Right now, there's a contest going on at some Canadian stores, where children can enter a draw to win a trip to New York to see Hilary Duff in concert. The contest details are here.
To put it simply, each store involved had its own "random" draw for entrants to be put into a second Grand Prize draw.
My sister's daughter would love to see Hilary Duff in concert, as I'm sure many children would. So, she got her boyfriend, an HMV employee, on the day of the draw, to falsify a ballot entry, "crumple it up," and pretend that it was the winner of the store's draw. Her daughter had also put in 50 other ballot entries at other stores and won in another of them.
I can't believe that I'm the only one in my entire family who finds this absolutely disgusting. As soon as my sister told me about this, I blew up at her (inappropriately, maybe) about how she thinks her daughter deserves special treatment over all the other children who've entered the contest, enough to rig an entire store draw on her behalf. Her argument is that her daughter would "really love to see Hilary Duff in concert," and I don't doubt that, but I'm sure her daughter's no different than any other child who was entered into the draw.
Now, I don't think I need to explain what's wrong with this, but I'm honestly concerned about the kind of message this is sending to my niece (who was grinning ear to ear as her mother boasted of her misdeed). She's at an impressionable age, and she's starting to learn right from wrong... she needs to learn a kind of remorse, one way or the other.
I'm tempted to take some course of action here, considering I'm the only one of her relatives that knows about this. Does anyone here have some advice regarding this kind of issue? Am I over-reacting? (I don't think this would bother me so much if it wasn't the rigging of a children's contest). I'm pretty steamed right now, but I honestly feel like I've got to do something...