Australia's Coles, CBA get Choice Shonky Awards

19:54, October 26, 2010      

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The supermarket giant Coles and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) were on the list of this year 's Choice Shonky Awards, the Australian consumer watchdog Choice said on Tuesday.

The companies were among eight brands which were given the annual Shonky Awards for making dodgy or dubious claims about their products.

The Coles got a Shonky for its under 10 AU dollars (9.90 U.S. dollars) meals promotion actually costs 30 AU dollars (29.70 U.S. dollars).

"The catch is you have to already happen to have some of the ingredients in your pantry, which aren't included in the price," Choice said.

The CBA was given the "poor" award for its Awards Program, which gives a consumer 20 AU dollars (19.80 U.S. dollars) in flights rewards after spending 12,000 AU dollars (11,880 U.S. dollars) a year on credit cards.

"This is the fifth year of the Shonkys and you'd think most companies would be doing their best to ensure they're delivering good honest products and services," Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn said in a statement.



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