We all know the the biggest story from this NBA off-season was Portland’s decision to discontinue their free Chalupa giveaways. When it was announced earlier this week that the Blazers would be handing out McMuffin coupons in 2013 instead, local fan and community activist Jessie Sponberg was outraged.
Sponberg, who has spent the past few season giving unused Chalupa coupons to outreach agencies in Portland, wrote an angry editorial for WeOutHere.net about the switch to McMuffins. Here’s an excerpt:
Whether any of the new giveaway ever made it to the hands of Portland’s most vulnerable, it would be nice as a Blazer fan and a citizen of Portland to see healthier options available.
So imagine my surprise when I woke up Monday morning to find out the McBlazers sold out the McCity and signed a 5 year deal to giveaway McCrap. That’s some effin McBullshit. I have now had a full day and a half to process my anger and bewilderment. Is there any company that could be further away from the terms “healthy” or “local”? We’re talking about a company who’s very name is a synonym for everything wrong in a society plagued by obesity. How could the McBlazers management have seen this as a good idea?How could the McBlazers management have seen this as a good idea? A blind man could see this is a terrible idea. How can I, in good conscience give somebody something that I refuse to put in my own mouth? For the record, I’ve never eaten a Chalupa in my life, but at least it has lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and two kinds of shredded cheese. I can’t possibly give this crap to anybody, and I damn sure ain’t gonna stand out in the rain to do it.
The whole thing is worth reading in full, so be sure to go check it out. Those wanting to learn more about the history of the Chalupa promotion should read this excellent feature from Willamette Week.