by Andrew Crisp
Last week, Boise made headlines for an unusual Fat Tuesday door prize offered by local bar owner Ted Challenger. At Challenger’s bars China Blue, Dirty Little Roddy’s and Main Street Bistro, Mardi Gras partiers were entered to win a free boob job with the $5 admission.
The drawing took place just after 1 a.m. at China Blue. The emcee announced that Andy Thompson was the winner of a $3,000 voucher for breast augmentation surgery, a prize Thompson said he’s not yet sure what to do with.
“I was thinking about going with a C cup, but I think a small A is good for me,” the 37-year-old Thompson joked.
Thompson said everything had to happen exactly the way it did, or the boob job would've gone to somebody else.
“I said, ‘No way, I’m not going downtown on Fat Tuesday.’ And a couple of friends said they were going and I said, 'Fine, all right,'” said Thompson.
Originally, he asked a friend with 103.3 KISS FM, which was broadcasting from downtown Boise that night, to get him on the list for free.
"I told her to put me on the list, but the list was already turned in so I had to pay a cover,” said Thompson. “I wouldn’t have won if I didn’t have to pay a cover.”
After his name was called, Thompson signed some papers and left with his friends. Unsure what to do with his prize, he’s considering giving it away either to a friend or to charity ... in some way.
“I was going to set it on the backburner for the next two weeks. ... Now you’ve got me thinking about it,” he said. “I’m not sure what the plan is.”
Thompson said he also considered selling his unorthodox prize.
“Some people would say, 'Put that thing on Craigslist.’ You know, I could, but dang it, now you got me thinking about that, too. That’s exactly why I’m going to put it on the backburner, too. There are just so many good options."
Asked if he would wait until he found the "right" woman, Thompson said: “I don’t think that’s very safe for me to do.”
“You’ve got a really nice car, does the girl want you for your car? That kinda thing,” he added.
Thompson said he thought about giving the boob job to a platonic female friend. He’s friends with both her and her husband.
He's also considered philanthropy for the breast augmentation surgery.
“One of the other options I’ve been tooling around with, I have a friend who works at Fusion Magazine, and had the idea of him having some kind of breast cancer awareness raffle,” said Thompson. “I’d rather just donate that money to something like that."
Coincidentally, Thompson said his ex-wife always wanted breast implants.
“Funny story is my ex-wife, who just left me in November, she always wanted a boob job,” explained Thompson. “She doesn’t need one, though. She’s always thought she needed one, but I was like, 'Your boobs are fine, sweetie.'”