Think you're gonna waltz right in and get your free chicken with Oprah's coupon?? Think again!
momlogic's Gillian: Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fast food junkie. (Yes, I know it's gross, bad for me, full of hormones, from bad factory farms, and I am pretty much putting garbage in my body -- I still eat it. Don't judge.) So, when I printed out my free chicken coupon from Oprah, I was STOKED! Woo hoo! Colonel, I'm comin' to get ya!
Three of us trundled down to our local KFC today to cash in our coupons, expecting to try the deliciousness of their NEW grilled chicken. WRONG.
What we found when we got there was INSANE. There was a NEAR RIOT. Apparently, in this economy, KFC didn't think anyone would want free food or that people watch Oprah. This poor manager, who looked like she had been through the wringer, was trying to calmly explain to a customer that because "demand was so high," no FREE chicken was "available." They are only serving 100 orders a day, we were told, and they'd already met their quota. You could come back tomorrow and try to get it when they open (at 10 AM!!) or you would need to fill out a form, attach your coupon, and in SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS you would get a coupon for free chicken in the mail.
Here's the kicker -- you are, of course, welcome to BUY their chicken ... they have plenty of that "available." I thought the guy in front of me was going to have a coronary -- and not from all the grease. He started swearing and stormed out.
There must have been 10 other people in line -- and man were they pissed. Needless to say, we purchased our chicken and left. But it was a little irritating. And how's this for more fowl play -- the coupon is good 'til May 19th ... EXCEPT ON MOTHER'S DAY! Wow. WTF.
And get this -- El Pollo Loco is getting into the mix, offering to redeem KFC's coupons on Mother's Day! In their campaign, "What Does KFC Have Against Moms," they say they'll take your useless coupon and give you a free meal, no mailing required.
I'm not sure about you ... but I'm hitting up the Crazy Chicken. Ole!
UPDATE: KFC is CANCELING the coupon!