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Ode to Rusty Jeep wins I Hate My Car contest
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (11/5/09)--US FCU (USFCU) in Burnsville, Minn., and a local Chevrolet, Dodge, Kia dealer launched a “I Hate My Car Contest” in October so car owners could vent their frustration with their vehicle in the hopes of winning a new 2009 Chevy Aveo to replace it.
Click to view larger image “I Hate My Car” Contest winner Paul Dehn (middle) poses with his new 2009 Chevy Aveo along with dealership owner, Jeff Belzer Sr. (left), and US FCU President/CEO Bill Raker (right). (Photo provided by US FCU)
The contest was an alternative to the expired “Cash for Clunkers” program--one that extended beyond replacing only those cars considered “clunkers.” With almost 600 rants from disgruntled car-owners, it was difficult to choose just one winner, the credit union said. However, a few entries stuck out among the haters, including that of Paul Dehn--the winning entry. Dehn paid tribute to his hated 1994 Jeep Cherokee with a poem titled “Ode to A Rusty Jeep.” After visiting USFCU’s Bloomington, Minn., branch, Dehn knew the theme of the contest was perfect for him. “The manual shifter of my truck had broken off at one point, so I had been using an old aluminum bat that was sawed off at one end in its place,” Dehn said. “I entered with no expectation of winning, but thought it was a cool way to share my feelings about my worn-out vehicle.” Dehn won the contest and a new car, US FCU said. “This is definitely an unexpected, yet welcome blessing for me right now during these difficult economic times,” he said. “I never win anything, so this was a wonderful surprise!” His dog, Kemo-Sabe, a Malamute-Shepard mix mentioned in his entry, came along to check out his owner’s new ride. “I would love to let Keno ride in the Aveo, but I would rather keep this one smelling nice and new--without the smell he left in my Jeep,” Dehn said. To view the poem, use the link.
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