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Apple Prize Winner Almost Lost $10K

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Lawyers must feel so smug. As long as there are telemarketers, they could never be the most hated individuals on the planet. An incessant nuisance, interrupting meal after meal, telemarketers have instilled a natural reaction in the public's mind to instantly dread every ringing phone. The "Do Not Call" Registry helped alleviate that response somewhat, but for anyone who remembers life before Caller ID and Google Voice blocking, it's difficult to relearn.

As a result, most individuals are understandably wary of every offer, deal, or service being pitched over the phone -- lest they wake up to find their credit card maxed out and 40 crates of football phones on their porch. But in their defense, it's rare that an unsolicited call would actually be Apple trying to reward them $10,000.

Because of her two app-hungry daughters, Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK became the proud downloader of Apple's 10 billionth app from the App Store. Thanks to their good timing, Davis was to be rewarded with a $10,000 prize. But because of her kneejerk reaction to unsolicited phone calls, she hung up on Apple's VP of iTunes, Eddy Cue.

"I thought it was a prank call," Davis told Cult of Mac. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested' and I hung up."

After sharing the details of the call with her daughters, Davis realized it wasn't a prank. She immediately called Apple to explain the mistake, but the operator was of no help. Fortunately, one of Cue's colleagues phoned Davis later on, and the matter was settled.

"I was getting really worried," Davis admitted. But she added, "If it had been Steve Jobs I definitely would have thought it was a wind up."

Considering his current situation, so would we.
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