Monday, March 14, 2011

Wow, the Astros really screwed this guy on Fan Appreciation Day

David Barron has an interesting article about the Astros' Fan Appreciation Day. On Fan Appreciation Day, the IRS appreciates you!

[Bob] Choate, 56, of Houston last fall won a year's supply of coupons from Shipley's Do-Nuts as one of the lucky prize-winners during Astros Fan Appreciation Day at Minute Maid Park.

"I went up to the customer service window, fat, dumb and happy, and signed a form and picked up a fistful of certificates, each good for a free doughnut or a dozen doughnut holes and one free cup of coffee," he said.

But last month, much like the Grim Reaper, the punch line to his prize landed in Choate's mailbox: an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099, informing him that he owed taxes on $927.61 in "free" coffee and doughnuts.

"Right," Choate said. "Fan Appreciation Day. We appreciate you, oh, and by the way …"

Tip-top work, Astros.