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Public shaming at Denny's near Disney: Don't share Christmas spirit with coupons

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As a local to Walt Disney World, I love visiting the theme parks and patronizing the local businesses, as well as giving them publicity. I also like to spread good karma at any time of year and particularly at Christmas.

Tonight I visited the Denny's near Disney World, on east 192 across the street from Old Town (5855 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) around 6 p.m. I had a flyer with coupons I'd received in the mail. I planned to use one for my own dinner and to give the other two away to fellow diners. I'd actually just gotten some coupon karma from a kind clerk at the Race Trac gas station on east 192, near Medieval Times. I'd gone in for coffee, and she gave me a free coffee coupon. I was very impressed and grateful, and I hoped to pass on her random act of kindness.

My booth at Denny's was near the cash register, so I handed the first coupon to the first party who passed me. A second party followed shortly thereafter, so they got the second coupon. Suddenly the manager was looming over my table, and he told me he did NOT appreciate having me hand out coupons in HIS restaurant and that I was NOT allowed to do so.

Nowhere on the coupons does it say that you cannot do whatever you wish with them, but apparently you'd better not want to help a fellow diner save a dollar or two in the Denny's at 5855 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. You might think the coupons belong to you because they came to your personal address, in your mailbox, and don't have any printed restrictions forbidding such a thing, but apparently you'd be wrong.

Having been suitably humiliated by having this told to me publicly, right at my table in front of everyone else in the restaurant, I decided that it's my duty to help that manager out. After all, some other poor soul might get the crazy idea of sharing their coupons, and then where would civilization be?

Imagine the horrible anarchy of people handing out Denny's coupons willy nilly. Most of us aren't smart enough to know that just because Denny's mails out coupons, they don't want us to make sure they all get used. How dare we drive that poor company into bankruptcy while trying to spread a little kindness to fellow human beings.

I'm going to reach out to the Denny's corporate office to see if this is a company-wide policy or if you simply have to beware of the Kissimmee Denny's near Old Town at 5855 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. I'm a woman of my word, and I promised the manager that I'd make up for my terrible transgression of giving away my coupons by spreading the word to as many people as possible to make sure it doesn't happen with anyone else ever again. I'll share the corporate reply as soon as I get it.

Meanwhile, just to be safe, I urge all my readers never to share your Denny's coupons. Cut out the one you plan to use and burn the others, then flush the ashes down the toilet to ensure there's no chance of having them accidentally fall into the wrong hands. Otherwise you risk the same public humiliation that I had to undergo.

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