A side effect of the rash of new chain restaurant openings in the past few months has been the queues of people lining up the day before to camp out and receive a shot at buffalo wings/burritos/chicken tenders for a year.
Of course the chain's definition of "free _blank_ for a year" usually means a card good for a free portion once a week. Still, 52 freebie Chipotle burritos is not a bad thing...for your gastroenterologist.
From what was visible on the early morning news show live remotes, the camp of expectant folks waiting in the Nashville West parking lot for the opportunity to get free Buffalo Wild Wings for a year looked like a heckuva party. Between bonfires and beer pong tables and corn hole, it could have easily been a tailgater for a college football game. Except somebody else was providing the food.
A recent episode of public radio's This American Life offered a fascinating, more intimate glimpse into the lives of these freebie seekers, some of whom travel from opening to opening like hippies following the Dead or Phish. Comedian-musician Dave Hill and writer Shaina Feinberg headed down to Orlando, Fla., to experience the night before the opening of a new Chick-fil-A franchise in a sketchy neighborhood.
To listen along, point your browser to the TAL website and fast forward to about 28:00 in. Don't be afraid to leave a buck in the PayPal tip jar to help support the podcast. Sometimes, it's the only thing that gets me through an hour on the treadmill.