If you were to walk into a Tim Hortons store today and win a car from Roll Up the Rim, we just have one piece of advice for you: Do not post an image of the winning cup on social media. Ever. No matter how excited you are.
That’s exactly what Margaret Coward of Conception Bay, Newfoundland did. After she won a $100 Tim Hortons gift card, she got all giddy inside and uploaded an image of the cup on Facebook to show all of her friends. Seems pretty harmless, right?
After posting the photo, she called one of the coffee-chain’s locations and asked for a winner’s form, but was told it would be easier to just claim the prize online with the security number printed on the rim. But when she went to enter the numbers, she discovered that her prize had already been claimed–likely by someone who had stolen the numbers from the image she posted online.
Coward has no way of knowing who did it either, as The Globe and Mail reports she was later told by the company that it couldn’t reveal the email address of the recipient for privacy reasons. So basically, she’s out of luck.
Our suggestion? Wait until you actually claim the prize, and then share a photo of whatever you won.