I like to consider myself a pretty creative guy. Always fancied my naming abilities, especially when it comes to products and companies – albeit I’m usually joking, at least at first. I remember reading an article headline (probably clickbait, before I realized what that was) some years ago talking about the “real problem” that breweries are facing: running out of names for their beers. Seriously?! I wanted to tear my hair out, because that would be my DREAM job.
Let me guess: this sounds like YOU, too! And I’ll hazard to take a wild guess at another certainty: You thought “Huh, I wonder if I could get paid to come up with names!” and lo and behold, you signed up for Squadhelp. That’s precisely what I did, and I jumped in, though very conservatively, and just threw my hat into two rings (contests), to start. I felt good about 'em, and promptly got distracted by life. Admittedly, I also signed up for another naming contest site of which I’m sure many of you are also members and entered into a few on there, as well.
Imagine my delight waking up this past Monday to an email letting me know I’d won one of those contests. Of COURSE I was surprised- I had competed against 261 other people and won on one of my very first attempts. Turns out Squadhelp was surprised, as well. A little too surprised, as it turned out.
This evening, I received an email from Squadhelp letting me know my payment request had been denied, because of “suspicious activity” and that they requested I send a signed document stating that I had no further relationship with the business involved in the contest. I’ve told you everything there is to know: I’m creative, I signed up for Squadhelp, I submitted some ideas, I won for one of them.
This is one of those rare occasions where the fact that your blood ISN’T rushing faster than normal, you need to see a doctor. Am I literally the first one to have won a contest I entered on the first day of being a contributing member? Is coincidence – which, mind you, STILL wouldn’t directly tie me to the contest holder without some stretching of the imagination – a good enough cause, now, for a site to refuse to pay me what I’m rightfully due, per their terms of agreement?
I want you all to get real lawyerly, here, cause I sure as heck did in my response. Come at this with logic and evidence and objectivism and ask me any questions that might lead to a grounded and legitimate reason I’m being persecuted by a company I was pretty happy about, not even two hours ago.