You know the saying “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” (the creed of the hard-working postman.) That is exactly how I felt when it came to redeeming my free Outback steak dinner.
Over the summer, Outback had an online giveaway — one free steak dinner and all you had to do was sign up. Easy right? I jumped in and actually got it. But never got a confirmation that I won. So I just figured if I won, it would come in the mail. Several weeks later, I got my free gift card. I was pretty excited. I know, it sounds a little crazy to be excited about a free meal, but it also meant a night out with my husband (and that doesn’t happen very often). So we got a babysitter and off we went. Wait a minute — as I checked the gift card, I realized it said “only good Monday-Thursday” ugh, it was Saturday night. So we changed our plans and stopped at my favorite restaurant (Brio Tuscan in Southlake).
Ok, plan B. I decided it would be impossibe to get a night out with my husband during the week. And I only had until October 27th to use it. So what about lunch? Couldn’t really find anyone to meet me, so I went by myself. Again, very determined to use this gift card. But when I got there, no one was there. No cars, no people and two locked doors. I didnt realize that the Outback didn’t serve lunch. They open at 4 pm.
Now, plan C. I may have already said this but I was determined to use it. So armed with my free gift card, I went to the Outback at 4 pm, two days before my free meal expired. As I expected, I was the only person there at 4 pm, other than ahostess and a very nice server named Michael. I sat down, asked for my free steak and enjoyed every bite. It was worth the wait. I had an 8 oz steak with mashed potatoes and a drink. And I paid less than $3! Now that’s a deal. Even Laura would be impressed.
So what’s the moral of this story? I don’t know. Maybe you should never look a “gift card” in the mouth? I think it’s more about determination. When you invest that much time in something — there has to be a payoff. And my payoff was a nice, quiet meal for Free. And as small as it was, there was also a feeling of accomplishment! So if you ever stop by the Outback Steakhouse in Grapevine, say hi to Michael for me.