I'm at a loss to explain what came over normally rational thinking people yesterday.

As you know, Queen Oprah decided to feed the hungry yesterday by allowing anyone with a fast computer connection and a printer to download free coupons from her website for a two-piece grilled chicken dinner at participating Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants.

I'm sure that somewhere in the fine print it said 'Participating KFC restaurants only' -- or something to that effect. From my understanding, upwards of a million people tried to redeem those coupons for free greasy chicken yesterday.

Is it any surprise then that most restaurants in and around NYC declined to participate? There were reports of sporadic violence and sit-ins at restaurants that refused to accept Oprah's coupons. It was reported that some of the protestors were well-dressed in suits and brand name clothing -- not a homeless person among them.

All of the violence kinda makes you wonder: did Oprah clear this offer with the restaurant owners beforehand? And how exactly did she plan to pay for all the free chicken?

But the madness didn't restrict itself to just the New York area. Folks right here in Atlanta -- who could well afford to treat the entire restaurant to free chicken -- made a mad scramble to download the coupons. That's the part that gets me. What was it about Oprah's coupons that made even wealthy people feel the urgency to download them?

Last night I was on the phone with a very well-connected industry insider who informed me that she and some of her well-heeled friends went to someone's job at 6:30 AM yesterday morning to print out Oprah's coupons because they couldn't print them out at home.

Here's the catch: this chick could afford to buy her own KFC franchise if she wanted one! I asked her to explain her actions to me, but she said she just wanted the free chicken. All of which leads me to believe that Oprah's coupons represented some type of exclusive status to the coupon holders that separated them from people like me who don't give a damn about Oprah or her coupons.

I guess there are just some things in life that are simply beyond my understanding.

  • Shauny

    Free is free no matter how much money you have. You could ask the same for celebs who go to events and get all the free stuff in the world like glasses, clothes, shoes, trips, spa treatments etc. It's free, no one is passing up something free. I don't think it had anything to do with who offered the coupons. They get to taste the product for free before deciding if it's worth buying.

    I could afford to buy a few people a 2 piece dinner myself but you better believe I'm using my coupon to test the chicken out...why...because I can. Thanks Oprah.

  • sharnell

    Well Sandra, I sent you the email about the advertisement. I also sent it out to pretty much everyone I knew, then I printed out coupons for those I knew did not have a computer. Now, most of the people as you state with money (printed out the coupons), those that get food stamps told me NO, thank you. Now, this is what I would like for someone to explain to me. I was so busy thinking of others that I did not even get any copies for myself.:( AND I AM KNOWN AS THE QUEEN OF COUPONS AND FREE STUFF (with no shame). Also, we did not have riots here in Athens, the lines weren't even that long. Most are waiting until after Mother's Day.

  • Shauny

    no reportings of sit ins, long lines, or riots here either.

  • PAGESINADIARY

    THERE WAS NO RIOT

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    it was a sit in in newyork.. nothing good can come from giving away free chicken

  • jazi65

    what better way to test out a new product..and it was dam good!

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    oh and ROFLMAO@ that oprah pic circa 1992

  • Anna

    I missed the memo that the free coupons were for a certain income bracket. I thought is was to promote healtly eating. It does not matter. If anyone did not get their free coupon by yesterday there are no more to print out and the price is $3.99

  • Coo Coo Bananas

    F*ck the chicken. I just wanted the free biscuit that came along lol.

  • LadyJustice

    "We" went crazy when "we" heard that oprah was handing out free chicken. i didnt see what the big deal was... if i wanted kfc's grilled chicken i could very well just go up the street and order some. not like they charged 50.00 for a plate. i saw all the riots on youtube, it just makes us look soooo bad.

  • Krysi J

    Damn, I hate we have a post on this stupid shyt. If I get one more email of that tired azz KFC grilled Chicken coupon I'm changing my address. What the hell are people acted out over this shyt for....see this is why there is some shyt you just don't do, and giving out free chicken coupons is one of em'. Got my people looking desperate, broke, and hungry...SMH

    Damn u Oprah!!

