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Wendy’s Discount Food Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Message claims that fast-food chain Wendy’s is offering heavily discounted food on 22nd October to celebrate its 60th anniversary (Full commentary below).


Subject: Wendys’ 60th Anniversary

Wendys’ 60th Anniversary 10-22… 25¢ Burgers, Fries 15¢, Drinks 10¢

60th Year Anniversary is Wednesday, October 22nd.

All hamburgers will be sold for 25 cents, Cheeseburgers 30 cents, Fries 15 cents, and drinks are 10 cents!!! So, mark your calendars!

Detailed Analysis:
According to this message, which has been circulating via email, blogs and forums, popular fast-food outlet Wendy’s will be offering customers substantially discounted food on Wednesday 22nd October as part of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

However, the claims in the message are untrue. Wendy’s is offering no such discounts on the 22nd. Moreover, Wednesday 22nd October is not Wendy’s 60th anniversary at all. The first Wendy’s opened on November 15 1969, so the company is currently considerably short of it 60th year.

In fact, this message is nothing more than a mutated version of another current hoax that claims that In-N-Out Burgers is the company offering discounts on the 22nd. The following example of the In-N-Out message shows the similarities between the two versions of the hoax:

In-n-Out’s 60th Year Anniversary is Wednesday, October 22nd. All hamburgers will be sold for 25 cents, Cheeseburgers 30 cents, Fries 15 cents, and drinks are 10 cents!!! So mark your calendars!

While it actually is In-N-Out’s 60th anniversary on the 22nd October, the company has no plans to offer discounted food on the day and has denied the claims in the hoax email.

Circulating either version of the hoax will do nothing more that clutter inboxes and online communities with even more utterly useless information. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for supposed cut-off dates in such hoaxes to be changed by pranksters during the journey through cyberspace, so more mutated versions may continue to circulate even after 22nd October has well and truly come and gone.

Last updated: 21st October 2008
First published: 21st October 2008
By Brett M. Christensen
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