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March 8, 2004 12:30 AM

Broken: Restaurant pricing

Kelly Thomsen sends in this sign advertising a free meal that's not really free. She writes:

This chalkboard was in the entry of a Big Boy in Clinton, Ohio. The people who worked there were really confused by the fact that we were so interested in taking a picture of their sign!


What is that line in West Side Story?

"Everything's free in America/For a small fee in America!"

Posted by: quanta at March 8, 2004 10:13 AM

Maybe there was a $1.00 rebate?

Posted by: J at March 8, 2004 04:02 PM

What's up with the handwriting? It looks like it was written by a child.

Posted by: never mind that at March 15, 2004 04:18 PM

It says "Trick or Treat"... get a sense of humor.

Posted by: duh at June 20, 2004 12:42 AM

... maybe it was a trick, or maybe it was written by a kid... or maybe it was written by a person with an attention span so small, they couldn't remember what they were doing. They forgot that it was free by the time they finished writing "meal."

That's just another posibility.

Posted by: etM at July 14, 2004 12:20 PM

Maybe it means "Free Kids Meals with other meals over $1.00". Then again, I can't think of any meals that would be under $1.00 anyway...

It could also be a joke... that could explain the bad handwriting. Someone could have intentionally written that as a prank or something.

Posted by: Ace at August 1, 2004 10:49 AM

Address Markers, Sundials, Weathervanes, Patio Furniture, Hammocks, and More!

Posted by: Alexey Luzanov at December 7, 2004 11:30 AM

It might be a canabalizm joke "Free [range] kids meals, $1.00 [meal]" then again, the grammar isn't quite right.

Posted by: Corbin at December 9, 2004 05:00 PM

Seems to me this is a poorly worded message selling Halloween giveaway coupons for a buck, like McDonald's does with coupons for "Free French Fries" at Halloween time.

Posted by: Dude at February 22, 2005 05:10 PM

Look, people, someone else clearly came along and wrote the "for $1.00" after the sign was finished. Now whether that was an employee or not, and the intention of the writer, is left in question, but it's pretty clear that the handwriting in "for $1.00" is not the same as any of the rest of the handwriting on the sign (notice in particular the capital "R").

Posted by: Brian at March 18, 2005 10:38 AM

"New manu;

Lawer prices"

Posted by: yo dada at June 7, 2005 01:04 PM

Maybe it's a meal for free kids.

Posted by: whatever at November 23, 2005 11:14 AM

ha ha ha i luv it.things like this keep me going at work.i luv the people that come up with it all.i think it could be down to kids!!!that or an adult just cant write so save their life!

Posted by: cozie at May 18, 2006 09:30 AM

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