Kiwi radio station offers free Valentine’s Day divorce

By Time of article published Feb 13, 2012

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Many women anticipate receiving flowers, a box of chocolates or maybe even a marriage proposal from their significant others for Valentine’s Day.

But the last thing they would expect to receive is a very public request for a divorce. That is exactly what one unfortunate New Zealand woman will be getting from her husband tomorrow. The Rock, a national radio station in New Zealand, is offering a man the opportunity to tell his wife he wants a divorce live over the radio on Valentine’s Day.

The stunt is part of the Rock’s “Win a Divorce” competition. In exchange for his participation, the 31-year-old man, identified as Sam, will have his divorce paid for by the radio station.

The Rock’s website says the competition is targeted at “poor blokes who thought they married an angel who, in fact, turned out to be Satan in a dress”.

But the station has got into some hot water over the contest with family advocacy groups.

Bob McCoskrie, the national director of Family First NZ, said: “The radio station is simply feeding off the misery of others. They are willing to pay for the divorce – will they also pay for counselling?“

The station is known for pushing the boundaries with its campaigns. Last year, it held a “Win a Wife” competition, where the winner received a 12-day trip to Ukraine to select a bride. – Daily Mail

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