In my email inbox this morning I found two “birthday gifts” from restaurants. I do have an upcoming birthday so this was not totally unexpected. I opened each message, hoping to find a coupon for a free meal which I’d consider a nice birthday gift.
The offer was, indeed, for a free meal but only if I bought another meal and two beverages. So how is this a gift to me? Do I call a friend, invite them to go out to eat and hand them the coupon so they can pay, thus getting my free meal?
The coupon specifies some restrictions, one of which is it can’t be used on a “to go” purchase. I’d gladly go to the restaurant, pay for a meal and two beverages and stay there to eat the meal if I could bring the second meal home to be enjoyed later. What I’m not comfortable with is more or less forcing a friend to go with me just to get the free meal.
So what’s a single to do? Eat at home and deny herself the pleasure of a meal at these two favorite restaurants? Register a protest with the restaurant manager?