Skip to comments.People Dumpster Diving For Wendy's Promotion
Posted on 12/29/2005 5:57:49 PM PST by wjersey
Dumpster diving has become popular among some fast-food consumers, thanks to a Wendys Restaurant promotion for free airfare. Wendys has partnered with Coca-Cola and AirTran Airlines in a promotional deal in which consumers who collect 32 soft-drink cups with a yellow ticket on the side can redeem the tickets for a free one-way ticket on an AirTran flight. Sixty-four tickets earn a consumer a roundtrip ticket.
Those trying to earn the free airfare can go about it the old fashioned way by purchasing 32 soft drinks, sizes 20 or 32 ounces, from a Wendys restaurant. Other collectors have learned that they dont have to buy the drink; theyve chosen to Dumpster dive.
The Dumpster divers wait for others to throw their cups away and then head for the trash. Some even spend hours going through trash bags behind Wendys restaurants.
There is also a growing cup business on eBay.
Its just captured peoples imaginations in a way we couldnt have imagined, said Wendys spokesman Bob Bertini.
Jamie Alpert has spent about sixty hours collecting more than 500 cups in New York City. She's already earned a round trip for herself and three more for her family.
Marketing Consultant Joel Warody does not think the promotion is worth such efforts as Dumpster diving for the average person.
One of the questions that Wendys has to ask itself (is) are the people who are actually picking up these cups the people they want frequenting their stores, said Warody.
Wendys thinks so, said Bertini.
Weve heard about people repeatedly going through the pickup window, said Bertini. Its all good.
Wendys stops selling the cups with the airfare promotions on them Dec. 31.
Everytime there's an anti-war protest in DC, it's dumpster diving time. It's like it's part of the event.
Hope they take a SHOWER after wards....lol
Can you imagine the smell......ewwww
Hope they did'nt get hungry and eat anything while they were Dumpster diving, I don't think the 5 second rule applies in that situation......LOL
Frankly, I don't know if people were watching me or not, but I wound up emptying the cup, sticking a napkin in it and stuffing it in my bag and I took it home.
Geez, it may still be in that bag!
Boy, this country is in deep doo-doo if it's citizens have degenerated to this level of greed.
Don't confuse this with the protestors simply coming and going from their homes.
Yeah, you got that right. And somehow I imagine that 32 cups doesn't get you a trip from DC to San Diego. Gotta read those restrictions.
If those people would just work the few hours that it takes to collect all those damn cups they could salvage their dignity and have the airfare as well.
Or if they would take the money they would have spent on Wendy's meals trying to "earn" the "free" airfare, they could do the same. I learned a long time ago, that it's not free if you have to spend money to get it and I guess some people just don't.... (get it, that is).
Time for racial profiling at the dumpsters?