March 13, 2009

100 wait 24 hours for free food coupons

About 100 people waited outside of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in Gainsville, Va., for 24 hours to claim a year's worth of free coupons.

The assembled crowd assigned themselves numbers, 1-to-100, by 8 a.m. the day before the opening to ensure they would be the first 100 people through the door, The Washington Post reported Friday.

People spent the 24 hours playing games, sleeping in tents and enjoying food catered by Chick-fil-A. The first 100 through the door at 6 a.m. opening day received high fives and gift boxes that contained their 52 coupons for free combo meals.

Some of the customers said this was not their first Chick-fil-A opening.

It's the hobby that pays you back. We're living in frugal times. We did an opening in Ransom, W.Va., last week and it was like a minus-9 wind chill and I was whipped at the end of it, but then I drove through the drive-through and got food for my whole family for free, customer Rachel Charles said.