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Thursday, December 7, 2006

A fool and his money

Working in a construction company the reading material around here comes in the form of 'The Sun' tabloid so after Ive read my Gaurdian cover to cover and its a slack day Ill have a flick through. Here is the most cringingly embaressing story Ive read in some time, my question was why tell it to the nation??

JUBILANT car salesman Steve Moseley went berserk and told his boss to stick his job — after MISREADING a £1million scratchcard.
Ecstatic Steve, 36, DANCED on his desk, THREW all the money in his wallet at colleagues and sent a junior out for CHAMPAGNE thinking he had won a fortune.
He then phoned his girlfriend to tell her he had quit and was rushing off to buy an Aston Martin.
But 45 minutes later his celebrations were cruelly cut short when he phoned the National Lottery’s claim hotline — and was told to take another look.
Shocked Steve saw he had mistaken a 16 for a 15 on his 24 Karat Gold scratchcard — meaning he had NOT matched two 15kg ingots.
And instead of becoming an instant millionaire he was broke and jobless.
Steve, of Gosport, Hants, could barely scrape the money together to pay the junior for the £35 bottle of bubbly. He then had to grovel to boss Mike Earle — telling him: “I’ve made a dreadful mistake.”
Red-faced Steve said yesterday: “I went from thinking I had a million quid to having to beg for my job back. I also had to ring the girlfriend and tell her I was a plonker.“I told Mike I loved my job and would he consider re-hiring me because I had just made a total prat of myself.”
Colleagues at used car dealers Fortnums in Fareham, Hants, had watched gobsmacked as jubilant Steve told his boss: “Stick your job — I’m a millionaire!”
Steve, who forked out £5 for his chance at a million, scratched off what he thought were the winning numbers at 10am. He said: “As far as I was concerned all my worries were gone.
“It was pandemonium with me dancing on the desks and screaming and shouting. The ticket looked a winner to everyone who saw it.”
After phoning overjoyed girlfriend Theresa Parsons, 27, he called Camelot — and was given the bad news at 10.45.
Steve said: “I dropped the phone and felt physically sick.
“One of the figures had FFTN under it and the other one had SXTN. But they were in tiny print and the two numbers in big print looked exactly the same.”
Steve WAS given his job back — but got so much ribbing from colleagues that he resigned days later. He now works at another dealers.
Ex-boss Mike said: “You see where people’s loyalties lie when money like that is involved. But I felt sorry for him because I could see the numbers did look genuine on the ticket.”
Camelot admitted it had received “a very small number of calls” about figures on its 24 Karat Gold scratchcard looking similar.
But a spokesman said: “We always advise players to check it is a winner before they take any action. Telling the boss to ‘stick their job’ is not a good idea until we have given you your cheque


Hammer said...

My grandmother bought fake lottery tickets as a practical joke on her cheap money grubbing sister in law.

When she scratched the ticket off she acted foolish and snotty much like the guy in the story. Calling everyone she knew and going off the deep end.

When my Grandmother told her to read the small print on the scratch off card that said "this is not a real lottery ticket"
They almost had to call an ambulance because of the hysterical fit she threw over the prank.

Judith said...

Bet your Grandmother was cackling for months after Hammer LOL

Dan said...

What a dork!

Incidentally, whenever I read The Sun I can never get past Page 3. ;)

slaghammer said...

I heard a recording of a radio talk show that gave away $100,000. After the dude won and he made a complete fool of himself talking about how he was going to repair his truck and buy his mom a house or some such thing, the DJ’s told him it was a $100,000 Candy Bar. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination but during the cursing fit that ensued, I clearly heard the word douche-bag being bandied about.

Judith said...

Dan, I think the only reason the sun is bought in this place is for the page 3 bird!

Douche bag would have been the kindest word I would have imparted if those gits had me on live radio LOL

Crankster said...

What a fantastic story! I love how "winning" brought out his real personality.

Judith said...

He was lucky in retrospect crankster that all he did was tell him to stick his job rather than tell him where to stick it or what he really thought about him...