DailyDirt: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

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TANSTAAFL is usually true, especially if you're counting opportunity costs. However, some deals are too attractive for some people to pass up -- especially offers of free food. Occasionally, folks even get the better end of the deal by exploiting loopholes, and the "free lunch" turns out to really favor the eater. Here are just a few examples of getting some free food (with an asterisk). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Nov 2014 @ 10:31pm

    nickel and dime

    Do companies in Silicon Valley still follow the tradition of providing employees with free drinks and snacks?

    Because these days, employees in some places are even forbidden to organize their own office "coffee pool" -- in order to force everyone to buy their coffee from the company snack bar.

    I was finally able to kick my caffeine addiction, as I refused to pay Starbucks prices for gas station quality coffee.

    But does the generous and laid-back work environment that Silicon Valley was known for still exist at most tech companies?

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      Anonymous Coward, 8 Nov 2014 @ 9:28am

      Re: nickel and dime

      Tech companies still offer free meals to employees -- but I think various govt entities are trying to tax these meals as benefits. So we'll see how long the free food at [google] lasts

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      John Fenderson (profile), 8 Nov 2014 @ 11:03am

      Re: nickel and dime

      I don't work in silicon valley, but I do work for a major tech company. They provide free (bad) coffee and sodas.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Nov 2014 @ 8:35am

    Not sure I would classify those as "food".

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    Rekrul, 9 Nov 2014 @ 2:10am

    Here in Connecticut, Bruger King, McDonalds, Arbys (the few that are left) and Subway all print survey offers on the receipts which reward you with free food for filling them out. Burger King and McDonalds offer free sandwiches with the purchase of something else while the Arbys and Subway ones offer no purchase necessary desert items.

    All of them are supposed to be limited to one survey per IP address per month, however they all use cookies to tell if you've already taken the survey, so clearing your cookies between surveys allows you to fill out as many as you want.

    I've also started a tradition: When there are fast food coupons in the paper, I raid my neighbors' recycling bins on garbage night and collect several sheets of them. My friends and I use what we want and as the expiration date approaches, I start handing them out to other people who are going to the same fast food restaurant. Many people give me funny looks when I say "Excuse me" and start offering them coupons, but several have been quite grateful for them. Ifigure, why should they go to waste if others can use them.

    Not exactly free food, but usually a pretty good savings over the non-coupon prices. :)

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