Includes audio report
By Todd Northrop
A Perth, Australia, woman who won $825 on the Melbourne Cup horse race was shocked to find someone else claimed her winnings before she could, using details from her celebratory Facebook selfie.
Chantelle told radio station Triple M she was thrilled to have won hundreds after picking 101-to-1 shot Cup winner Prince of Penzance.
She posted a selfie of herself posing with the winning ticket to celebrate. "When we found out we naturally took a bit of a selfie to show my friends," Chantelle said.
However, she did not realize that the image of the barcode could be used to claim her winnings at a machine.
When she tried to claim the money, she was told someone else had beaten her to it. "Someone had a pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out my barcode and putting it into an automated machine," the distraught winner said.
According to Chantelle, the culprit is likely one of her Facebook friends.
"To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You're a massive d---. You ruined my day," she wrote on Facebook. "I might need a bit of a Facebook cull now," she added.
She also told Triple M that police had been able to track the claim and are investigating.
The incident served as a warning to social media users posting seemingly innocuous images that may contain sensitive information.
Facebook users were sympathetic and scathing in equal measure once the radio station posted the story online.
"Wow what a sc--bag," wrote one user.
"Wow !!! Who need enemies with a 'friend' like that? [sic]" posted another.
Then came: "stupidity at its worst. Moron."
"Bahahahaha serves her right," read another comment.
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Thanks to hearsetrax for the tip.