People are Stupid, Ctd

Really stupid. If I’d done something this stupid, I’d steer well clear of the media!

Beer will never taste quite the same for one All Blacks fan.

On Wednesday, Nick Ashton, 26, got a phone call most Kiwi blokes dream about. A representative from Lion Breweries told him his name had been drawn for an all-expenses-paid trip for two to London to see the All Blacks play England on their end of year tour.

Ashton entered the competition more than a dozen times, buying plenty of the sponsor’s product, Steinlager, and sending in his details on the back of empty cartons. He was about to crack open a celebratory beer when the voice on the end of the phone asked him if he had any criminal convictions.

”Four beers on an empty stomach” earlier this year pushed Ashton just over the legal limit and landed him with a drink driving conviction that meant he was no longer eligible for the prize.

He called back to ensure it wasn’t an elaborate prank and when it became clear that was not the case, he begged Lion to reconsider. After a call to their legal team, the answer was still no.

“I was gutted, big time,” Ashton said. “It was the trip of a bloody lifetime.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.