Fosters: No more Punch- N- Play

Fraud allegations unrelated to cancellation decision

Foster’s Food Fair-IGA stores in
the Cayman Islands will discontinue the Punch-N-Play summertime promotional
game after this year, according to the stores’ managing director. 

The Punch-N-Play games, which have
been a summer staple at the grocery stores for nearly a decade, wrapped up
their final day on Wednesday. Store Managing Director Woody Foster confirmed
Thursday that Punch-N-Play scratch-off cards would not be distributed in 2011.

He did not rule out the possibility
that the grocery chain could start up another promotional game.

“I think (Punch-N-Play) has run its
course,” Mr. Foster said. “I think we need to find a new and exciting game to
catch people’s attention.”

According to information obtained
by the Caymanian Compass, reports were made two weeks ago to the Royal Cayman Islands
Police Service involving allegations of a potential fraud situation with the
Punch-N-Play game that occurred this summer. 

RCIPS said late Thursday that officers with the Financial Crime Unit had received a complaint and were looking into the matter.

Mr. Foster declined to discuss the
situation, citing police involvement. But he said the allegations had nothing
to do with the stores’ decision to end the summertime promotion going forward.

“We actually met prior to
Punch-N-Play starting in July,” Mr. Foster said. “And our management team said
‘let’s give it one more year’.”

The game involving giving store
customers a “punch card” which was filled up with hole-punches based on what
was bought at the store. Once a card is filled up, customers could scratch off
the stickers on the card and see how much they won. Prizes ranged from $1 to a
grand prize of $10,000.

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