  • pinky2083

    I got my four coupons and will be using them. The KFC by my house was packed yesterday.

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    This may come as a surprise to some but I DID NOT print the coupons. You have to do a little better than a 2pc to move me *shrugging shoulders*

  • Daisy

    I tried the new grilled chicken last week so I did not print out a coupon. I knew there would be drama with black folks and FREE chicken..lol

    Somebody posed the question today..Did anybody print out a coupon for a homeless person? I thought that was an interesting question.

  • miamore73

    Everyone kept sending me links and emails for the chicken. After one of my friends described a line at an El Pollo Loco as "long as the county line" I decided I'm cool on the freebies. I'd rather go somewhere and pay for my 3.99 two piece meal.

    BUT I did look at the website for a co-worker and there was a definate mention about "participating restaurants" and there was even a link to show a list of "participating restaurants" it isn't Oprah's fault if folks only can read the word FREE.

  • keely107

    @Daisy:

    The coupons that I printed and gave away were not to homeless individuals, but people in need who I knew the meal would take one worry off of their minds for a day. Gave away all four, and Im glad Sandra spoke her mind in this. I feel the same way. Why take what you dont need? Thats like my friend asking me why my son doesnt get free lunch! Cause thats the least I can pay for, I dont take over what I need, but thats just me. More power to the chicken lines.......

  • Daisy

    HAND CLAP for KEELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Job well DONE!

  • http://myspace.com/necee518 yvonne79

    @keely: I applaud your efforts. Not a selfish person but I didn't think to print any coupons for folks who really need it.

  • Lala11_7

    All jokes aside...

    Why would I want GRILLED chicken from Kentucky FRIED Chicken?!?!

    I mean...they're trying to push the "healthier" alternative...but that chicken has almost as many fat grams and calories as the fried chicken do...

    Besides...

    I know what...free...chicken...and Black people mean...

    That means I need to STAY OUTTA THE WAY!!!

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    but wait, its nothing "healthy" about that chicken...come on oprah girl....
    i still like Boston Market better

  • http://myspace.com/tamarlese Peachizz

    Man the lines were lie at all the KFC.. SMH I truned away I'll waitntil thangs die down next week.

  • lovejoy1

    Youz black people go crazy over free chicken and free food..lmao... im doing what MJ and Lil kim did- bleach my skin so i can turn white... i get them now...

  • Daisy

    I need to see the fat/cal. count for the fried vs. grilled chicken. I find it hard to believe they are anywhere near the same.

    I like boston market as well.

  • candycane

    I dont understand the hype either. Come on people, the meal has been on sale for 2.99 or 3.99 for a two piece meal. I will admit that I was going to print me out a coupon, but once I had to download a special printer I was cool.

    I mean DAYUM it's not that serious.

  • candycane

    and I've had the grilled chicken already 3 times. It taste's better than their fried chicken

  • http://talkingwithtami.com talkingwithtami

    lol Sandra you amaze me too funny! My dear friend is a manager at kfc, they new it was going to air on Oprah and they still were not prepared for all the people that came out. They ran out of chicken here in Atlanta several times already lol. Where I live there were lines out the door and this is in white neighborhood so go figure. Folks like free stuff regardless!

    Lots of the coupons that were downloaded did not work either. Something with the codes if it said 1234 at the end you got your feelings hurt while waiting in line because they didnt accept them. I tasted it last week, its ok no biggie. I dont really eat kfc anyway. What Oprah did was nice, she didnt have to do it at all but when she tries to do a good deed it always seems to backfire!

  • mizzdallas

    Attorneymom where you??? YOu ask for it sandra posted it, smh!!! lol!!! I dont care for KFC they can have it that... All the money she have she could of least gave us some coupons to Apple Bee's!!! lmao!!!

  • Daisy

    I don't like Applebees

  • Krysi J

    I do!!!!

  • Shauny

    I don't like Applebees either. I ate at one in Atlanta back in the 90s and threw it up and I ate at the one out her a few years ago with the same results. My body doesn't like Applebees.

