Price is Right model makes $21,960 mistake
Price is Right model makes $21,960 mistake Model Manuela Arbelaez ensured the price IS right...on the television show, "The Price is Right," by revealing the answer (AP photos)
Price is Right model makes $21,960 mistake
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This was one expensive mistake.

It was so big that "The Price is Right" model Manuela Arbelaez thought she might lose her job.

What did she do? She mistakenly revealed the price of a new car on the TV game show.

Arbelaez is a 26-year-old model on the show. She said in an interview that she lost her train of thought while exposing the answers to "Five Price Tags." It is a game that involves correctly choosing a vehicle's value among five oversized tags. Instead, Arbelaez unmasked the correct $21,960 price after the contestant's first pick. The participant still had two more chances to guess.

"I just zoned out," Arbelaez said. "I literally did not see that coming. My body took over and reacted before my brain had a chance to stop it."

The goof brought Arbelaez to tears. It also sent "Price is Right" host Drew Carey into a giggle fit.

"Congratulations, Manuela just gave you a car," Carey told the contestant.

The clip of Arbelaez's unexpected exposure made the social media rounds online after the episode aired recently. Arbelaez joked about her flub on Twitter. She said that it wasn't a laughing matter for her during production of that episode.

"We took a commercial break and I was still very overwhelmed," said Arbelaez. "I was in tears. I thought, 'Well, this is it.' I asked the producers, 'Am I going to be fired?' They started laughing and told me of course I wouldn't be fired."

Arbelaez has been showcasing prizes on "The Price is Right" for six years. She was surprised by the attention her blunder has garnered. The clip on the show's official YouTube channel has received more than 3 million views.

"It's been overwhelming, in a good way," Arbelaez said. "I knew I was going to get a couple of tweets and videos with my name tagged on it. But this has gone viral. It's amazing how people reacted. It's been very positive. Everyone has been so nice and supportive."

Arbelaez said she wasn't reprimanded for the error. The car's price of $21,960 wasn't deducted from her paycheck.

She noted that there have been many model mishaps over the show's 43 seasons.

"There was an occasion when a girl crashed a car into Door 3 and another gave away a trip to Disneyland," Arbelaez recalled. "There have been small things like that over the years. But I think my mistake was the most expensive in the history of the show."

Arbelaez hasn't played "Five Price Tags" since her gaffe. She said the next time she's manning those giant price tags, she'll reveal the answers extremely slowly. And she will double-check each guess with Carey.

"I guess at some point in our 'Price is Right' careers, we're all going to make mistakes. And it was my time that day," Arbelaez reflected. "I probably would've died if that happened within the first year of me working on the show. In a weird way, I'm kind of glad it happened now."

Critical thinking challenge: Why wasn't Manuela fired?

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  • Tiffany0307-yyca
    4/13/2015 - 09:38 p.m.

    Well, it's lucky that Manuela didn't get fired from her job. I'm glad that she was treated nicely when she made that mistake. It seems like everyone likes that show and they appreciate her a lot in the shows that she has been on where she had not made any mistakes, that's why they might have made nice comments and said that the mistake was forgiven or something like that. Manuela did make an expensive mistake although she had apologized. It's because of the price, maybe that's why they call it "expensive" mistake.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why wasn't Manuela fired?
    Answer: It's because she had worked in that television show for many years and she was really good until she had made that "expensive" mistake.

  • altringeryuri
    4/14/2015 - 02:54 p.m.

    Why did she not get fired?

    she lost monny but her bos wosent mad

  • santij-Nim
    4/15/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    I would be really embarrassed if that would happen to me I that girl was so scard that she was going to lose her job

  • obeida-Nim
    4/15/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    if i was that girl i would be sad and crying and say sorry but i cant belive that she gave away a car and if i was that girl i would be embarrassed so much

  • fettep-Nim
    4/15/2015 - 03:30 p.m.

    I feel bad for her i would be so embarrassed and i would cry for so long.

  • mccraa-Nim
    4/15/2015 - 03:30 p.m.

    If that happened to me I would be very scared if that happened.

  • willek-Nim
    4/15/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    This story is crazzzzzzzzzzzy! I would fell so bad for that person. If I was her I would be beyond sad or embarrassed. I would fell like I would be fired but luckly she didn`t get fired or else many bad things would probaly happen to her thats for sure!

  • tsirie-Nim
    4/15/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    I really didn't expect her to be able to keep her job I geusse we all make mistakes.Like she said that day was her day.It was really genoures of them to let herkeep her job.I bet they are used to having all kinds of exsededts.

  • NolanS49
    4/20/2015 - 10:45 a.m.

    How I feel about this situation is that everyone make mistakes so it is ok to mess up some times.

  • annabel1226-yyca
    5/27/2015 - 08:50 p.m.

    I once saw it in you-tube that there was a woman who was telling how much was the price will be and she was correct she won 1 million dollars. She was really lucky.

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