So, I lost faith in humanity today (over-exaggeration). It was such a stupid thing that did it though. I try to be the kind of person that doesn’t get bothered by trivial things, but anything that is unjust pisses me off.
I work for Tutorial Services at a college. My boss is really cool and decided to run an art contest for tutors and staff (I am part of the staff). Just a silly/fun thing to change it up, and the winner gets a Starbucks gift card. I entered a piece. Nothing amazing, just some charcoal and conte crayon. The theme was spring flowers. Now, there is this artist who most of us think is going to win, and that’s totally fair. His piece is really cool. But in the end, it comes down to everyone’s personal tastes.
The contest is supposed to be anonymous. We have numbers on each paper and we are not suppose to reveal our work to anyone. Again, the voting (anyone in the whole school can vote) is suppose to be which piece that person likes the most, like their personal preference. I think this helps most of us who entered get a few votes in instead of the votes only going to “the best artist” or whoever is more “popular”.
So I find out today that a tutor, someone I recommended to get hired, is cheating. Yeah, cheating at a silly art contest for $25 at Starbucks. She is telling droves and droves of people to come and vote for her number. Now, I have made sure, to the best of my ability, that no one reveals their numbers to anyone (at least during work). It seems like everyone is playing fair so far. I have had people ask me which number is mine so they can vote for me and I don’t tell them. It’s wrong. It’s not fair to the other contestants who entered. We should all get an equal, fair chance to win.
Well, that’s not happening now because this person is apparently so hard up for a Starbucks card that they have to cheat to win. I only noticed it today when groups of people would come in and ask to vote, but never looked at the art. I started asking questions, and they told me how this tutor was asking everyone around school to vote only for her number, which is against the rules. Sure, I knew this was a possibility when the contest first started, but really? REALLY?
Do I need a Starbucks card? No. I would have given it to my mom anyways. Not a big fan of Starbucks. But you know what? It’s unfair to the tutor who is a real artist (that I made sure he didn’t reveal his number to anyone) to lose to a cheater like her. Or anyone else who put effort into their piece.
I confronted the cheater and she just laughed. I probably would have gotten into it with her if I was not already late for class and now I wont see her again until after the contest is over, the contest she are obviously going to win.
Seriously, I know it’s stupid but this whole situation pisses me off. Why do the “bad” people always win? It’s not fair. Why do the people with morals get screwed?
The only thing I am taking away from this is that I will NEVER join in on a fun little contest at work/school again. I don’t want to be upset over stupid stuff like this, so I need to remove myself from it all together.
That is all.