  • http://myspace.com/tamarlese Peachizz

    i prefer Friday's

  • Shauny

    OMG, Fridays and Chili's are neck and neck to me. Those damn mashed potatoes.

  • LadyJustice

    Applebees doesnt have a good menu... now chilis or o'charleys? im down

  • Anna

    Shauny Says:

    I don’t like Applebees either. I ate at one in Atlanta back in the 90s and threw it up and I ate at the one out her a few years ago with the same results. My body doesn’t like Applebees.

    ~~~~~~~~
    Applebees and I don't get along either. If you like cheap and non real steak it's for you. It would be like me wanting a nice rib dinner and settling for a McRib. Ain't gonna happen.

  • ELove

    Fridays in the suburbs here in the Chi are Real-Good !!!

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    RED LOBSTER!! lol....... i work at fridays, i love their jack daniels anything... mmmmm..... who here a server... its getting hard to make tips in this ecomony.. may have to be a stripper

  • ReadTheBlog

    My local KFC runs out of chicken on a regular day so I knew not to even play myself. :-) Hope those that got it enjoyed it.

  • mimi08

    Free is free..and whether it was free chicken, or free azz, people was gone line up for it if they giving it away. I don't understand why people shocked at the length of the lines.

  • iscream

    Applebee's has a great 2 for 1 deal going on. Went there on Sunday.

    @ topic. Can we get a new one?

    But

    I agree with Sandra on this one & who ever was the first person to post. You took the words right out of my mouth. Rich people stay rich because they get things at reduced prices and or free. I wonder what the red carpet would look like if they had to pay for their own clothes, jewels and makeup.

    Chrisette CD was sold out at Target (yay!) while Ciara cd sat there collecting dust.

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    oh and cheesecake factory,and outback,i agree with applebees they suck bad service and bad food

  • mizzdallas

    OMG! I cant stand Fridays yt people in dallas love Fridays, Boston Market is the ish after church!!

  • Anna

    Chrisette CD was sold out at Target (yay!) while Ciara cd sat there collecting dust.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Ciara is going to ruin her image by herself. We all know how Usher kept defending his wife. Ciara is still defending that she is a female. It gets old.

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    @iscream, i feel bad for cici, when she came out with goodies and promise i thought she was cool, but she lost her "spark" for lack of better word... how u get a brick with everyones favorite white boy justin, (they coulda made that video way better no dancing?? fail) never ever is lame her whole album sucks........

  • mizzdallas

    lmao @ ice

    she should just look down!!

  • mizzdallas

    I like Never Ever & Go Girl (which that song is NOT on her album)... And your sponge she is colloborating with the token yt boi justin and there is NO dancing in the video wtf!!

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    50 and ciara needs to come out as a couple that might help one or both of them

  • Imalover

    I gave my free meal to a homeless man named John who can be found walking up and down Peachtree or sleeping outside my office building at night. As usual he was really grateful. He's a very proud man who has never asked me for money! I felt good and so did his tummy.

  • mimi08

    Damn, why yall clowning CiCi? And why does it always seem i'm the only one on here routing for the underdog?!

  • Imalover

    @ Daisy, I just saw your comment #14. As soon as I heard about this promotion, I thought about the homeless... they have a special place in my heart.

  • ELove

    @Imalover ... Outstanding Gesture (Big-Ups!!!)

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    @Sandra, thanks for the post. What is up with some folks (not just black folks) and chicken?? If one more person had emailed me another Oprah KFC coupon, I was going to cut someone. I thought it was a hoax until I drove by the KFC on Sugarloaf Parkway after work on yesterday. WT___??

  • Daisy

    I like CiCis song with JT. She looks real cute in a few scenes in the video. The song does not call for a bunch of dancing its supposed to be sexy/steamy to match the song IMO.

    I never got caught up in the Ciara is really a man rumor, never understood where that came from.

    @Ice I agree new post. We have Russells letter to Kimmora for mothers day (very sweet), we have Rihanna looking FIERCE in a white pantsuit..lol

  • LadyJustice

    Ciara has lost her touch. no one is checking for her anymore. i feel sorry for the poor girl. i downloaded the cd yesterday, and i was very disappointed. she needs to try to backtrack to her "goodies" days and pick up some of the weight she lost. this girl can DANCE why is she not showing us what she can do? shes lame... get her outta her.

