Tim Hortons says ‘technical errors’ falsely informed individuals they gained $55K boat in Roll Up To Win promo

A technical error by Tim Hortons led espresso drinkers throughout Canada to falsely imagine they’d gained a $55,000 boat as a part of the franchise’s Roll Up To Win promotion.

It is unclear how many individuals have been impacted, however the chain informed CBC Hamilton in an e mail it was an “unlucky error” and a few prospects have been despatched an e mail with incorrect data.

Darren Stewart-Jones of Hamilton mentioned he opened an e mail on Wednesday morning from Tim Hortons that recapped all of the prizes he gained this 12 months and it included one he did not acknowledge: a 2024 Tracker Targa 18 WT boat and trailer, which retails for $39,995 US (about $55,000 Cdn) — the one one accessible to contributors.

“I believed, ‘Wow, this could possibly be actually superior,'” Stewart-Jones informed CBC Information in a cellphone interview.

However his preliminary burst of pleasure was questions as he scrolled via his emails to seek out out when he’d gained the boat.

He mentioned he’d at all times obtained emails after profitable previous prizes.

There was just one boat within the Tim Hortons contest —  a 2024 Tracker Targa 18 WT that retails for $39,995 US (about $55,000 Cdn). (Submitted by Chris Rivet)

Inside an hour, he obtained a name from a buddy in Brampton, Ont., who mentioned she additionally gained a boat.

“That is after I clued in and thought, ‘I believe it is a big mess-up,'” Stewart-Jones mentioned.

Chris Rivet, from Edmonton, had the identical expertise.

“I went from being a winner to a loser,” Rivet mentioned.

Members contemplating lawsuits

Alanna O’Hoski of Hamilton mentioned she obtained the e-mail and spent a part of the day on maintain ready for a solution from Tim Hortons.

“With how tight issues are these days, it was undoubtedly a intestine punch,” she mentioned in a message to CBC Information. “Lots of people, myself included… thought they gained one thing of potential life-changing worth.”

Tim Hortons despatched prospects an e mail with directions to “disregard” the recap e mail they obtained, saying “technical errors” might have allowed for some prizes they did not win to finish up within the recap e mail.

“We apologize for the frustration this has precipitated and for not residing as much as our excessive requirements of offering an distinctive visitor expertise,” learn the letter, which Tim Hortons shared with CBC.

A man holding a coffee cup.
Darren Stewart-Jones of Hamilton says his pleasure shortly disappeared when he realized the e-mail from Tim Hortons that included the boat win was a mistake. (Submitted by Darren Stewart-Jones)

Rivet mentioned he has filed a criticism with the Competitors Bureau of Canada and is contemplating submitting a lawsuit.

On Wednesday afternoon, a Fb group fashioned with over 200 individuals expressing outrage concerning the mistake and threatening to file lawsuits.

“NOPE, Not taking this as a solution!! Two phrases: CLASS ACTION,” learn a publish from Christiane Marie.

“I would like my boat!” learn one other publish, from Beau Johnson.

Simply over a 12 months in the past, the Tim Hortons app mistakenly knowledgeable customers they’d gained $10,000.

“It is a repeated sample of behaviour and easily saying it is a technical situation simply goes to indicate Tim Hortons did not do its due diligence,” Rivet mentioned.

“It does not exclude them from the hurt they’ve precipitated.”

After the final mishap, Hamed Aghakhani, affiliate professor of promoting at Dalhousie College’s Rowe College of Enterprise, informed CBC Information the espresso chain’s phrases and situations possible shield the corporate in case of a problem like this.

However he additionally mentioned if the difficulty stays unresolved, it will erode the general public’s confidence within the model over time.

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