KFC to mail out rain checks for Oprah chicken freebie
Seems you can have your chicken and eat it too…albeit a little later than expected. After hordes of hungry Oprah fans were turned away from KFC outlets across the country earlier this week, the fast-food chain is now sending out rain checks to appease them.
On Tuesday, Oprah Winfrey announced on her show that coupons for a free Kentucky Grilled Chicken dinner would be available on her website. But the demand was so overwhelming that KFC could not accommodate everyone. Traffic near a KFC in Greensboro, N.C., created such a hazard on Wednesday that police ended up blocking access to the restaurant. And in New York City and elsewhere, disgruntled customers staged protests.
According to KFC, the company has never had such a response to a special-meal offer. “It’s unprecedented in our more than 50 years,” said KFC spokeswoman Laurie Schalow told the AP. “It beats anything we’ve ever done.”