Free McDonalds McFlurry

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"Expires 11/14/05. You should receive your coupon on or around 10/17/05. Please launch your coupon and have it ready to present to the cashier before making your purchase. Some carrier charges may apply for messaging, data transfer, and air time. Valid only at participating Southern California McDonald's."

I think it'd be easier to just buy one!

Valid at participating Southern California McDonald's

soco only bummer

I can't find their privacy policy...I'm not lovin' my cell number being passed on for marketing purposes.

Wouldn't it be easier to get the large Mcflurry, eat half of it, then bring the other half up to the counter complaining about an off flavor that doesn't taste right and ask for your money back.

At least you won't get text message spams.

Or just text the word McFlurry to number 73260.

You get back the following message:

Reply 'Yes' for a free McFlurry from McDonald's. Optout->'Stop' Help->'Help' Espanol->'Es' Legal->'Legal' Support:8886927044 Expires:11/14/05

If you reply with Legal you get this (broken up into 4 SMS's):

Some carrier charges may apply for messaging, data transfer and air time. Valid only at participating Southern California McDonald's. Current prices and participation based on independent operator decision. Valid when product served. Prices may vary. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, discount or coupon. Cash value 1/20 of one cent. Limit one coupon per person per visit. Coupon may not be transferred, copied or duplicated in any way. Product may contain nuts. Copyright 2005 McDonald's Corporation.)

A Yes reply gets you this:

1 Free McFlurry. Redeem at LA area McDonald's. Expires: Nov 14, 2005

I haven't gotten any SMS spam -- not too worried about that anyway because it's the company's phone. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

Anyway, I went to redeem it, and much confusion ensued. They had directions for the employees on a sign by the register, but they didn't make sense. First line of the instruction sheet: "DO NOT HANDLE CUSTOMER'S PHONE." First thing they did: "Lemme see that." (Asks to see phone.) Rather amusing. The next few steps in the instructions were something like "Display free McFlurry message on phone. Press OK on phone. Then enter code: xxxxx (some number)" etc etc. Couldn't follow the instructions because there is no OK on my phone. No place to enter a code. Whatever. The manager gave me the dessert, and I was on my way. Don't try this at the drive-thru!

basically it cost me $0.40 cents everytime I wanted a McFlurry with this promo (when it was still valid because) it costs me $0.10 cents per text message. YMMV... some people get 50 text free or unlimited text free. wel it's ten cents for me.

$0.10cents to send initial #s request
$0.10cents for a confirmation 'yes'
$0.10cents to send a "yes" reply
$0.10cents for the coupon that I show to confused McD's worker.

so $0.40 cents for a "free" McFlurry. Not bad.

At one place I got the BIG one.
as another place I got a small one.

but yeah, whoever came up with this promo was thinking waaaay toooo far outside the box. very complicated... and no offense but most McD's workers are not exactly tech-savvy.

(only replying now because I was searching something else and this caught my eye and I wanted to respond).

there needs to be a term for that phenomenon... when you find something unintended in your search that intrigues you just enough to respond.

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