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Dunkin Donuts Promotion Causes Confusion for Educators

UPDATE: A Dunkin Donuts media relations spokesperson provided the following statement to EducationWorld: "A Dunkin' Donuts restaurant in Minooka, Illinois posted an offer on Facebook for a free medium hot or iced coffee for teachers every Monday in the month of September, exclusively for that restaurant. While this offer was intended to be targeted to the restaurant's local community only, it has caused guest confusion outside of the Minooka area. The image has since been removed to avoid causing further confusion."

An Illinois Dunkin Donuts promotion is circulating around Facebook and elsewhere stating that the popular coffee chain is giving away free coffee to teachers (with ID) every Monday in September. The post is causing confusion in social media outlets and EducationWorld would like to quash the rumors that the deep discount is available nationwide.

The ad reads, "Teacher Appreciation: Every Monday in September, teachers start out their week with a free medium hot or iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts! Just show your ID!"

According to popular coupon blogger Gina Juliano of GinasKokopelli.com, Dunkin's corporate office confirmed that the offer was a local promotion only. Teachers were further advised to check with their area stores before getting their heart set on the freebie. Juliano's site has a copy of the image customers are salivating over.

The prospect of free coffee, as well as other promotional items, drew interest from teachers all over the country. One Facebook group, "Free Coffee for Teachers," aims to persuade coffee chains--such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and McDonalds--to offer free coffee each day to all K-12 teachers. 

A contact from Dunkin Donuts' corporate office in Canton, Mass. was not available for comment by press time on how many customers contacted them about the September "teacher appreciation" promotion or whether or not they regularly offer promotions to educators. The Dunkin corporate Facebook page stated to several customers in posts that the image comes from a Minooka, Ill. promotion. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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