Teenager Gets Paid $20,000 for Discovering Unique Dorito Chip

by John Jamison

It’s every teenager’s dream. Imagine sitting on the couch catching up on “Yellowstone.” You’re digging through a bag of Cool Ranch, throwing ’em back, the roof of your mouth all be darned. But what’s this? Something feels off… you move your fingers through the bag to discover something bulbous. You excavate the chips carefully, revealing a Dorito unlike one you’ve ever seen.

Naturally, you seek answers on the internet. Perhaps a Doritos 3D slipped into a bag of regular chips. It’s not too crazy a thought. But no, this chip isn’t consistent with the pictures of those. This is an anomaly. And just like a coin that suffered a defect at the US Mint, this Dorito is valuable.

Okay, so we embellished some of the discovery details a little bit. But Rylee Stuart, a 13-year old Australian girl, indeed found a puffed-up Dorito in a standard bag. So she did what any 13-year old would do, and she listed it for sale on eBay. The bids came flying in, with the value topping out at about $100,000 Australian.

But the enterprising young woman she is, Rylee held onto the chip. And not long after, Doritos came knocking.

“It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for Rylee and her family and we’ve loved following her story. We’ve been so impressed with Rylee’s boldness and entrepreneurial spirit, so we wanted to make sure the Stuart family were rewarded for their creativity and love for Doritos,” Vandita Pander, the Australian chief marketing officer for Doritos said in a statement.

The reward? How about a cool $20,000 for the 13-year old. Not a bad payday for popping open a bag of chips.

Rylee Stuart Very Nearly Ate the Dorito Before Deciding to Hold Onto It

What a disaster that would have been. She likely never even would have known she had a $20,000 lotto ticket slip right through her Dorito-dusted fingertips.

Fortunately, she knew deep down that she had something special on her hands and resisted the urge to chomp it into bits.

“I was about to eat it, and I thought I better save it for later. I saw $10,000 [from a bidder] and I like screamed … Dad is saying that since he bought the packet, it’s his chip, but I ate the packet and found it, so I believe it is mine,” Rylee told 9News.

We’ll see what dad has to say about that, Rylee. His roof, his chips, his rules. Of course, without her entrepreneurial spirit, there would have been no payday in the first place. And even though the $20,000 came in lower than the peak value on eBay, the smart play was definitely taking a check from the massive corporation. Who knows, maybe they’ll cut her some sort of sponsorship deal?