History’s Most Outrageous Court Cases

18. Tiny Car Joke

When Oprah announced that people were getting brand new cars, even the audience at home got excited. There is something about winning a new car that gets everyone really pumped up. This next case involves broken promises, cars won in a contest, and toys.


Cathy McGowan, a 26-year-old, was listening to the radio. She heard a DJ on Radio Buxton claiming that a winner of a radio contest could win a new Renault Clio. She was overjoyed when she found out that it was her who won! The joy was short lived because when she received her prize, it was a small toy model of the car. Incensed at the apparent prank, she sued the radio station and was awarded $28,000 dollars for the cost of the car that was promised to her.



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