AFA vs. Subway Contest that excludes the home schooled

The AFA is miffed again because home schooled kids can’t enter a contest that buys sporting goods, etc. for the winners school.

Instead the AFA wants the prize money to go towards ” local park, church or school of the winning home schooler’s choice” I have no problem with the park, but school of choice or church bothers me. It bothers me because the choice of most home schoolers would probably be some neo-con church and/or school.

And it’s not discrimination. It’s the fact that the intention of the contest is to help a school out. And quite honestly Subway can exclude whoever it wishes to as there’s no requirement that a business open a contest to EVERYONE. If it were the case that they did, you’d have no way to refuse to just pass out as many chances to any Joe off the street as you could, and nor would there be any special purchasing deals.

Subway tells home schoolers: We will not allow you to participate in our contest.

Subway discriminates against home schoolers.

May 27, 2008

Dear ,

Subway, the sandwich restaurant, wants to hear your child’s story – unless he or she is home schooled.

The national chain’s “Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest” offers prizes and a chance to be published on the Subway Web site and in Scholastic’s “Parent & Child” magazine but specifically excludes home schoolers. Subway’s website states:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest is open only to legal residents of the Untied (sic) States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted.

Subway will probably say they excluded home schools because of the main prize ($5,000 worth of athletic equipment to the winning child’s school). But Subway could have given it to a local park, church or school of the winning home schooler’s choice.

Subway’s Web site promotion not only misspells “Untied (sic) States,” but offers the grand prize winner a “Scholastic Gift Bastket (sic) for your home.”

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