Happy President’s Day, folks! Today we honor all 45 United States Presidents. “But there were only 44 Presidents to date,” you say? About that…Groupon added one.
While you may have personally opened a history book, the folks at Groupon obviously have not. According to a Valentine’s Day press release:
[box type=”shadow”]CHICAGO, Feb 14, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Starting tomorrow, Groupon ( www.groupon.com ) (NASDAQ: GRPN) will be kicking off Presidents Day weekend by giving customers 10 dollars off 40 dollars when they purchase a deal for any local business. The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 am CST, shoppers will be able to redeem this offer by using the promo code “10OFF40LOCAL”, which isn’t very catchy, but neither was President Hamilton’s famous saying, “nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”
President Hamilton is best known for the fiscal sensibilities that led him to author economic policies, establish a national bank and control taxes. Customers can honor our money-minded commander-in-chief and find deals by searching Groupon.com for local deals all through President’s Day weekend. Promo codes are limited, and more information can be found at: https://www.groupon.com/faq#faqs:content-269 .[/box]
One might assume this is a clever ruse intended to get people talking about groupon, but that would be incorrect. When challenged on this tidbit of historical data, Groupon told FOX NY in an email, “We’ll just have to agree to disagree.” The e-mail included a list of all U.S. Presidents — a list that did not contain Hamilton’s name.
Two hours after the botched press release, @PrezHamilton was created on Twitter and has since been used to have some fun with the gigantic PR flub. There internet, in turn, is having some fun with Groupon.