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A Christmas Miracle
By Kickntrue on 12/14/09
Since the rest of the world is apparently going to Hades, I thought I'd tell a story of goodwill, peace and love- all going on behinds the scenes here at oob.
Last week- I headed to the post office to mail out some prizes. Yes, believe it or not- I actually wait in line at the post office... and don't use some fancy parcel service. Call it a small way to support my government (plus- I find it to be cheaper for rare mailings). Anyway- I should probably preface this story with this note; I don't know how much wisdom I've gained from my short life but these two facts seem to hold true, 1) everyone is human and makes mistakes, and 2) everyone dies. This story is about the first truth.
I was past-due to mail a Mizuno MP-T10 wedge to a previous winner on oobgolf and in the process of copying addresses with boxes and postage I accidentally sent the wedge to the wrong person, another oob winner.
I realized my mistake at about 6pm that evening and was left with a couple choices. The easiest and most logical was to just go buy a new Mizuno wedge and send it to the correct winner and chalk it up as a dumb mistake. I decided to email both winners and let them know the situation along with The Wedge Guy, Terry Koehler, of EIDOLON to see if he had any ideas. I told Ian, the winner of the TaylorMade bag that he should expect a bonus prize of a wedge and let Jeremy know we would make it right.
The long story short is that Jeremy was not upset with the mistake and instead said he'd take an EIDOLON wedge, which Terry graciously provided. Ian, feeling bad about our mistake, decided he didn't want to keep the bonus prize and sent it back to oob without even asking our opinion on the matter. He said while he'd love a wedge- he'd rather have earned it the right way (which is ironic since the "right way" in this case was pure luck), which brings us back to having an extra wedge to give away, and some extra goodwill from the kindness and understanding shown by a couple of our users in a mess that had nothing to do with them.
SO- not only did we decide to give the extra wedge away- but decided we should STILL get an extra wedge and add it to the prize package. So- tomorrow when we announce the December Addict Winner it will actually be plural, Winners. A 2nd prize of Mizuno MP-T10 wedges will be handed out!
I realize this isn't exactly the same level of miracle as Bedford Falls coming together to save George Bailey's family or whatever happened on 34th Street, but I thought it was a pretty classy move- and it's never bad to report on classy moves.
If you get the chance to do something extra this holiday season- do so. You're going to die anyway (see above) and I can assure you when your day comes you're not going to be thinking about the money you've earned or even things you've done.
/steps off pulpit
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Bryan K says:
Nice. Kudos to Ian and OOB.
But I have a thought, and call me a grinch because of it...but why does it have to be a holiday season in order to do something a little bit extra?
Goes to show, golfers in general are an honest breed... why to go Ian.
edit to above: way to go, not why to go
Bryan K says:
You know...I did learn something on the golf course this past summer. You can tell a lot about a person by how he golfs. Likewise, you can tell a lot about a person's golf game based on other aspects of his/her life.
Ian sounds like a guy I'd like to golf with.
Ian, you are a nice guy. I know I would have kept it and thought it was my lucky day. Now someone else gets to have a lucky day too. What a great season. Merry Christmas
Now I don't have anyone to be mad at Ian! :) Good for Ian and now I have twice the chance of winning something else. LOL Thanks to Terry and Andrew for working things out. And thanks to oobgolf for being an awesome site. You guys rock!
Thanks for all the nice comments folks. :D
At first when I heard about the error I was suprised and wondered how it would improve my game, then after a few moments I realised that the wedge was supposed to be shipping to another lucky winner. Knowing Andrew would not let someone down, and probably have to go out and buy an alternate for the wedge winner it was a simple decision to send it back. I was lucky enough to win 1 prize and that is more than a lot of the regulars on this site who equally deserve to win something get, so I figured this could be an extra chance for someone else to share in the holiday happiness.
I trust this good karma reflects on my golf scores next season.
@ bjohn, the holiday season is a coincidence and you are a grinch (LOL). Seriously it makes for good headlines to link feel-good stories with the festive season.
@ jeremyheslop, you are right....OOBGOLF ROCKS!
@ mschad, I am too honest sometimes, take a look at my scorecards, I even entered my 14 strokes on a par 5, instead of "i dunno, 7...8...? put me down for a 6"
Bryan K says:
Ian: You know...if I was you...I'd have kept the wedge and sent the bag back:)
Well the strap broke on my Precise 14-way arranger at the end of the season and I just tied a knot around the metal loop as a make-do fix until I get round to stitching it up again. Now I dont have to....I can donate the old bag to my father-in-law and use the new one. OR give him the TM bag for Xmas and be in his good books for all of 2010 and fix the old one for myself as planned.
This time of year, I always take the time to pay for someone else's coffee in line behind me at Starbucks, or the food order behind me at a drive through. It's awesome to see how long the loop keeps up once you get it started.
Big Props Ian... Class, pure and simple.
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