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Camping out in cold worth it to KU students for free burritos for a year

January 31, 2013

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Despite freezing temperatures Kansas University physical therapy student Stephanie Funk, second from right, and her husband, KU medical student Eric Funk, right, camped out in front of Freebirds Burritos for its Lawrence grand opening at 741 Massachusetts St.

Despite freezing temperatures Kansas University physical therapy student Stephanie Funk, second from right, and her husband, KU medical student Eric Funk, right, camped out in front of Freebirds Burritos for its Lawrence grand opening at 741 Massachusetts St.

Despite spending the night camped out in freezing temperatures in front of Freebirds Burritos for its Lawrence grand opening, Kansas University physical therapy student Stephanie Funk was all smiles.

Stephanie and her husband, KU medical student Eric, were among more than 20 burrito lovers who braved the cold night for a special offer from the new restaurant at 741 Massachusetts St.: a free burrito every week for a year for the first 25 customers. A 26th customer was also awarded the deal as well, after a miscount, said a store manager.

"It's worth it for free food," Stephanie said.

But Eric, huddled in a blanket, was a little worn down by the cold weather, shivering along with several others wrapped in sleeping bags and parkas.

"I'll feel better when I can feel my toes," he said.

So what is it about a Freebird burrito that has the couple — who also won burritos for a year by waiting in line at the chain's Westport location opening back in October — so excited?

It's the options, Stephanie said, rattling off the potential ingredients she planned to get in her first burrito when the doors opened at 11 a.m.

For Eric, it's about avoiding home cleanup duties a couple times a week.

"No dishes to do," he said.

Comments

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder if that offer is transferable, should those who waited outside in winter advisory temperatures develop pneumonia and die. Did we learn nothing from William Henry Harrison?

elliottaw 1 year, 10 months ago

Germs make you sick not the temperature outside, so I think they will be safe

kusp8 1 year, 10 months ago

The article states the 26th person was awarded free burritos for a year twice. Welcome to the department of redundancy department.

msezdsit 1 year, 10 months ago

Funny, I think I will take the "no" burrito deal for an entire year for staying outside the store for an entire year. Thats a win win offer.

kernal 1 year, 10 months ago

The winner will be the looser if Freebirds goes out of business before the year is out.

jack22 1 year, 10 months ago

But the winner's pants will be tighter if they do stay in business.

50YearResident 1 year, 10 months ago

Frostbite to the fingers and toes is not worth 10 years of free burritos.

Bailey Perkins 1 year, 10 months ago

They're nothing to brag about - quality wise. It's just Chipotle, but more expensive. All the employees are clearly KU students, everyone speaks English and they promote binge drinking. Yeah to free burritos!

***Made the mistake of going there yesterday. Did so out of curiosity b/c people won't shut up about it.

P.S: don't hate me b/c I like -quality food- at a reasonable price. Or just good food in general...which would exclude most restaurant chains.

Bailey Perkins 1 year, 10 months ago

I was indicating differences between FreeBirds and Chipotle. Didn't necessarily mean that one was 'bad'. They intend to give jobs to students, but that doesn't mean their food or service is high in quality. If they start offering hours til 3am, their sole purpose is to provide drunks with food.

They used this PR stunt to attract customers plus give you a discount on beer if you sign up for stuff. Free/ $1 beer + free food does not equal good food.

Oh and if you're vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free, don't expect too great of food.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 10 months ago

What ever happened ro flag-pole sitting and swallowing gold fish???

The younger generation is going to the dogs.

scary_manilow 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder how much Freebirds paid these guys for their publicity stunt? Because this was obviously some staged P.R. B.S.

fabian_zimbabwe 1 year, 10 months ago

Looks to me like a group of folks having some good, clean fun. Good for them!

Joe Hyde 1 year, 10 months ago

This event was good practice for the winners. For anyone eating a big burrito every week for the next 12 months, spending one night a week sleeping outdoors is a very neighborly thing to do. If you know what I mean.

mtogreg 1 year, 10 months ago

They should transfer the prize to someone less fortunate who would really appreciate the food.

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