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Flushed - when Prizes you "got" are withdrawn

Updated on February 12, 2011

What is it called when you get something only to SEE it flushed away again? I remember years ago I won a raffle (at a fundraiser), but was told after that the holiday (prize) wasn't available anymore. Really Sorry!

It is a cruel world sometimes, but let's call this thing that happens FLUSHED.

I was flushed. I got flushed. Yep, flushed again.

Let me explain how this hub came about...

Recently, I was sent an email congratulating me on having achieved 100 followers on Hubpages but it turns out that someone then decides to withdraw their following which means I am sitting under 100 again (on 99) and the achievement lies before me in ruins.

This is like getting down to the last two and being told you've won A's top model but being later told it was a mistake. (This really happened).


Like "meeting the man of your dreams....then meeting his beautiful wife" Alanis Morrissette

Can't there be a prize for being flushed? People this sort of thing happens to should be recognized. Create a New Accolade for this type of circumstance, I say.

With my hubpage followers, staff could write an email that goes something like:

We notice you have been prematurely congratulated. In other words, it didn't go unnoticed your achieving something that is no longer applicable.FLUSHED! In the light of this. we are pleased to inform you that you have won a special practical joke....(insert the name of the prize here...for example, a toilet shaped cup.)

Everyone looks at achievement and the achievers, but c'mon, how about a prize for PREMATURELY or BY MISTAKE! being told you have won, achieved, reached a goal etc...

FLUSHED! So who else has been flushed?


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    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Good to see you toknowinfo and thanks for your concerns. I'm slowly recovering but still getting nightmares - waking up at night - trying to wipe phantom used toilet paper off my face. LOL!

    • toknowinfo profile image


      7 years ago

      Sorry for your traumatizing experience. I hope you will recuperate soon, and continue to write your wonderful hubs.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Oh My AskAshlie, LOL I've heard of those but you're the first person I've heard that actually got one and believed it into the next day! Thanks for sharing this here.

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Nicomp, great suggestion - some might think perverse but not me! Thanks.

    • AskAshlie3433 profile image


      7 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      Well I scratched a fake lottery ticket once for 10,000 dollars. They didn't tell me til the next day when I was getting ready to travel to Charleston to cash it. None the less, that sucked. FLUSHED

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Oh, man. What a way to go. That flusher is the big loser in this situation. Just the Photoshopping alone is enough to hang around.

      Instead of clicking on "Stop following" we could click on "Flush"

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Kindacrazy - no pressure: you can withdraw anytime but thank-you! I'll be expecting another accolade for 100 now. Accoladed twice - that's a bonus someone could make a habit of!

    • profile imageAUTHOR 

      7 years ago

      Drbj, my friend, your comments are enthralling pieces in themselves - thanks for adding your flushed stories here.

    • Kindacrazy profile image


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Well, I just started following you, so now you are back at 100. CONGRATULATIONS.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I would like to commiserate with you, pd, but my "flushing" experience has been confined to two occasions. Once, when I played poker and bluffed that I had a straight flush. No one believed it and I didn't win the pot.

      And the second, when I flushed a running toilet that had been running non-stop and it kept running until it overflowed while I was away and made an expensive mess of new carpeting.

      But I do understand your unhappiness re your flushing experience and exgend my condolences. :(


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