Free Boob Job Contest at Passion Nightclub Was Rigged, Contestant Alleges

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Maria Salamanca: The aggrieved party.
Last Friday night, Passion Nightclub was looking to make one lucky girl's dreams come true. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's bump-and-grind palace held a "Free Melons" contest. It was not a produce giveaway. The top honors included a free augmentation. The winner wasn't walking away with just any bargain-basement boob job either but a voucher for the offices of Dr. Leonard Hochstein -- the Miami VIP chest-inflater hitched to Real Housewife Lisa Hochstein.

But anyone at last week's boob-off didn't get to see the front-runner compete. Miamian Maria Salamanca says she wasn't allowed to strut her stuff on the stage, thus denying her a shot at the big prize(s). Now, she's claiming the contest was rigged.

The surgery's always topped Salamanca's wish list. "I'm a very curvy girl. I'm Latin, but I'm missing the main essentials in the front," she says. Also: "I live in Miami, and in Miami, that's all you see. It's stuck in your head."

For a body-conscious girl on a budget, Passion's Free Melons bid seemed like a cost-effective answer. According to the rules, interested girls had to beam a photo over to the club's Facebook page, where the whole stack was put online in an album. The women were encouraged to drum up Facebook "likes" online; the contestants with the most clicks would then be invited onstage Friday night, where audience applause would decide the winner.

Like any supportive boyfriend, Alejandro Del Rivero urged Salamanca to go all-in.

"This wasn't a beauty contest," he tells New Times. "I would have never subjugated my girlfriend to anything like that. This was simply about who could promote the hardest for the nightclub. I thought we had a fair chance. We have a lot of friends, and I know every promoter in the city."

She sent in a picture, and then the couple promoted the hell out of the contest. The online hustle paid off, and on the day of the contest, Salamanca had the most likes of anyone else in the running -- 340 some Facebook likes, nearly 40 more than the second-place finisher.

But Salamanca says that on the day of the contest, she received an email from the promoters changing how the Free Melons would be handed out. In the new arrangement, anyone who showed up at the club that night could be considered for a "staff pick" slot that would also get them onstage for the final contest. The late game switch-up confused the issue some, Salamanca says, but nonetheless she went to Passion with Del Rivero and two girlfriends.

At the club, Salamanca says she let the promoters know who she was and why she was there. But the event didn't start rolling until around 2 a.m., she says, and by then music was blaring and a number of women -- some familiar faces from the online contest, some not -- were milling around onstage. Salamanca says she was onstage shortly before the kick-off when the event's host asked her to step off to the side for a moment. She did, but when the front-runner tried to get back onstage, a security guard blocked her way.

"He wouldn't let me back on," she says. "I was even trying to be nice, play that card. Didn't work. He was very rude, he didn't care at all."

As she stood at the lip of the stage, embarrassed and panicked, Salamanca watched as the contest commenced without her. The audience cheered for the various girls, and eventually the woman with the second-highest number of Facebook likes was awarded the implants. Salamanca was crushed. She bolted for the exit after the event, making one fruitless pit stop to ask the club management what had happened. No one, she says, had any answers.

"I cried the whole way home," she says. "Am I fat? Am I too old? Am I too Latin? I don't understand why didn't they let me compete."

Del Rivero, who's pretty pissed his girl was hosed from competition, says it was an inside job. Further proof, he says, is that the club took down the Facebook photos the next day. In response, he's set up a Facebook page, "Passion Nightclub Cheats," laying out the conspiracy theory that Salamanca was unjustly 86'd from the competition.

According to the club's Andrea Mix, the whole situation was one big misunderstanding. "We are trying to figure out exactly what happened Friday night," she told New Times in an email. "What we do know is we had several people jump on stage before the contest who were escorted off by security. We are thinking she was shuffled off too."

Also: "To put it perfectly clear, she was 100% suppose to be allowed on stage. She was our #1 contestant and we were looking forward to her competing. All contestants were given a yellow wristband to signify they were in fact contestants. I had asked her in the email if she had received a band or perhaps taken it off."

Mix says the club had always planned to take down the Facebook photos after the contest. There was nothing nefarious involved in how the night played out, she says. "We have been in business for over 10 years and would never attempt to hinder our reputation. It appears to be a simple mistake and we are trying to remedy the mishap with no avail. The allegation of even rigging a breast cancer event is just ridiculous."

The club has been trying to get back in touch with Salamanca to see what went wrong. They want to invite her back to another competition next month and comp her a table for the inconvenience.

But Salamanca doesn't sound like she'll be back. She says she's over the episode, but the embarrassment still smarts. Del Rivero, however, is cranked up for a fight. He's talking to lawyers. The couple denies they're tying to squeeze the situation for freebies.

"I'm not going to fold over on this one," he says. "We just got so screwed over on this one."




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smokepotallday420
smokepotallday420

FUCK THIS CUMGUZZLER... I'D LIKE TO SEE WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE GIVING ME A BLUMPKIN

Dino MacabreEnt
Dino MacabreEnt

Gee, a scam in florida. whodathunkit! Just like those car giveaways i've never seen a winner. You would think that would be great publicity. But nothing!

motleyjess
motleyjess

Kyle Swenson, can you please contact me? I would like to tell you my version of what happened at Passion last week. I came in second place...

motleyjess
motleyjess

Kyle Swenson, please contact me. I came in second place at the contest last week.

motleyjess
motleyjess

I was the second place contestant that night...people really have no clue what happened. I love how everyone has made up their own rules!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........................WE CAN'T PROPERLY COUNT VOTES in a real NATIONAL presidential election here SO WHY would anyone think this was going to END ANY differently ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

 

............SO INSTEAD OF just PAYING FOR THE augmentation themselves, they are going to pay lawyers TWICE the amount and get nothing from the club ?

