Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mickey Mouse contest

A Coatesville woman was eager to do something nice for her sister's family, who were victimized by a furniture store that took payments and then skipped town. Helping them win a family vacation seemed ideal, but the process has not been.

Mickey Mouse contest


When radio station WDAS promoted a photo contest to win a family vacation at Disney World, Mary Kyle of Coatesville thought it would be a perfect gift for her sister's family. They were among last year's victims of At Home furniture, a store in East Caln Township that closed abruptly, stiffing more than 100 customers who had paid for merchandise that was never delivered.

Kyle submitted a lovely family photo and started encouraging friends to cast votes online from May 23 until 11:59 p.m. May 30. That's when she started getting complaints about the procedure, which is far from user-friendly. 

With detailed instructions, this reporter was finally able to figure out how to cast a ballot. Here's Kyle's advice to vote for her family: Go to and wait for the Disney photo to appear on the left side of the home page. Click on it, and scroll down past the vacation description, clicking on the bar that says "vote now."  That will take you to a photo gallery where you'll then need to look for the photo titled "Kyle19320" so you can select it, and cast your ballot.

Kyle said she wished the process were easier, but a win will make the effort worthwhile. "On behalf of the Kyle family, I personally thank each of you so very much for your vote," she said.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or You can also follow her on Twitter at

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