Oh no. Oh Oprah. What have you done?
If you haven’t already heard, the Oprah Winfrey show announced that it was teaming up with KFC to give away coupons for free “2 pieces of Kentucky Grilled Chicken™ (manager’s choice) and two individual sides and a biscuit”.
The resulting traffic to the website to download the coupon caused the site to crash. Those who got the coupon then found it a struggle to find an outlet that accepted the voucher, or they faced tremendous queues at outlets that were accepting it.
The New York Restaurants site reported:
“Earlier today, a tipster reported to Gothamist from the KFC on 42nd between Madison and Park:
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. Racial epithets were being spewed, people who actually wanted to pay for chicken were facing a potential beatdown.
Gawker has another troublesome report of people running around like chickens with their heads cut off: “A small RIOT started going on outside the store with people screaming at the manager.” And per a Midtown Lunch tipster, lunch came with a side of ugly at KFC’s 50th and Seventh Avenue location: “There was about 50 ppl crammed into a very tiny space before me … “
Do people not see anything wrong with hundreds of people cramming into KFC and staging sit-in protests and spewing racial slurs in order to get their greasey mits on a few dollars worth of even greasier chicken? Are people reading this and thinking “Man … I’d be demanding me some free chicken all right. Let me start making a protest banner” or are there actually some real people in the world thinking “Holy crap, this is disgusting. Do people have no shame?!”.
Some people will think, “Hey, what an awesome idea for all the homeless and the poor” … wake up! Feeding the homeless and the poor KFC is not a solution to the problem. There are better places Oprah can spend her money (and more reputable companies she can align herself with).
The aftermath media attention meant the KFC became the most mentioned topic on Twitter, narrowly followed by American Idol. Double shame!
Some example comments from people waiting for the coupon site to work:
I’ve been trying to access the kfc coupon for over an hour now.. i don’t know what’s wrong. and I really needed that coupon to feed my 2year old
What?! Are you sick?! You’re feeding KFC to your 2 year old?!
Requires Windows or Mac. So to get a free dinner I have to spend $300. Linux users are people too, but I guess we can afford dinner with the money we saved on our OS.
Oh get over it! It’s for two pieces of mass produced chicken. Life. will. go. on.
Well I tried to use this coupon at 6 different KFC’s yesterday, and not one of them would take it. Said they were not taking them. What is up with that?
You wasted hours of your life travelling to 6 different KFC’s??
I’M MELTING CAN’T GET THE COUPONS PLEASE IS THERE ANOTHER WAY OF GETTING THEM ???? HUNGRY FOR THE CHIICKEN
Oh ffs, will someone please give this guy a biscuit before he explodes.
It is 1:30 p.m. pacific time and I cannot even get on the site to download a coupon. I bet that I never will.
i was just woundering i watch your show every day and us canadians never get anything free fom you. why is that your fan Amanda
Yeah, how dare you not give us free stuff
the coupon link is not working for me. it keeps saying it cannot display the web page. please help, i have to feed my children!
If you need to feed your children that badly, there are far more appropriate facilities in place
THIS IS REALLY FRUSTRATING!!
I hope you were referring to the other comments
FREE Factory farmed chicken!! WOW..FREE KFC.. thats great.. For who? Support organic. It’s healthier for the chickens and the people who eat them.
Oh my God!! A real human! What are you doing on this coupon site?!
It would be nice if you had something for us veg folk who don’t eat meat. Anyway, KFC is still being investigated for it’s horrific cruelty to chickens.
I think I will be up all night trying to print the coupon…am not getting through and started thirty minutes ago.
Ah that’s more like it. Back to the zombies that will stay up all night trying to download a coupon for some chicken … instead of paying $9 for a meal or, better yet, making a sandwich.