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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 11:11 pm (UTC)
That really sucks. Why bother to have a contest at all, if they won't honor the results?
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
It does seem at best, daft, and at worst, a scummy thing to do.
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I don't understand their reasoning at all. Or motivation. She'd gotten it; that's terribly disappointing (and yes, bad for business, I'd think).
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
'...and yes, bad for business, I'd think...'

I for one certainly hope so.

Thanks for the input :)
Oct. 5th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
That pisses me off. I don't need Angel bras anyway. Thbbbt to them.
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Me neither... er, you know what I mean :)
Oct. 5th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Wanna tell Victoria's Secret what you really think?

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Oct. 5th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)

You're Casey's uncle, yes?

By all means write to V.S. guys, but please remember the person who reads the letter, probably isn't going to be the person who made the decision to cheat her out of her prize.

Keep your comments civil. Hate mail might make you feel better, but won't help Casey.
Oct. 6th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
First answer: Yes.

A flunky will read the letters, and that same flunky will keep count and report on their general tenor. Enough letters will get the attention of some suit or skirt at VS.

So, by all means, be civil. But most of all, be brutally honest. Many thanks to everyone for your unbelievable support.

Oct. 5th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Their product is crap anyway. I bought several pairs of under garments from them years ago, and even with the best care, they barely lasted three months. Considering the price I paid, they should have lasted 3 years.

Sleazy doesn't even begin to state what's wrong with this company.

Oct. 5th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
To be fair, it's a few idiots in marketing. I'm sure most people at the Company would be as disgusted as you and I, to know what they did.
Oct. 6th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)

Hi, I'm Jennifer with Victoria's Secret. Like all of you, our team of contest organizers have also been inspired by Casey. Unfortunately, the contest did not turn out like any of us planned. Due to illegal voting by a few cheaters, the contest had to be ended. As a result, an independent panel of judges was asked to select to winners randomly from the top 50 vote getters. Here's the rest of the story:
1. The judges selected two individuals, Jillian and Charis, who have their own inspiring stories and outlooks on life:
A. Jillian’s story – “I have always been the biggest critic of myself, both inside and out. When I suffered 3rd degree burns in a kitchen fire 2 years ago, ended up in ICU for 7 days and had to have skin graft surgery, it changed so much about me. I realized the true definition of gratitude. The scars on my arms and hands have now just become a tattoo that I proudly wear to represent how brave I never realized I am.”
B. Charis’s story – “I love my body because it's MY body, no one else has it & there's no other body like it. I embrace my shape, my curves, & I carry myself as so. Because I'm confident in the way that I walk & stand & carry myself, it makes my body look beautiful. God gave me this body therefore I'm going to show off every inch of it in the most respectful and beautiful way. I LOVE MY BODY because it's ALL MINE!”

2. As I said, we were moved by Casey and the outpouring of support she received. Legally, we weren't allowed to add Casey as another winner. However, the organizers have rallied to honor Casey not only with a gift card but also a trip to New York complete with hotel, spa visit and dinner for two.

I am sorry for the confusion and disappointment that this unfortunate circumstance has caused. If anyone would like to discuss, feel free to email me at jbond@vscat.com or call me at 937-438-4180.

Casey -- you truly are an inspiration and we applaud your strength.
Oct. 7th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
copy of an email I sent in reply to this message
Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for taking the time to post on my blog. I'm delighted that your company has decided to do this for Casey.

However, as someone who watched the competition on a near daily basis, I have to say that I don't understand why V.S. didn't (and it seems won't) acknowledge Casey as the winner.

With all due respect to those selected by your judges, Casey was a long way in front before the vote-count went haywire. To decide to change the way a winner is selected at that stage was wrong and unfair.

I would use the analogy of a marathon, where the leader is a mile ahead of the person in second place, with two miles left to go, but because someone was messing around on the finish line, the contest organizers decide to abandon the race and select a winner by a different method.

If you've been googling Casey and her story, you'll know about some of the vile comments and accusations she's had to endure as a result of entering. I can't begin to imagine the additional heartache and stress this young woman has suffered as a result.

That said, what's done is done, but I sincerely hope you and your company will do everything in your power to make her time in New York such a fantastic experience, that she's able to put this unpleasantness behind her.


Jon Gibbs

Edited at 2009-10-07 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oct. 7th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
It's true. I called Casey's sister, Mandy, and she confirmed that VS came through with the goods.

I think it's awesome. It's all because of you. Thank you for supporting my niece. It means at least as much to me as it does to her!
Oct. 7th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
That's fantastic news!

I'm sorry they didn't do the right thing in the first place.

Thanks for letting me know, and please pass on everyone's best wishes to Casey. She's a remarkable young lady :)
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