February 8, 2010, - 4:34 pm
As readers know, I like telling you about free stuff. But to me, while this one costs no out-of-pocket money, it isn’t really free.
Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast
If you watched yesterday’s Super Bowl, you no doubt saw the cheesy Denny’s commercial advertising its free Grand Slam breakfast, tomorrow from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. I wrote about this, last year, when the restaurant chain held the same promotion.
And, as I noted last year, it’s not a loser for Denny’s because drinks–where the real profit is for a restaurant–are not free. Plus, some people order other stuff from the menu and pay. Last year, Denny’s served the free breakfast to two million Americans, at a cost of $5 million, including the Superbowl ad. That’s a pretty good bargain, in terms of publicity for the cost.
I keep kosher so I can’t eat that stuff, but I wouldn’t eat it even if I could. It’s a lotta calories–760 of ‘em (with 420 of that from fat). As I noted last year:
With 158% of the recommended daily allowance of cholesterol, the Grand Slam includes two eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages, and two pancakes.
I’m against the food police, as much as I’m against the PC police and the green police, but . . . . Sounds like a heart attack in the waiting. Denny’s has a concurrent online promotion, in which you can register for a chance to win a free Grand Slam every week for a year. That’s a future triple bypass in the making. It’s definitely a “Hungry Man” breakfast, which I’m sure Rosie O’Donnell or Janet Napolitano would enjoy.
But if you have time on your hands and eat that kind of thing, then it may be worth it. I can see a family, that is unemployed and needs to feed a family, waiting in line for this or retirees. Other than them, I don’t understand why anyone would waste such a long time waiting in line to save just a few bucks. Time is money. So, in terms of real cost, it isn’t really free. This kind of promotion always brings long lines and tons of people.
So, are you gonna partake in Tuesday’s free Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast? If you go, be sure to watch the video above, because it’ll give you an omen of what to expect. I repeat, long lines.
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