The trickster twins of free food and Internet coupons struck again this week. Well, nearly free food. Boston Market restaurants are experiencing chicken shortages after their coupon offering customers on their mailing list a full chicken meal for $1. The coupon went viral on deal sites, and we even included it in our Morning Deals on Tuesday. And as more people than planned took advantage of the deal, lines ran long and supplies ran low.
Looks like KFC found some more piles of grilled chicken in a closet somewhere, because next week they’ll hold their third grilled chicken giveaway this year. Their CEO promises that this time the event will be glitch free: all who desire a sample of grilled chicken will receive a sample of grilled chicken.
The waters of international trade with the Chinese are perilous and murky to say the least. Sometimes it seems that all we do is buy, buy, buy. Not so. We do have something that the Chinese want. Chicken feet. Apparently, our chicken feet are awesome.
Who can resist the lure of watching adorable chicks peeping all the way to the chick grinder? Not me. And now, having seen the illicit video, I can with certainty report that God is dead and humanity is a cancer.
I’m no connoisseur of chicken wings, but I’ve heard that they aren’t supposed to contain fur. However, that was what a woman in Des Moines allegedly found in her hot wings. She’s stashing the unacceptable food item in her freezer until further notice. Is it an Iowa Fried Mouse, or something else that doesn’t belong in a meal?
From the AP:
KFC’s screwed-up grilled chicken promo doesn’t seem to have hurt the company after all; Yum CEO David Novak told investors and reporters this morning that it’s “the best product launch in our history” and has “changed the brand so much for the good.” People out there apparently really love the idea of KFC grilled chicken. [AdAge] (Thanks to R!)
China is itching to sell their processed chickens directly to the U.S. market, an idea that doesn’t exactly thrill our regulators or representatives. Congress banned the import of processed Chinese chickens in 2007, ruffling Beijing’s feathers to the point where they’re now considering a retaliatory ban on U.S. chickens. Since we’re in a recession and Congress doesn’t want domestic chicken exporters to lose over a half-billion dollars next year, they may let the Chinese chickens come here to roost.
Grilled chicken competitor El Pollo Loco is launching a new ad campaign in which they call out KFC for using “beef powder” and “rendered beef fat” in their new “grilled” chicken, says the LA Times.
In a move that surprises absolutely no one, KFC has ended its free chicken promotion. If you still have a coupon, visit a participating restaurant for a raincheck.(Side note: The president of KFC is
Australian South African?!)
What’s up with chicken promotions lately? Popeye’s offered cheap chicken and caused traffic jams and chicken shortages. Then we got reports of long lines and long waits for free KFC chicken — and now reader Jody says that the KFC in Pearl, Mississippi had run out of free chicken by 2 PM.
It’s the first lunch period since the Oprah-promoted KFC grilled chicken giveaway started. Lines are predictably long.
Oprah is promoting KFC’s grilled chicken, and has hooked the entire Internet up with a coupon for a free grilled chicken meal.
Today only, participating El Pollo Loco restaurants are giving away free 2-piece chicken meals, one per customer, dine in or carry out only. [El Pollo Loco]
We sort of figured today’s grilled chicken giveaway at participating KFC’s would be approximately meal-sized—if you could stand the crowd and make it to the counter before they ran out, you’d have a free lunch in your belly. Apparently we were wrong. Here, for your freebie-craving pleasure, is a virtual KFC chicken piece just like what reader BlazerUnit received earlier today.
Several Popeyes Chicken restaurants in the Rochester, NY area were overrun with customers responding to an offer of eight pieces for $4.99. The restaurants actually ran out of chicken and had to turn hungry customers away.