For most people, donating blood is about one thing: swag. Whether it’s an extra-large t-shirt or a foam beer koozie, you’re sure to walk out of the donation center1 with something good. For the past several summers, donors at my local blood bank have been provided with a coupon for free ice cream at local ice creamery J.P. Licks. As you can see in this artist’s recreation of the old coupon, the promotion even had a catchy slogan:
Strict Limit One Per Customer, PLEASE
But giving away a pint of ice cream is apparently no longer feasible, not in this economy. The promotion has been downgraded from giving a pint of blood and receiving a pint of ice cream, to this:
That’s not catchy at all!
Sadly, they’ve opened the door to anything now. It was nice while it lasted, but this seems certain to deteriorate further, ultimately reaching its logical conclusion:
It’s not as though it’s your ice cream, surly and/or high teenage server.
After recuperating for the appropriate amount of time while enjoying juice and cookies, of course. ↩︎