Polo mint payout – 17 years late

by Danielle Chenery23 Aug 2013

It’s never too late to live up to your promises, proved Nestle, after sending a competition winner his £10 prize money for a competition he won in 1996, reported Mail Online.

The competition was dubbed the ‘Golden Polo’ competition, and the aim was to find a coloured mint among the usual white ones.

Seventeen years later, aged 28, Barnard could not let go. He sent the confectionary giant a letter informing them he was still waiting for his prize money. And it paid off. He got his £10, a packet of mints and an apology.

Mail Online reported Barnard was "surprised to receive a reply at all, if I’m honest".

Mr Barnard wrote on Nestle’s Facebook page: "Can you imagine what £10 is like to an 11-year-old boy?

"This meant a new battery pack for my Gameboy. I didn’t eat it (although I did lick it to find out what a green Polo tastes like) but I read the instructions and duly posted it off to Nestle to claim my reward.

"Do you know what a tenner in 1996 is worth these days? £15.90 but that’s not the point.

"Ten pounds of entertainment to an 11-year-old boy is utterly priceless.

"Instead you left me with a subconscious feeling of loss, a void in my life, like the void in the centre of your sweet…"

The power of social media is alive and well – it’s a just a shame Facebook wasn’t around 17 years ago, or Barnard would have got his money when he was young enough to feel like he'd won the lotto!