The story here is pretty simple; the university happened to be giving out prizes to people who entered the draw after purchasing something, and I was the lucky sod that happened to buy the winning item. As part of some promotional effort, an exec from the student association called me (we left our details when we entered the competition), and wanted to arrange to take a photo of me with the prize to show what the association was doing on campus. The important part is that he told me what my prize was over the phone (I wasn't expecting to win so I didn't pay any attention to what it might've been when I entered), a 500$ gift card at Amazon. And to me, that's completely worthless.
"But Theemprah!" I'm sure you're saying. "Amazon has so much stuff to offer! All sorts of things! You'd be mad to think that was worthless!"
Oh I'm sorry, did you think I meant Amazon.com?
Nope, I mean "Amazon Surf Skate Denim", a local clothing store.
My reward is clothes.
Now, I understand, it's free money (I can't redeem it for money, mind you, but it's still worth its weight in store purchases), and it sure doesn't inconvenience me in any way. But on the phone, when I heard the word "Amazon", I, as a child of the internet, naturally assumed I was receiving something I could use at Amazon.com. I never even knew there was a clothing store called Amazon in existence, and when I mentioned having won a prize for "Amazon" to my family, including my middle aged mother, they both immediately thought of Amazon.com as well. Personally, I'm not the kind of person to care about fashion, and after looking into it, this Amazon store is definitely one of those designer brand places where I could probably nuke the whole gift card in a few purchases, so this really meant nothing to me, when I realised what it was for. It was just quite disappointing when I realised the truth of the matter.
I do have a personal gripe about the whole thing, though. I looked at the store's website, and read their about page. The about page itself is titled "Who we is". I am not kidding. It told me how they made a pledge to the "yoof" of my country to get us dressed up in the most "bangin' board riding fashion lifestyle brands" available. So I realised I was dealing with some kind of vapid nutters that thought that misspelling words and using bizarre slang made their store trendy and appealing. It made me feel dirty for just having touched their gift card to begin with.
1st world problems, I know. It was just the intense disappointment coupled with finding out the exact and rather pathetic nature of what I had won that really made this a ridiculous experience for me.