Girl wins concert tickets with essay faking dad's death in Iraq
GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."
While gripping, it wasn't true -- and now the girl may lose her tickets after her mom acknowledged to contest organizers it was all a lie.
The sponsor of the contest was Club Libby Lu, a Chicago-based store that sells clothes, accessories and games intended for young girls.
The saga began Friday with company officials surprising the girl at a Club Libby Lu at a mall in suburban Garland, northeast of Dallas. The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, New York, and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert on January 9.
The mother had told company officials that the girl's father died April 17 in a roadside bombing in Iraq, company spokeswoman Robyn Caulfield said.
"We did the essay and that's what we did to win," Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. "We did whatever we could do to win."
She had identified the soldier as Sgt. Jonathon Menjivar, but the Department of Defense has no record of anyone with that name dying in Iraq. Caulfield said the mother has admitted to the deception.
Pffft. When PR stunts go wrong. Film at 11.
You have got to be some clueless bitch to give such an easily verifiable lie a whirl in something like this. Ecspecially at christmas time. You can't expect news organizations not to have pounced on something like this as a human interest story given how much hype there's been over this Hannah Montana thing and with the whole holiday christmas wish angle to boot. Chances are they called over to the DoD just to get some details to add to their fluff piece and immediately found out that no such soldier existed.
The mom called down the lightning and now her ass is frying. I saw a CNN clip earlier today with some reporter chasing after her continually asking questions about whether she thought it was right to lie about such a thing. In other followup print pieces there have been quotes from this woman's neighbors, all expressing shock and disgust, which means the news vans must be swarming around her house. Hell, at this point the little girl probably wishes mommy was killed in Iraq. This way she could get the Hannah Montana tickets and lose 150 lbs of shameful dead weight.
And in the end, it all came to naught anyway.
"After awarding the grand prize, we unfortunately learned that the statements made in the essay were untrue," she said in the statement. "Club Libby Lu greatly values honestly and integrity. In order to uphold these values, we have decided to withdraw the award initially given to the Ceballos family."
And that's the way the cookie crumbles.
She's just lucky she's not getting charged with fraud or something along those lines.