This woman found out that posting selfies boasting about your awesome life on Facebook can have terrible consequences.
Chantelle from Perth, Australia, discovered this the hard way when she posted a photo of herself with her winning ticket from a horse race at the Melbourne Cup.
According to The Telegraph she won betting on a horse called Prince Of Penzance with 101-1 odds – her $20 (£9.31) bet won her a cool $825 (£384).
So, as you do these days, she instantly posted a celebratory selfie to Facebook with her winning ticket. But unfortunately for Chantelle this also included the scannable barcode, and apparently a photo of this was all you needed to claim the cash at an automated machine.
And that’s what one of her so-called ‘friends’ did. She wrote on Facebook: “To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You’re a massive dick. You ruined my day”.
Chantelle told Triple M, a local radio station:
I’d never bet before so I went with some friends and put some money on a few different horses. When Prince of Penzance’s name came up we were stoked, we were so happy!
Fifteen minutes later [after posting the selfie to Facebook] I went to collect the money and was told it had already been claimed.
All of our profiles are private, so it has to be someone we would like to think of as an acquaintance, I will have to have a Facebook cull now.Advertisement
She added that the police managed to track down where the cash was claimed, and that they are confident of finding the person responsible.
So there you go. Next time you’re about to take a show off selfie, think twice. You might end up regretting it…