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David Bellis, 31, and his son Jacob, 3, were walking near their home in Prestatyn, Wales, when they took a selfie with a horse. Bellis entered the resulting photo in a “Make Me Smile” contest and won the 2,000 pound (US$2,775) grand prize. But publicity over the prize garnered a complaint by Nicola Mitchell, the horse’s owner. “I was really annoyed to hear he had won,” Mitchell said, because Bellis “used a picture of our horse without our permission. He should have asked for our consent.” He demanded part of the prize, but Bellis refused. A lawyer says Mitchell doesn’t have a claim, as the Bellises were on public property. (RC/London Guardian) ...If only Mitchell had also “bombed” the photo, they could have had both the horse and the horse’s ass.
Original Publication Date: 28 February 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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