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« on: July 11, 2018, 04:45:11 PM »
7-11 began this promotion about 20 years ago, but it has taken until just six years ago for the individual 7-11 stores to realize it even existed. Which is why David Letterman would often use it as a bit on his show. Someone claiming to be the CEO of 7-11 would come out to talk about the promotion, then up it by claiming other 7-11 menu items were also free. I think the story was that his writers, or perhaps Dave himself, tried to get a free Slurpee and was told the promotion didn't exist. I suspect they went to the 7-11 on 8th near 53rd. The guy who runs that place is notorious for refusing to honor 7-11 coupons, and last I checked two years ago, that location refused to give out free Slurpees on 7-11 day.  So many locations either opted out of the promotion, or didn't seem to know it existed, that the search for participating 7-11s became viral on social media. One YouTube video chronicled someone's quest to find a 7-11 that actually gave out free Slurpees, and after traveling to several locations, found one that was giving them away in a small Dixie cup. 7-11 finally started to feel embarrassed and cracked down. Free Slurpees are now mandatory at all locations. Non participants are to be reported via a 1-800 number ( which I currently can't find, but definitely existed a few years back, ) The company even distributes an ample supply of cups to each location, more than they could possibly run out of, so they all have no excuse.  And yet, many locations have come up with different ruses to opt out.

Working in Manhattan, Free Slurpee Day has become a bit like Christmas morning for me. Like pretty much everyone in the city who doesn't give a crap about their health, I spend the day traveling from location to location ( there is another one every 6 to 15 blocks in any direction, so it is impossible not to walk past a lot of them even when you are not looking for them ) grabbing another free Slurpee. It also helps that as for long as I can remember, the 11th of July has always been in the midst of a heat wave, so I am thirsty all day long anyway. I don't know if my goal is to see how many free Slurpees I can score, or to see how many flavors I can taste. Perhaps the biggest motivator is almost never being able to get the flavors I want, getting instead one of those horrendous novelty flavors I end up dumping in the trash, and hoping the next 7-11 didn't run out of Coke, Cherry, Sunkist, Grape or any of the other good flavors.  I tell myself I will stop as soon as I get sick, and the Slurpee is expelled from one end or another. But so far that has never happened. Mind you, a couple of years ago the 11th was on a Saturday, and I could not even be motivated to walk to the 7-11 on the edge of my neighborhood. My record is 9 Slurpees a few years back But how many I drink all depends on which part of the city my company sends me to on the 11th. This year it was Downtown Manhattan, Chinatown, Little Italy and parts of the village. I only managed to find 5 stores participating.

1st 7-11
Claimed their Slurpee machines were broken.  Both of them?? Looked like they opted out by unplugging both machines the night before.

2nd 7-11
There  was a long line at the Fulton Street 7-11. After five minutes I was within two people of the machine. Then a group of f&%king kids on a field trip stopped by. Hundreds of kids from some day camp all wearing the same yellow T-Shirt. The idiots running the 7-11 gave the kids their own line which was served instead of the normal people line. This went on for a good ten minutes. Apparently some of the kids even ran back to the end of the line for seconds. ( some eagle eyed people behind me on line spotted this and began to complain. ) One by one the kids used up the flavors until there was only blueberry left. After the last kid got his blueberry, the person running the Slurpee machine shut it down and told everyone it would take an hour until the new batch was properly chilled. A lot of angry people walked off. I was just pissed I wasted almost 15 minutes for nothing. But standing on line and the machines running out of fresh Slurpee is not uncommon.

2nd 7-11 again
Had a lot of work downtown so ended up being there nearly an hour later. Stayed on line for another 10 minutes, then the store once again announced they ran out of Slurpees and needed another hour to make a new batch. Once again got within four people of the machines. Never going to that place again.

3rd 7-11
Chinatown. I remember this place. Last year they claimed all their machines were broken and could not freeze the Slurpees. And yup, once again they were having the same problem this year. Same thing too. A worker would demonstrate the Slurpee machine was not working by opening it up and only watery liquid coming out. Either they don't know how to work the machines in that location, or they are dumping gallons of unfrozen Slurpee mix down the drain just to opt out.

