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An update on Casey: The fix is in

As you may recall, last month I encouraged people to vote for Casey, a cancer sufferer who'd entered a Victoria's Secret contest.  Many of you not only voted for her, but posted on your journals, encouraging your own friends to join in. 

In the last weeks of the contest, voting went suspiciously off, when Casey went from being a long way in front to being frozen in second place, a long way behind the leader (both 1st and 2nd places also had ridiculously inflated vote counts).

That was sorted out and Casey clearly won the contest with well over 26,000 votes (second place had less than half that number, and third only about 4,500).  However, the people at Victoria's Secret decided to declare the votes invalid and changed the rules so that their own judges could pick two girls from the fifty contestants.

You'll be as shocked and disgusted as I am to discover that Casey, the popular choice by a landslide, was not selected, though they have apparently offered her a 'condolence' prize of a $500 gift card, on the basis that the people who voted for her seemed to be genuine.

I wonder how much revenue the company will lose from decent people deciding to boycott V.S. after this.  I suspect (and hope) the sum will be far greater than any gains they hoped to make when they started the contest.

Like most of the people who voted for her, I don't know Casey, but I wish her all the best.

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Oct. 4th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Disgusting, but sad to say not unsurprising.
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
It doesn't even make good business sense.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Disgusting. I for one won't buy anything from them.
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, when people astound me it's in a good way, but this wasn't one of those times.
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
What a bunch of bullshit.
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Bullcrap indeed. That said, I'm glad you posted about Casey on your journal. At least we tried to do a good thing.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I know, it's crazy isn't it? From what I understand, a few people spam voted (whatever that means), but the final counts don't include the spam votes.

And to add insult to injury, the $500 they're giving her, is a gift card, presumably a Victoria's Secret one.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
This is beyond wrong.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I know.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
That's just awful. Why start a contest if you can't abide by your own rules? And publically at that?
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
The daftest thing is, while VS may use models for their brochures, I'm sure the vast majority of their customers aren't. just as I'm sure the vast majority of decent, regular folk will be appalled by this.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I think this was more of a spam vote for Casey, rather than a spam resulting from voting thing.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I would offer to boycott them but since they mostly sell stuff that either doesn't fir me or I would never wear anyway, I suppose there's not much point.

When you look at the stuff in their windows, it's not surprising they did something sleazy.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'd have thought they'd want to promote Casey as an excellent advertisment for them. Obviously, I was wrong.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Are you effing kidding me??? I'm not a VC customer anyway, but I'll be DAMNED before I buy anything from them in the future.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
As i've said elsewhere, it's not even good business sense. All that goodwill they could have gotten, but instead they've poisoned themselves.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Is that legal?
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
I guess. They seem to be saying that someone hacked into the vote-counter, but then they say Casey got genuine votes, so I'm not sure what their point is.
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Outrageous. As you say, terrible business sense. It just beggars belief, it really does.
Oct. 4th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Still, thanks to good folks like yourself and others, she at least won the vote. How were we to know they'd cheat her out of it?
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Oct. 4th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
'...I wish there was some way of getting this information on a public forum...'

Ouch! I'll have you know my readership for this month is already close to double figures :P
Oct. 4th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Damn. That's just beyond disgusting. Unfortunately, I had a feeling something like this might happen when I saw the votes dropping from one to the next. As I mentioned before, I'm not buying anything from them again.
Oct. 4th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe the gift card is an opening gambit. I'm keeping an eye on casey's journal to see what (if anything) happens next.
Oct. 4th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
You've said it, the above comments say it, what a crock of s***.
Oct. 4th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 4th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I understand your logic, but I can't say I agree.

Oh, I don't doubt they weren't expecting anything but model-types to enter (or at least win), but I'd have said this was an excellent opportunity for them, and they weren't expecting a model/spokeswoman from what I could see, More of a photo-op moment.

How many magazines would have carried a story about 'Brave Casey's Wins Trip Of A Lifetime'? I suspect way more than would have been interested in 'Pretty Contest Winner Gets Day Out On The Town'.

Also, how much good publicity and overall goodwill would have come from a high profile celebration about a 19-yr-old who's fighting cancer? Sure, it's scary, but just about everyone knows someone who's had cancer, so I think people would have related in a good way.

If I was a company like V.S., I'd be using slogans that tell potential customers how their products make them feel, as well as how they look.

That said, I'm not a woman, so what do I know? :)

Edited at 2009-10-04 09:19 pm (UTC)
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