A six year old girl won four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert by tugging on the heartstrings of the judges. Her essay started with the tearjerking line, “My daddy died this year in Iraq.”
The false story won the girl the tickets, but the organizers of the contest may just take them away after the girl’s mother acknowledged that it was all a lie.
The saga began Friday with company officials surprising the girl at a Club Libby Lu at a mall in suburban Garland, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas. The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize: airfare for four to Albany, N.Y., and four tickets to the sold-out Hannah Montana concert on Jan. 9.
She had identified the soldier as Sgt. Jonathon Menjivar, but someone did their homework and found that he doesn’t exist.
They are determining whether or not to take the tickets back. I’m on the fence on this one. On one side, we have this girl and her mother that won out with a creative lie. Don’t we read on and on the stories of eBay sellers who make up stuff to pimp out their wares? On the other hand, they used a lie about a soldier dying in the Iraq war. Tsk tsk.