Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

October 4, 2011

Effingham woman denied prize after raffle

EFFINGHAM — After Miriam Ciro got off work last Tuesday, she walked out the door of Village Square Mall in Effingham and noticed a large crowd gathering in front of the old Rural King building.

    It was the Effingham stop on the Snap-On Tools No Compromise Tour. Local Snap-On dealer Lee Kaufman said the event was open to the public, but geared toward those who buy Snap-On tools.

    Ciro, who works at the Yummy Candy & Cafe shop in the mall, picked up her children from day care and headed back to the mall for the Snap-On event. After getting free food and drink, she noticed there was a drawing for a go-kart as sort of a grand prize.

    She asked for and received a ticket without, she said, any indication that she had to be a Snap-On customer.

    “The only rule was that I had to be there at 7:45 p.m.,” she said.

    At the appointed time, the first two tickets drawn were invalidated because the bearers were no longer at the event.

    Ciro’s ticket was the third one picked. But Snap-On representatives denied her the prize because she admitted she was not a Snap-On customer.

    She thinks the denial was for another reason.

    “One, I am a woman, and two, I am Spanish,” said Ciro, an Ecuadorean immigrant who has lived in the United States for 24 years and in Effingham for the last 11.

    “I feel so sad,” she said. “I feel like they stole my car. I was thinking I never win anything, and finally I win something.”

    But it wasn’t to be.

    Even more galling, she said, was the fact that event organizers didn’t question the next winning ticket at all. Kaufman said that’s because the man was a familiar customer.

    But that doesn’t make Ciro feel any better.

    “I feel like I won,” she said. “My name was on the winning ticket.”

    Kaufman said he denied Ciro the prize only because she is not a Snap-On customer.

    “I just didn’t feel like it was right for our customers that her name was drawn, so I didn’t allow it to happen,” he said.

    Kaufman denied that there was any discrimination involved.

    “It’s because she doesn’t support our business,” he said. “I don’t feel bad about it. For her, not being a customer, to get the grand prize, wasn’t fair to the people who were,” he added. “I feel bad that she’s upset about it.

    “We offered her other prizes, like some book bags and other stuff, but she didn’t stick around,” he said.

    Kaufman also noted that Ciro and her family went through the food line at the event without any questions asked.

    Kaufman admitted there wasn’t any signage telling people the go-kart drawing was only for Snap-On customers.

    “We didn’t restrict entry, but maybe we should have quizzed anybody who wanted to draw for the grand prize,” he said. “With 500 customers, we may not have had the manpower to manage the event properly.”

    Effingham County State’s Attorney Ed Deters said Ciro would not likely have any recourse in criminal court.

    “It’s not the kind of thing our office would be interested in as a criminal matter,” Deters said. “It’s probably not the way you’d want to run a raffle, but I’ve never prosecuted these matters for 11 years and I’m not about to start now.”

    Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 132 or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 7-23 crossroads walker.jpg Walking for life

    A group of nine Crossroads Walkers braved temperatures approaching 90 degrees Tuesday to walk from Greenville to Effingham as part of a cross-country walk designed to call attention to the pro-life movement..

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Concealed-Carry-Clothing-Suit-Jacket-400.jpg Concealed carry objections addressed

    In an effort to offer reasoning behind denials for concealed carry permits, Illinois State Police is assisting the Concealed Carry License Review Board in implementing additional measures to regulate the permit process.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Concealed carry objections addressed

    In an effort to offer reasoning behind denials for concealed carry permits, Illinois State Police is assisting the Concealed Carry License Review Board in implementing additional measures to regulate the permit process.

    July 22, 2014

  • Jay Miller faces more charges after alleged jailhouse attack

    An Altamont man already facing a minimum of 15 years in prison for contributing to the heroin overdose death of an Effingham woman in February could be facing even more prison time after allegedly attacking another inmate in the Effingham County Jail visitation room this past weekend.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIller, Jay C 021314.jpg Jay Miller attacks trial witness

    An Effingham County Jail inmate is facing additional charges after allegedly assaulting another inmate.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vehicle overturns in accident on I-70

    An accident on Interstate 70 sent one driver over a guardrail and down an embankment near Altamont.

    July 20, 2014

  • Three drivers injured in Vandalia accident

    A four vehicle accident in Fayette County sent three drivers to hospitals.

    July 20, 2014

  • preview.jpg Bus delivering school supplies to children

    Through 19 years, two buses and thou­sands of dollars in donations, families in need have been able to do their school shopping for free through the Ramblin’ Rose School Bus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: Community should be more inclusive in face of fliers

    This past weekend Effingham residents reported that leaflets, placed inside a rock-laden bag, were distributed promoting the mantra of the Ku Klux Klan.
    At least the rocks have a modicum of value.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grand jury indicts woman for bilking child care center

    An Effingham woman was indicted by an Effingham County grand jury this week in connection with the alleged theft of funds from a local early childhood center.

    July 18, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.