............to bad BRAIN CELLs can't be augmentated

girlthatshouldawon
girlthatshouldawon

And the worst part of everything is......That the girl that should have WON did not!!!!!

vannysampedro
vannysampedro

I noticed Passions FB page took the pictures down when the contest was over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I wondered why! The women who participated and went public by competing for a "boob" job, went out of their way to promote this contest and club.They were used! Not cool at all! I would hope that Maria gets some kind of incentive for feeling humiliated. She had the most likes and showed up so why didnt she win????????????????? that was the rule when we liked her picture so why change them after? DOESNT MAKE SENSE.

spicyguyone34
spicyguyone34

The title said boobjob, but I see no boobs here. Im going to pornhub

lolita2youamore
lolita2youamore

The security there are all big aggressive black guys, that's why I haven't gone there in years. I would defiantly contact them if they have been trying to contact you. Just my 2 cents babe.

jnortonmia
jnortonmia

What a bunch of shitheads! Maria was right to kick up a fuss. Now at least next time everyone will know it's a scam. that place seems really shitty anyway

anonomous
anonomous

Acording to the article the winner is based on audience applause and you only brought 3 people? It says your boyfriend knows every promoter in the city LOL.

BigMikeYall
BigMikeYall

Why did I just waste my time reading this.

sals466
sals466

No but seriously, it just looks like Passions club tried fixing the problem and you just want to bitch. I

sals466
sals466

Hahah your drunk ass got booted off stage!

jamesisaw3some
jamesisaw3some

So you cant contact them back but you had a article written? This is why I moved out of South Florida! Lol

KrazyOne2U
KrazyOne2U

Sounds like her boyfriend has #butthurt

stevens1554
stevens1554

Not for nothing, but if you look at the pic link you posted, they ARE wearing yellow bands. Sounds like you should have just said something that night before the contest started... It seems strange if they were going to rig a contest they would have purposely kicked her off. Sounds like you're just mad she's still flat.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.......................sunny skies and shady people - here in sunny scamland the weak and unsuspecting,  typically the TOURISTs,  get preyed upon because that's how these clubs roll

Vettes2105
Vettes2105

@vannysampedro It says It was based on audience participation to win not likes. It also says they offered her to enter a new competition.

anonomous
anonomous

But how do you know it was a scam?

BubblesMTS
BubblesMTS

@anonomous

What is so difficult to understand Maria's contestant picture was shared with every promoter in the city . She had the most likes by a huge number. She was on stage ready to compete in round 2 .   She was verified as a contestant by a manager when she got on stage.when for no reason . Not because she was drunk. not because she didn't have the right wristband. The same manager that verified her asked to to leave the stage and told security not to let her back on stage.  

anonomous
anonomous

The article says they tried contacting her and she was suppose to compete. Plus they offered you to come back and compete and you havent responded. This article makes you look like the one not wanting to work things out.......

BubblesMTS
BubblesMTS

@sals466 

Would you go back to this place and expect a fair contest or even a bottle that they didn't spit in. If they did nothing wrong why did they delete the photos and event before 9:00 Sat morning. 


BubblesMTS
BubblesMTS

@jamesisaw3some 

There were contacted several times. Then they deleted the photos and deleted the event .It wasn't until the FB page got over 300 likes that they offered a free bottle. 

adelrivero
adelrivero

@stevens1554 

Go through all the pictures. Yes a couple have yellow bands. But three don't. The manager walked by all the contestants and asked their names. He then verified them on his smart phone. Maria was verified  She wasn't asked off the stage till 30sec. before the contest started. 


angelduster2345
angelduster2345

@Vettes2105 @vannysampedro 

If this happened to me... what makes you think I would want to go through that all over again?  How does that saying go.. Screw me once shame on you. Screw me twice SHAME ON ME! 

And based on the article she got kicked off the stage. so she didn't even have a chance. 

BubblesMTS
BubblesMTS

@anonomous 

Never has Passions deleted an event and all pictures 5 hours after the event. If they didn't do anything wrong why did they take down the pictures. Its obvious that all the negative posts are form people that work at Passions

sals466
sals466

Your not repeating anything the article didn't say. It also says they offered another contest, I'm guessing for tits.

sals466
sals466

I'm just reading the article. Says she brought 3 people.

sals466
sals466

I don't know why they deleted the photos, did you ask them? Just seems like your entire thesis is solely based on what you think occurred. As far as spitting in the bottle, you could always just ask them to open it in front of you. This whole article just sounds like typical Miami. Nobody's ever happy there.

jamesisaw3some
jamesisaw3some

It says they offered you another contest and a table.

stevens1554
stevens1554

@adelrivero Sounds like Passions tried to fix the problem. The article even says they have been trying to contact her.

adelrivero
adelrivero

@angelduster2345 @Vettes2105 @vannysampedro 

You are correct Angelduster . She was verified as a contestant by the host . A short time after she was asked to step off stage right before the contest started. WHY WOULD anybody put themselves through that again and expect a fair outcome. 



sals466
sals466

I didn't get it either, and I read it four times.

jamesisaw3some
jamesisaw3some

Typical Miami lol. Now everytime you google her name this article will come up. Perfect for that next job interview!

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