Thursday, May 07, 2009

Unthink what you thought about KFC

That's KFC's tagline for their new grilled chicken. Earlier this week, Oprah announced that you could download a coupon good for a free 2-piece meal. Apparently, KFC underestimate the demand. The website was very busy and KFC stores have "sold out" of the free meals. There were rumors of a riot in NY City, but KFC says that's not true.

Anyway, I printed my limit of four coupons and decided to take my son out to lunch. Hey, if it's free, I'm a big spender. I even gave the two extra coupons to my daughter and her husband (their kids can go hungry). The coupon was truly a freebie, you get two pieces of chicken, two sides and a biscuit. Manager's choice on the kind of chicken (white/dark meat) and the kind of sides.

We first encountered some skepticism about our coupons as they didn't have a good clear watermark (I guess my laser printer didn't print them well). But after conferring with someone in the back, they decided my coupons were genuine and granted me my free meal. Apparently, it's not really the manager's choice what kinds of chicken and sides you get unless the young lady at the counter was the manager (if so, why did someone else have to approve the coupon?) She quickly boxed up two pieces of chicken a side of potatoes and a side of cold slaw. I was surprised that she didn't ask if I wanted a drink (which I did).

So, we spent $1.59 for a medium drink (+ tax times two for two drinks) and had a meal. After we ate, I explained to my son that this was a marketing test to see how people liked the new taste. He said it was ok, but not great. I agreed. This is supposed to be lower fat, lower cholesterol. But if I'm going to KFC, I want the hard stuff.

If you try the grilled chicken, I'd be interested in what you think.

P.S. My daughter called, they wouldn't let her use the two coupons I gave her. Seems they couldn't see the watermark. Even though all four coupons were printed at the same time.


Ashley Beth said...

I printed 2 for Adam and I a few days ago. We haven't ventured out yet. Hopefully our watermark is good enough.

emilymburgess said...

Adam and I stopped by KFC last night for dinner. Didn't have a coupon BUT did find that the women at the window hates Oprah. :)

Brooke said...

Good but not great?

Pretty much standard fast food, then? ;)

"The Edge" said...

I think this is a KFC marketing stunt....and I still think they're not my first choice for chicken.

Kayte said...

Kevin and I went to KFC a few weeks ago after church. To our surprise they were out of FRIED chicken and only had the grilled. We get a bucket of the grilled chicken and thought it was pretty good. I agree though, if I'm going to KFC, I'm going to get the original recipe chicken. :)