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Is this what usually happens?

WoolyM Avatar
8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Is this normal practice?
I was at an event yesterday and there was a balloon release to determine a competition winner. All the balloons had tags tied to them to identify the entrants. But when the ballons were released one was weighted down and so didnt fly the same as the rest. The organisers announced that whoever was associated with the weighted ballon was the winner.
Then WHY did they realease 100's or perhaps 1000's of balloons if none of them had a chance of winning.
Is this usual practice? The competition was for a car. Does anyone know how these competitions normally work? Why were so many balloons released into the environment unnecessarily when retrieving a name from a drum would have sufficed?.
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
They may weigh down the balloon so that it does not go great distances. Imagine getting a call from outside the UK and the person claims the car.
#2
more to the point what about the environment 100's of ballons just littering all over the country.....they deserve to be told to collect every single one of them......LOL
[helper]#3
Isnt it usually the balloon that travels the furthest usually wins? Would have thought the weighted balloon would not have trevelled so far. Something fishy about this and oh - agree with you that balloons should not be released for this purpose. A North East lad recently got fined for accidentally releasing a helium balloon.
#4
rob585
more to the point what about the environment 100's of ballons just littering all over the country.....they deserve to be told to collect every single one of them......LOL


Balloon races are supposed to be done with special biodegradable balloons.
#5
con :roll:
#6
rob585
more to the point what about the environment 100's of ballons just littering all over the country.....they deserve to be told to collect every single one of them......LOL


I agree considering the rise in environment issues!
[helper]#7
[QUOTE=Predikuesi]They may weigh down the balloon so that it does not go great distances. Imagine getting a call from outside the UK and the person claims the car.[/QUOTE
Surely it would be the competition entrant who would win the car - not the finder from abroad. Would the finder not just get a nominal reward for returning the balloon. Wouldnt like to be the competition entrant if the finder gets the car!
#8
LJM;2467128
[QUOTE=Predikuesi]They may weigh down the balloon so that it does not go great distances. Imagine getting a call from outside the UK and the person claims the car.[/QUOTE
Surely it would be the competition entrant who would win the car - not the finder from abroad. Would the finder not just get a nominal reward for returning the balloon. Wouldnt like to be the competition entrant if the finder gets the car!


Yes, the finder normally gets a smaller prize for returning the ticket
banned#9
errm and was the weight added after the tags where applied
[helper]#10
Are you allowed to name and shame the competition organisers?
#11
Well you may have guessed that I didnt win. But the point I am making is that somebody at some point made a decision which balloon was going to win. So was it a competition or not? If not why were they allowed to release all of the balloons into the enviroment to possibly be ingested by wildlife or at least to litter the place?

All the balloons that were released had serial numbers identifying entrants. But all the balloons that got away could not possibly win. I glad to see that its not just me that thinks there were a few flaws.......
#12
Report them to trading standards!
#13
certainly sound likes a con to me - it looks like the balloon was deliberately weighted - thus making sure that person won - i would contact trading standards to investigate if i were you
#14
Predikuesi;2467084
They may weigh down the balloon so that it does not go great distances. Imagine getting a call from outside the UK and the person claims the car.

This was not meant as a justification for what they do. Just thought that this was their thinking on why they weighed down a balloon. I'd be offended by this too.
#15
Was there no rules when you entered the competition?

It must have stated how the winner would be selected. Normally the balloon that travels the furthest
#16
dont they gather all the balloons together, randomly tie the weight to one of the strings then let them go, the winning balloon will obviously remain on the floor weighted dowm just a gimmick show off raffle innit
#17
Just found one of my ticket stubs..
The event was Fiat 500 picnic.
The T& Cs on the stub say
1. The prize is free to enter and open to residents ok UK, 18 and over, no Fiat employees.
2. To enter complete personal details and hand in to Balloon entry desk or member of picnic staff.
3. Prize draw closes 3pm
4. Winning entry will be randomly selected no later than 4pm and announced at approx 5.55pm at the main stage area.
5. Only one entry per adult
6. The prize consists of a yellow 1.4 sport Fiat 500
7. There is no cash alternative to the prize
8. Prize is non transferable and must be redeemed by the winner
9. Promoter: Fiat Group Automobiles UK, 240 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 4DX

For full terms and conditions, please see a member of staff.


When I just noticed number 4, I thought so maybe I was wrong and they have already stated that they will select the winner.
BUT there were all sorts of other things that dont add up. The staff were bringing additional entry tickets around the field and encouraging people to fill them out. If there was only one entry per adult allowed then this must have invalidated a number of entrants from the prize. When earlier in the day I asked staff about the balloon release and how it would work the staff did not appear to have any clear idea so they were not in possesion of the facts either.

Theres just a lot that at least seems to have been very poorly organised surrounding the draw. Just as well the day was a good one.
[helper]#18
The whole balloon thing just seems to have been a pointless 'fix'. Was the 'winner' present when the result was announced? Didi he or she seem surprised/delighted? Totally pointless to release all that rubbish for no good reason when the 'winner' seems to have been pre-determined.
#19
Thank You everyone for your comments.
The lady winner was present at the event. Hard really to judge whether she was expecting a win or not as all peoples reactions will be judged by personal circumstances.

Did look for trading standards route but what I found seems to relate to anti competitve practices not complaints about competitions.

I dont want to make mischief but everyone I have spoken to about this has suggested that it sounds a bit odd.

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