash prizes they clearly taste great too!”

“Crew tried to stop the air Gourmet Scratch Card eater by offering him one of our great tasting sandwiches, pizzas or snacks instead, but clearly he had much more expensive tastes!”

Fuck entirely off. We're not even mad at Ryanair - this is what they do - but seeing the BBC (and others) report it as a story? Maybe the corporation should get back to checking their facts on last weekend's PM bullying exclusive before they're allowed near the news agenda again.

TOPICS:   Travel

15 comments

  • therealslimkaty
    Typical ryanair stunt. But is it necessary to talk about "schlongs" and then use "Fuck"? Sure it's mostly adults reading this, but it just makes your article smack of immaturity, as well as Americanisation. Bleurgh.
  • KatyStalker
    @ therealslimkaty Do you want me to fuck you with my schlong? Sounds like you need it.....
  • Paul
    The irony here is that your story is based on even less proof than the story you criticise, i.e. a 'hunch' that because Ryanair released a PR statement about it, it must be a made up story. You want to assume the BBC and others haven't looked into it at all, although articles do state that staff and passengers witnessed it.
  • Paul S.
    I'm suggesting the story is little more than a PR stunt because it was broke by a gambling website that quotes scripted responses from their PR department. Yes, that's essentially the thrust of my point. If you'd like a list of news stories published by news organisations that are nothing more than fabrication, you'll find plenty by using a site we like called 'Google'.
  • echo
    Was Broken. Not was broke.
  • Paul
    I'm pretty sure that Ryanair's PR department creates scripted responses for genuine incidents... so the presence of a statement doesn't make it fake! And I'm not surprised that a gambling website is quickest at running a story regarding gambling... Your rebuttal of the story is based on a 'hunch' and that's all.
  • Paul
    I'm also not saying your hunch is definitely wrong either, just that you lack any proof at all that: a) it's a fake, or b) news agencies didn't check their facts.
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian. I watch CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, NCIS and The Bill. My investigative instincts lead me to the view that this is a load of bull shit.
  • Columbo
    Wouldn't surprise me if he bought a genuine scratch card, switched it with a counterfeit one (which just so happens to be a winning card), then a few minutes later feigned excitement to the cabin crew as he 'won' 10,000 euros - somehow expecting the cabin crew to whip a golden briefcase loaded with cash from one of the overhead lockers - and when that didn't happen and the crew explained he would need to contact the scratchcard company to validate his card he simply panicked and ate the incriminating evidence... ... just a hunch.
  • Columbo
    Oh - just one more thing...
  • me
    bollocks! Who buys Ryanairs scratch cards anyway...
  • TeflonMan
    I had one on my flight last night. The new strawberry flavour is delicious!
  • Mo
    Pot. Kettle. Black Bitterwallet
  • Ryanair B.
    [...] where was I? Oh yes. So a couple of weeks have passed since your media-friendly nonsense about a man eating a winning scratchcard, and you need another excuse, any excuse, to whore your wares. What about an entirely convoluted [...]
  • Stewie G.
    Actually this isnt bullshit... my mates husband was head cabin crew on the flight... He couldn't fucking believe it... all because the cabin crew werent carrying e10k in cash and couldnt be arsed waiting till he got off the flight to claim it. What an absolute fuck monkey

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