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In Inglewood, Randy's Donuts is gifting customers with free doughnuts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The shop, famous for its giant doughnut-shaped sign, is a favorite of Tony Stark's, who visited in a scene from "Iron Man 2."
Come Friday, Starbucks gets in the gratis game by
its new Refreshers beverage from noon to 3 p.m. Customers can get a free 12-fluid-ounce serving – or “Tall,” in Starbucks-speak. The energy drink is
infused with the extract of green, unroasted coffee beans.
Also Friday, Chick-fil-A customers who dress up as a cow will get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner. Partial costumes – think cow bells and furry ears – earn the wearer an entrée on the house.
The economics of freebies are fascinating. During one of 7-Eleven's earlier Slurpee giveaways, the convenience store chain's Slurpee sales ended up soaring 38% -- even though 4.5 million free drinks were given out.
Similar handouts at Denny’s,