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KFC Denies Riot After Oprah Coupon Fiasco

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posted on May, 7 2009 @ 06:16 AM

KFC Denies Riot After Oprah Coupon Fiasco

You see, yesterday Oprah offered coupons to all of her viewers that entitled them to one two piece grilled chicken meal. The offer is good from now until May 19th, 2009. First of all, the coupon server is way overloaded and it's damn near impossible to get the thing to download. And even if you managed that, as many did, not every franchise operator is down with Oprah's offer.
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posted on May, 7 2009 @ 06:16 AM
Louisville, we have a problem. A commenter says:

Unfortunately for those who worked on or near 42nd St., in NYC are not able to use the coupons. A KFC employee was literally screaming in front of the KFC stating, "NO MORE COUPONS" and turned people away. Thanks for nothing!!!!


More reports of KFC customers unable to redeem grilled chicken coupons. Metro New York customers do not seem to be having good KFC experiences today:

If the coupon doesn't print, consider it a blessing! the portchestoer NY store sort of honored a few before noon (2 wings, mash & no biscuit) and then told the remaining coupon holders (that were shunned into a separate line) that the chicken was gone. I eat atr this KFC regularly and was treated like a vagrant because I had a coupon; that they issued!


A reported sit-in over grilled-chicken denials at a New York KFC.

[/e]I went over to our nearest KFC a few minutes ago...and chaos ensued. Despite the very visible grilled chicken behind the register, the manager told everyone with coupons to leave and that the promotion was over for the day. The people there are currently holding a sit-in and refusing to leave until they get their free chicken .. .or the cops are called.
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 06:22 AM

Now this is funny.
I dont know which side to jump on, theKFC people or the sit in people.
I think they are all fools. Who would waste their time 'sitting in' to get a couple pieces of chicken? Dont these people have lives? Oh well, its their right I guess, but if it was me holding that coupon and I was told no, I woulda just pulled out a $5 bill so I could move to the front of the line to get my damned chicken, then sat next to those fools and ate it right in front of them.(evil laugh).

edit- Ima flag this cause its just too damned funny.

[edit on 7-5-2009 by Common Good]

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 06:25 AM
reply to post by Master_Wii

I am surprised that so many people eat that crap to begin with.

I wonder if the secret blend of seasoning causes people to want chicken instead of dealing with real issues that are worth rioting over!


posted on May, 7 2009 @ 06:37 AM
reply to post by Common Good

Perhaps there are many who are unable to pull out a $5 bill to buy the chicken?

Some people are struggling to afford just one meal a day, a coupon like this would be a blessing for many, I fail to see anything funny about seeing people angry because these restaurants wont redeem the coupon.

You are however entitled to feel any way you like about people protesting because of broken promises, but why not for a second put yourself in their shoes, have you never got angry because something advertised turns out to be bogus?

A small amount of charity in the World right now especially the way people are struggling to make ends meet, to many I am sure this would have been a welcome change, just to save a few $ that could be put to use elsewhere.

Sure you can afford the $5, there are still many who can not, to find that funny, well IMO anyhow is just a little sad.

Enjoy your chicken.

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 06:39 AM
reply to post by Blanca Rose

Agreed. What I find strange is on the Oprah website it say:

The download time frame has now expired, but the coupon is still redeemable at participating KFC® locations in the United States until May 19, 2009—excluding Mother's Day, May 10, 2009.

I understand there are some hungry people out there.I was driving home yesterday and I'm not exaggerating the line was 2 blocks down the street. I was like what the hell. I knew it was free food. Police was out directing traffic, TV stations crews watching the utter chaos.

[edit on 7-5-2009 by Master_Wii]

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 07:03 AM
Does anyone else think this might be a social experiment to see how we'd all react with food lines when TSHF??
We'll all be issued coupons and have to wait in line for food from government pick up points.

If this is anything to go by, it would be absolute mayhem.

Glad I've stockpiled a LOT of food to last a while.

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 07:06 AM
Simply to add:

This rates right up there with the recent story of a woman who dialed 911 because McDonalds ran out of McNuggets.

I don't know what makes people so stupid, but whatever it is, it sure seems to be working.


[edit on 7-5-2009 by kinda kurious]

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 07:33 AM
reply to post by Flighty

You bring up a very good point here. Can you imagine what the lines would be like if it came down to people being issued coupons for food?

The above article is geared towards unemployed people who have time to stand in line for such giveaways, and includes the KFC fiasco.

It makes you wonder how many people that had these coupons in hand are out of jobs at the moment?

People should not only be stocking up on non parishable food items if they can, but simple things like toilet paper as well.

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 07:46 AM

Originally posted by Flighty
Glad I've stockpiled a LOT of food to last a while.

Given that there is no real anonymity on the Net...are you sure it's wise to talk about that?

I recall talking to an ex-cop pal at one point in the 80s...when things were pretty scary...about how he would set up a defence of his home should TSHTF...and the raiding parties come out.

He gave me that cop look...and said "What makes you think I'd be on the defensive side?" I still shudder.

Make mine grilled chicken...Halal grilled chicken, if you like.

[edit on 7-5-2009 by JohnnyCanuck]

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 07:46 AM
reply to post by azzllin

To answer your question if I have ever gotten angry over a broken promise, yes I have, but you didnt see me sit in the restraunt all day over a piece of chicken. Sorry but I have better things to do with my day, time IS money. If I didnt have the $5, well guess what, I would have just turned around and walked out that front door.

