Move over France: Free promotion sparks 'cheesecake riot' in US
Seething crowds, blockaded traffic and clashes with police this Wednesday let the world know what motivation Americans needed to finally stand up and fight: free cheesecake. This was only the beginning of the madness which struck Arlington County this week, after a Cheesecake Factory promotion revealed the bitter truth about the Virginians’ very serious sweet tooth.
BREAKING: CHEESECAKE RIOTS HAVE BEGUN pic.twitter.com/xKpizoeUQF— Zach D Roberts (@zdroberts) December 5, 2018
While the CheeseCake Factories’ baking prowess can hardly be brought into question, it quickly became clear that the suburban restaurant staple could use some work on its logistics-game. The company’s 40th anniversary promotion offered 40,000 free slices of cheesecake, and free delivery, to customers who ordered via DoorDash, a food delivery app. The huge slew of orders led to the restaurant being swamped with desperate delivery drivers crowding to meet the county’s demand for dessert.
Mobs of #DoorDashers wait for hours to deliver free cheesecake as part of a @Cheesecake Factory & @DoorDash#freecheesecake promo. Not sure what kind of planning went into this but the organization & execution can be safely labeled as a complete clusterf*. All parties unhappy. pic.twitter.com/8wK0WuTUXr— k-lala (@mybestestme) December 5, 2018
Officers were called onto the scene when crowded lines and rampant double-parking started to congest the surrounding area. A police spokesperson told local media that one person was even arrested after his refusal to follow police orders to leave the restaurant led to a scuffle with the officers. The man was hospitalized with minor injuries, and, upon release, will face disorderly conduct charges.
No free sample is worth a possible arrest. Even cheesecake. https://t.co/JetVs37yFQ— Troy Police Dept. (@TroyMI_Police) August 2, 2018
Even more troubling is the fact that the promotion is not limited to Arlington, but will take place at locations across the country. If the turbulence on Thursday wasn’t enough, the deal will continue to redefine the term “food fight” for an entire week.
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