Deborah Teeter is hoping to turn a personal humiliation into a shot at nationwide fame.


The former fleet manager's story, 150-word "Christmas Card Humiliation," is posted on the Reader's Digest Facebook page, where it's currently one of the top vote-getters in a contest to be published in the magazine.


Teeter's story took place 15 years ago in New York City:


"After starting a new job, I was given address labels by the department secretary. She said that the people in the department sent out Christmas cards.


"Christmas Eve arrived. I hadn't even bought Christmas cards. I remembered that throughout the year charities would send greeting cards for various occasions asking for donations. I knew I had a stack. I found them and quickly sorted them based on the pictures on the front. I selected anything that looked remotely 'Christmas.' I quickly signed them all, stuck on stamps, labels and threw them in the mailbox. I was proud of myself for averting disaster.


"A week later my boss asked me to his office and explained that he had had a terrible holiday, his wife had threatened to divorce him. I asked why. He said, 'You sent me a Christmas card that said, 'I think of you in my quietest moments.'"


"Oh my god, it was horrible," Teeter said Tuesday. "It was really horrible. I ended up having to call the wife. ... She said 'I have to believe you, because I never heard a story like that in all my life.'"


Her boss' wife even gave her a gag greeting card on Teeter's departure from the department, with "'I think of you in my quietest moments" written inside.


The Facebook contest is being held to publicize Reader's Digest's new book, "Life ... the Reader's Digest Version."


Reader's Digest editors will make the final choice among the most-liked entries. The winner of the contest will win $25,000, but that's not the appeal for Teeter.


"My parents have read the Readers Digest for over 30 years, so it's always been in a bathroom somewhere in our house," Teeter said. "I thought it'd be fun to see my little story somewhere in the little book."


Teeter's story is available at Facebook.com/ReadersDigest.


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