4th 7-11
This one claims you need to buy a $1 hot dog to get a free Slurpee. Which is not true. But the people with kids had little choice. I wasn't going to pay for shit, so I walked out.

5th 7-11
Finally. But curiously the machines with the good flavors were "broken", and all that was available was the sucky specialty flavors. You know, you can move the mix into the working machines. But this store, along with a few others, were going to play dumb and only give away the crap flavors that they were trying to unload. The least offensive looking flavor was Deadpool. Yep, there is a Deadpool flavored Slurpee. Actually, it is Playdough flavor with a hint of cranberry. Which is probably why no one is buying the Deadpool flavored Slurpees.

6th 7-11
Here we go again. Another 7-11 that claims you need to buy a $1 hot dog to get a free Slurpee. But this store is more devious. The line winds around the back and then continues to the cash register. It is as you are about to walk out that an employee tells you that you need to buy a hot dog. Don't want a hot dog? Then the Slurpee will cost you a dollar. Fortunately for me and the others who didn't put their straw into the Slurpee yet, you can hand it back and leave. It was the suckers who began drinking the second after they got the Slurpee that were stuck having to pay a buck. "We can't take this back. You already drank it!" This is not the first year I have run into a scam like this, so I never put the straw in until I am about a block away from the store. The Slurpee I returned was a Coke.

7th 7-11
The hot dog scam again!!! At least an employee tells you this as you walk into the store.

8th 7-11
Unplugged slurpee machine. And they are saying the guy who runs the machine is out sick today>

9th 7-11
This store seemed honest. Unfortunately the Coke was still mixing. So i got myself a blueberry. This would be the only normal flavor I was able to get today.

10th 7-11
Back to the scam where the good flavors are in machines that are "Broken". In fact, the only flavor that was working was Pumpkin Spice. Which is what? Cinnamon with orange dye? Why do they even have this flavor out of season?

11th 7-11

12th 7-11
All the good flavors are in broken machines, again! So my option was Deadpool, Hot N Spicey Berry ( made the mistake of drinking that one last year, ) and Capn' Crunch Berry. It's blue, so I select that one. GOD DAMN IT! This stuff actually does taste like Capn' Crunch serial! I mean, I wold rather have this flavor on oat cereal than as a Slurpee, but I am impressed that it actually tastes like what it is suppose to.

13th 7-11
Lucky number 13?  NO. Hot dog scam again! And they claimed only three machines were working. 

14th 7-11
Unplugged machines. They are suppose to be broke.

15th 7-11
I guess I should count myself lucky that my travels had me walking past 15 of these stores. Now that one is a record. The previous record was 10 stores with only one opting out.  This one, once again only crap flavors. Deadpool, Kiwi or Banana. I take Banana because I have no freakin idea what Kiwi tastes like, and at least I know I like Bananas. I mean, it doesn't exactly work as a Slurpee, but at least I don't feel like chucking it in the trash.

New York City is on the verge of outlawing straws. If they do, I don't see how there will be another free Slurpee day next year. so this may be the last time I do this.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2019, 07:27:45 AM »
UPDATE: Free Slurpee Day 2019

The more I think about it, the more I realize the thrill of Free Slurpee day was that so many stores tried to Opt out that it became a bit of a challenge to even get one Slurpee, especially since the internet was abuzz that day with the actual participating locations who then got slammed, so even when you found them the Slurpee machines were all in the midst of chilling another batch and wouldn't be ready for another half hour.  Sometimes I got lucky and found a bunch of honest locations.  Other times most of the locations I hit opted out, claimed broken machines  or pulled some sort of scam where you needed to pay for the Slurpee, so I was lucky if I even got one free Slurpee that day. One year I found an overly honest location in Queens that had honestly run through their entire supply, and to make up for it gave away stacks of coupons for free food. I was handed two coupons for a free pizza slice, a coupon fora free doughnut, and another coupon for a free Big Gulp.  I could have redeemed them then and there, but decided to hold onto them and hit 7-Eleven locations that had opted out of the free Slurpee giveaway.

