An extra $12 sounds appealing on the surface but what if it ends up costing your life? If people’s lives are on the line during a competition, the excitement from participants plummets fast.
A man in the Limpopo village of Mashamba in South Africa participated in a drinking challenge at a liquor store. The competition was to see who could drink up the bottle the fastest. He chugged the entire bottle of the whiskey in under two minutes and collapsed to the floor before claiming his prize money.
His identity remains anonymous but he was between the ages of 25 and 30. After fainting, he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, a Limpopo police representative, said: “Police in Waterval outside Louis Trichardt have opened a case of inquest following an incident of apparent misuse of alcohol that took place at one of the local liquor outlets at Mashumba Village where the patrons allegedly participated in what they called a drinking competition.”
Unfortunately, the drinking competition had a devastating outcome and the liquor store will have to restrict similar drinking challenges in the future. At the very least, they should consider bumping up the prize money as human life is worth more than the value of a whiskey bottle.
Hopefully, his family has life insurance as the prize money will not go far.