Sadly Bill Gates Didn’t Buy Reddit User An iPad For Christmas [Correction]

(Credit: NY1227)

(Credit: NY1227)

UPDATE: Sadly, as pointed out by one of our readers and then corroborated, it seems that Bill Gates didn’t after all buy an iPad — although the rest of the story stands. The confusion came from the apology on behalf of user NY1227 for including an iPad on her wishlist.

When Reddit user NY1227 opted to take part in the website’s massive secret Santa exchange, she had no idea that her wishlist of an iPad and some “makeup, nail polish, glittery things” would wind up in the hands of Bill Gates — who also sent her a personalized note, travel book, cuddly toy, and Heifer International donation certificate.

In a post on Reddit, NY1227 explained that she didn’t realize her secret Santa was Gates until she found enclosed a photo of him standing with her present in front of his Christmas tree.

Still not realizing who was gifting me, I quickly opened the bulk and weight of the gift, which was an amazing and beautiful travel book, “Journeys of a lifetime.” I went on and on in my likes and dislikes for my love of travel and seeing the world, and I cannot WAIT to read this. Not only that, but I love pictures and reading up on new places. This gift was perfect! I quickly flipped through it, missing the inscription, message and signature from Bill on the first page, and headed to the final part of my gift.

Once again, To me, From Bill. I opened this and it’s a man holding a sign. Oh….

wait.

holy sh*t.

time out.

and then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything– was from Bill GATES. I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday (not pictured, because I really want to keep one part of this gift to myself) my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. Then I paused for a minute and thought, what if this is someone screwing with me. Well of course Mr. Bill Gates already thought of this and took a picture of himself with my stuffed animal and a sign and then sent me the stuffed animal and sign.

And, no, Gates didn’t put in a Surface instead of an iPad. Guess he’s learned from the time he tried to give Microsoft products instead of Apple ones to his own family at Christmas.

To her credit, NY1227 apologizes for the “apple ipad on my wishlist” — noting that “that was really awkward.”

  • jonxmack

    Nowhere in her post does it say that he bought her an iPad, it just says that she had one on her list as a potential present. For a journalist your fact checking abilities are pretty low.

  • Luke Dormehl

    Thanks for pointing out jonxmack. I apologize for misinterpreting the story. Have corrected the post to reflect. A case of the story too good to be true… being too good to be true.

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