Man receives prize for finding special Polo – 17 years late
A man who found a rare green Polo in his packet of mints has received his £10 prize winnings - 17 years after finding it.
James Barnard, who was 11 years old and living in Scamblesby near Louth when he found the sweet, realised that he'd won a prize as part of the Golden Polo competition which was running with Nestle at the time.
He returned the sweet to Nestle, as directed, and awaited his prize which never arrived. Then, 17 years later, he was reminded of the incident and got back in touch.
In a letter to Nestle sent earlier this month James, who now lives in London, told the company that “ten pounds of entertainment to an 11-year-old boy is utterly priceless” and “you left me with a subconscious feeling of loss; a void in my life, like the void in the centre of your sweet”.
Polos and the letter
Nestle promptly replied with a letter of apology, complimentary packets of Polos and his £10 prize money.
James, who has had his cheque framed and put up on his wall, said: "I was surprised to receive a reply from Nestle at all.
"But to receive a reply, a cheque for £10 and a huge box of Polos was fantastic, even if it was 17 years late."
A spokesman for Nestle said that they were delighted James got back in contact to let them know about the oversight.
They added: "It is hole-ly unacceptable and thankfully a very rare occurrence and we can only apologise for it taking so long."
Part of the letter written to Polo