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Old 07-10-2008, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Belfast, Maine
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Hey guys,
I keep getting those things in the mail that have a key in them and a winning number. When you scratch off the little thing it shows that your number matches the winning number.....WHAT A SURPRISE! It says that your guarenteed to win a small Wal-Mart gift card at the very least. I take these with a grain of salt, but I have to ask if anyone else has actually returned one of these to get your "prize". My girlfriends brother almost had a heart attack on me when I went to throw the junk in the shredder...


-Chad
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Hmmmmmm

Sort of brings to mind the old saying about "There is no such thing as free lunch."
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Rolled tight along with newspapers and magazines, they make a 'log'. Soaked in water for a day, and set out to drain and dry out. They will burn!

Sometimes water-soaked paper logs will have a tendency to go out after a while. I soak ours in kerosene, so they burn a bit better.

During the course of an entire year, our mail-person is kind enough to deliver to us enough fuel to give us hundreds of paper logs.

Free fuel!
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: some where maine
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Rolled tight along with newspapers and magazines, they make a 'log'. Soaked in water for a day, and set out to drain and dry out. They will burn!

Sometimes water-soaked paper logs will have a tendency to go out after a while. I soak ours in kerosene, so they burn a bit better.

During the course of an entire year, our mail-person is kind enough to deliver to us enough fuel to give us hundreds of paper logs.

Free fuel!
and it keeps the chimney clean to.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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You mean the key I got in the mail won't really start a car?
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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You mean the key I got in the mail won't really start a car?
I am sure it will if you show them the right amount of money.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:50 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Hey guys,
I keep getting those things in the mail that have a key in them and a winning number. When you scratch off the little thing it shows that your number matches the winning number.....WHAT A SURPRISE! It says that your guarenteed to win a small Wal-Mart gift card at the very least. I take these with a grain of salt, but I have to ask if anyone else has actually returned one of these to get your "prize". My girlfriends brother almost had a heart attack on me when I went to throw the junk in the shredder...


-Chad
Do what I did a couple of times. Had to go to town anyway and had a few minutes to kill so I took my winning key and went to the dealership and sat in a nice new truck with a price tag that was more than I paid for the house I owned. When the salesman came along I told him I needed the right keys so I could go home because they must have sent me a faulty one. He tried to be nice an explain that it was to a lock box in the showroom and I at least won a gift card. I laughed at the joke, and replied that if I had won a gift card don't you think they would have just mailed that instead of the keys to my new truck, then asked him to once again go get my regular keys. He explained that the keys were in the lock box and I had to see if my key fit the lock box. With an astonished look on my face I thanked him profusely for taking such good care of my truck keys, but really I had to get back home for my meds and he should really be a good boy and go get them for me because they didn't mail lock box keys, but truck keys instead, and they must have made a mistake and sent the wrong ones because they didn't work in the ignition. This continued for a good 10 or 15 minutes, I about had the guy ready to shoot me or break down and cry before I cracked apart and started to laugh, I left with a gift card for a few bucks and a really pissed off look from the salesman. It was more than enough for a soda and bag of chips for the ride back home.

Did that twice before they stopped sending me keys in the mail. Don't know why, it was a fun time for all involved. OK maybe not the salesman, but I had a ripper of a good time.
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Do what I did a couple of times. Had to go to town anyway and had a few minutes to kill so I took my winning key and went to the dealership and sat in a nice new truck with a price tag that was more than I paid for the house I owned. When the salesman came along I told him I needed the right keys so I could go home because they must have sent me a faulty one. He tried to be nice an explain that it was to a lock box in the showroom and I at least won a gift card. I laughed at the joke, and replied that if I had won a gift card don't you think they would have just mailed that instead of the keys to my new truck, then asked him to once again go get my regular keys. He explained that the keys were in the lock box and I had to see if my key fit the lock box. With an astonished look on my face I thanked him profusely for taking such good care of my truck keys, but really I had to get back home for my meds and he should really be a good boy and go get them for me because they didn't mail lock box keys, but truck keys instead, and they must have made a mistake and sent the wrong ones because they didn't work in the ignition. This continued for a good 10 or 15 minutes, I about had the guy ready to shoot me or break down and cry before I cracked apart and started to laugh, I left with a gift card for a few bucks and a really pissed off look from the salesman. It was more than enough for a soda and bag of chips for the ride back home.

Did that twice before they stopped sending me keys in the mail. Don't know why, it was a fun time for all involved. OK maybe not the salesman, but I had a ripper of a good time.
that is a hoot! I have not got one of those mailings in years, but if I do, I will remember this... (heck, maybe it will be the same dealership... Can I tell them my "cousin" sent me?
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Old 07-11-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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that is a hoot! I have not got one of those mailings in years, but if I do, I will remember this... (heck, maybe it will be the same dealership... Can I tell them my "cousin" sent me?
Sure you can, but you have to pronounce it "Kusent" and stick your front teeth out of your head just a bit as you say it.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Belfast, Maine
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Haha that is a good story Bydand! I have received 4 or 5 of those mailings now, they get put in the shredder most of the time, but I had to prove to my brother-in-law that these things are nothing more than a gimmick.
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