While there are people who find that they have to shout to the whole world that they won in their gambling adventures by taking a selfie and announcing it to their social media friends, this woman unfortunately got robbed of her $825 winnings after she posted a selfie on her Facebook page.
A female punter named Chantelle from Perth, Australia was so delighted of her win amounting to $825 when the Prince of Penzance won the Melbourne Cup (on November 3, 2015). Her excitement urged her to post a selfie on Facebook with the title "Winner winner chicken dinner!" along with her happy face while holding the 100-to-1 shot ticket that proved she won. Unfortunately, because of this rather harmless selfie post (or so she thought), it made her end up with nothing at all.
When Chantelle tried to collect her money, she was told that it was already picked up, much to her surprise. She then realized that the barcode had also been shown in her selfie, and that alone was enough to cash out the prize money that was supposed to be hers. Apparently, somebody used an automated machine to claim the cash prize.
She then wrote on her Facebook page, "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 then contacted Triple M, her local radio station, and informed them that the police were successful in finding out where the prize had been cashed out, and they are confident in tracking down the culprit who took the money. To cheer her up, Triple M gave her $20, which is the exact amount she had paid to bet in the first place.
Chantelle's "hero to zero" story goes to show that not all selfies are good. Selfies, in fact, while serves no other purpose mainly but to brag (95% of the time), can actually become rather self-destructive, and in her case, this one cost her the entire $825 she should have won.