To what extent will people go for free food?
While Fat City regularly reports news about giveaways and free meals, I’ve rarely gone to these events myself. Mainly because I hate waiting in lines. Waiting 90 minutes for a $5 breakfast is valuing your time at little over three dollars per hour. As the Chicago Tribune points out, nearly every “free” item turns out to actually be cost-prohibitive,
Perhaps the most vivid example of this appetite-driven behavior came
earlier this month … Oprah directed followers to her Web site to
download a coupon for a free KFC grilled chicken meal — on Oprah’s
tab. Predictably, the site was swamped.
New York Magazine compiled a list of sob stories of those trying
to access the free-chicken voucher at Oprah.com. One woman said it took
her more than three hours to print the coupon … At a KFC in Manhattan, there were reports of patrons staging a
sit-in at the restaurant.
The article implies that people’s irrational response to food giveaways is because of the economy. To which I say bull.
It’s human nature to throw sanity out the window for free food. As witnessed by the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling.