I an not
happy with the Cardinals right now. This is total bullspit:
3. Buy One (1) Ticket Get One (1) Free Ticket To A Selected Home Game: Maximum of ten (10) tickets can be purchased using this Offer. Offer can be applied to ticket purchases for a single game and can only be used for a game being held on the following dates, while supplies last: 7/1/05 or 8/1/05 or 8/4/05 or 8/18/05. The St. Louis Cardinals reserve the right to change these dates based on ticket availability. These tickets can only be purchased at the Ticket Office. Restrictions apply based on ticket availability. Offer expires 8/18/05. Odds of receiving this offer are 1:4
My Father's Day gifts to my dad were a copy of Three Days in August
and a promise to take my dad to the July 1st game using the above coupon that I got from some fries.
Everything went well, and then we got to the game. I got to the ticket window, and I was informed that the above coupon could only
be used for Terrace Reserved seats. They said it was a typo on the part of McDonalds. I argued that it was on the official rules at the website, but a call to the stadium manager was useless. He told the ticket window worker the same thing - no can do.
I understand that typos happen, and I know that the sweepstakes people are not responsible for typos, but I really don't believe this is a typo. I mean, think about these points:
- Why offer a "buy one, get one" deal on Terrace Reserved seats when they already have a 50% off Terrace Reserved coupon? That's the same friggin' deal, but simply on different days!
- If this is the same deal as the 50% off coupon, why does this one have to be redeemed at the stadium while the other can be used online?
I think someone high up got in trouble when his/her boss discovered this deal and realized how much money it could cost the team in revenue. Whatever the case, I can't prove that this is a sham, but I can prove that 3 days after they "discovered" the typo, the website still has not been updated to properly reflect the prize. The Cardinals don't seem to mind letting everyone believe that the coupons can be used for any seats.
I'm going to be writing them a letter to show them how displeased I am with this whole situation. It probably wouldn't be such a big deal if I hadn't used it as part of my Father's Day gift.