It might not have the magic of 30 Rock's storied Sandwich Day, but it's Free Slurpee Day at 7-11. Which means that a small Slurpee can be yours until 7 p.m. We stopped by the 7-11 on Market near Bush a bit ago and found a short line that moved fairly quickly (tip: get the cup from the counter before you get in line). Half of the flavors were out already, but some middle school instinct kicked in and we found ourselves automatically filling our cup with half Coke, half cherry. Walking down the FiDi streets afterwards, we exchanged proud smiles with everyone else who had their free drinks, like we were part of a secret Slurpee society.
Then we drank the Slurpee and remembered that it's basically a cup of frozen high-fructose corn syrup. Ours is currently melting on a corner of our desk, awaiting the point in about an hour when we'll throw it away. But what the hell, it was free!
And Slurpees aren't the only food giveaway this weekend, according to a press release from GoBankingRates.com that arrived in the inbox today declaring this "Food Freebies Weekend" (while we admire the initiative of the fine folks at the website, we do question their authority to make such proclamations).
Tomorrow (July 12) is National Cow Appreciation Day, so for some reason Chick-fil-A is giving out free chicken to anyone dressed like a cow. Those who really go all-out will get a whole meal, but a mere cow-themed hat or scarf will get you a free "entree" (aka sandwich). It seems like the indignity of dressing like a cow and driving to Fairfield, Walnut Creek, or San Jose -- your udder pressing uncomfortably against the steering wheel, kids in the next car over Instagramming your photo -- would outweigh the reward of a free Chick-fil-A sandwich, but hey, we don't judge.
Finally, because of National Ice Cream Month or some other such nonsense, Baskin-Robbins will upgrade you to a waffle cone with a purchase of a double scoop (ka-ching!).
We hope you enjoy your Scrooge McDuck-style swim in all the money you save this weekend.