But this yearhad an added thrill. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING!  All day we were either hit by a storm cell with monsoon rain, thunder and hurricane winds, or saw one of those cells hovering close by. If you ever saw one of those cartoons from the past where a haunted house had it's own thunder cloud hoverig over it and thought those things couldn't possibly exist in real life, the storms yesterday would make you change your mind. Instead of one big storm slamming the area, individual globs of micro storms hat looked like those haunted house clouds when they approached. So it was alternating from stormy to drizzle to cloudy but dry all day, which I am sure kept a lot of people home. But I had to work, rain or shine, so the quest for free Slurpees went ahead.

1ST 7-11
They started me downtown again this year.  Last year this store said it's machines were broken. This year machines were working, but only Watermelon-strawberry was available.  Not separate, but as a hellish combo flavor. Would someone please explain to me why the color of this flavor is green? Okay, I know Watermelons are green. But on the outside, not on the center part that you eat, which is red. Just as Strawberry is red.

2nd 7-11
The Fulton Street location. Last year kids from day camps, who I assumed were visiting the Seaport Museum, kept swamping this location. This year, with the rain storms, the location was kid empty, and there was a short line of stockbrokers only. One woman on line and her coworker came up with a good theory. Every year the normal flavors are not available, and the downtown locations have nothing but the worst flavors, which she says was deliberate. This location did have a blue, brown and red Slurpee mixing in the machine. I have no idea what flavors they were because the front of the machine with the names of the flavors printed on it was lifted up.  But the only available flavor was Lemon-Banana. Or at least that was what the store clerks were saying it was to the people standing on line.

3rd 7-11
It's our old friend, the Chinatown 7-11. I shouldn't have bothered going here, but I find this place amusing. The store goes through all the trouble of having it's employees set up every single Free Slurpee Day decoration, so balloons and banners on the entrance, streamers inside the store leading to a table filled with empty cups, and right next to it the conveniently broken machines.  As you approach the table, and employee there stops you from taking a cup and says "Machine no working!", and then demonstrates by pulling the lever on all four machines to show nothing coming out but watery unfrozen mix. Don't they get they are probably loosing more mix pulling this stunt than if they actually gave free Slurpees away? When you don't put the crushed ice in the machine then it is mix without ice. What they dump out to demonstrate the machines don't work is more mix than if they filled a cup with mix and Slurpee. And they are dumping all four machines to prove all four are broken. BTW, a couple of days ago I hung out a bit in this location to see if the machines were working , and they were all working fine.

I have an app on my phone that shows every 7-11 location in Manhattan, and Soho is void of all 7-11s. At one time this neighborhod filled with abandoned warehouses the city acquired for failure to pay taxes by the owners was suppose to be transformed into housing for poor artists. But then rich art patrons saw how wonderfull the lofts the artists lived in were, and suddenly the buildings, all converted to residential out of tax payers money, were sold for dollars to landlords looking to exclusively rent to the rich. The city reasoned they could collect more on property taxes if it was an exclusively rich neighborhod, then use the extra tax revenue to build housing for the poor. Which never happened. Whatever extra tax revenue the city got was used for everything else. Housing stock for the poor is still dismil. And we have a vast neighborhood that 7 Eleven cant afford the rent for, filled with residents who would never use a 7-Eleven.  I am stuck in this neighborhod for a few hours, and it looks as if my total today will only be 2 Slurpees.

4th 7-11
Well, good news. I am sent to the Penn Station area. The 7-Eleven on 34th street is the opposite of a TARDIS. It looks huge on the outside, as if it takes up an entire building, but once you walk in you realize they only leased a cramped hallway sized space and the rest of the building is apparently vacant.  Most of the machines appear to be remixing. I ask for Cherry and get something red that tastes like Wild Cherry and too much water.

5th 7-11
There are two 7-Elevens on 8th Ave within a block of each other, but I get a call from my office telling me I need to head back to 29t Street. So I can only visit one of them. I score a Coke!! which I drink on the way to 29th Street.

6th 7-11
There is a 7-Eleven on 29th and 8th. And all their machines are working! They have Coke and Cherry, but I already had those. No Blueberry. Then the crap flavors. I don't want to touch Sweettart flavor, and another flavor is called "Mystery?" and has a picture of cartoon characters drinking it with their eyes bugging out. It's red, so I assume it's just last year's Deadpool flavor. I end up getting Pina Colada.

At this point it is after 5 PM and I feel like today I have reached my limit, so that's it.

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