Awesome title by Chris Morris.
So, it all started off with me scanning my Lotto Scratch Ticket to post on my Facebook wall. My WINNING ticket!
All my friends congratulated me with either a simple “Congratulations!” or a “Wow! that’s Awesome!” and they left it at that. They were either happy for me or just jealous.
But then the telephone started to ring, and my incoming chat messages started to pop up all over my screen, my e-mail notifications were ding-donging away, and the comments started rolling on in on the image that I posted. Calls from people I haven’t spoken to in over a decade, chat messages from people that I THOUGHT were off my lists, and old friends who NEVER post comments on any of my status updates all of a sudden show up. Hell, one person even posted, “MY BEST FRIEND IN NEW BRUNSWICK JUST WON $1,000 a day for 25 years on a Set For Life Ticket!!!” I haven’t spoken or HEARD from this person in over 10 years. We were CO-Workers, not friends.. and we hated each other. “Best Friend?” Sickening isn’t it?
Well, here’s the ticket. See Game #3 (The Bar Codes and serials have been blurred out because it IS an actual winning ticket and I don’t want to be burnned by ALC for posting the image.)
As part of this experiment, I had to let a few people know about it. I had to tell my parents, (some) family members, and some close friends.
“EXPERIMENT?”, you ask?
Yes, this all ended up as an experiment in the end. You see. I accidentally posted the image you see above as a Photoshop prank. Yes THAT there is a Photoshop job done by me. I had also made the post PUBLIC when I initially intended it to be just between a few of my friends and family.
So, when the calls started coming in, and the chat started getting really, really active, I decided this is now an EXPERIMENT! Who will come out of the wood work. And honestly, the answer to that was sickening.
The way people I’ve never heard from in ages – to even decades, made themselves to either my Phone number, e-mail, or my chat windows to make themselves back into my life was pathetic! When I was broke and poor (and still am BTW), they had nothing to say or do with me. It was even more amazing because it was like I won MILLIONS of dollars but when you break it down, I was just making about $25/hour doing nothing for the next 25 years.
I know who my true friends are. They expressed their congratulations to me in a manner that wasn’t intrusive and left it at that. A simple, “Congratulations!” or WOW! That’s amazing!” was all they needed to say.. I got that, and I get it. But people I’ve never spoken to in YEARS, all of a sudden wanna have a nice long chat with me on the phone, or chat messaging, and so on…how shallow can you be?
Now when my Family got their messages from me it was later in the night so not everybody seen the first post. So they will post morning posts to play along in the experiment, and to drop more “OMG! JOHN WON THE LOTTO!!” ones to stir it up for the daytime. Well that was the plan anyway, but they didn’t partake in the fun.
So, this post is pretty much the “cat out of the bag” to break the news to everybody that I’m still broke and poor, and to the slime balls that thought they could wedge their noses back into my life (You know who you are).
This is actually a winning ticket, but just for $10. (again, bar codes and serials are blurred out)
So, this prank – turned Experiment was a success, although I expected the people who were in on it to fuel it a bit more. I already knew who my real friends were anyway, but I was surprised at the amount of people who thought they were.
End Note – if you don’t want to post an image publicly on Facebook, then make sure you set that status to friends only. Also, Awesome way to thin out your Friends list by getting rid of all the phony posers.