  • Daisy

    @Mimi 99% of the time I am rooting for the underdog and I have the scars to prove it for "supporting" Chris Brown the person not his alleged actions...lol

  • Daisy

    @LadyJustice are you new?

  • mimi08

    cosign with Daisy....

    i don't know where that rumor that was was a man came from. Probably some hurtful bitter person. she was a young girl when she came out and she looked like a girl. Now at one time there was a rumor she was gettin it in with Missy, and we all know, missy aint messing with no dude! That's how you dispel that rumor right there.

  • Shauny

    I like the CiCi/Justin video (I know I'm in the minority on this one). I didn't like the go girl video though. I though CiCi would be right on Bey's heals as the pop princess. I do feel bad for her.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sidebar: Forget the chicken. Can Oprah payoff my student loan debt?? I am tired of writing a check for $1,200.00 to TERI and AES each month. Do you know what I can do with $1,200.00 per month???

  • LadyJustice

    yes im new :) hey guys *waves*

  • Kymystry

    I got a Ron Popel Chicken Rotisserie ... make my own ... next !

  • Kymystry

    Hi LadyJ ... love the purple butterfly

  • Kat

    i got ciara and elliott yamin's cd today as a gift. i will be getting chrisette this weekend.
    and i can afford to buy my own chicken meal, but i'll be using this coupon for dinner today unless the lines are around the corner!

  • mimi08

    @ attorneymom

    1,200! Oh my damn, let me stop crying over my little $389.00 i pay a month in student loans...girl i'm hurting for you! I don't think i could sleep at night paying that toward student loans.

    But hold up, i got one better than that. My friend, whose fresh out of school, just finished his residency, and is now a practicing heart trauma surgeon working in the emergency room, writes checks each month for $4,000 for student loans. He got student loans coming out the anus! But he's also in Washington, getting paid $250,000 a year, but still!

  • Shauny

    o.k I took my 14 yr old to the Scream Tour (which I'll never do again). It was CB, Trey, Ciara, Marques Houston, and Bow Wow. Ciara was BOOED to no end because she was going with Bow Wow. Da Brat came on stage and asked the little girls to give her a chance, they had their little boyfriends too, etc and the crowd did (I thought that was cute). Anyway Ciara came out and the people didn't boo. She changed clothes and out again with this little gold metal bra thing on and I swear you could hear a pin drop in the Allstate Arena. Her chest had pecks instead of breast. I heard a few of the young ladies saying "Is she a man forreal?" I heard that before but her chest was shocking. I guess seeing her go from that gel bra to no support was shocking.

    I never thought she was/used to be a man. I just told my baby that she seems to work out and maybe they don't work her chest out to compliment her little itty bities correctly.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom
  • Shauny

    Hey and welcome LadyJ

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    but still what?@63 lol that dude paid! but i know he put in a lot of work thats great for him. i wish!

  • bk2atl

    @ mimi...OUCH! 4g's a month is serious...even when making 250K a year. 4g's PLUS all other living expenses is a heck of a lot of money every month.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    @mimi08 writes: "1,200! Oh my damn, let me stop crying over my little $389.00 i pay a month in student loans…girl i’m hurting for you! I don’t think i could sleep at night paying that toward student loans."

    I was so made about it until I started a blog for therapeutic purposes. LOL

    http://ihatestudentloandebt.blogspot.com/

    I am better now. LOL. Therapy is working.

  • mizzdallas

    welcome ladyj

  • iscream

    I tried to give CiCi the benefit of the doubt but she is wacky D. I don't think I saw her video with Justin but I saw some video where at first I thought it was Beyonce. I was like Wtf! This poor girl just can't find herself in this music industry.

    I agree if 50 really is her man (I don't buy it) then I would use that and ride with it.

    She should do dancing with the stars. (Can't believe Kim got voted off... booo!)

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sorry, I meant "mad", not made.

