Matt D
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Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:21 am

Just to set the record straight: I am venting as a sore lose here. Nothing more. Nothing less.

That said, surely some of you can probably relate to this.

We had my Company Christmas party this last weekend at a major SoCal amusement park.

As is typical of nearly all Christmas parties I've been to over the years, there were several large "door prizes" awarded out. And the person "drawing the names" was our CFO.

Over the years, I've often suspected those "drawings" to be rigged. That is...the "winners" are already predetermined before the evening even begins.

This year was no exception.

Rather than give out two or three dozen pointless "prizes" (such as a $10 gift card to Applebees), our company gave out 6 all expenses paid trips to various destinations over the globe. Pretty cool and generous on their part...


UNTIL

-you realize that 4 of the trips were "won" by so-called "upper management" and the 5th by the Director Of Sales.

The 6th was awarded to the daughter-in-law of a part time employee that works maybe one day a week.

WTF is up with that?

None of the operations, billing, customer service, transportation, IT, or other front line, day-to-day personnel won a thing.

Not a single one of them.

By the time the fourth name was drawn, you could've heard a pin drop in that huge room. The first three, there was the mandatory applause from everyone else. Not on the 4th, 5th, or 6th. A few muffled groans of disbelief were heard, but no one was clapping at those last three names drawn.

I can see not wanting the in-laws of some obscure, part time employee to win.

But honestly.....that name of winners on the other 5 just didn't seem right.

A lot of people (myself included) were talking afterwards and were not only bummed out that none of us won, but also insulted to think that out of 200+ names present, that 5 of the 6 were all "inner circle" members to the CFO. The fact that no one I asked ever actually saw that fishbowl or the pieces of paper with the names on lent some credence to the idea that the "drawing" was in fact staged with predetermined "winners". I mean if that was the case, was it really necessary to rub it in the noses of the other 195 employees? Why not just have nothing....and quietly hand out those prizes behind the closed conference room doors....and go back to the $10 Applebees gift cards?

Methinks that if there is a party next year, there won't be much of a turnout.
 
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:26 am

What? You didn't win the prize?

That can't be right!
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Matt D
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:31 am

I'm sure that after this posting, I'll win another prize.
 
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:32 am

Well at least in the end you, ironically, will win a prize.
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:38 am

In our place, the company donates some large prizes, as well as all our suppliers, and its entirely in the hands of the staff to do the draw - the management dont have anything to do with it.

Nice and fair.
 
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:39 am

Matt D:
I thought that was going to be the case when I went to a company Christmas party back in 2000. I almost did not even show up because I had a lousy week at work and I was getting sick of the people I was working with. Almost all the people I worked with were East-coast Ivy League educated types. Not exactly my kind of crowd.

Well the top prize was a $1000.00 gift certificate with a Travel Agency in which our company does business with. Well I WAS THE WINNER!
The funny thing was when they pulled my name, the MC pronounced my names as who the f—k is this guy? I'll never forget the way she said it; "Larry Jackson?!?!  confused  She announced my name as if she asking a question. She literally didn’t even know who I was the entire restaurant of about 200 people was dead silent.
Well I walked up with a huge grin on my face! 

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Now my 10-year high school reunion was exactly like the company party you mentioned. All the prizes went to the most popular people in high school that were all ASB/student government snobs.

[Edited 2006-12-04 20:40:25]
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:00 am

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
surely some of you can probably relate to this.

Wife and i were at a Christmas party last Saturday hosted by a supplier the company i work for uses very often.

Three prizes given out.
1st. Prize won by an employee of the company hosting.
2nd. Prize won by the wife of the person drawing the ticket, also an employee and son of the owner.
3rd. Prize won by a former employee of the company hosting (quit a few months ago) and is being courted to come back !!

Note 3rd. prize was a LCD TV and my ticket was 1 number off. I was bitter for a bit but that wore off as i guzzled the hosts scotch.  Wink

Rigged, i doubt it, at least at my function...... but bloody suspicious.
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:05 am

Perhaps you could ask one of the managers for a pearl necklace?  Wink


Seriously though, I only show up to office parties for less than 45 minutes out of courtesy. Then I'm outta there like a bat outa hell -- on to have some real fun elsewhere away from the suits and BS politics.
 
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:07 am

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
Methinks that if there is a party next year, there won't be much of a turnout.

Virtually all of the employees in my office are pretty cynical, so the management does the drawings in front of all of us, from the $1.00 coffee coupon raffles on up. It helps keep things honest, which is the way we all like it  Smile.

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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:42 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 2):
I'm sure that after this posting, I'll win another prize.

Yup!  Wink

 
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:53 pm

I don't know about that but I've got my suspicions about our office's Secret Santa gift exchange. Two years running I've drawn the same guy and his wish list is the same as last time, though not in the same order. I'll still have my fun though-I'll pull the same prank that I did last year.
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:13 pm

The day we break up at Christmas there is a buffet as a "thank you" to the staff, as it also happens to be the end of our financial year and everyone has been under pressure for the last month so. Company policy is that all gifts received from suppliers, etc, go into a kitty with a "raffle" drawn at the buffet.

It never ceases to amaze me that every year at least 75% of the "prizes" go to Directors and Managers . Everyone knows full that these guys have cases of drink, hampers and other goodies delivered straight to their homes, so why do they feel the need to have another bottle of wine from the draw? I've been here 16 years and my name has come out once, when I won a diary. My boss has won a bottle of Scotch every year, without fail!  Angry
 
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RE: Christmas Party Door Prizes: Rigged?

Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:59 am

Here are some ideas to reduce any possible rigging. First of all, as each employee arrives at the party, they are given a numbered ticket, with a copy put into the draw box. Then for the first prize to be given out, just pick out someone in the audience, with each winner choosing the next winner. Make sure the box or container used for the draw cannot be seen through, and mix the tickets thoroughly before each draw.
I realize that some companies use such 'door prizes' to distribute stuff the company gets from suppliers and vendors and to meet their ethics laws.
Better than door prizes or gift exchanges, would be toys for distribution or money donations to local charities.
By the way the golden rule of attending Christmas, Holiday or any work related party: Beheave so that they remember you were there, not they never forget you were there.

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