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.