My friend told me very excitedly that her son's photo won a big competition in a local weekly newspaper. I was very happy for her until she told me how they had won.
For 8 weeks long there were coupons in the paper that people had to use to cast their vote. She asked all her friends and family to save the coupons and give them to her. Fair enough. I would probably do the same.Reason
She then went past all the news agencies and shops in all 3 shopping centers to ask for their leftover papers. Ok, I wouldn't be that keen to win, but kudos to her.
However, she would also leave her house at 5.30am and go around all the streets pinching newspapers out of letter boxes. Her hubby watched over their son while she was doing this.
This is something I find she really shouldn't have done. I already rang the newspaper office a few times asking why I wasn't getting a paper anymore. Mind you, this is a free paper.
Now she's telling everyone who is willing to listen, about how proud she is of her son winning the competition. I then said: 'I am happy you won. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person. BUT did he/you REALLY win though?'
She got very angry with me for saying this, and asked me why I had to be such a lousy fried and why I couldn't just be happy for her?
Well, simply because she cheated. (I know every one does, but she took it too far in my opinion.)
It's people like her that stop me from entering competitions like this. I can't do what she did. I'm a single mum and couldn't go out in the early morning stealing newspapers. I couldn't steal even if I could go out with someone babysitting my child.
Sure, I would get family and friends to vote, but that's as far as I morally could go.
So yeah, is she right? Should I just praise her and say 'Wow! That's awesome! Well done. Your child is very blessed to have such an errrr determined mummy' regardless of her stealing newspapers?