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Postage Purchase Necessary

Yesterday, I stopped by a Tims on my way to the bus stop. I knew my bus was coming soon, so I was in a bit of a hurry. As I was waiting for the fellow serving me to bring my drink, I overheard the woman next to me having an exchange with her server. He was a young guy, probably still in high school, who looked confused and uncertain about what to do. Poor guy, I felt for him, I’d been there before.
Meanwhile, the woman was going on about how the Timmie’s servers HAD to give her a Roll Up the Rim cup. She demanded it, saying that the contest said “No Purchase Necessary” which, she said, meant that anyone who could just walk into a Tim’s and ask for a cup. The cashiers obviously knew they couldn’t just give this woman a cup, but weren’t sure how to tell her to get lost. As I received my drink, I turned to her and said “NO, that’s not how it works. If you want to participate for free, you have to go online.” Then I turned and walked out the door (because I knew my bus was coming and I had to hightail it out of there). As I left, I could hear her continue to argue with the clerk.
As it turns out, I was wrong. I looked it up after I got home, and in reality, you CAN participate offline. All you have to do is buy postage, and mail the Tim Horton’s headquarters, asking to participate. SNAIL MAIL in.
Regardless of my incorrectness, I was correct in one way. Just because a contest says “No Purchase Necessary”, doesn’t mean you can just walk in and demand a cup. I hate that this woman was so willing to read the “No Purchase Necessary” part, but couldn’t be bothered to research the rest of the details on how to play. It’s not that hard to find out, and arguing with a confused high schooler about the rules of a contest HE didn’t make up makes you look pretty pathetic.

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