  • mizzdallas

    $4,000 a month for 1 yr equals somepeople salary!! Heck my salary Im a underwriter associate!!! lol!!

  • MIZZ.I_REP_ATL

    Well I actually got to enjoy my FREE 2 piece grill chicken meal before all this mess started. Tried to get another free meal yesterday and it wasn't happening. Certain locations was running our of chicken, then there was a 45min wait at another location. I just said 4get it. At least I got to try it and I wasn't 'bout 2 pass up a FREE meal either. :)

  • mizzdallas

    I like ciare first two cds but I dont like this third cd its so out of order and misplaced to me. Only two songs I like and one of them not on the cd!!

  • mimi08

    @bk2atl and spongebobfan

    Yep 250,000 is alot for most, but not when your student loans is ridiculously high. Plus he don't have a life, cause he's always at the hospital on call. Poor thing. But he loves it.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    @mimi08 $4,500??? WTH??? I will stop complaining about my $1,200.00 per month student loan payment.

    Sidebar: I am attempting to understand why President Obama thinks that earning $250,000.00 in annual income makes you rich. I am a witness. It does not.

  • Imalover

    Thanks ELove and welcome to the fam LadyJ.

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    dude should make around 8-9000k every 2 weeks!!!! (at 250,000 dude)

  • Daisy

    @Attymom I like the tax plan but I am sorry for you and feel your pain. Look on the bright side you make 250K!

  • Krysi J

    Well nicCahs I like Applebees, cheap fake steak or whatever the hell and all...I like Chilli's, Fridays, Macaroni Grill, etc...I like em all shyt...all of their DRINKS are off da chain..!! Especially Chill's and Friday's! How da hell you like CHEAP chicken, but you ain feeling Applebees??

    Im just saying...

    yall started it.

  • Shauny

    Kyrsi I don't like Applebee's but I not because I believe it's cheap. Their food doesn't agree with my stomach, that's why I don't like it. I'll take that $250k. I'm working on it.

  • Daisy

    I also don't eat Applebees. I like Fridays and O Charleys(that bread is so good) the best as far as this price range of resturants go. Chilli's use to make me sick but over the last few years they have improved their menu so they are ok but still don't go there often at all. Red Lobster is only good for the cheedar biscuits..lol

  • SMALONE

    she should have did subway coupons or white castle she lives in chicago!

  • Shauny

    @SMALONE
    LMAO!!! Now in the Chi she would've SHUT IT DOWN with some Harolds coupons.

    Uncle Remus or Colemans for the West Siders though...

  • precious1

    I had no desire to get a coupon nor taste the chicken! I don't blame anyone who took advantage of the coupon. Why not? I guess Oprah is to blame for the riots. Make you want to go taste the chicken to see what all the riot was about! Genius marketing LOL!!

  • precious1

    @ Shauney

    You better recognize Uncle Ramus is the bomb!!! Now I might have stumped someone in my stilletos for that coupon!! :-)

  • Kymystry

    Auntie can we get a new non-obama post .. please .. thank you .. and smooches :-)

    oh and the smiley's too :-D

  • Shauny

    precious - girl I don't have to racognize, I know Uncle Remus is DA BOMB. I wish they were on the Southside when I lived in Chicago. I use to wait until I went to my friends grandma house (she lived in K town) Jackson and one of those K's) and wen to the one on Pulaski.

    Now it's this place that burned down on 55th and State called Rose's that quenched my chicken thirst. I've never been a big Harold's fan but Roses' dipped their wings OMG!!! Sadly they burned down a few years ago and never said if they relocated.

  • Che

    WTF an industry insider with no printer!!
    LOLz, that mus be Dame Dash " who is not fucking with email"
    :P

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Che Says:
    WTF an industry insider with no printer!!

    ************************************************************

    She has a printer, but they felt they needed a faster connection like the one person had at work because they had trouble downloading the coupons at home. I think the lengths that some people went to to download those coupons was very telling. I bet I could call some of these same people and offer to treat them to a free two-piece chicken dinner, and they would decline because I'm not Oprah.

  • Kat

    i still haven't used my coupons yet...but i plan on it! :)