An Ontarian’s cute dragon drawing makes him Internet-famous (and nets him a free phone)

An Ontarian’s cute dragon drawing makes him Internet-famous (and nets him a free phone)

In May, a self-professed Samsung fanatic from London, Ontario, named Shane Bennett fired off a message to Samsung Canada’s Facebook account, politely asking if they’d give him the then still unreleased Galaxy S III phone for free (hey, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know, right?). In case being an ardent Samsung fan wasn’t enough to persuade the company to dole out the pricey phone (similar models retail for around $800), Bennett attached a homemade drawing of a green dragon emitting a cute and fiery  “Rawr.”

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Samsung’s Toronto-based online community manager, Drew Bomhof, received the message and, obviously, replied with a no. He did, however, love Bennett’s “epic” dragon drawing and returned the favour with this delightful picture of a kangaroo perched on a unicycle.

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Bennett posted the exchange on Reddit, where it got hundreds of comments and the interest of a few reporters. And then everything died down until this week, when, to thank Bennett for the free PR, Samsung surprised him with the Galaxy S III, customized with his quirky drawing.

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We imagine the company just needed some time to organize the customizations, though the gift couldn’t have been timed better—after a pretty tough week, Samsung could really use a bit of good press.  [h/t Tech Crunch]