A Teacher Wins $10,000 By Reading The Fine Print Of A Contract

March 8, 2019

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The saying goes that the devil is in the details and when it comes to user terms and conditions, at eh most we skim over them quickly and more commonly just sign or click.  The "fine print" can be pages of confusing legalize that can make your head pound. But one home economics teacher has taught us all to take the time to read each and every word in those disclosure statements as she won $10,000 by reading the fine print. Donelan Andrews had planned a trip to Scotland with her husband to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.  As with any big trip, she decided it was a smart move for her to invest in travel insurance.  As with any insurance contract, there is a lengthy disclosure of terms that many simply skip. But the insurance company, SquareMouth, came up with a clever hidden contest within the fine print of its policy documentation. On the seventh page they included this sentence, "If you’ve read this far, then you are one of the very few...customers to review all of their policy documentation” as well as how to claim her prize in the Pays to Read contest. The soon-to-be retired Georgia teacher can be especially proud knowing that 65 people “read” and signed the exact same contract before her and didn’t notice the hidden prize. In addition to the $10,000 prize she won, the company also donated $10,000 to Reading Is Fun, a children’s literacy charity and $5,000 each to the two schools where Andrews teaches. The company decided to run the promotion to highlight the importance of reading all the documents in a contract before signing it.

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SOURCE: Travel + Leisure

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