In case you missed the Super Bowl commercial and the announcement on WalletPop yesterday, Denny's has been giving away a free Grand Slam breakfast since 6 AM this morning and will continue to do so until 2 PM. Needless to say it is a busy day for the restaurant chain, in fact, there has been so much interest in the breakfast giveaway that Dennys.com is currently failing to load.
Denny's Super Bowl ad, announcing a free Grand Slam breakfast for a limited time, drew crowds early Tuesday morning, Feb. 3, 2009.
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Denny's gave away Grand Slam breakfasts for one day in its 1,152 restaurants nationwide.
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To gauge the experience at Denny's across the nation we went looking on Twitter, where Denny's and Grand Slam topped the conversations this morning, to see what was going on.
The best summary of the Grand Slam Giveaway comes from Patti Harvey in Wisconsin who tweeted, "Crazy madness at Denny's today." Her story did have a happy ending as it was the fastest meal she has had at a Denny's!
Richard Rivera in the LA area also had success scoring his free Grand Slam, which he shared, "along with a hundred or so people at 6am." These were just a few of the accounts from those who were lucky enough to make it into the restaurant. Numerous users have been posting snapshots of their free grand slam to popular Twitter photo sharing site Twitpic.com, including this one from Brittany Berry in Arizona.
Even though things are moving fast there are plenty of people who turned away as soon as they saw the line forming at their local Denny's. Joel Weiler shared his failed attempt to score a free breakfast in Portland Oregon, "Tried to go to Denny's for free Grand Slam... 60 people lined up outside. Think I will pass on the $4 breakfast." A line of 60 seems slim compared to T. Gerald Williams' account, "Went to Denny's on the way to work and the line was out the door, down the sidewalk, around the block...needless to say...No Grand Slam 4 me." Ultimately the lines proved too much for many people who, like Selene M. Bowbly of Florida, went to Bob Evan's instead.
With so many people waiting in lines across the country it's a shame Denny's didn't attempt to recreate the "Hands Across America" nation-long line form the 1980's. If the lines prove too long for you to wait, you can try and track down the manager who should have between 500 and 1,500 rainchecks to hand out for patrons who are in a hurry. If you go this route, be careful, cutting to the front of a line of hungry people is never a good idea!