The bet that turned a friend into a ‘frenemy’
Winning a bet on the Melbourne Cup showed this Perth woman that one of her Facebook ‘friends’ was in fact a thief.
A woman who posted a selfie of her winning Melbourne Cup ticket – including its barcode – has been fleeced for her $825 winnings.
“Winner winner chicken dinner”, read the caption on the photograph of an elated Chantelle holding her winning ticket.
The Perth woman – whose last name has been suppressed – backed the 100-to-1 shot Prince of Penzance and jockey Michelle Payne in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Prince of Penzance wins the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Getty Images
But someone else dined out on her winnings after they used the barcode on the clearly displayed receipt to withdraw the cash from an automated machine.
“When we found out we naturally I took a bit of a selfie to show my friends,” Chantelle told Merrick Watts on Triple M.
Just 15 minutes later she took her winning ticket to the TAB only to be told it had already been claimed.
The barcode was used by an unknown person to withdraw the $900 winnings from an automated machine. Photo: Facebook
“Someone had a pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out my barcode and putting it into an automated machine,” Chantelle said.
The theft was made all the worse after Chantelle realised the culprit must be one of her Facebook friends.
“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,” she later posted to Facebook.
“I might need a bit of a Facebook cull now,” she said.
Police were able to track down the machine that was used to withdraw the money and were confident they would be able to identify the person or people involved, Chantelle told Triple M.
The incident served as a warning to social media users posting seemingly innocuous images that may contain sensitive information.
Facebook users were sympathetic and scathing in equal measure once the radio station posted the story online.
“Wow what a scumbag,” wrote one user.
“Wow !!! Who need enemies with a ‘friend’ like that? [sic]” posted another.
Then came: “stupidity at its worst. Moron.”
“Bahahahaha serves her right,” read another comment.
— Triple M Melbourne (@TripleMMelb)
November 4, 2015