Do you think those people were really relying on Oprah to give them a Chicken coupon before they went on her show?
NO. Chances are they didnt even know that she was giving them away, hence they were not relying on it in the first place.
So for you to say those people "needed that chicken" is ludacris.

Like I said in my previous post, I wasnt sure which side I stood on this, I think both parties in this acted like a bunch of clowns.
Never did I say that I think KFC shouldnt have givin them their chicken, they should have honored it.
Like I said, if it was me, I wouldnt have even bothered going through all of that hastle, i would have just boycotted KFC, I wouldnt have ate anything they gave me afterwords after all that crap anyways. Sorry, I got a little more pride than that. I would have taken the chicken, and thrown it right back at them after they served it to me for being complete A-Holes.

Oh and I almost forgot, next time you try to discredit my opinion and try to make me look like I have no heart, make sure that what I said was offensive. Not once did I say anything negative about those peoples actions, all I said is what I would do."they are all fools" yea, Im talking about KFC AND the people.

And BTW, to me, its still funny.

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 07:49 AM
With millions of people out of work and internet access readily available what did they expect?

Try going into any major city with a case or two of canned food, then shout FREE FOOD. be prepared to run!

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 11:52 PM
reply to post by Master_Wii

I guess we just figured out how to get americans to protest the Fed. Tell everyone that the Fed is giving away free grilled chicken outside the whitehouse. Then when they show up and dont recieve chicken, they will hold a sit-in/protest.

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 11:55 PM
Well first it was dominos pizza, they had to get in there too!

When Denny's gave away the free breakfast at the super bowl , I did not bother.

Some KFC's are owned individual so they would not have to honor the coupons.


posted on May, 9 2009 @ 07:24 AM
Wow how did I miss this topic on here?
Okay, here's what I know, working for KFC my self. The whole company is suffering a chicken shortage because of this coupon, the company as a whole has given away $45 million worth of free food away. They simply didn't plan well enough because my company is stupid most of the time.

Now my issue. My spot in the kitchen is the front register because I'm awesome with people. But no matter how nice I was to people, I WAS the one getting yelled at for having to turn people away. And man there were a LOT of people, and this was just during a day shift. But people yelling and scolding me for a decision that I had NO part in. I even had a guy flip me off as he drove away in his huge brand new SUV like the coward he is.

Another guy brought in 7, yes SEVEN kids. They each had a coupon. Nothing wrong with it, the guy was just trying to feed he kids. Man he went off on me. I felt so abused after my shift ended. I'm happy I didn't work that night.

It's a real shame KFC failed real hard with this, it sucked having to turn so many people away. Sorry if any of you had to deal with it.

Now to all the people that treated me like utter garbage, yes this includes YOU, Mr. Brand new SUV driving flipper-offer coward.
You know where you can shove those coupons.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 07:48 AM
Oh. My. God.

From the British perspective, this stinks of stereotypical American stupidity.
People kicking off because they couldn't get some free chicken with a crappy little voucher?

Theres plenty of ways of getting free food. Unfortunately, it for the most part doesn't involve being dramatic, or shouting at someone, or big corporations or something that will make you die younger but you HAVE to have it because the people on the advert (commercial for those who are still convinced the entire world is american) are just SO happy with that chicken!

Bloody hell. If you're THAT hungry it isnt hard. Go fishing. Find a farm and pilfer a few spuds and carrots (its not like they'll notice 1/millionth of the crop disappearing).

Oh, sorry.. that requires you to think, and put in real effort.
Printing off a coupon and shouting is obviously effort enough for people these days, why the hell should anybody have to do anything for themselves anymore?

Its people like these that are whats wrong with the world now.

[edit on 9-5-2009 by selfisolated]

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 08:00 AM
Interesting to see how easy it is to manipulate people into thinking they are getting a free or good deal by simply click and print. Have you no reservation as to the motives behind this obvious experiment. Is this how blind society has become.

All these people screaming about fluoride in the water and chem trails and everything else under the sun. So after so many experiments we can still force feed you any drug we want on the false pretense your receiving a free meal.

Scratch 1 for the Beast and -1000 for humanity, its interesting to see so many fools.

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 09:56 AM
reply to post by selfisolated


My wife came home with a stack of coupons. The KFC near me said "NOPE" when i asked if they were honoring them. My wife wanted me to get angry with em for not going along with their promotion. I simply walked out. No point it in what so ever. I dont rely on the govt for a free meal. I wont rely on KFC to do it either. IF they would have honored yeah I would have eaten it but it wont kill me if they dont.

Heres a good long look at SOCIALISM kids. Sounds great in the pamphlet but in practice they cant keep up with it. Just wait until they cant get the free cars theyre giving to some welfare citizens (LINK)

posted on May, 9 2009 @ 10:05 AM

Originally posted by Flighty
Does anyone else think this might be a social experiment to see how we'd all react with food lines when TSHF?? it is not a "social experiment" engineered by the evil powers.

I was at a KFC tradeshow last week and talked to many KFC franchise owners. They got three times (or maybe it was six times, can't recall) the requests for the grilled chicken meal, and were actually concerned because their current chicken suppliers may not be able to keep up with demand (they buy from certain suppliers for a specific size).

They were slammed hard by this, way way more than expected. Reality means their supply chain cannot always handle such a dramatic increase. Most KFC's are run by small business owners, they are not evil corporate monsters, give them a break, mistakes happen.

[edit on 9-5-2009 by Sonya610]

posted on May, 10 2009 @ 12:22 PM

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (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"

LOL. I hear a class action lawsuit

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