Friday, May 8, 2009

What were they thinking?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Oprah Winfrey-fueled free chicken give-away that caused pandemonium this week at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants has been canceled due to what the fast-food chain called an "overwhelming response."

Roger Eaton, president of KFC in the United States said restaurants would no longer accept the free coupons for its new grilled chicken meal after Oprah's chat show promotion caused long lines around the nation.

"The lines of customers wanting to redeem their coupons have been out the door and around the block, so we're unable to redeem customer coupons at this time." Eaton said in a statement issued late Thursday.

KFC said millions of Americans had downloaded free coupons after the offer was featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and Web site on Tuesday, driving traffic to levels unseen in the brand's 50-year history.

Eaton apologized to customers for the cancellation of the scheme and said those who already had a coupon could get a rain check form to enable them to use it at a later date.

Did they think that, what, maybe a thousand people watch Oprah?


Mike said...

I believe that's where Drew P. was going when he was pulled over for a moving murder violation. Now how is he suppose to get his free chicken before he's fried?

bill said...

this is a class action lawsuit in the making.

you can't get between people and their chicken sandwiches.

Scott Plocharczyk said...

It was a two piece grilled chicken, with two sides and a biscuit. Oh the humanity!

bill said...

this is worse that i thought.

call out the national gaurd.

Tara said...

I am a coupon/ good deal junkie. I did not even attempt this, I see it all the time. Overwhelming response, did they really think only a handful people were going to jump on board for free chicken, LOL. The free chocolate was a much sweeter deal anyway.