One of my favorite places to grab lunch is Qdoba. I receive substantial portions of high-quality fast food at a reasonable price, and the restaurant’s rewards program is very good. While there are consistently different promotions and coupons to take advantage of, my favorite one can only be used on Valentine’s Day.
Last year, on February 14, I discovered that Qdoba had a buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) deal if you kissed another person at the register. Working in communications, I thought this was an ingenious promotion…and I was hungry. So, I decided to take advantage of this special. My only problem was finding someone to kiss. I looked around the office and no one was there but one of my male colleagues, and I knew he wasn’t going to play ball.
Without anyone to kiss, I set off for Qdoba on Walnut Street. Upon my arrival, I noticed a middle-aged couple in front of me. As we got closer to the cash register, I sheepishly asked the couple if I could kiss the wife in order to fulfill the requirement of the promotion. Thankfully, the husband wasn’t offended. Instead he said, “I have to kiss her for my coupon!” I said, ” I understand. But how about you kiss her first, and then I kiss her for my order?” Neither the husband nor the wife were on board with my idea.
I was quickly losing hope until I saw a woman get in line behind me. I turned around and said, “I have a weird question for you. Can I kiss you on the cheek so I can get a free burrito?” I explained that it was a Valentine’s Day promotion, and she questioned the veracity of my claim, so I showed her the special on my phone. After a little cajoling and letting her know that she could kiss me for a free meal, she agreed. We got to the front of the line and I said to her, “If I’m going to kiss you, I should at least know your name. I’m Michael, and you are?” “Tatiana,” she replied. We exchanged kisses and walked away with two extra meals for free.
This year Qdoba is having the same offer, and I plan on taking advantage of it. The only difference is I now have a girlfriend. Thankfully, she loves Qdoba too.