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#16 Nick H.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:52

Sigh. The problem is that some people don't seem to understand the meaning of selflessness.

I get that, but I don't think you realise how much I don't care. I read the article and went through the following discussion with myself:
  • Did the family receive a free meal?
Yes.
  • Has it made the news because the family didn't inform us, and instead the restaurant did?
Yes.
  • Do I care who informed me about the act?
Not really.
  • Is the act still a show of goodwill, regardless of who informed me?
Yes.

You could replace the restaurant with Lucifer and I would still be happy to hear about it.


#17 siah1214

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 13:14

Doesn't matter, the original story was 100% accurate as OP had posted it. Reddit just decided to stir up **** where there wasn't any **** to be stirred.
Source:
http://www.reddit.co...ts_free/c93dkn6

#18 rippleman

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 13:45

some of you are missing the point. Imagine if you will this scenario: you are listening to the radio and you hear a drinking and driving ad. At the end of the anti drinking and driving ad you hear "This message brought to you by Company A". Would Company A have paid for the ad if they had not had their name tagged at the end? 99% chance not. This is not caring. This is advertising. This would be the difference of the company posting it (taking credit for a managers selfless act) or if the customers posted it.

#19 compl3x

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 13:54

I thought a family member in the dinner party posted on reddit about the free meal, but some redditors called bull**** and then the company responded saying it wasn't planted on reddit by them.

I can appreciate your stance, but there is nothing in the story that makes me think, "wow, this didn't happen." The whole fuss is over the fact that the company publicised the free meal instead of the customer, which is just silly.


"The receipt is real and was posted by the guests, not by anyone at Olive Garden or Darden,"


Does my reading comprehension suck or does yours?

The customer posted the story, but people thought it might have been OG or their marketers/advertisers who planted the story to get free advertising by manipulating people's feelings about the company doing something good.

#20 Nick H.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 13:56

This is advertising. This would be the difference of the company posting it (taking credit for a managers selfless act) or if the customers posted it.

Well for an advertisment it did nothing for me. I have not changed my opinion about the restaurant, I will not suddenly increase my visits because of this story. I read it and thought, "good going, guys" and nothing else.