The Coca-Cola-owned Gold Peak Tea Company had a pretty cool idea for a contest: the “Take the Year Off”competition offered its lucky winner a $100,000 prize and a chance to quit work for twelve months (not quite sure how that provision would work, but OK).
To enter the contest, tea fans simply had to answer a couple of questions, write a brief essay about what they would do with the money and, if they were determined to be one of the top 10 or 15 contestants, submit a short video elaborating on the theme “The Comforts of Home.” Facebook users would then vote to determine the winner.
Earlier this week, Georgia-based attorney Theodore Scott was declared the contest’s winner–until he wasn’t.
Two days after naming him champion, the folks behind the contest disqualified him. Why? Because he posted a note in the About.com Sweepstakes Forum encouraging readers to vote for his video. Now Scott, who just happens to belong to a family of lawyers, is trying to decide whether or not to sue Coca-Cola for depriving him of his rightful prize.