Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, and Ben n’ Jerry’s are honoring election day by giving away free products to people who somehow have enough time to stand in a voting line for four hours then brave a Starbucks madhouse to save $1 on a product they can purchase easily any other day of the year.
Companies give free coffee, ice cream for election
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Americans will pick a new leader for the country on Tuesday, and will be able to pick up some free coffee, ice cream and other goodies too.
Starbucks Corp. is offering a free cup of brewed coffee to anyone who asks on Tuesday, while Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is giving away star-shaped doughnuts. Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s is offering a free scoop as part of a celebration of the election.
Seattle-based Starbucks had originally planned to give away the “tall” brewed coffees to anyone who reported that they voted, saying in an ad: “If you care enough to vote, we care enough to give you a free cup of coffee.”
The company broadened its offer to all customers to ensure it was in compliance with election law, spokeswoman Tara Darrow said Monday evening.
“We hope there is a record turnout on Tuesday and look forward to celebrating with our customers over a great cup of coffee,” she said in a statement.
Ben and Jerry’s, meanwhile, will be giving a free scoop to each customer at its shops from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The company said in a statement it had planned to give free scoops only to people who voted but learned that certain laws may not allow it. Instead, it’s celebrating the election with a “national party,” said Walt Freese, Ben and Jerry’s chief euphoria officer.
“Even though we’re giving scoops away to everyone, regardless of whether they vote or not, we hope they still take part in their civic duty,” Freese said.
Krispy Kreme is giving star-shaped doughnuts with red, white and blue sprinkles to anyone who mentions the promotion, said spokeswoman Ayana Hernandez, but they won’t be required to show an “I voted” sticker.
The company’s 85 company-owned stores will be participating, along with an unknown number of its 145 franchisees, she said. Krispy Kreme estimates it’ll give away about 200,000 of the doughnuts.
“It’s just another way to give customers a free doughnut,” Hernandez said. “It’s not in any way tied to you have to be a member of a certain party, political party or anything like that.”