Montgomery, AL – Earlier this week Oprah Winfrey partnered to give away coupons for a free grilled chicken meal; that’s two pieces of chicken, two sides, and a biscuit, with the exemption date of May 19. The reason was twofold: KFC wanted consumers to get a taste of their latest product and Oprah just simply wanted to give Americans a free meal. She had probably noticed that the economy is still in the toilet. But, all good things come to an end…and some quicker than others, I might add.
The signs hanging on the windows and doors of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants on Thursday say they will no longer be able to redeem the free coupons for a grilled meal because of overwhelming response. If you have a coupon, however, you will be issued a rain check, but only if you give them your address.
Roger Eaton, president of KFC in the United States, said that restaurants would no longer accept the free coupons for its new grilled chicken meal after Oprah’s talk show promotion caused long lines around the nation. Montgomery, Alabama’s Eastern Bypass store was no exception, as the driveup lane was filled to capacity and there was standing room only inside of the restaurant on Wednesday evening.
One can only hope they have staggered the redemption dates of the tickets to prevent the hungry masses from rushing to their local eatery at the same time with rainchecks in hand.
Article by Melissa Parker
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