Apparently, I lived at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) for a while, too. This was almost as bad as the time I moved into the Cracker Barrel on a permanent basis. Seems like once I get on a roll with a place, I need to try everything on the menu at least once—which requires frequent visits.
I managed to get all my pancakes free, too! If you’ve ever taken the time to read an IHOP receipt, you’ll see there’s a toll-free number to call within 3 days to take a short survey about your experience there. At the end of the survey, you’re given a code to write on your receipt and THAT’S IT, people! FREE PANCAKES!!!
OMG, the things I’ll do for free pancakes or any food for that matter. It was awesome. EXCEPT—I found out, you can’t call from the same phone number within a certain time period or it won’t work. They know you’re the same person calling again and apparently they don’t want you getting another set of free pancakes that quickly again. Seriously, dude? Why do they care how many free pancakes I get? But I set out to beat them at their own game. Hmmm.
The problem—I needed a code for each receipt. But because I was going to IHOP daily, I had lashings of receipts and, hence, I was running out of phones to use. I did not let that deter me though. What’s a girl to do?
Do you know how many free pancakes that is if only I could find a different phone to use? Home phone, cell phone, work, neighbor’s, co-workers’, but I realized once I ventured out and found myself inside a local laundromat just to “borrow” the phone, I knew things had gotten out of control.
So, if you have nothing else to do today, stop by a local IHOP every day, work your way down the menu, and check out your receipts to see if the survey promotion is going on.
Take-Away Life Lesson: Keep a stash of pre-paid cell phones in reserve for situations like this.