The New Math

I’ll put it out there…I have a birthday coming up. Okay, it’s Friday. No, I won’t tell my age, though I’m sure those of you who went to school with me can already guess.

The purpose of this post is to discuss a free menu item from Ruby Tuesday. Now, as chain restaurants go, Ruby Tuesday is decent enough. You can find something good to eat there; so I’m not going to clown it too much. But I got a coupon telling me that I can get a free burger for my birthday, with the caveat “up to $9”. So I go looking at the menu to find out which burger I’ll be getting for free. The only burger less than $9 is the Ruby’s Classic Burger. The price: $8.99.

So Ruby Tuesday is telling me that I can get one burger “free”? And after tax, that burger is going to cost more than $9. Which means, that while I will get a burger for cheap, I won’t actually get it for free. And out of all the burgers they serve, they couldn’t allow more than one to be cheaper than the coupon price? And to think, I was semi-outraged when Hardee’s announced that they had a “six-dollar burger” some years back.

Guess it’s true what I learned in economics class all those years ago in college: there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

4 Replies to “The New Math”

  1. Happy belated birthday! I would’ve complained to the manager. They might’ve said no freebie but it would’ve been worth it anyway. Lol. I complain to get my way sometimes and it works. They’re probably like ok ok just say yes to her so she’ll get out of here and shut up.

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    1. I know the post doesn’t make it plain, but I wasn’t in the restaurant. I looked on the online menu. So I didn’t have anyone to complain to about it. Besides, I went to Chili’s anyway for the birthday-met my friends there.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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