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Car dealership defends Facebook competition won by "non-existent" account

The internet is annoyed. Very annoyed.

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AN AUDI DEALERSHIP has denied that a Facebook competition was rigged after an account that doesn’t appear to exist won.

Audi Galway, which is based in Ballybrit, offered the use of an A3 Cabriolet for the long weekend to one lucky winner. The post, which went up last Friday, was shared 38,000 times, attracting 32,000 comments.

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However, when the winner was named this afternoon, other entrants noticed that the victorious fan, named as May Lydon wasn’t on Facebook, normally a prerequisite to win a Facebook competition.

A May Lydon account then appeared, having seemingly been created after the win.

The account has since been disabled and the post is still attracting massive complaints, despite having been hidden from the page’s timeline.

This evening, a spokesperson for the dealership told TheJournal.ie that “people are over-reacting” and that the winner had been in contact and would be collecting their prize.

The winner of the competition had been picked randomly from the huge number of entries we received. We hope they will enjoy the prize over the bank holiday weekend.

A subsequent post to that effect has attracted the ire of those who didn’t win the use of the convertible.

A later statement by Audi Galway says that the winner of the competition had actually passed it off to his mam.

“The competition to win an 152 AUDI A3 Cabrio for the August Bank Holiday Weekend has been won by David Lydon.

“David and his mother May Lydon will collect the car tomorrow morning.

“Audi Galway ran the Facebook competition over the past number of days and David Lydon was selected at random as the competition winner.  Upon contacting David, he asked that the prize be presented to his mother May Lydon.

Audi Galway announced May Lydon as the winner.  May Lydon does not have a Facebook profile.”

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