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Red Robin Happy Burger-day Coupon

Can an Internet-distributed coupon be redeemed at Red Robin restaurants for a free hamburger and sundae?

Published Nov 21, 2009


Claim:   An Internet-distributed coupon can be redeemed at Red Robin restaurants for a free hamburger and sundae.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, November 2009]

I received the following coupon as a viral. Is it legitimate? Seems too good to be true, but I bought 3 meals for $1 at Boston Market so I am open!


Origins:   Red Robin is a chain of "Gourmet Burger" restaurants with more than 400 locations throughout the United States and western Canada. The Red Robin "Happy Burger-day" coupon image displayed above began circulating on the Internet in November 2009, offering a seemingly terrific deal: a free Gourmet Burger and sundae at any Red Robin restaurant.

However, Red Robin placed a pop-up alert on its web site advising visitors that the coupon was an unauthorized, fraudulent one and would not be honored:

Notice Regarding Fraudulent Coupon Offer

A fraudulent Red Robin coupon offering a free Gourmet Burger and sundae has been circulating via the Internet and e-mail, and has also been distributed in a printed version by a variety of unauthorized sources. Red Robin does not sponsor or endorse these fraudulent offers and Red Robin restaurants will not fulfill any offers appearing in deceptive or fraudulent coupons.

Last updated:   21 November 2009

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